2018 Contest Winners

TNQ’s 2018 Contest Winners — Fiction, Poetry, and Personal Essay The New Quarterly editors and contest judges faced difficult decisions to determine the winners of this year’s three writing contests. TNQ congratulates and applauds the 2018 contest winners. Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award First prize ($1,000) Katie Zdybel, “The Last Thunderstorm Swim of the Summer” Runner-up […]

2018 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest: Our Apologies

The staff and volunteers at The New Quarterly would like to issue a public apology to those who were incorrectly notified they had been included on the longlist for the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse contest due to an administrative error. We have sent individual apologies to the affected poets and would like to assure contest entrants that we will do our best to ensure that this will not happen again. 

Writing Spaces: Tristan Tavis Marajh

The wide majority of my writing thus far I have done at a local hospital (not as a patient) and at various public libraries. At night, at the hospital; during the day, at the library.

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Rejection: A Love Story

Sometimes writing can take us to scary places, investigating dark, poorly lit basements and scary cobweb-covered attics. A caring community is the well-lit, welcoming living room that assists while you find your way there and back—that figuratively has your back.

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TNQ’s 2018 Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award Longlist

The New Quarterly (TNQ) is committed to providing a space for both established and emerging writers, but the Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award is designed specifically for new writers. The Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award is sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Department. The contest honours the distinguished St. Jerome’s professor, Peter Hinchcliffe, who […]

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TNQ’s 2018 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest Longlist

Edna Staebler was a pioneer in the field of literary journalism and a beloved figure in Waterloo Region. In 1981 she helped to found The New Quarterly  (TNQ) and in 2005 her generous bequest allowed us to establish this award, in her honour. “The 2018 longlist surprises, provokes, and heartens, as diverse voices across the […]

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TNQ’s 2018 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Longlist

Providing a home for poetry by both established and emerging poets has, from the start, been an important part of The New Quarterly’s (TNQ) mandate. The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest is sponsored by Kim Jernigan, and her family, in memory of her father Nick Blatchford, the man who sparked the family’s love of poetry. […]

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Writing Spaces: Evangeline Jones

This week in Writing Spaces, we take a look at the working space of Evangeline Jones, author of “Echoes of the Voiceless” in Issue #147. While I find a desk essential to writing, I very rarely use it. It more often ends up being a depository for books, magazines, notebooks; various tools of creativity or […]

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Writing Spaces: Stephanie Bolster

This week in Writing Spaces, we take a look at the working space of Stephanie Bolster, author of the three poems “All,” “Here,” and “Cusp” in Issue #147. During the months before my second daughter’s birth, our garage door became a wall of windows. The four small existing windows, cobwebbed, with cracked red frames, transformed […]

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What You Love

TNQ Nonfiction Editor Susan Scott interviews writer and poet, Isabella Wang, the youngest contestant and Honourable Mention to grace the pages of the magazine.

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