The 2022 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest

The New Quarterly is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Edna Stabler Personal Essay Contest!



“The Plague Came with No Directions” by Thom Vernon


Runner-Up (tie)

“Goodbye to All That” by Ferrukh Faruqui

“The Seventh Pillar” by Campion Carruthers


Honourable Mentions

“Soft Pink” by Sandy Pool

“Sleeping with Hannah” by Nancy Huggett

“Sonnet: galeko” by Hilary Fair


Look for the prize winners and honourable mentions in an upcoming issue of The New Quarterly. Thank you to all of the writers who participated this year. We enjoyed reading every one of your essays.