Marilyn Gear Pilling’s Writing Space

Intense colour has been a primary pleasure of my life. When the children left home, I turned the dining room, which has doors, into a space for myself. One wall a pure darkish-blue, the opposite wall, tomato red. Above the plate rack, Mayan gold. A large vase of flowers that picks up those colours. An […]

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What is Meg Todd Reading?

Just before book stores and the like closed due to Covid19, I paid $6.00 for The Sound and the Fury in the second-hand bookshop up the road. “Have fun with that,” the shopkeeper said. One is never sure which way to take her words. I once brought in four boxes of used books and she […]

Nicholas Bradley’s Writing Space

My desk is uncharacteristically tidy these days because my writing space has become my Zoom “studio.” Normally the stacks of books would be taller, the pile of papers overgrown, but this corner of the basement is now, in the time of the pandemic, my virtual teaching space. I’m fortunate to have it, and grateful. The […]

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Finding the Form with Eva-Lynn Jagoe

When Vinh Nguyen asked me to write something for “Scatterings,” I felt so honoured because the writing in that series has been so amazing. In trying to find the form of a piece, I find that I tend to write with a particular reader in mind. For “The Finca,” I was thinking of Vinh, who […]

The 2020 Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award Winners

The New Quarterly is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award! Winner “Moon Sign” by Joshua Wales Runners-up “Count Your Blessings” by Heather Debling “The Place of Broken Glass” by Sarah Wishloff Honourable Mentions “Hyacinth Girl” by Lisa Alward “Till I’m Me Again” by Joshua Wales

The 2020 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest Winners

The New Quarterly is pleased to announce the winners of the  2020 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest! Winner “The Medium of the Archive” by Elizabeth Dauphinee Runner-up “Terrorist Mythologies” by Tanya Bellehumeur-Allatt Honourable Mention “The Wounded Man” by Lisa Martin Notable Essays To appear in a later issue “Generation Congee” by Donna Seto “Human Touch”by Doley Henderson […]

Blaze Island by Catherine Bush: Q&A with Mahak Jain

Catherine Bush ( is an award-winning, bestselling and New York Times Notable Book author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Blaze Island, is Shakespeare-inspired and tackles issues of climate change. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph and the coordinator of the Toronto-based creative writing MFA program. Below, she is in conversation with past student […]

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What is Colette Maitland Reading?

I recently finished reading Death and the Seaside, by Alison Moore (Biblioasis, 2019). A spare book, just 179pp, Death and the Seaside certainly packs both literary and psychologically thrilling punches. The novel’s ‘action’ unfolds through the alternating points of view of three female characters. We begin with Susan, herself a character within a story that […]

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The 2020 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest! First Place ($1000)“Afterbirth” by Anne Marie Todkill Second Place ($500)“Rim” by Mia Anderson Third Place ($250 each) “Sword on the Road” by Pamela Mordecai “On Not Seeing Rocher Percé…”  by Anne Swannell Honourable Mentions(to be published alongside our winning poems) […]

What is Laurie D. Graham Reading?

My job has always made the reading I do a little scrappy, a little piecemeal. Months of pandemic have exacerbated that: my time spent reading is modulating widely—for a while, all I do is read, then I can’t read at all—and I’ve been starting into more books than usual these past weeks. Maybe a disconcerting […]

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