My home town, Gatineau, is one of this year’s hosts of Canada’s largest festival of reading. We’re an official “Reading Town” this month, with events and presentations that come to a close tomorrow. It’s all part of the National Reading Campaign’s mission to make reading a national priority.
I’m doing my bit to celebrate. Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be at the Mill Road Community Space in Chelsea (just a few kilometres from home), speaking with readers of all ages about reading and writing and how they go together so well.
There’s a full day planned with authors, musicians, and other creative people from the region. So, since it promises to be a rainy weekend — and reading is a great activity for rainy days as well as sunny beaches — come on out and say hello if you’re in the area.
Have a great weekend!
While browsing my online library catalogue, this book caught my eye:
It captured me not because of its great reviews but because I could have sworn it was in my TBR pile with a different name. I searched through the pile and found this:
Ah yes. Not quite the same book. Extremely similar cover, completely different book.
Apparently, this happens every now and then. Sometimes in a worse way:
Sheesh. They didn’t even change the kid’s clothes on that one. (Check out this Huffington Post article for more examples.)
(A word to designers here: if you’re buying usage rights to images that other people can buy usage rights for, maybe fiddle with the image a tad. By Gaslight is a wild re-envisioning in comparison with Long Drive Home.)
How do you feel when a new book comes out that has almost the same cover as your still-quite-recent book? Amused? Annoyed? Delighted? Honoured? (I’m thinking annoyed.)
But maybe a similar cover is an advantage, so long as the contents are good. Humans like the familiar, after all. And even a duplicate cover won’t lose a book any fans if the contents are awesome. Mockingbird and Long Drive Home are a perfect example of that. (Still, both were reprinted with new, not-as-good-but-at-least-unique covers:)
Todd Babiak’s Come Barbarians was published in 2013 with HarperCollins. Steven Price’s By Gaslight was published in 2016 by McClelland & Stewart. Both have had great reviews. And they’re both fine-looking books. By Gaslight was in fact voted a Best Cover of 2016 (annoying the Come Barbarians designer, I’m sure).
I confess that I bought Come Barbarians because of the cool cover. It’s that attractive. In both versions. I wouldn’t change it if I was either one of them.
In fact, I’m thinking the foggy green cobblestone street is good for at least one more novel. Change the coat to a cape and add a wizard in a window, and it would be perfect for a thrilling fantasy. Any takers?
Here is the last instalment of my favourite Can-lit journals aka short story markets.
NB: These are not ALL the magazines out there in our northern land. This is my personal list of lit-mags that publish the kind of short fiction I read and write, and for which I’m eligible to submit. (So you won’t find Ricepaper here because I’m not Asian Canadian, and you won’t find Arc because I don’t write poetry.) For a more complete list, see the Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals on the Magazine Awards blog. (I’ve cribbed from their list and added the information I want at a glance: word counts, submission policies, and payments. Feel free to crib from my list.)
Riddle Fence (St. John’s, Newfoundland)
Room (Vancouver, British Columbia)
The Rusty Toque (editors across Canada)
sub-Terrain (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Taddle Creek (Toronto, Ontario)
THIS Magazine (Toronto, Ontario)
Understory Magazine (Halifax and Lunenberg, Nova Scotia)
untethered (Toronto, Ontario)
The Windsor Review (Windsor, Ontario)
That’s it! I’ll post the entire A-Z on my “Markets” page.
Remember to check out the magazines before you submit to them. Buy, borrow, subscribe. Find out which ones publish writing that’s to your taste and whose pages you’d be proud to see your work in. (I have a story upcoming in The Fiddlehead — now, that’s one I’m proud to be published in.)
Good luck. Have a great week.
Continuing on the last couple of posts, here are another 10 excellent Canadian literary journals that short story writers can submit to.
The Nashwaak Review (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
The New Quarterly (Waterloo, Ontario)
NōD (Calgary, Alberta)
One Throne (Dawson City, Yukon)
Prairie Fire (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
PRISM International (Vancouver, British Columbia)
The Puritan (Toronto, Ontario)
Queen’s Quarterly (Kingston, Ontario)
The Quilliad (Toronto, Ontario)
QWERTY (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
Good luck! Have a great week.
Continuing on last week’s blog, here are another 10+ excellent Canadian literary journals that short story writers can submit to.
The Feathertale Revew (Ottawa, Ontario)
The Fieldstone Review (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
The Fiddlehead (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
filling Station (Calgary, Alberta)
Freefall (Calgary, Alberta)
Geist (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Grain (Regina, Saskatchewan)
The Humber Literary Review (Toronto, Ontario)
The Impressment Gang (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
In/Words (Ottawa, Ontario)
The Malahat Review (Victoria, British Columbia)
That’s batch 2 of 4, with more to come next week. Now go write something worth the editors’ time. Have a great week.
I wrote short stories in my youth and published a dozen in Canadian literary journals–long defunct ones like Writ and Quarry, and still-going-strong ones like The Windsor Review and The New Quarterly (it really was a new quarterly back then). Though I’ve kept up with reading lit mags all my life, I only recently resumed writing short fiction for adults–which requires viewing lit mags as markets.
While some of today’s great Canadian lit mags still have the same submission guidelines they had 20 years ago (snail mail, SASEs and all), I’ve had to make a few updates on my “Lit Mag Submission Guidelines” file (the main change being that the file was on a 3 1/2″ floppy disk so I had to retype the whole thing).
The best resource for Canadian lit mag info is “A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals” on the Magazine Awards Blog. I’ve cribbed from that guide to make my own list of short story markets, which omits all the poetry bits but adds essential info like word limits, submission methods, and payments. If you’re a short story writer, feel free to crib from my list.
I’m offering the list in 4 parts of 10-12 magazines each because (a) I’m not finished typing the full list yet; and (b) you need time to buy/borrow and read the magazines before you submit to them. Because it would be crazy to try to publish your work in a magazine you’ve never read and might not even like. Right?
Canadian Literary Magazines–Short Fiction Markets A-E
The Antigonish Review (Antigonish, Nova Scotia).
Canthius Journal (Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario)
The Capilano Review (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Carousel (Guelph, Ontario)
Carte Blanche (Montreal, Quebec)
Cosmonauts Avenue (Montreal, Quebec)
The Dalhousie Review (Dalhousie, Nova Scotia)
Event (New Westminster, British Columbia)
Existere (Toronto, Ontario)
Exile, the Literary Quarterly (Toronto, Ontario)
That’s the top of the alphabet to start with. Happy reading and submitting. More to come Friday.
Have a great week.
I found some pictures on my phone taken during dog walks along the Ottawa River over the course of an entire year. (Not this past year, alas–these are from 2015. But nothing much has changed in this particular spot in the world, so these will do as a representative year.)
This is what a year looks like around here. (Notice how short summer is.)
Happy New Year!