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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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October 30th, 2014

The Town Crier Presents: Naben Ruthnum’s “Doctor Burke and Family” - A Toronto Ghost Story // Naben Ruthnum

In the spirit of the somewhat macabre history of the 17th century Puritan settlements in North America, The Town Crier presents its first-ever fict[…]

The Town Crier Presents: Naben Ruthnum’s “Doctor Burke and Family” appeared first on the Town Crier.


October 22nd, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY 2014—You’re Invited!


Friday, November 28 witnesses another trifecta of Puritan milestones. Join the editors, staff, and readers of The Puritan for our now annual event!

BLACK FRIDAY 2014 is a night of celebrations to honour the winners of our Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, judged by Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsi Gartner and announced in November, for both fiction and poetry. Help us congratulate our winners and runners-up in grand style.

Secondly, BLACK FRIDAY 2014 sees the electronic launch of Issue 27: Fall 2014—a wicked collection of fiction, poetry, and journalism to end a great calendar year.

Thirdly, and to usher in the glad tidings and the bountiful work published since January, certain authors whose work and opinions were published in 2014 will be providing short (short) live readings. These writers (so far) include:

Jonathan Bennett
Andrew Forbes
Helen Guri
Amy Lavender Harris
Stevie Howell
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
Pasha Malla
Robert McGill
Shawn Micallef
Jay MillAr
Sarah Pinder
Jenny Sampirisi
Stephen Thomas
Liz Worth

This is a must-see night of literary entertainment. Come for the VERY cheap drinks, free munchies, an awesome raffle, and gnarly tunes. We so hope you’ll help us warm the spacious Loft 404 gallery on November 28th. Celebrations!

WHEN: Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Loft 404 (263 Adelaide Street West)
RSVP at info [at] puritan-magazine [dot] com for a FREE drink

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September 29th, 2014

Thomas Morton Prize Deadline Extended until October 10, 2014

You heard it right!

Our contest deadline has been extended until the 10th of October, which means that poetry and fiction judges Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsi Gartner have even more time to read your submissions.

So polish up that poetry and prose, and get your submissions in by the new, extended deadline.

Best of Luck!


August 24th, 2014


Artists, Writers, Editors, and Friends!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our fierce and fiery summer issue! Issue 26: Summer 2014 contains all new fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews (11 pieces of non-fiction, the most we’ve ever published!) and is supported by our new supplement—a literary urbanist collection of lit and lit-commentary, “Littered T.O.”

The parent issue crackles with a new story by Robert Earle, and shimmers with hot new poems by Jonathan Bennett, Kasia Juno, Chris Hutchinson, Vincent Colistro, Julie Mannell, Marc Di Saverio, Jake Skakun, Matthew Vanstone, and Anzhelina Polonskaya (translated from the Russian by Andrew Baruch Wachtel).

You’ll find a scorching new excerpt from Jeffery Donaldson’s upcoming collection of criticism, Echo Soundings: Essays on Poetry & Poetics and a blistering new essay from Jess Taylor that polls the organizers and agitators of the Toronto literary community.

Inside we’ve got five blazing interviews: Evan Jones’s discussion with poet Elise Partridge, Laura Rock’s conversation with poet and novelist Jonathan Bennett, Nicole Grimaldi’s dialogue with novelist and short-story writer Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, Ryan Pratt’s confab with poet Pearl Pirie, and Tracy Kyncl’s talk with prose-writer Nora Gold.

The issue ends with four heated reviews: Andreas Vatiliotou’s take on Miriam Toews’s novel All My Puny Sorrows, Charles-Adam Foster Simard’s look at Chris Hadfield’s autobiography An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Roxanna Bennet’s parsing of Jon Paul Fiorentino’s short story collection I’m Not Scared of You or Anything, and a Puritan first: a special three-way, roundtable review of Chris Hutchinson’s ‘novel,’ Jonas in Frames by Puritan staffers Jason Freure, E Martin Nolan, and Phoebe Wang!

But that’s not all. For the third time, we’ve split the magazine into parent and supplement issues. Be sure to sweat through “Littered T.O.” (curated by Puritan reader Jason Freure and editor Tyler Willis), a literary urbanist take on the city of Toronto and the works of literature that strive to define it.

“Littered T.O.” gives you great new fiction by Graham Arnold, and fantastic poems by Helen Guri, Peter Norman, Emma Healey, and Bardia Sinaee!

It’s features two timely essays: Maggie Helwig’s perspective on the streets of the 1 and 99 percent, and Amy Lavender Harris’s look at what Rob Ford now thinks is a major crisis: our ever-present neighbour, the city raccoon!

Finally, “Littered T.O.” is capped with two superb and in-depth interviews by our curators—the first with Spacing editor and author of The Trouble with Brunch, Shawn Micallef, and the second with the author of the ever-relevant work of thematic engagement with Toronto’s lit, Imagining Toronto, Amy Lavender Harris.

So whether you’re shivering in unnatural cold or simply sweating buckets, keep summer cooking with Issue 26: Summer 2014 and its supplement, “Littered T.O.”!

August 24th, 2014

Upcoming Issue Call-out!

Open submissions for Issue 26: Summer 2014 are are now closed. We are currently seeking submissions for Issue 27: Fall 2014. Get those submissions in before our deadline: September 25, 2014.

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

June 12th, 2014

Wanted: Publicity Agents!

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

The 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 on a weekly basis,
  • scout potential talent for the journal and solicit work from writers,
  • research current Toronto-area arts and literature events, attending as necessary,
  • distribute promotional material and promote contests, projects, etc.,
  • manage the social media element of our advertising campaigns, including daily twitter updates (promoting blog posts, author news, events, etc.), as well as updates to our Facebook page as required, and
  • 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 history, editorial mandate, and literary works published by The Puritan over the last several years. All Puritan associates are expected to devote ten hours per week to tasks and assignments. Publicity Agent positions will last four months (with opportunity for further incorporation once complete). All agents must be available to meet with Puritan editors within the city of Toronto. Agents are expected to check and respond to daily email correspondence and will also write short weekly summaries of work completed.

In addition, all Puritan Publicity Agents must 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!

Interested parties should send a CV and cover letter as .doc or .pdf attachments to info@puritan-magazine.com. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 1, 2014, and positions will begin in mid-July, 2014. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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