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Congratulations to Long Poem 2015 Winners: Gary Geddes and Genevieve Lehr

Gary GeddesThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Long Poem Prize!

Gary Geddes and Genevieve Lehr have won the Malahat's oldest poetry contest, and will each receive $1,000 and publication of their poems in the summer issue. Interviews will be posted in the May edition of Malahat lite, our monthly e-newsletter.

Thanks to contest judges Evan Jones, Anita Lahey, and Alice Major for their dedication to choosing the two winners. And a big thank you to all entrants!

Full Long Poem contest winners announcement page here.


Issues

Issue 190, Spring 2015 Book Reviews Online

The Bricoleur and His Sentences

The Malahat Review invites its readers to leap into spring with brand new books... and what better way to choose than by reading recent book reviews?

Issue 190, Spring 2015 gets mailed out to subscribers at the end of April, but we've posted the book reviews early for you to sneak a peek at!

Reviews of poetry collections by Phyllis Webb, Dilys Leman, George Stanley; reviews of fiction by Kenneth Radu and Diane Schoemperlen; and reviews of nonfiction by Stan Dragland and Christine Lowther.

Read the reviews from Issue #190's table of contents page.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: April 2015 Edition

John ReibetanzApril's e-newsletter is chock full of literary contest updates and goodies!

Contest announcements: the Far Horizons Fiction contest deadline is approaching (May 1) - get your entries in to win $1000. And we announce the finalists for the 2015 Long Poem Prize on our website (two winners posted next week).

Interviews: Far Horizons Fiction contest judge Elyse Friedman discusses literary influences and what it takes to write well. And the 2015 Founders' Award winners John Reibetanz (pictured), Jan Zwicky, and K'ari Fisher talk about their winning pieces of poetry and fiction, respectively. See the announcement page here.

Discover the April edition of Malahat lite.


News

Take Our Survey on CanLit Submission Fees

Survey MonkeyDo you know that many literary magazines now charge for general submissions? Digital-submission managers like Submittable have changed how they manage what you send them to consider for publication.

Writer’s Relief defends the new practice: “Small admin fees can help struggling literary journals stay on their feet—and that’s good for writers. If a journal’s ability to stay viable is dependent upon charging a very small submission fee, then we at Writer’s Relief would support an ethical practice. We hope you will too.”

To launch “Writing Tips,” a new monthly column starting in May on our website, The Malahat Review wants to know what you think. Have you ever paid to submit your work before? How much do you think would be fair? Complete our seven-question survey to have your say, then read about the survey results next month on our website and in Malahat lite.

Give us your opinion via Survey Monkey.


News

2015 Long Poem Prize Shortlist Announced

Long Poem PrizeWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Long Poem Prize! Six finalists have been posted to our website. Click here for the big reveal.

A record number of contest entries were received this year! Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winners (two) will be announced by April 17 online and through social media.

2015 Long Poem Prize contest shortlist here.

Read about the 2013 Long Poem Prize winners, Claire Caldwell and Kim Trainor.


Issues

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Issue #47, July 1978

Issue #47This themed issue of The Malahat Review showcases works by and in honour of Rafael Alberti (1902-1999), one of the most celebrated and respected literary figures in Spanish literature. “A Gathering in Honour of Rafael Alberti” brings together an impressive list of contributors to pay tribute to an artist who, in the words of guest editor William David Thomas, “is a man at the centre of Spanish cultural life.” Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Robin Reniero).


Contests

Twitter Memoir Contest Still Open... Tweet Us!

Twitter Memoir ContestWordsThaw may be over, but entries are still being accepted for our Twitter Memoir Contest! Two dates remain for Round 6 (Friday, April 3) and Round 7 (Friday, April 20). Don't forget that we'll select a grand prize winner twice as the best entries.

Until April 24, 2015, The Malahat Review, the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, and the Greater Victoria Public Library are joining forces to launch the 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. Note: that’s a zero in “140,” not a letter O.

The scribes of the best Twitter Memoirs 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! A pithy winner will be chosen every two weeks.

Click here for full details on the Twitter Memoir Contest.


Events

WordsThaw Literary Symposium Coming Up

WordsThawWordsThaw, the Malahat’s annual literary symposium, is back for 2015 with another dose of literary caffeine for writers and readers from March 20 - 22 at the University of Victoria. Featured events include readings, panel discussions, one-on-one blue pencil critiques, and a special poetry master class.

The panel discussion topics are as follows: Self-Publishing, Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, and Minority Writing.

For a list of readers, event schedules, pricing, location, and to buy tickets, see the WordsThaw site. (Lots of local writers in attendance!)


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #46, April 1978

Issue #46Issue forty-six answers previous issues’ cries for Canadian submissions with stories by George Bowering, W. P. Kinsella, and Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941 – 1987); and poems by Phyllis Webb and John V. Hicks (1907 – 1999). Read More

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Matthew Thibeault).


Interviews

Interview with Lynne Van Luven, Moderator for Creative Nonfiction Panel at WordsThaw 2015

Lynne Van LuvenMalahat volunteer Murray Leslie talks with Lynne Van Luven about her role as moderator for Natural Divide or Shape-Shifting Chic: Negotiating Creative Nonfiction's Extremes, one of four interactive panel discussions at this year's literary symposium, WordsThaw. Panelists include Fiona Tinwei Lam, Mark Leiren-Young, and Jane Silcott.

Murray: You grew up in a small town and cut your teeth (journalistically) at the Red Deer Advocate. Do you think that writing in a small western Canadian town gives you a unique perspective on human behaviour?

Lynne: I grew up on a farm, actually, and from Grade 7 on, went to school in a small town. When I got my first job at the Red Deer Advocate, I was totally green as a reporter and I had to learn everything on the job. It is nearly impossible to have that experience today because journalism had become professionalized. And because there are so few jobs left in print journalism. What I learned as a young reporter is that everyone has a story, and that no story is beneath the telling.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #44, July 1977

Issue #44Editor Robin Skelton recognizes a neglect of Canadian content on the International literary scene and particularly laments the lack of Canadian literature courses offered in universities (he would surely be pleased to hear of UVic’s current Canadian Literature program including courses such as Modern Canadian Fiction, Modern Canadian Poetry, and Canadian Literature in Transnational Times). Despite the introductory cry for Canadian content, the issue opens with the beginning of an autobiography from British author, Anthony Burgess (1917-1993).  Fifteen years after the publication of A Clockwork Orange, on his sixtieth birthday, Burgess writes “You’ve Had Your Time,” a very self-conscious seven-page account of his personal history.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Claire Macdonald).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: March 2015 Edition

Mike CarsonLeap into spring with this month's e-newsletter!

Contest announcements: The winners of the Founders' Awards for 2015 (poetry and fiction) have been announced. Congrats to K'ari Fisher, John Reibetanz, and Jan Zwicky on having their pieces selected!

Interviews: 2015 Open Season Award winners Rebecca Salazar, Wanda Hurren, and Mike Carson each talk with Malahat staff about their winning pieces, and the intricacies of writing. Lynne Van Luven, moderator at WordsThaw, talks about reality and creative nonfiction.

Discover the March edition of Malahat lite.


News

2015 Founders' Awards Winners Announced

Kari FisherThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Founders' Awards!

K'ari Fisher has won the Jack Hodgins Founders' Award for Fiction with her story, "Mercy Beatrice Wrestles the Noose," originally published in Issue 186.

John Reibetanz and Jan Zwicky have both won the P. K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry with their poems, "Fresco Magic" (Issue 186) and "Into the Gap" (Issue 187), respectively.

Founders' Awards are given to the best pieces to appear in the Malahat in the previous year. Winners also receive $1,000! Interviews will appear in April's e-newsletter.

See the announcement pages for author bios and judge citations.


Interviews

Interview with Christine Walde, Moderator for Children's Lit Panel at WordsThaw 2015

Christine WaldeMalahat volunteer Megan Welsh talks with Christine Walde about her role as moderator for "Young Adult Fiction: All Grown Up?", a panel discussion as part of this year's literary symposium, WordsThaw 2015. The panel is part of a full-day set on March 21 and includes panelists Sarah Harvey, Robin Stevenson, and Kirsten Andersen.

Megan: As the moderator for the WordsThaw 2015 panel on young adult fiction, what kinds of questions are you most eager to see raised with the panelists?

Christine: I’m looking forward to hearing questions that discuss the vibrancy and importance of contemporary young adult fiction. We’ve got a great panel lined up. I’m very excited to be moderating such a distinguished group of panellists, and hope the questions will reflect the range of their experience, expertise and passion for fiction for young adults.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #43, July 1977

Issue #43Issue number forty-three of The Malahat Review includes four poets in translation, a play by Robert Graves (1895—1985), three poems by Marilyn Bowering, and a showcase of the paintings and drawings of William Featherston (1927—2009).

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Stephen E. Leckie).


Contests

Submit to the Far Horizons Award for Fiction

Far Horizons 2015The Malahat's annual Far Horizons contest is inviting entries of short fiction from writers in the early stages of their career.

A prize of $1,000 will be given to one winner who has yet to publish a collection of fiction. In addition to fortune, fame will come in the shape of publication and an online interview.

Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2015.

Get full details on entering the 2015 Far Horizons Award for Fiction.

This year's judge is Elyse Friedman, whose short story, "Truth" (originally published in the Malahat) was a contender for the Journey Prize in 2006.


Interviews

Interview with Patrick Warner, Issue #189 Poetry Contributor

Patrick WarnerMalahat editorial assistant stephen e. leckie talks with Patrick Warner about "Anne Sexton" and "Psalms," his contribution of two poems to the latest Winter issue of the Malahat.

stephen: In “Anne Sexton,” you are presumably raising the spirit of the American poet, yet, are you also speaking to an aesthetic space accessible to all poets? Is the “light” and “silence” specific to Anne in the unfolding narrative of the poem?

Patrick: You are right on both counts: the experience of “light” and “silence” applies to Anne Sexton as a poet and also to poets generally. And it’s even more widespread than that. I would say it applies to an aspect of what we call consciousness, both in humans and in animals.

Read the full interview here.

Read a review of Warner's poetry collection, Perfection, in Issue 184 (Autumn 2013).


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #42, April 1977

Issue #42Editor Robin Skelton revisits the topic of Canadian Nationhood (it seemed to be much on his mind during the late 1970s) in this issue’s “Comment.” This time, however, it’s the matter of “Cultural Centralism” that concerns him specifically and he argues that cultural opinion in Canada appears to originate from “T.O.M” or “That Old Miasma” (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) and that the rest of the nation suffers for it.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: February 2015 Edition

Christine WaldeWordsThaw is next month, and we have interviews to prove it!

Interviews: David Leach and Christine Walde talk about their roles as moderators at this year's WordsThaw. David will be moderating a panel on self-publishing, and Christine will be moderating a panel on young adult literature. Also featured is an interview with Issue 189 poetry contributor Patrick Warner.

Contests: The winners of the 2015 Open Season Awards have been announced! More contest goodies: the Far Horizons Short Fiction Award, and the Twitter Memoir contest.

Discover the February edition of Malahat lite.


News

Congratulations to Open Season 2015 Winners: Rebecca Salazar, Wanda Hurren, Mike Carson

Wanda HurrenThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Open Season Awards!

Rebecca Salazar won for poetry with "Synaesthesia," Wanda Hurren won for fiction with "Rain Barrel," and Mike Carson won for creative nonfiction with "The Neanderthal and the Cave."

Winning pieces will be published in Issue 190, Spring 2015 (due for publication late April). Winners will be interviewed for the March edition of the Malahat lite e-newsletter.

See the full announcement page for author bios and judge citations.


News

Open Season Awards - Shortlist Announced!

Open Season AwardsWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 Open Season Awards! Finalists in each category (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) have been posted. Click here for the big reveal.

Thanks to all supporters and entrants to this year's contest. The winners will be announced by Friday, February 6 on our website and in this month's Malahat lite e-newsletter.

Read about last year's Open Season Award winners.


Interviews

Interview with Jason Markowsky, Issue #189 Fiction Contributor

Jason MarkowskyMalahat volunteer Katie Weaver talks with Jason Markowsky about his fiction piece, "Pomelos Are Out of Season," published in Issue 189, Winter 2014 of the Malahat. Exoticism, broken relationships, and travel schizophrenia... it's all here!

Katie: The setting in your fiction piece, “Pomelos Are Out of Season” is so remote and exotic. What drew you to this location, and how were you able to give such a sensory experience, providing details such as the fresh sugar cane juice?

Jason: 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 full interview here.


Contests

Full List of Twitter Memoir Book Prizes Online

DetachmentInterested in winning books from publishers all over Canada? All you have to do is enter our Twitter Memoir Contest, and you could win!

Tweet your life story using #140memoir to be eligible. The scribes of the best Twitter Memoirs will win books by emerging and established creative nonfiction writers from across Canada—all donated by the authors or their publishers. Will it be Jeffery Donaldson's Echo Soundings: Essays on Poetry and Poetics, or Paul Delany's Fatal Glamour? How about Into the Mystic: My Years With Olga by Susan McCaslin?

Enter as often as you like (it's free!) - a new winner will be chosen every two weeks.

Click here for a full list of book prizes to be won.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #40, October 1976

Issue #39In Issue #40, Malahat founder and editor Robin Skelton takes to task those overly zealous nationalists who felt that all university teachers who were not Canadian citizens should be deprived of tenure (if they had it) and dismissed. Another extreme position, evidently voiced in all seriousness, was that “Creative Writing students should not be required to read any books by non-Canadians.” Skelton’s scathing response is deliciously articulate and worldly.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Rhonda Batchelor).


Events

WordsThaw Literary Symposium in March 2015

WordsThawWordsThaw, the Malahat’s annual literary symposium, is back for 2015 with another dose of literary caffeine for writers and readers from March 20 - 22 at the University of Victoria. Featured events include readings, panel discussions, one-on-one critiques, and a special poetry master class.

The panel discussion topics are as follows: Self-Publishing, Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, and Minority Writing.

Prequel events leading up to the symposium will also be taking place around Victoria, with discounted WordsThaw festival passes being sold at the door. Events include readings at Planet Earth Poetry; a feature on our Translation Issue; and a poetry salon at Russell Books.

For a list of readers, event schedules, pricing, location, and to buy tickets, see the WordsThaw site.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: January 2015 Edition

Jason MarkowskyHave a look at the first e-newsletter of 2015! In this issue:

Two contest announcements: The Long Poem Prize, and the Twitter Memoir Contest. The Long Poem Prize offers $1000 each to two winners, along with publication and an interview; this contest is offered every other year, so don't delay in submitting your work (deadline February 1)! And the Twitter Memoir Contest invites tweets of short memoirs using #140memoir, with winners being announced every two weeks. No entry fee, and winners will receive book prizes from Canadian publishers.

Interviews: Jason Markowsky talks exoticism and loss in "Pomelos Are Out of Season", his fiction piece set to be published in our upcoming Winter issue; and Thoraya El-Rayyes discusses Arabian fiction and the nuances of translation in her rendition of Hisham Bustani's "Mirror, Mirror."

WordsThaw 2015, our annual literary symposium, will take place March 20-22 at UVic. The external WordsThaw site is up and running, and will be updated with details as we approach the event. Panels include discussions on self-publishing, children's literature, minority voices, and creative nonfiction.

Discover the January edition of Malahat lite.


Contests

Tweet Your Best Memoir and Win Book Prizes!

Twitter Memoir ContestBetween January 9 and April 24, 2015, The Malahat Review, the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society, and the Greater Victoria Public Library are joining forces to launch the 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. Note: that’s a zero in “140,” not a letter O.

The scribes of the best Twitter Memoirs 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! A pithy winner will be chosen every two weeks.

Click here for full details on the Twitter Memoir Contest.


Issues

Issue 189, Winter 2014 Table of Contents

Issue #189Hungry for the upcoming issue? The Malahat's winter edition will be mailed to readers by late January 2015, but you can get a sneak peek at what's inside on Issue 189's Table of Contents page. The cover art boasts Bread on Plate from artist Frank Pimentel, photograph courtesy of the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries ... and what better way to sink into Cynthia Flood's scrumptious fiction piece, modestly titled "Food"?

Poets include Barry Dempster, Patrick Friesen, Phil Hall, Steve McOrmond, and Jennifer Zilm; fictionites include Jason Markowsky and Katherine Wagner, and Rachel Lebowitz gets in the winter mood with nonfiction.

Discover more authors and book reviewers on the Table of Contents.


Interviews

An Interview with Rebecca Foust, Winner of the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

Rebecca FoustMalahat volunteer Jake Hólm talks with Rebecca Foust, 2014 winner of the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize, about her memoir, "Venn Diagram," chosen from over 160 entries by contest judge Priscila Uppal. Foust discusses truth, memory, and the balance between hot subject matter and cool tone.

Jake: Reading “Venn Diagrams,” I am curious how to reconcile its more abrasive, messy sequences with the calm affirmation of its tone and pacing. While I hesitate to describe the voice as disconnected—in light of the information you share with readers—your prose doesn’t seem to make much room for the complex emotive response that such a powerful memoir naturally evokes. Where would you say that the matter-of-factness of your writing springs from, and what does it bring to bear on the piece as a whole?

Rebecca: This is an interesting question. I am quite certain that any matter-of-factness in my tone is a result of the effort I have always made not to allow treatment of highly emotional subject matter to veer into melodrama or pathos. One of my writing teachers taught me early on—it may have been John Garner talking in The Art of Fiction, or it may have been poet C. Dale Young talking in a grad school workshop—something along the lines of: “the hotter the subject matter, the cooler the tone should be.” Whether writing poetry or prose, I do tend to exercise restraint in all forms, including in trying to avoid “overwriting” and keeping the writing as lucent and spare as I can.

Read the full interview here.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #39, July 1976

Issue #39In 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) in which Livesay’s Women’s Eye: 12 B. C. Poets is recalled as the last book of women’s writing published in B.C. thirty-five years ago.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Yvonne Blomer).


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: December 2014 Edition

Evan JonesThe last e-newsletter of 2014 highlights Translation Issue 188 goodies, Long Poem Prize details, and more!

Interviews: Anita Lahey, Evan Jones, Alice Major, all judges for the 2015 Long Poem Prize, discuss the value of poetry and their thoughts on submissions; Autumn 2014 issue poetry contributor Erín Moure talks the nuances of translation with volunteer Robin Reniero; and CNF Contest winner Rebecca Foust lets us in on her memoir, "Venn Diagram," in conversation with volunteer Jake Hólm.

Features: holiday subscription special! Spend $15 for a one-year subscription (new or renew) for friends or family; call for CNF submissions to a special themed issue; and more.

Discover this month's edition of Malahat lite.


News

Call For Submissions: Creative Nonfiction Issue

CNF IssueReality 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 for the issue.

While we welcome all works of creative nonfiction, the Malahat also invites Canada’s creative nonfictionists to think critically about their practice. Thoughtful essays about the genre will be considered as well as for reviews of works in creative nonfiction by Canadian authors for Elusive Boundaries. There will also be online exclusives—interviews, etc.—posted on the Malahat website when the print issue is published. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2015.

Click here for full submission details.


Contests

2015 Long Poem Prize: Meet the Judges

Alice MajorWith the Long Poem Prize deadline sneaking up (February 1, 2015), we'd like to introduce this year's judges!

Evan Jones, Anita Lahey and Alice Major, all accomplished, award-winning writers, are set to read Long Poem contest entries for 2015. Take a look at the Judge biography page to learn a little more about each author.

While you're there, consider sending in an entry to the contest! Submissions consist of a single poem or cycle of poems between 10 and 20 pages long. All entries come with a complimentary 1-year subscription or renewal extension. What's up for grabs? Two prizes of $,1000 plus publication!

Read about the Long Poem Prize Judges for 2015.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #38, April 1976

Issue #38Published in April 1976, Issue #38 of The Malahat Review features an eclectic mix of primarily contemporary to-the-times writings. One notable exception is a translation of Les Fiancailles (The Betrothal), a poem written in 1908 by Apollinaire, an acknowledged leader of the literary avant garde. This poem is from his 1913 collection Alcools, and is dedicated to Picasso.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Gae VanSiri).


Interviews

Momentum Over Precision: An Interview with Patrick Friesen on Translating Danish Poetry

Patrick FriesenIssue 188, At Home in Translation: Canadians Translate the World is a culmination of three years of work, with international poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews. To celebrate its release, The Malahat Review has posted exclusive web content to the site, including interviews, essays and translated works. View the Table of Contents for details on contributors, and to purchase a copy of Issue 188 in translation.

In this interview, Malahat volunteer Katie Weaver talks with Patrick Friesen about his translations of Ulrikka Gernes' Danish poetry, his stylistic approaches to form and technique, and the pros (and cons) of co-translating with friend and translator P. K. Brask. Friesen's four translations appear in Issue 188.

KW: As I'm reading your translations of Ulrikka Gernes’ four poems, I'm thinking about how often a directly-translated text doesn't make as much sense or doesn't read as nicely as it would in its own language. Did you end up taking any artistic liberties with the pieces? How much? Did you feel right or wrong in doing so?

PF: A few days ago my wife mentioned that Amichai had said about translation that it was a bit like kissing one's bride through a veil. That suggests something fundamental about translation, that it is always an approximation of the first-hand experience. This is obvious; each language has its uniqueness, and some of the uniqueness can't be translated. I suppose the fundamental question a translator has to ask, and answer, is "do I want to do as literal a translation as possible, or do I want to make the writing in question work in my language as well as it worked in its original language?" We've all seen stiff, awkward translations where an attempt has been made to duplicate the original. I'm not interested in this kind of translation. The poem has to work in English.

Read the full interview with Patrick Friesen.


Subscriptions

Holiday Subscription Sale: One Year for $15

SnowflakesIt's the most wonderful time of the year!

As we enter the holiday season, The Malahat Review is offering discounted one-year subscriptions (or subscription renewals) to all readers young or old, new or well-read. Regular one-year subscriptions range from $35 to $45 - that's a savings of up to $30!

Shop early for friends and family this year (or yourself!), and save! Discount offer ends January 31, 2015.

Visit our holiday subscription page to purchase.


Issues

Mirror, Mirror: Thoraya El-Rayyes Translates Arab Writer Hisham Bustani's Flash Fiction

Thoraya El-RayyesTo celebrate The Malahat Review's Autumn 2014 Translation Issue, we've been posting exclusive content to our website from writers all over the globe. This week features "Mirror Mirror," a flash fiction piece by Hisham Bustani and translated from the Arabic by Thoraya El-Rayyes (pictured).

Bustani is the author of four short fiction collections and is acclaimed for his contemporary themes, style, and language. The German review Inamo selected him as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers. He lives in Amman, Jordan. El-Rayyes is a Canadian-Palestinian literary translator based in Amman, Jordan. Her Arabic translation of the children’s book Because It Is Also Your Story is forthcoming.

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The actor is on a stage. The stage is a vast wasteland without a trace of shadow.
He throws his voice to the back of the chamber, it bounces back and knocks him down:
the end of the chamber is right in front of his nose.
Wherever he runs and throws sound, walls close in on him at once.

Continue reading El-Rayyes' translation of Bustani's flash fiction.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #37, January 1976

Issue #37It seems serendipitous to be reading Issue 37, an issue comprised entirely of Austrian writing in translation, when the Malahat’s Translation Issue (188) has just been released. The new harkens back to the Malahat’s origins of a global approach to literature that Robin Skelton built into the journal’s foundation.

Guest editor, and later Malahat editor from 1992 to 1998, Derk Wynand translated seven of the pieces, both poems and prose. The influence of these Austrian writers is apparent in Wynand’s work.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Yvonne Blomer).


Contests

Long Poem Prize: Call for Submissions

Long Poem PrizeThe Malahat's biennial Long Poem Prize is now open for entries!

While the deadline is still a 'long' way away (February 1, 2015), we encourage you to start writing before the holidays sneak up. How long is a long poem? We're looking for a single poem or cycle of poems that is between 10 to 20 pages long. No restrictions as to subject matter or aesthetic approach apply. Read interviews with Claire Caldwell and Kim Trainor, the 2013 Long Poem Prize winners, to learn more about approaching the long poem.

A prize of $1,000 will be given to two winners. Each winner be interviewed for the website, and selected pieces will be published in the Summer 2015 issue of The Malahat Review.

Three judges will make the final cut: Evan Jones, Anita Lahey, and Alice Major.

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015.

Full submission details for the Long Poem Prize available here.


Issues

Clearings, Iceholes, Other Abodes: Derk Wynand Translates Dorothea Grünzweig

Dorothea GrunzweigTo celebrate The Malahat Review's Autumn 2014 Translation Issue, we're posting exclusive content to our website from writers all over the globe. This week's feature, from Dorothea Grünzweig, complements her contribution to Issue 188, "poem of finding and losing" (translated by former Malahat editor Derk Wynand).

Originally published as "Lichtungen, Eislöcher, andere Bleiben," in Zwischen den Zeilen in April 2000, this thought-provoking "ars poetica"—truly "a jailbreak and recreation" (to reference Canada’s Margaret Avison)—is also translated from the German by Wynand.

The way that jets, tempests, or fireworks, captured on paper by an adult child I know, get the fear of them off his back, arrest it—so do the words of poetry act as detention centres, repositories into which fear is thrust, to serve time there.

So if the adult child is distraught, one needs to recite poems to him, make up melodies in which they are wrapped and sing them. He sings along, grows calm, just as he grows calm after wild, erratic joy once the joyrousers slip into small shapes on the page, or laugh out and beckon from a poem.

Continue reading Wynand's translation of Grünzweig's piece.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: November 2014 Edition

Neil SmithThis month's e-newsletter is chock-full of translation-related content to celebrate At Home in Translation: Issue 188 of The Malahat Review.

Interviews: Patrick Friesen talks about his translations of Danish writer Ulrikka Gernes' poetry; Joyce Zhang sheds light on Alice Munro in China; and Neil Smith discusses stylistic choices in his translation of Quebec writer Bruno Hébert's fiction.

Features: special shout-out to Constance Rooke CNF winner Rebecca Foust; call for poetry and CNF submissions via Submittable; Our Back Pages Issue 36, October 1975; contest calls for submissions from the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society and Broken Pencil magazine.

Discover this month's edition of Malahat lite.


Issues

Translation Issue 188: Hot Off the Press

Issue #188At Home in Translation: Canadians Translate the World is being mailed to subscribers around the globe!

You'll find works of translation from 28 different writers in this extended issue. Highlighted translators include John Reibetanz, Patrick Friesen, Derk Wynand, A. F. Moritz, Erín Moure, Goldie Morgentaler, and many others. Also of note is poetry translation contest winner Donald McGrath, whose English rendition of Robert Melançon's "Elegy Written in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Park" is featured inside these pages.

Web exclusives will be posted weekly, including interviews, podcasts, and essays by Malahat authors or associates on internationalism and the process of translation.

Check out the Table of Contents for current web exclusives!


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #36, October 1975

Issue #36Issue #36 emerged at time when the future of The Malahat Review was in peril. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many people, including letters of support from writers around the world, support was increased, allowing this publication to continue as one Canada’s leading literary journals.

The cover art reflects the spirit of such collaborative effort. Famed American printmaker and typographer Gregory Masurovsky’s portrait of his French friend and artistic collaborator, Michel Butor, graces the cover. A working friendship lasting more than forty years resulted in an impressive body of work including their series “Western Duo.” Ten lithographs from the series appear in this issue.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Robin Reniero).


Issues

The Malahat Review: A Brief History of its Early Internationalism

Karyn WisselinkIssue 188, At Home in Translation: Canadians Translate the World is due out soon. Can't wait? Check out exclusive online content on our website over the next few weeks, all focused on translation and translation-related topics.

This week's feature highlights the Malahat's history of early internationalism, as explored in an essay by former editorial assistant Karyn Wisselink. Here's a sample of her work:

Literary journals provide some of the best reflections of a literary landscape at certain points in time; they capture the wide range of literature available by publishing various genres written by emerging and well-established writers. In Canada, literary journals were highly regarded and received praise in The Massey Report (1951), which concluded that “in our periodical press we have our closest approximation to a national literature” (Massey 64). These early journals documented the trends and the writers who were influencing Canadian culture. However, circulation was mostly contained within Canada and there were few journals in Canada that supported writers on an international level. In 1966, Robin Skelton and his colleague John Peter began planning The Malahat Review, a journal intended to benefit the Canadian literary landscape with an international and even cosmopolitan approach.

Read the full essay here.


Interviews

Translation Issue Exclusive: An Interview with Joyce Zhang on Translating Alice Munro

Joyce ZhangIssue 188, At Home in Translation: Canadians Translate the World is a culmination of three years of work, with international poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews. To highlight the importance of translation (and the pending release of Issue 188), The Malahat Review will post exclusive web content each week, including interviews, essays, and podcasts from contributors and Malahat associates.

The first exclusive content features Malahat editor John Barton in conversation with Joyce Zhang, a Nanjing-based writer whose debut novel Blue Nails created a sensation in China when it was published in 2001. Here, Barton discusses Zhang's creative nonfiction contribution to Issue 188, "Too Much Happiness: On Translating [Alice] Munro into Chinese." Zhang's answers have been translated into English by Daniel Fried.

JB: What aspect of Munro’s writing did you find most challenging to translate while you were rendering Too Much Happiness into Chinese? Have you translated or intend to translate any of Munro’s other books?

JZ: [My] experience with each book wasn’t identical. Too Much Happiness is mature, dispassionate, with its sentiments running deep and much just hinted at, complex threads of narrative, character psychologies that are fairly broad and deep, and quite demanding diction choices. Several puns that worked in English couldn’t be translated into Chinese. How does one reveal her complete intention, the sentiment? Most of my effort was spent on adjusting the word order, because English has a fairly demanding logical structure, with higher precision; Chinese is a non-structural language, so that word order is very important, and is critical for the expression of emotions.

Read the full interview with Joyce Zhang.


Issues

Issue 188, Autumn 2014 Book Reviews Online

The Major Verbs

The Malahat Review's autumn issue, a special 160-page collection dedicated to works of translation, will be mailed this week to subscribers! To pique your interest, we've posted the book reviews to our website - have a read!

Reviews of poetry from Tiziano Broggiato, Chava Rosenfarb, Robert Melançon, Pierre Nepveu and Nuno Júdice; fiction from Christine Eddie and Horacio Castellanos Moya; creative nonfiction from Tomoko Mitani and Sherry Simon (ed.).

Read the reviews from Issue #188's table of contents.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #34, April 1975

Issue #34Issue 34 is a feast of many flavours, proving that The Malahat shaped cosmopolitan readership almost forty years ago, well before “globalism.” It features such poets as Jose Emilio Pacheco (Mexico); Syed Shamsul Haq (Bangladesh); Shen Chou (China; Jaroslav Seifert (Czeckoslovakia) and Par Lagerkvist (Sweden) as well as prose by Edward Marcotte and Rick de Marinis. But alas: even though feminism was burgeoning in the mid-seventies, male voices predominate: only ten women writers are invited to the table here.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue (write-up by Lynne Van Luven).


News

Congratulations to Rebecca Foust, Winner of the 2014 Constance Rooke CNF Prize!

Rebecca FoustThe Malahat Review is pleased to announce the winner of its 2014 Creative Nonfiction Prize. American author Rebecca Foust has won $1,000 for her story, "Venn Diagram," chosen by contest judge Priscila Uppal. More than 160 entries were received this year.

"Venn Diagram" will be published in the Winter 2013 issue (#189), and an interview with Foust will appear in December's Malahat lite e-newsletter.

About the winner: Rebecca Foust’s books include All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, awarded the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize and nominated for the Poet’s Prize; and God, Seed, awarded the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award and a Mass Book Award finalist. Foust received an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson in 2010 and is the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!

For more details (including judge citation!) view the 2014 CNF announcement page.


Submit

Now Accepting Creative Nonfiction Submissions via Submittable!

SubmittableCalling all creative nonfiction writers! As of October 15, The Malahat Review is accepting digital CNF submissions via Submittable. Mailed-in / paper submissions of creative nonfiction will no longer be read or processed by the Malahat office.

A Submittable account is free and it's easy to join. Unlike other literary journals, we don't charge writers to submit their work using Submittable. Submissions may range from 1,000 to 3,500 words in length. No restrictions as to subject matter or approach apply. It can include, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Visit our submissions page for full details, and to access our Submittable site.


News

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest Shortlist Announced!

CNF PrizeWe're pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest! Four finalists have been posted to our website. Click here for the big reveal.

A record number of contest entries were received this year! Thanks to all supporters and entrants for making this possible. The grand prize winner will be announced by October 17 online.

2014 CNF shortlist available here.

Read about last year's CNF contest winner, Liz Windhorst Harmer.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #32, October 1974

Issue #32Robin Skelton’s introduction comments on the state of literary magazines and printing costs. Skelton appeals to readers of The Malahat Review to consider the situation, stating that the only way for the magazine to survive is to receive "massive support from its readership." The serious economic state of the magazine in 1974 is offset by the dreamy and textured quality of the writing within.

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Continue reading about this week's featured issue.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: October 2014 Edition

Donald McGrathOne month until the Open Season contest deadline! October's e-newsletter has all the ammunition you need to get fired up for entering submissions of poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction.

Interviews: last year's Open Season contest winners Joelle Barron (poetry) and Tajja Isen (fiction) discuss the writing world one year since receiving the award; Donald McGrath, winner of the Malahat's one-time francophone poetry translation contest, talks about the nature of his work; and Matt Rader lets us in on his debut short story collection, What I Want To Tell Goes Like This.

Features: Issue 188, Autumn 2014 table of contents sneak peek; Western Magazine Award Fiction win; phasing out paper submissions of poetry and creative nonfiction; Our Back Pages from October 1974.

Discover this month's edition of Malahat lite.


Submit

Phasing Out Paper Submissions of Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

SubmittableAs of October 1, 2014, The Malahat Review will no longer accept paper / hard copy submissions of poetry that are mailed to our office. And as of October 15, 2014, we will no longer accept paper / hard copy submissions of creative nonfiction mailed in.

Instead, we ask all writers to send us their work using Submittable. It's free, easy to sign up, and saves on paper, postage and time. Poetry submissions are accepted year-round (for now!), and creative nonfiction submissions will be accepted digitally as of October 15.

Visit our submissions page for full details, and to access our Submittable site.


News

Malahat Wins Western Magazine Award in Fiction Category

Western Magazine AwardsCongratulations are in order for Adrick Brock, whose story "Nina in the Body of a Clown" (published in Issue 182, Spring 2013) won the 2014 Western Magazine Award for Fiction! This is Adrick's first publication, and we are excited it found a home with us.

The 2014 award recipients were announced at the Awards Gala, held on Friday, September 26th at the Renaissance Harbourside Vancouver Hotel. Full list of winners available on the WMA website.


Contests

Submit Early to the 2015 Open Season Awards, and Win a 3-Pack Book Prize!

Red Girl Rat BoyThe Malahat Review is giving away books to one lucky Open Season Award contest entrant this year!

The prize pack includes the latest books from our contest judges: poetry judge Jan Conn's Edge Effects (Brick Books), fiction judge Cynthia Flood's Red Girl Rat Boy (Biblioasis), and creative nonfiction judge David Carpenter's Welcome to Canada (Porcupine's Quill).

It's easy: submit to the Open Season contest between October 1 - 15 and we'll put your name in to win this 3-pack book prize courtesy of the publishers!

Regular deadline for submissions is November 1, 2014.

Want to read up on Cynthia Flood's short story collection? We have a review of Red Girl Rat Boy on our website.

Get full details on entering the 2015 Open Season Awards.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #30, April 1974

Issue #30

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Here's a taste of what Malahat volunteer Robin Reniero had to say:

In his opening comment, Robin Skelton laments what he sees as the proliferation of writers concerned more with “personal hang-ups” than with “the broad scope and nature of social responsibility, natural justice, and human compassion.” He yearns to revisit the engagé literature of the 1930s and, thus, encourages readers to seek out works by writers who convey “honesty of purpose, clarity of mind, and humanity of spirit.” This 1974 issue provides a wealth of opportunity to do just that. 

Continue reading about this week's featured issue.


Issues

Translation Issue Table of Contents Online

Issue #188At Home in Translation: Canadians Translate the World is due out October 2014, but you can get a sneak peek at what's inside on the Table of Contents page. A culmination of three years of work, this issue is one of our biggest yet, with international poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and a special interview between Katia Grubisic and Hugh Hazelton on the process of translation.

Highlighted translators include John Reibetanz, Patrick Friesen, Derk Wynand, A. F. Moritz, Erín Moure, Goldie Morgentaler, and many others. 15 languages, 28 writers, 5 continents! (Excited yet?)

Discover more authors, translators and book reviewers on the Table of Contents.


Contests

Open Season Awards: Call for Submissions

Open Season 2015The Malahat's annual Open Season Awards is inviting entries of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from around the world!

A prize of $1,000 will be given to one winner in each category. Winners will be interviewed for the website, and selected pieces will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of The Malahat Review.

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2014.

Get full details on entering the 2015 Open Season Awards.

Read a biography of the judges: Jan Conn, Cynthia Flood, David Carpenter.

Looking for inspiration? Read the announcement pages for last year's winners, with links to interviews and judge citations on winning pieces.


E-Newsletter

Malahat lite: September 2014 Edition

Chris GudgeonWe have big opportunities and bigger names in this month's Malahat lite!

Interviews: Open Season Contest judges Jan Conn, Cynthia Flood, and David Carpenter (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction respectively) discuss the writing life, influences, and what they'll be looking for in contest submissions this year. Laura Ritland, the winner of this year's Far Horizons Poetry Award, talks with poetry board member Jay Ruzesky about her win.

Features: MalaPod podcast with Issue 187 fiction contributor Chris Gudgeon, call for poetry submissions via Submittable, Our Back Pages issue from the 70's, Translation Contest congratulations notice to Donald McGrath, and more!

Discover all this and more in the newsletter.


Issues

Our Back Pages:
Issue #29, January 1974

Issue #29

Following the success of our 50 Issues Project, in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary, we decided to cast our gaze back, chronologically, over our complete backlist…to include (eventually!) brief reviews of every issue not previously covered. Featured issues will be highlighted on our website biweekly.

Here's a taste of what Malahat volunteer Robin Reniero had to say:

Issue #29 opens with Robin Skelton’s intriguing commentary suggesting that the world of stamp collecting has parallels to the study of world literature in that it “enables people to explore and understand something of the culture and history of other countries.” It is perhaps fitting, then, that the issue begins with three poems by the distinguished Pablo Neruda, recipient of both the International Peace Prize (1950) and Nobel Prize for Literature (1971).

Continue reading about this week's featured issue.

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