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The Writer’s Corner

Who’s Reading What for Issue 142

We asked our Issue 142 authors to tell us a little bit about what they’re reading. From thought-provoking pieces on poverty to Vietnamese translations, their responses have expanded all of our “to read” lists. Take a look at the books discussed below; we bet you can’t read just one! N.B.: Where applicable, the books below […]

Contributors from Issue 142 in

“Old Growth”: An interview with Lisa Alward, winner of the 2016 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award

Winning a literary contest, especially when you’re just starting to send out your work, is incredibly validating. That another writer, or as in the case of The New Quarterly a panel of writers and editors, would choose your story out of two or three or four hundred others makes up for a lot of rejection emails!

Pamela Mulloy with Lisa Alward in

From the Banks of the Grand

One of the short-listed essays in the 2011 Edna Staebler Personal Essay contest, Geoff Martin’s “From the Banks of the Grand” traces the history of Block II, a parcel of land in what is now Waterloo County settled by his own Mennonite ancestors under deeds that were illicitly issued, a swindle that only came to […]

The Long Route to Le Mas Blanc: A writing retreat in the South of France

This piece was originally posted to the TNQ blog in Spring 2013. I am a terrible traveller. Pretty much phobic about flying. Ironically, I’ve spent my life travelling. I was born on an overseas business trip—crossed oceans and continents my entire life. I should be cavalier but I’m not. Quite the opposite. My fears were intensified by […]

Lindy Mechefske in

Memory, Desire, and the Aural Imagination

I submitted to TNQ because the contest is unique in its focus and celebration of the occasional poem. I feel like most poems, for me, begin with an occasion in my own life, whether that occasion stays overtly in the poem or not.

Kim Jernigan with Ruth Daniell in


Lying in bed before falling asleep, I track the changeable sky through a frame of white pines, a view so Tom Thomson it made me laugh at first. Unreal, I thought. How can this be real?


Events & Competitions

The Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award

sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Department 

Winning story: $1000

Deadline: June 12, 2017

Price $40.00 Learn more.

Wild Writers Festival

The New Quarterly is proud to present the sixth annual Wild Writers Literary Festival on November 3-5th, 2017. Join us for a celebration of the savage and free and its expression in poetry, the short story, and everything in between. Create, learn, discover and share the art of groundbreaking writing.

INDIVIDUAL TICKET SALES WILL OPEN AT 12 NOON on SEPTEMBER 15, 2017. Tickets available at the door unless otherwise noted.

Price $135.00 Learn more.

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Issue 142

WAITING FOR THE RETURN: in which we sort out our collection of spoons and neckties, chase the bears that haunt us, find our long-lost writing voice, and learn to play guitar all over again

Writer At Large

On Writing

Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest



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