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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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July 27th, 2015

Feeling Postmodern, Failing Postmodern - Review: Edward Nixon’s The Fissures of Our Throats // John Nyman

When I first picked up Edward Nixon’s debut poetry collection, The Fissures of Our Throats (Guernica Editions, 2014), I feared the book would bu[…]

Feeling Postmodern, Failing Postmodern appeared first on the Town Crier.


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.

April 24th, 2015

A Brave World Indeed …

Puritan co-founder and editor Spencer Gordon was recently interviewed for the Toronto Star in an article called “Brave new world for Canada’s literary journals”, written by long-time editor Deborah Dundas.

In the piece, Dundas writes that “Literary magazines are facing a challenging new world. Cuts in funding grants, changes in technology and founders retiring have some worried that a critical vehicle for aspiring writers — a place where all of Canada’s literary superstars first saw print — is disappearing.”

The Puritan, however, is just getting started. Read more and find out how.

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