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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. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction).

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April 23rd, 2014

Poetry, Prose, & Taking It Shift by Shift - One Question Each for Chris Hutchinson, Peter Norman, Suzannah Showler, & Mike Spry // E Martin Nolan

One Question Each for Chris Hutchinson, Peter Norman, Suzannah Showler, & Mike Spry // E Martin NolanIt’s a busy time for past-Puritan autho[…]

Poetry, Prose, & Taking It Shift by Shift appeared first on the Town Crier.


March 26th, 2014


Open submissions for Issue 25: Spring 2014 are are now closed. We are currently seeking submissions for Issue 26: Summer 2014. Get those submissions in before our deadline: June 25, 2014.

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

March 19th, 2014


In its spirit of radical inquiry, The Puritan | Frontiers of New English is seeking essays, reviews, interviews and other non-fiction work. This past year has shown that literary criticism in Canada is in dire need of exploding its old boundaries. In fact, we want writing that treats those boundaries as though they were never drawn. We crave proposals, pitches, blog posts, article ideas, and finished pieces. To what degree they are invested, informed, inquisitive, theoretical, formal or personal is up to you.

While The Puritan’s primary focus is on independent, small press publications, featuring both Canadian and international writing, we are also open to investigations of more popular works of literature. In particular, we seek to promote and support the poets and fiction writers we’ve published in our past 24+ issues.

The Puritan now has two separate venues for literary criticism—the magazine proper, featuring longer and more in-depth works, and our blog (ideal for shorter takes and conversations), The Town Crier. Here are some suggestions of what The Puritan is looking for:

  • independent or collaborative, co-authored reviews,
  • multiple reviews by multiple authors on a single book,
  • short “takes” and impressions of a book or of multiple books,
  • reflections and personal responses to an author’s work or career,
  • revisions and revisits to a previously published piece by yourself or another author,
  • interviews with publishers, editors, book designers and writers,
  • round-ups of the local literary scene in your town, community or city, and
  • round-ups and responses to current literary controversies and discussions.

When in doubt, try us out—we’re open to imaginative and intelligent responses on all points of the spectrum.

Now, the nitty-gritty: we are seeking reviews, revisions, interviews, and responses of at least 1,500 words for The Puritan magazine (paying a $50 honorarium per piece), and short takes, reviews, shorter conversations, and responses of 500 – 1000 words for The Town Crier blog (unpaid, but we’re working on it!).

Deadline: YEAR-ROUND
Contact: Query at puritanmagazine [at] gmail dot com or submit completed pieces via our Submissions Page.

February 26th, 2014


The Puritan | Frontiers of New English is proud to introduce its brand spankin’ new, twenty-first-century-savvy website! Accessing the World Wide Web has never been easier!

Whether you’re reading the latest issue or submitting to our contest, the easy-to-navigate and user-friendly interface will make for a smoother and faster browsing experience.

Everything has been updated and upgraded, and is now accessible on your desktop, laptop, abacus, iPhone, smartphone, tablet, papyrus, Canon-CX1, Macintosh 128k, tricorder, ZX Spectrum, Commodore Amiga, Commodore 64, and many more.

Enjoy a crisp new layout, compatible with Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape Navigator, NetCruiser, Spyglass Enhanced Mosaic, Spyglass Mosaic, and other fun browsers. You’ll be surfing in no time!

Our improved submissions manager allows you to send us your work with ease while the new, space-age search bar allows for direct access to works by your favourite authors!

So gear up, strap in, adjust your oxygen levels, and step through our pod-bay doors to explore the contents of The Puritan, Canada’s most stellar literary magazine.

February 26th, 2014


Attention readers! Attention writers! Curators, critics, editors: Behold!

The Puritan brings you its mammoth 24th issue, Winter 2014, along with the first-ever Puritan Supplement, “Bridging the Literary Border.”

Our parent issue is filled with fantastic new fiction by Pasha Malla, Stephen Thomas, Aaron Fox-Lerner, and Patrick Roesle.

It’s positively brimming with poetry by Jenny Sampirisi, Garry Thomas Morse, Alice Burdick, Jay MillAr, Sonia Di Placido, Zach Buck, and Sadie McCarney.

You’ll find an engaging interview with Dennis E. Bolen by Tracy Kyncl, as well as an in-depth review by Mark Sampson that compares the poetry collections of three distinct Canadian talents, M. Travis Lane, Robin Richardson, and Carey Toane.

Be sure to also check out our first supplemental brainchild, “Bridging the Literary Border Part I” which offers up a collection of pieces concerned with the question of geographical, psychological, and cultural borders—curated by E Martin Nolan.

Enjoy poetry by Lisa Pasold, Stewart Cole, Denise Duhamel, Cal Freeman, Michael Lauchlan, Brandyn Johnson, and Sean Ward.

Delve into engaging new essays by Stewart Cole, Nate Jung, and Thomas Hodd.

Read Jillian Harkness’s interview with Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott, authors of Decomp.

And discover cross-cultural literary reviews: Phoebe Wang’s review of Brian Brett’s The Wind River Variations, Garry Thomas Morse’s Discovery Passages, and Evelyn Lau’s A Grain of Rice; Andrew Blackman’s review of Robert McGill’s Once We Had a Country; and Andreas Vatiliotou’s review of Craig Davidson’s Cataract City.

So break out your map and compass, and explore Issue 24: Winter 2014 today!

February 6th, 2014


The Puritan is proud to announce the release of its twenty-third issue, Fall 2013: a behemoth assemblage of fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, and the jaw-dropping winning entries to our 2012 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize!

Scope out Aurora Brackett’s award-winning short story, “The Edge of Mercury,” and Nathan Slinker’s prize-nabbing poem, “New Pastoral”!

Flip through fabulous new fiction by Meghan Rose Allen and Jim Smith!

Peruse the powerful poetry of Wanda O’Connor, Anthony Ramstetter, Jr., Athena G. Csuti, Bola Opaleke, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Katie Fewster-Yan, R. Kolewe, Hannah Peck, Adam Seelig, Gary Singh, John McKernan, Alison Hicks, Jairus Bilo, and Bänoo Zan!

Untangle Adam Tavel’s new interview with American poet Bruce Bond!

And relish three new reviews of diverse works of fiction and poetry: Phoebe Wang’s investigation of Souvankham Thammavongsa’s Light, Nicholas Herring’s parsing of Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio, and Andrew Blackman’s study of Aminatta Forna’s The Hired Man.

Bundle up from deepening cold with Issue 23: Fall 2013 and enjoy another offering of the best in online lit.

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