The New Quarterly Wins Double Gold
Canadian literary magazine and St. Jerome’s University partner The New Quarterly won two gold medals at the recent 40th Annual National Magazine Awards. Winners were selected from 197 magazines from across Canada by The National Magazine Foundation, a bilingual, not-for-profit institution that recognizes excellence in the content and creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual awards program. The New Quarterly wins for both fiction and poetry were the best showing by any literary magazine in Canada and the second time the magazine has swept both awards. Dr. Scott Kline, Vice President Academic and Dean recognized The New Quarterly’s double gold at the recent St. Jerome’s University author celebration.
The New Quarterly is a Canadian literary journal that has showcased national writers and writing for thirty-five years. Each issue focuses on bringing readers work by emerging and established writers through short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction stories that explore both the craft and the writing life. The magazine first debuted in 1981, through the support of Newfoundland writer Harold Horwood (the then writer in residence at the University of Waterloo); financial help from pioneering journalist Edna Staebler; and Farley Mowat, one of Canada’s most widely read authors. The New Quarterly offices are located at St. Jerome’s University, federated with the University of Waterloo, which allows for greater faculty involvement (Dr. Tristanne Connolly, Chair, Department of English, is a poetry editor for the publication) and access to student interns.
Poetry gold was won by Selina Boan for “(Good) ‘Girls Don’t Hitchhike’” / “Half/Brother” / “Meet Cree: A Practical Guide to the Cree Language.” Boan was a finalist in last year’s CBC Poetry Prize and is working on a collection of poems exploring her Cree and European heritage. Fiction gold was won by Richard Kelly Kemick for “The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writers’ Short Story Competition.” TNQ also had two honourable mentions: Sharon Bala for “Miloslav” (Fiction), and Liz Windhorst Harmer for “My Flannery” (Essay).
“St. Jerome’s has a long and successful relationship with The New Quarterly,” stated Kline, “and these National Magazine awards confirm what we know: TNQ is a national treasure because it provides a well-recognized forum for so many creative and talented Canadian writers.”
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