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Issue 9, Volume 19 | September 2022

Issue 219, summer 2022

new summer issue

Featuring Novella Prize winner Jenny Ferguson.

Cover art by Jinny Yu.

by Amy M. Alvarez, Jes Battis, Heather Birrell, Rose Henbest, Meghan Kemp-Gee, Michael Kenyon, Louie Leyson, Lauren Marshall, Jordan Mounteer, Heo Nanseolheon and Lee Okbong (both translated by Suphil Lee Park), K. R. Segriff, and Kenneth Tanemura.

Fiction by Martha Nell Cooley.

Creative nonfiction
by Daniel Allen Cox and Jen Hirt.

Reviews of the latest Canadian poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction books.

Buy now.

Work Study opportunity

Work Study 2022-2023

We're looking for a full-time undergraduate or graduate University of Victoria student to work with us!

To apply for the work study position of Editorial Assistant, you must first have your work study application approved by UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid.

Read more about How to apply for work study.

Read the full job posting.

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.

Early Bird discount—$15 off!

Submission guidelines

Submit your poetry, short fiction, and/or creative nonfiction for a chance to win one of three CAD $2,000 prizes and publication!

Early Bird deadline: Septemper 30 
Final deadline: November 1 

This year's judges:
Ki'en Debicki (poetry; interview below)
Ben Lof (fiction; look for an interview in October's newsletter)
Bahar Orang (cnf; interview below)

Early Bird discount entry fee until September 30, 2022 (includes a one-year print subscription):
$20 CAD for each entry from Canada
$30 CAD for each entry from elsewhere
$10 CAD for each additional entry, no limit

Full contest guidelines on our website.

Open Season Awards: interviews with the judges

Ki'en Debicki—poetry judge

Ki'en DebickiPast judge and contributor T. Liem talks with the poetry judge for our Open Season Awards about breaking the rules, multilingual writing, and writing as a practice of self-love.


TL: What kinds of poems will excite you and hold your attention as you consider entries for this year’s Open Season Awards?

KD: I’m really into breaking the rules. Whether that means giving colonialism the middle finger, using a completely different dialect, experimenting with form, or asking me to suspend disbelief as I follow a poet into another world. Anything that says, it’s the end of the world but there’s still beauty and love here. Anything that imagines worlds or ways of being and relating beyond capitalism. I’m also a sucker for experiences of in-betweenness and I know there are lots of you out there that fall into that space/place!

Read the rest of Ki'en Debicki's interview here.

Bahar Orang—cnf judge

Bahar Orang Fiction Editorial Board member Danielle Geller talks with the creative nonfiction judge for our Open Season Awards about cnf as exceedingly porous, the tension between story and poem, and reading without any predetermined expectations.


DG: The words judge, judging, judgement can have uncomfortable connotations, and it can be intimidating, as a writer, to submit your work to these kinds of contests. How do you perceive your role as “judge”?

BO: This is a difficult question. I am excited and curious to read the writing that comes my way, and I hope to do it with a lot of care; but I know that judging is a fraught practice. I worry, as I know many of us do, about how much we as writers must rely on such things—contests, prizes, and the like. Still, I know it will be good news for the winner, and the money will mean something. I see my role as helping to make and deliver that good news, and giving a moment or more of reprieve and delight for that one writer amid these terrible times.

Read the rest of Bahar Orang's interview.

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