The New Quarterly—TNQ, for short—is a Canadian literary journal known for wit, warmth, and literary innovation. Our style is celebratory, and we’re well known for finding, as well as nurturing, distinctive voices, and for continuing to support writers throughout their career. We publish short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction that explores both the craft and the writing life. Watch for TNQ writers among those cited for National Magazine Awards, the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Journey Prize, and the Writers Trust Fiction Prize.
Each issue brings our readers work by both emerging and established writers, and, while TNQ has always been an inclusive publication, we have renewed our commitment to encouraging writers who may be experiencing barriers regarding race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, or age to consider TNQ when they’re ready to submit their finest work.
The magazine first debuted, staple-bound, in 1981, thanks to the efforts of then writer-in-residence at the University of Waterloo and Newfoundland writer Harold Horwood, with financial help from pioneering journalist Edna Staebler, and the inimitable Farley Mowat. In the early years TNQ was co-edited by Peter Hinchcliffe and Kim Jernigan. Kim Jernigan then became editor, and held the position until 2012.
The vital support of some of our earliest and most faithful sustainers is now acknowledged in the names of TNQ’s three contests.
While TNQ’s home is now St Jerome’s University, a founding college of the University of Waterloo, the magazine has always been engaged with the community: encouraging artistic collaborations across disciplines, hosting readings and literary events, partnering with One Book One Community, Appetite for Reading, the region’s libraries, and our local indie bookstore Words Worth Books, and by pioneering collaborations with publications such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Canadian Notes and Queries, and Alternatives Journal.
TNQ’s vibrant, connected community extends to our website, where we post guest blog posts and author interviews, and to the annual Wild Writers Literary Festival, where the conversation about all things literary leaps off the page, as writers and readers come face-to-face.
The New Quarterly acknowledges that its office is located on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnawbe and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
editor: Pamela Mulloy
lead nonfiction editor: Susan Scott
lead poetry editor: Barbara Carter
consulting editors: Alicia Elliott, Carrie Snyder
poetry editors: Chris Banks, Tristanne Connolly, Evelyn Dekker, Paul Hamann, Sara Kannan, Roderick Spence, John Vardon
fiction editors: Sophie Blom, Bruce Johnstone, Pamela Mulloy, Maša Torbica, Deborah Van Seters
nonfiction editors: Lamees Al Ethari, Tasneem Jamal, Emily Urquhart
managing editor: Emily Bednarz
office administrator: Carolyn Pegg
circulation assistant: Selina Barker
digital publishing editor: Emily Bednarz
proofreader: Sue Danic
volunteers extraordinaire: Kim Boucher, Jen Collins, Roxanne Hearn, Emilie Huhse, Sue McEwen, Carol Motuz, Catherine Muss, Walt Palmer, Carolyn & Bill Pegg, Stephanie Silva, Laura Reed
special projects: Kim Jernigan
layout and production: Joe Martz and St. Jacobs Printery
board of directors: Alister Thomas (Chair), Tom Wilhelm (Treasurer), Catherine Brunskill (Publicity Director), Patrick Jocsak, Andrea Kerswill (Fundraising Committee Chair), Alysia Kolentsis, Alexis Motuz, Karen Payton, Emily Schroeder, D.B. Scott, Jennifer Will (Human Resources), Carol Acton (ex officio), Tristanne Connolly (ex officio)
board advisors: Mary Dever, Heather Montgomery, Logan Walsh, Peter Woolstencroft
The New Quarterly, as always, is grateful to the institutions and individuals who support our work: to St. Jerome’s University which houses us; to the University of Waterloo in conjunction with the Ontario Student Assistance Program for paying our student interns; to St. Jacobs Printery for services various; to our Board of Directors and our many volunteers extraordinaire, both in the editorial ranks and in the office; to Carolyn & Bill Pegg for countless hours spent organizing and running charity bingo sessions on our behalf; to the funders of our contest prizes—the late Edna Staebler, the family of Nick Blatchford, and the English Department at St. Jerome’s University; to our funders at the national, provincial, and municipal level (listed below); and to the many readers, friends, and family who have made donations in the last year:
Anna Beard, Audi Kitchener-Waterloo, The Balsillie School of International Affairs, Kris Bertin, Deborah Black, Karen Black, Frances Boyle, Catherine Brunskill, Barb Carter, Channer’s Waterloo, The City of Kitchener, The City of Waterloo, Tristanne Connolly, Charles Crockford, Allanah d’Ailly, Mary Dever, Jeff Dillon, Pamela Dillon, Sylvia Doran, Mary Ertel, Marsha Faubert, Keath Fraser, Bruce Geddes, The Good Foundation, Beverly Harris, Heffner Toyota, Kate Henderson, Louisa Howerow, Kerri Hutchinson, Kim & Ed Jernigan, Patrick Jocsak, Bruce Johnstone, The Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, Knapp Wealth Management Team of RBC Dominion Securities, Alysia Kolentsis, Anita Lahey, Joan Lazarski, Alice Major, John and Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Gregor Mattli, Kathleen Miller, Alexis Motuz, Pamela Mulloy, Catherine Muss, Anna Muss, Margaret Nowaczyk, Warren Ober, Carolyn & Bill Pegg, D.B. Scott, Susan Scott, Alfred Scott, St. Jacobs Printery, St. Jerome’s University, The Stonefields Foundation, Rea Tarvydas, Alister Thomas, Jean Van Loon, Logan Walsh, Tom Wilhelm, Jennifer Will, Peter Woolstencroft, and Words Worth Books.
All donations are gratefully received and go to support our publishing program. You may make your tax-deductible charitable donation here or drop a cheque in the mail.
The New Quarterly Literary Society Inc. is supported by our many subscribers, donors, and sponsors, including:
St. Jerome’s University, which houses us.
The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation
The Musagetes Fund
for their generosity in supporting our Wild Writers Literary Festival
The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, which provide us with operating support. We’d also like to acknowledge the OAC’s Arts Investment fund, and the Canada Council’s Strategic Market Access Fund for funding special capacity-building projects.
The creation of this website is made possible in part by the Government of Canada through a Canada Periodical Fund Business Innovation Grant.
Good Foundation Inc. is a small private Canadian foundation, started in 1974 by the late Milton and Verna Good. It distributes funds to charitable organizations in the communities of which family members are a part. We are pleased to support The New Quarterly Literary Society’s commitment to diverse Canadian writers and writing.