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The Puritan: Frontiers of New English is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario, committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews, essays, and reviews.

The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature—work that pushes boundaries, or sees boundaries as unstable, or lines to be re-drawn.

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The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. This year’s judges are Ian Williams (for poetry) and Miriam Toews (for fiction).

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September 2nd, 2015

Mythmaking - Introducing a Month of Creative Non-Fiction // Amanda Leduc

“[M]emory itself can be called its own bit of creative nonfiction. We continually—often unconsciously—renovate our memories, shaping them int[…]

Mythmaking appeared first on the Town Crier.


September 1st, 2015

It’s Here! Issue 30: Summer 2015 Hits the Web!

Dear Friends, Writers, Editors,

At long last, we’re pleased to bring you Issue 30: Summer 2015. Better late than never—and better great than merely good.

This is a monumental issue for the magazine. Not only is it our 30th edition—a milestone in itself—but it’s also the first issue to feature curated work from two guest editors. The Guest Summer Editors series has begun with gusto, and Issue 30 has fiction curated by Doretta Lau and poetry selected by Katherena Vermette. Each of these amazing young authors has also gifted us with an introduction and orientation to the work they’ve selected, providing keen insight into why, and what, and whom, they chose.

Issue 30 also features our fourth Svpplement: “‘À la prochaine fois’”: 1995 and Literature in Post-Referendum Québec,” lovingly edited and assembled by Puritan staffer Jason Freure. As with all our Svpplements, this effectively doubles the size of the issue, making it true (electronic) doorstopper.

So please raise a toast with us (wherever you are), and enjoy a wonderful summer blockbuster.

Here you’ll find stories chosen by Doretta Lau by writers Souvankham Thammavongsa, Asha Jeffers, Jamila-Khanom Allidina, Samantha Leese, Jacob Gelfand, Holly Flauto Salmon, and Francine Cunningham.

Then check out Katherena Vermette’s poetry selections: Rosanna Deerchild, Randy Lundy, Scott Nolan, Janet Marie Rogers, Joanne Arnott, Tanis MacDonald, Lee Maracle, Marlin M. Jenkins, Scott Wordsman, Michelle Good, Hilda Mann, and Monique Woroniak.

As with every Puritan issue, this edition features amazing works of non-fiction by authors both established and those quickly gaining a reputation.

Erín Moure speaks with Oana Avasilichioaei in “Limbinal and Its Peformances” and David St-Lascaux sits down to talk with Gregory Pardlo in “Holding Hands with a Stranger.” Stewart Cole investigates Ben Ladouceur’s Otter in “Affect(at)ion,” Neil Surkan interrogates Erín Moure’s Kapusta in “Unheimlich Maneuvers,” Paul Barrett examines Shane Book’s Congotronic in “Maroon of Modernity,” and Scott Marentette works through Karen Solie’s The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out in “How the silent energy coursed between us.”

After you’re finished with our regular issue, drift over to the Svpplement—but first read Jason Freure’s spirited introduction to set the cultural scene.

This additional expansion features an original short story by Anna Leventhal and an excerpt from David Scott Hamilton’s English translation of Captive, Claudine Dumont’s Anabiose.

As for poetry, you’ll find Alexander Rock’s translations of French poems by Catherine Dorion and Hugo Beauchemin-Lachapelle, Scott Marentette’s translations of French works by Philippe Haeck, Marcel F. Raymond, and Scott Chamberland, as well as original English poems by Melissa Bull, Jesse Eckerlin, and Jay Winston Ritchie.

Stellar works of non-fiction round out the themes explored in the preceding work. We’re excited to present Geneviève Robichaud’s “Some Thoughts on the Wrapping Text,” Guillaume Morissette’s “English as a Second Language in Which to Have Anxiety Meltdowns,” and André Forget’s “The History of the Decline and Fall of Quebec According to Denys Arcand”

We close out with two Heather O’Neill-centric pieces: editor Jason Freure’s interview with O’Neil, “A 19-Year-Old’s Referendum,” and Myra Bloom’s review of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, “A Product of Its Time.”

With Issue 30: Summer 2015 and our Summer 2015 Svpplement, The Puritan now heads into another fall, where we eagerly anticipate the results of our Fourth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence—judged by Ian Williams and Miriam Toews—and another can’t-miss issue.

For now, though, a brief respite. Time to relax and drink in the last of the season and spend time with the several hundred pages here. Thank you for reading through the final faltering days of this very important summer.


June 20th, 2015

Wanted: Publicity Agents!

Are you invested in the publishing community and looking for a crash course in Toronto’s vibrant literary scene? Do you enjoy creating connections, whether they’re from social media or working the room at an event?

The Puritan | Frontiers of New English is currently seeking new Publicity Agents to assist our team with the promotion, development, and overall quality of the publication.

Publicity Agents will be responsible for promoting the journal and its sister blog, The Town Crier, at readings and other events, as well as handling all social media promotion. Publicity Agents will:

• represent the journal by attending local area readings,
• scout potential talent for the journal and solicit work from writers,
• manage the social media element of our advertising campaigns, including daily Twitter updates (promoting blog posts, author news, events, etc.)
• research current Toronto-area arts and literature events,
• distribute promotional material and promote contests, projects, etc.,
• write short blog posts which engage with an event, an author, a book, or another element of the Toronto (or Canadian) literary community.

Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the magazine, its history, and the work it publishes. Puritan associates are expected to devote approximately ten (10) hours per week to tasks and assignments. Publicity Agent positions will last four (4) months. All agents should be available to meet with Puritan staff within the city of Toronto. Agents are expected to check and respond to email correspondence and will also write very short weekly summaries of work completed.

In addition, all Puritan Publicity Agents should have:

• a BA (or equivalent, or higher, or be enrolled) in English Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Design, Publishing, or related fields,
• knowledge of and interest in contemporary Canadian literature, literary communities, and magazine publishing,
• excellent written and oral communication skills,
• proficiency with MS programs and Google mail/docs (knowledge of WordPress and/or Adobe Creative Suite applications considered a plus),
• the ability to follow instructions in a timely manner and meet strict deadlines,
• the ability to work independently and as part of a team,
• familiarity with social media, and (most importantly)
• enthusiasm and moxie!

While we are a volunteer-run organization, and the founding and associate editors do not receive any income from the magazine, Publicity Agents will each receive an honorarium of $300 for their valuable assistance! We offer successful candidates additional benefits such as letters of reference, resumé evaluation, review copies of new or forthcoming books from Canadian publishers, and an excellent platform for establishing professional connections.

Interested parties should send a CV as .doc or .pdf attachment to info@puritan-magazine.com. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 20, 2015, and positions will begin in early August, 2015. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

June 15th, 2015

Guest Summer Editors: Doretta Lau & Katherena Vermette

As the poster says below, we’re pleased to announce the first edition of our new Guest Summer Editors Series. All fiction and poetry featured in our upcoming Issue 30: Summer 2015 will be chosen by writers Doretta Lau (fiction) and Katherena Vermette (poetry).

We’re still receiving submissions for the issue until June 25, 2015, so get those stories and poems in on time to be considered!


May 11th, 2015

Issue 29: Spring 2015 Is Finally, Gloriously Here!

Dear Friends, Writers, Readers, Publishers, Pilgrims,

Issue 29: Spring 2015 is now live. Please enjoy outside, with laptop, phone or tablet, with something fragrant.

Be sure to mix memory and desire in new fine-tuned fiction by Aurora Stewart de Peña, Jon Chan Simpson, and Ben Stephenson.

Then mix dull roots with spring rain with poets in full bloom and those still sprouting: Stephen Collis, Kate Sutherland, Roxanna Bennett, Joelle Barron, Meghan Harrison, Aaron Boothby, Vanessa Stauffer, Caitlin Scarano, Rasiqra Revulva, Sara Jane Strickland, Carolyn Nakagawa, Hannah Hackney, and Glen Armstrong.

Then find excellent works of long-form non-fiction from some of the most compelling younger voices in the country.

In her engaging essay, “In Defense of the Negative Book Review,” Town Crier and magazine regular Julienne Isaacs poses the hard question, “Can hatchet jobs build strong literary culture?” while Dave Hurlow takes a particularly rigid look at the work of Haruki Murakami in his own, the “Art of the Literary Erection.”

Author A.R. Jardine interviews CanLit luminary Dionne Brand in a most intimate and surprising manner in “Love Enough”; Puritan staffers Jason Freure and André Forget chew the fat of worlds old and new with multi-award winning author Rawi Hage in “Clowning and Cosmopolitanism”; and writer Neil Wadhwa discusses all things book-store with Munro’s Books managing partner Jessica Walker in “Staying Independent.”

Issue 29 is rounded out with Nicholas Herring’s thorough and thoughtful analysis of Michael Crummey’s Sweetland.

It’s all here in Issue 29: Spring 2015. Enjoy!

May 9th, 2015

Upcoming Issue Call-out!

Open submissions for Issue 29: Spring 2015 are now closed. We are currently seeking submissions for Issue 30: Summer 2015. Get those submissions in before our deadline: June 25, 2015.

We are accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, recipes, and interviews. Check out our submission guidelines for more information.

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