The New QuarterlyTNQ, 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 non-fiction 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.

Contact us!

Phone: 519-884-8111 extension 28290
email: info[at]tnq[dot]ca


editor: Pamela Mulloy

lead nonfiction editor: Susan Scott

lead poetry editor: Barbara Carter

consulting editors: Lamees Al Ethari and Tasneem Jamal

poetry editors: Tristanne Connolly, Evelyn Dekker, Paul Hamann, John Vardon, Mandy Brouse, Roderick Spence

fiction editors: Lauren Dembicky, Bruce Johnstone, Flavia Marin, Pamela Mulloy, Robbie Patterson, Deborah Van Seters

managing editor: Sophie Blom

office administrator: Carolyn Pegg

circulation assistant: Noori Amin

editor, tnq.ca: Sophie Blom

volunteers extraordinaire: Kim Boucher, Catherine Muss, Carolyn & Bill Pegg, Carrie Snyder, Bev Harris, Mikayla Ruppe, Sue McEwan, Savio Wong, Laura Reed, Carina Rampelt

special projects: Kim Jernigan

layout and production: Joe Martz and St. Jacobs Printery

board of directors: Alister Thomas (Chair), Tom Wilhelm (Treasurer), Anna Beard (Secretary), Mary Dever, Kerri Hutchinson, Patrick Jocsak, Alexis Motuz, Robbie Patterson, Jennifer Will, Carol Acton (ex officio), Tristanne Connolly (ex officio)

advisors: 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. Jacob’s 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:

Dominique Anfossi, Veronica Austen, Anna Beard, Deborah Black, Morison Bock, Barb Carter, Yvonne Chypchar, Charles Crockford, Rae & Barbara Crossman, Alannah D’Ailly, Evelyn Dekker, Mary Dever, Pamela Dillon, Cynthia Flood, Keath Fraser, Georgina Green, Sarah Haney, Beverly Harris, Impresa Communications Ltd., Ahmed Jakda, Kim & Ed Jernigan, Patrick Jocsak, Anita Lahey, Ann MacKenzie, Amanda Leduc, Colette Maitland, Louise MacCallum & Michael Barnstijn, Leila Merl, Heather Montgomery, Pamela Mulloy, Mary-Lynn Murphy, Catherine Muss, Susan Olding, Robbie Patterson, Susan Scott, Leah Schoenmakers, Rea Tarvydas, Christopher Taylor, Mary Thaler, Alister Thomas, Jean Van Loon, Logan Walsh, Thomas Wilhelm, Peter Woolstencroft, and those who wish that their donation remain anonymous.

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 Jeromes University Logo


St. Jerome’s University, which houses us.



The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation
The Musagetes Fund
for their generosity in supporting our Wild Writers Literary Festival

Canada Council for the Arts
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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.

Heritage Canada


The Canadian Periodical Fund, who through the Business Innovation Fund supported the redesign of this website.


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.