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Vol. 12, No. 1, January 2015 | CONTEST EDITION

Issue 189, Winter 2014

ISSUE 189 PREVIEW: new writing from Barry Dempster, Phil Hall, Molly Peacock, Cynthia Flood, and many more


WordsThaw 2015 website: we're live! Stay tuned for a full list of panels and readers.

The Malahat's third-annual literary symposium is set to take place once again at the University of Victoria from March 20 - 22, 2015.

Holiday subscription

Hurry - our discounted subscription holiday offer ends January 31! Buy a full year of Malahat poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and reviews for 57% off the regular price.

Full purchasing details here.

Call for Creative Nonfiction Submissions


Reality check: The Malahat Review is calling all Canadian creative nonfiction writers to submit works for Elusive Boundaries: Mapping CNF in Canada, a special themed issue dedicated entirely to creative nonfiction, set for publication in Winter 2015/16. Writer and professor Lynne Van Luven will act as guest editor.

Submission details here.

Our Back Pages Featured Issue: #39, July 1976

Issue 39

In the reviews section of Issue #39, the past and the present collide. Here G.V. Downes, a.k.a. Gwladys V. Downes, poet and critic, reviews four books, two of which are Susan Musgrave’s The Impstone and Dorothy Livesay’s Woman’s Eye. Take on the challenge of six degrees of separation, and quite quickly Livesay is linked to Musgrave through her recent editing of Force Field: 77 BC Women Poets (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2013). 

Read more about Issue #39.

Learn more about the Malahat's Our Back Pages project.

Three Weeks Left to Enter the Long Poem Contest!

Long Poem Prize

Last chance! Send us your best long poetry (10-20 pages; one poem or a cycle of poems) and take part in one of Canada's most unique writing contests. Two winners will win cash prizes, will be interviewed, and selected pieces will be published in the Summer 2015 issue of The Malahat Review.

Full contest guidelines available on the Malahat website.


Twitter Memoir Contest

In collaboration with the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and the Greater Victoria Public Library, we've just launched a Twitter Memoir Contest! Capture a fleeting moment in your life—comic or disturbing, bathetic or inspiring—in 140 characters or less, then tweet it to #140memoir.

The scribes of the best memoir snippets will win books by emerging and established creative nonfiction writers from across Canada—all donated by the authors or their publishers.

Enter as often as you like (it's free!)—and retweet, favourite, mention, and of course, pour your heart out most succinctly. One winner will be chosen every two weeks.

Click here for full contest details, including submission dates.


Upcoming Winter Issue Preview: New Short Fiction by Jason Markowsky

Jason MarkowskyMalahat volunteer Katie Weaver recently spoke with Jason Markowsky on his fiction piece, "Pomelos Are Out of Season," set to appear in the upcoming Winter issue.

KW: The setting is so remote and exotic. What drew you to this location (Vietnam), and how were you able to give such a sensory experience, providing details such as the fresh sugar cane juice?

JM: I’ve been teaching English as a Second Language for a number of years and it’s taken me to some far-flung places. Vietnam was the first country I’d lived in in Asia, so everything new and different fascinated me. I took notes, realizing I’d want to set a short story there one day. One advantage I’ve discovered about writing in a foreign country is that the cultural details are fresh and easily observable because I’m not used to them. They might be mundane to the locals, but not to me, and so hopefully not to Western readers. A character drinking fresh sugar cane juice in Ho Chi Minh City is no different from one drinking a Tim Horton’s coffee in Toronto.

Read the rest of Jason's interview on the Malahat website.


Translation Issue Interview: Thoraya El-Rayyes on Arabian Fiction

Thoraya El-RayyesMalahat editor John Barton talks with Thoraya El-Rayyes on her translation from Arabic of Hisham Bustani's flash fiction piece, "Mirror Mirror," in Issue 188: At Home in Translation.

JB: Can you provide a thumbnail sketch of Hisham Bustani’s career, his writing, and his place in Jordanian literary community?

TER: I wouldn’t say there is a Jordanian literary community as such. Partly because Jordan is a very small country (with a smaller population than New Jersey!), but also because—to a great extent—the Arabic literary community transcends national borders. Writers in Arab countries not only share the same language but also have a shared history. Hundreds of years under the rule of the Ottoman and European empires left behind many common traces in these countries, and there have been various pan-nationalist and religious movements that have connected people across the region.

Read the rest of Thoraya's interview on the Malahat website.


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