Interviews: judges Sina Queyras, Jaspreet Singh, and Molly Peacock talk about their respective genres, with tips to contest entrants on how to up the chances of winning some of the $4,500 prize. Poetry contributor Steve McOrmond discusses his poems to appear in the Summer issue. And Yusuf Saadi talks about the creative process for his winning poem.
Emerging writers who have yet to publish a book (publication in literary magazines is OK) are encouraged to send us short stories of 3,500 words or less. One winner will take home the $1,000 prize!
Following the success of our , in which we highlighted select back issues in honour of the , 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.The has been distributed to readers all over the globe, and inside you'll find a fantastic story by Governor General's Award finalist and Trillium Book Award winner Kate Cayley. In this interview, she talks with Francesca Bianco about artistry, identity and truth as they pertain to her fiction piece. Here's a sample of their conversation:FB: In "The Ascent," we find a woman—sometimes called "Lady"—who renounces herself ("I am not that woman any longer") and puts on a metaphorical habit in order to perform another character. She embarks on a pilgrimage of self-fabrication that ultimately saves her. Writing can be a kind of performance. What is the nature of that performance for you when putting pen to paper? KC: I think it depends very much on the form. I find short stories probably the most performative because it is possible to sustain a different voice over that briefer journey. With anything longer, the author intrudes. And of course, like Lady finds, the performance becomes itself a real thing. That said, I’m a pretty nuts-and-bolts writer, and I often keep my distance from my own material—as in, there’s a part of me refining it from a technical standpoint even as I’m most present in it, so I don’t think I’m immersed in the performance in the way Lady is. I suppose it is a kind of salvation, in the sense of something that transforms experience.This month's e-newsletter has lots of info on upcoming theme issues, news and interviews with contest winners, and a National Magazine Award nomination!News: Susan Olding has received a NMA nomination for "White Matter," her creative nonfiction piece originally published in . Winners will be announced at a special gala in Toronto on June 10, and all Malahat staff are crossing their fingers!Interviews: Novella Prize winner Anne Marie Todkill discusses framing and narration in her winning novella story, "Next of Kin.". Founders Award for Fiction winner J. R. McConvey talks about the theme of grief in his winning piece, "Home Range." And Kate Cayley lets us in on truth and identity in her story, "The Ascent," published in our Spring Issue.Calls for Submissions: we have two theme issues coming up, and we're looking for writers to send us their work! An issue on (deadline August 15, 2016) and on (deadline May 15, 2017) may both be our biggest and best issues yet.Great news! Canadian writer Susan Olding has been nominated for a National Magazine Award in the Essays category for her nonfiction piece, "White Matter," which originally appears in of the Malahat. This issue, published in January 2016, highlights the best of creative nonfiction in Canada today.Susan Olding's work has won and been nominated for multiple awards, including previous National Magazine Awards. Our fingers are crossed that "White Matter" makes the cut for this year's NMAs!As I stare at the cover of this particular issue of The Malahat Review, three smiling faces greet me, welcoming me to the realm of their works. These women, Paulette Jiles, Diana Hartog, and Sharon Thesen, are the focus of this issue, with a generous selection of their poetry and with a preceding interview by editor Constance Rooke.
In addition to the $1,000 prize, We're offering a special collection of book prizes to the winner of this year's contest. As a proud Canadian magazine, we chose these books as prizes to celebrate the diversity of Canada's history and landscape.
Barbara Lambert's novella, "A Message for Mr. Lazarus" takes up over half of the pages of this issue. What literary magazine does that? Well, The Malahat Review does, obviously. Why? Because "Mr. Lazarus" was the winner of the 1996 Novella Prize (Lambert was also a finalist in Malahat's first novella contest). The prize itself separates us from some other literary magazines simply because we have, through this contest and its biennial counterpart, the Long Poem Prize, asserted the importance of these two slightly unwieldy forms (too short to be a book on their own, but too long for most quarterlies).
– Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic will speak April 21 at Purdue University as part of the 80th annual celebration.Simic, a professor emeritus of the University of New Hampshire, will present a reading at 8 p.m.