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Issue 12, Volume 17 | December 2020

Issue 212, fall 2020

New Fall Issue

Featuring Far Horizons Award for Poetry contest winner "Flight" by A.R. Kung, and cover art by Shawn Hunt. Poetry by Karen Lee, Molly Cross-Blanchard, Shane Rhodes, Russell Thornton, Šari Dale, Patrick Friesen, and Phoebe Wang. Fiction by Shoilee Khan, Francine Cunningham, and John Elizabeth Stintzi. Creative nonfiction by Michelle Poirier Brown, Kathy Mak, and Erin Soros. Reviews of books by Ali Blythe, Elaine Woo, A.F. Moritz, Aaron Chan, an anthology edited by Dane Swan, and more!

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CanLit for Your Reading List

New and Noteworthy

Review space may be limited in our quarterly magazine, but we’re delighted to share this list of new Canadian books. *Please note that inclusion on the list does not necessarily preclude a print review. 

Read the full list of new and noteworthy Canadian titles.

Long Poem Prize Now Open!

Long Poem Prize

Our biennial Long Poem Prize contest is back! With a deadline of February 1, and two prizes of $1,250 CAD each, there's no better incentive to start writing now. Each entry can be a single long poem or a cycle of poems. All entrants are also automatically entered to win a fantastic book prize.

Entry fee (comes with a one-year print subscription):
$35 CAD for each entry from Canada
$40 USD for each entry from the USA
$45 USD for each entry from elsewhere
Additional entries cost $15 CAD each, no limit!

This year's judges are:
Meredith Quartermain (interview below)
Armand Garnet Ruffo (interview upcoming in January)
John Elizabeth Stintzi
(interview below)

Full contest guidelines available on TMR's website.


2021 Long Poem Prize: Interviews with the Judges

John Elizabeth Stintzi

John Elizabeth StintziMalahat Review work-study student/editorial assistant Megan Warren talks with one of the three Long Poem Prize judges —and one of 2019's Long Poem Prize winners—about living within a poem, how the pandemic has affected their writing, and the importance of having a little space to breathe in a long poem.

MW: What are you looking for in a winning entry?

JES: This is one of those devious questions that I feel is impossible to answer, since I’m going in with no preconceived notion about what I want from a winning long poem. That being said, I do think that I want to see long poems which are more than simply long poems. Akin to the difference between the novel and the short story, I personally believe the long poem shines best when it shivers out of the usual hyper-dense structure of the poem every now and again, offering a certain texture via playing with its density that a shorter poem doesn’t generally have enough space to pull off.

I guess what I’m saying is that I personally tend to appreciate long poems that understand that their reader is on the other side of the page, and are kind enough to offer a little space to breathe here and there along the way.

Read the rest of John Elizabeth's interview on TMR's website.


Meredith Quartermain

Meredith QuartermainMalahat Review volunteer Samuel Strathman talks with one of the three Long Poem Prize judges about the importance of rhythm, her pandemic writing projects, and poetry that makes you rethink your perceptions.

SS: What are you looking for in a winning entry?

MQ: Although I don’t have a list of criteria, I can say the poetry that excites me often involves unusual and surprising phrasing that startles me into rethinking my perceptions. However, I can be just as excited about simple, focussed language, such as you find in a poem like Lorine Niedecker’s “My friend tree.” Another element that’s important to me is rhythm. I’m intrigued by poetry that pays careful attention to rhythm, and that creates varied rhythmic landscapes. Fred Wah’s work is a good example, as is Daphne Marlatt’s.

Read the rest of Meredith's interview on TMR's website.


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