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ABOUT

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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THOMAS MORTON PRIZE

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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November 20th, 2014

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NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

November 12th, 2014

Morton Winners Revealed!

The Puritan is thrilled to announce the two winners of the THIRD ANNUAL THOMAS MORTON MEMORIAL PRIZE IN LITERARY EXCELLENCE!

Many, many thanks to all who entered!

Winners in fiction and poetry receive will each receive $1000, each win approximately $850 worth of books from 18 Canadian (& Inter’l) publishers (54 books each!) as well as publication in our upcoming fall issue.

OUR FICTION WINNER: “1 Dog, 1 Knife” by Daniel Scott Tysdal

Fiction Judge Zsuzsi Gartner described this story as follows: “Creepily unpredictable and off-kilter, both “1 Dog, 1 Knife” and its tragically misunderstood and deluded teen-age protagonist hurtle the reader along at a furious pace towards destination heartbreak. Daniel Scott Tysdal’s amateur film-maker, Terry, is all the lonely, fucked-up boys on earth and yet sui generis.”

OUR POETRY WINNER: “Battleford Gravesite” by Laurie D Graham

Poetry Judge Margaret Atwood described this poem as “A tone-perfect elegiac meditation on the impossibility of engaging with painful history and the necessity of doing so.”

Both Daniel Scott Tysdal and Laurie D Graham will be coming to our BLACK FRIDAY event on November 28 to read a snippet of their prize-winning work and receive a warm end-of-year toast.

See you in just over two weeks! Remember to RSVP to info@puritan-magazine.com for a free drink.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1500231733570346/

October 22nd, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY 2014—You’re Invited!

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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)
TITHE: $5
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

ISSUE 26: SUMMER 2014 IS HOT & HEAVY!

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.

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