The 2022 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Longlist

The New Quarterly is pleased to announce the longlist for the 2022 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest! The longlisted poets and their poems are as follows: 2022 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Longlist ♦ “January 27, 2022” by Denise Blinn ♦ “Birth Crasher” by Leesa Dean ♦ “Rebellion Box” by Hollay Ghadery ♦ “Testimony, March 3 […]

Chris Kuriata’s Writing Space

My writing space is always changing locations, depending on where I am in my life. When I lived alone, in the basement apartment of a creepy building in Regina, Saskatchewan, I wrote at a round oak table, typing on a computer, usually while my cat, Manna, napped on the warm roof of the I-Mac. When […]

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The Virgin

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. The Virgin by Anandi Carroll-Woolery My younger brother and I were bored. We had come from Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. We had been whisked away from our toys, our books, our TV shows, to the village of California […]

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Between Two Houses

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. Between Two Houses by Leila Safari It was a dark night in the middle of summer; we were visiting our family for a holiday in the north of Iran. We were staying at my uncle Ahmad’s house. But we had finished our games and […]

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My Cake Lesson

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. My Cake Lesson by Tamara Cooper Once when I was 15, I went to my friend Jenny’s house after school to do our integrated science assignment, which was due the following day. Jenny, who didn’t like doing homework, decided to bake a cake instead […]

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Gravity

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. Gravity by Lindsey Carter I grew up in suburbia, a patchwork of neighborhoods stitched together by malls, shopping centers, gas stations, and churches. A place in Northern Virginia valued mostly for its proximity to the city – and the people whose self-importance can […]

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Being Rescued

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. Being Rescued by Cecilia Vizcaíno I am quickly entering the sea. We are in Miramar, Argentina for our summer vacation. The beach is full of people sunbathing, young men playing soccer, children making sandcastles with canals at the shore, some people are swimming […]

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The Avocado Tree

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. The Avocado Tree by Peggy Plet I am ten years old.  It is recess at school and I’m walking with Mieke, my best friend. We met last year in grade four. We like each other just because. I accept Mieke, as she is. […]

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Twenty Scones

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. Twenty Scones by Thoko Hanjahanja-Phiri I am at home. It’s safe and cozy inside. Safe because I am not getting rained on outside. The weather has been miserable for several days now. “The crops are getting uprooted because of all the heavy rain, […]

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The Talking Tree

The X Page: A Storytelling Workshop about. stories. join. team. contact. donate. The Talking Tree by Barbra Yeko “Lunch break is done, it’s time to move on!” Chebet our forest guide shouted. Tummies full, we all scrambled to our feet, plates and forks still in hand. Nothing tasted better than pilau rice and meat! “Pick […]

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