Writing in the Margins

Now in its third year, Briarpatch’s Writing in the Margins contest seeks fresh, creative writing that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice. This year’s contest entries will be judged by award-winning writers Shani Mootoo and Marcello Di Cintio. Briarpatch books columnist Yutaka Dirks caught up with our judges to talk politics and prose. Check out what our judges had to say about their writing practice and then polish your entry. You’ve got until December 1st to enter your short stories and creative non-fiction pieces for a chance to be published in Briarpatch and share in $750 in cash prizes!


Writing in the Margins

Briarpatch Magazine’s 3rd annual creative writing contest

Briarpatch is seeking fresh, creative writing that brings to life issues of political, social, and environmental justice. We want writing from the edges – from new writers who have something important to say, or from longtime writers who can show us a new way of seeing things. We’re looking for bold and courageous writing that pushes the boundaries between fact and fiction, journalism and prose, and that deconstructs tough issues in inventive ways.

This year’s short story entries will be judged by acclaimed novelist and poet SHANI MOOTOO. Her books include the Giller Prize-nominated Cereus Blooms at Night; Valmiki’s Daughter; He Drown She in the Sea; the short story collection Out on Main Street; and the poetry collection The Predicament of Or.

Creative non-fiction entries will be judged by MARCELLO DI CINTIO, who is the author of three books of creative nonfiction including, most recently, Walls: Travels Along the Barricades. Walls won both the 2013 Shaugnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

Contest winners will be published in the March/April 2014 issue of Briarpatch and will each receive $300. Honourable mentions will be featured online alongside contest winners at briarpatchmagazine.com and will each receive $75. The top entry from Briarpatch’s hometown of Regina will also be treated to lunch at The Willow on Wascana with esteemed local author, Trevor Herriot.

The deadline for entry is December 1, 2013. Submissions should not exceed 2000 words and must be original, unpublished and not under consideration by other publications.

Your $25 entry fee gets you a full year’s subscription to Briarpatch (regularly $28.95).  U.S. submissions cost $40 and other international submissions cost $45 to cover the additional costs of postage for your subscription.

For full contest details see: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/creative-writing-conte

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About Shaleeta Harper

I am the Executive Director of the FBCW.

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