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Issue 4, Volume 15 | April 2018

Issue 202, Spring 2018

Upcoming Issue

Featuring the Open Season Awards contest winners: "Blue Runaways" by Jann Everard (fiction), "How Can a Dog Help a Goose" by B.A. Markus (creative nonfiction), and "Nevertheless" by Barbara Pelman (poetry).

Submission Call to LGBTQ2S? Writers

Queer Perspectives Call

The Malahat Review invites writers identifying as LGBTQ2S? to submit their work for consideration for an issue celebrating contemporary queer writing in Canada. Guest editors Ali Blythe, Trevor Corkum, and Betsy Warland will work together to choose writing by poets, short-story, and creative-nonfiction authors whose work makes vivid and particular their experience of being alive in the world.

Read more about Queer Perspectives on our website.

Publishing Tip by Evelyn Deshane

Evelyn Deshane

In the April 2018 Publishing Tip, Evelyn Deshane has five tips for getting into the Canadian speculative fiction scene and helping you find your community within the writing world.

"When I participated in the Chiaroscuro Reading series, it was alongside well-established speculative fiction authors. I was thrilled to talk to them, but the event itself also gave me access to a huge community of reviewers, fans, publishers, and writers who I wouldn't have met if I hadn't made the effort to talk beyond my own work."

Read the Publishing Tip here

Our Back Pages Issue #146

Our Back Pages 146

Malahat work study student Quinn Stacey summarizes 2004’s Spring issue, which features Bill Gaston, Patricia Young, Elizabeth Bachinsky, Douglas LePan, and more.

Read more and buy Issue #146 here

Calling All Emerging Poets: Four Weeks 'til Deadline!

Far Horizons Award for Poetry 2018

This contest is specifically for emerging writers!

Eligible poets have yet to publish their poetry in book form (a book of poetry is defined to have a length of 48 pages or more). Submit one to three poems per entry, and you could win the $1000 prize!

Read an interview with judge Carolyn Smart to find out what she's looking for in a winning poem.

Poets contributing to The Malahat Review have won or been nominated for National Magazine Awards for Poetry and the Pushcart Prize.

Read the full contest guidelines and submit here.


Interviews with 2018 Founders' Awards Winners

The Founders' Awards acknowledge the longstanding excellence of The Malahat Review's contributors. Given out annually for the best work of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to have been published in the magazine in the previous year, the Founders' Awards each honour a Victoria-based writer—Jack Hodgins, Charles Lillard, and P. K. Page—who has made, or continues to make, significant contributions in the genre or genres for which they are known locally, nationally, and internationally. The annual awards gift a $1,000 prize to each author.

In poetry: Steve McOrmond for "Proof of Life"

In fiction: Jason Jobin for "Before He Left"

In creative nonfiction: Gena Ellett for "Heaven"

See the announcement pages for full interviews and judges' comments on the winning selections.


Gena Ellett (creative nonfiction)

Gena EllettMalahat book reviewer Kate Kennedy talks with Gena Ellett, winner of the 2018 Charles Lillard Founders' Award for "Heaven," which appeared in Issue 199, Summer 2017.

KK: What are you working on these days, whether individual pieces or something book-shaped?

GE: I’m working on a memoir collection called The Backroads that spans the years of my early twenties and explores the ideas of identity, grief, and loss. “Heaven” is one of the chapters, and I was so happy to see it published with the Malahat!

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


Jason Jobin (fiction)

Jason JobinMalahat volunteer James Kendrick talks with Jason Jobin, winner of the 2018 Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for "Before He Left," which appeared in the Malahat's Fiftieth-Anniversary Issue (#200).

JK: I was hoping you could talk a little about what it means to you to write about a place you live or have lived, addressing Victoria specifically.

JJ: I think I’m probably less place-oriented than many writers, but I try and give some attention to place in my writing because of how it can impact a story. This placelessness might be because I grew up in the woods in Yukon with no city or discernible neighborhood. I’m not sure. I never really identified with the idea of place as a bordered section in a larger landscape.

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


Steve McOrmond (poetry)

Steve McOrmondMalahat volunteer Emma Skagen talks with Steve McOrmond, winner of the 2018 P. K. Page Founders' Award for "Proof of Life," which appeared in Issue 201, Winter 2017.

ES: As the title suggests, the poem is about searching for proof of life—what does that phrase mean to you?

SM: Proof of life is a phrase borrowed from ransom negotiations to describe evidence – often photographic – that a kidnap victim is still alive. I was thinking about the ways we are held hostage by the lives we construct. Duty, routine, the necessities of making ends meet – these things are often at odds with our inner lives. You might say poetry itself is largely antithetical to these constraints. Poetry’s concerns are seldom practical.

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



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