Prairie Fire: a Canadian magazine of New Writing

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  • Winter  2017
    Volume 38, No.4

    Volume 38, No. 4, Winter 2017
    Prairie Fire's Winter 2017 issue features the Anne Szumigalski Memorial Lecture by Marilyn Dumont, as well as new work from Dora Dueck, Patrick Friesen, Eve Joseph, Shannon Quinn & more!...
Review of Books

Frequent, Small Loads of Laundry by Rhonda Ganz

Reviewer: James Gifford

Rhonda Ganz’s day-by-day structure for Frequent, Small Loads of Laundry makes the reader think Wednesday’s child is full of woe. She is, but much more beside.

  • Call for ‘Peg Writers!

    March 14, 2018


    Hey Winnipeg! Where are you?

    This summer, Prairie Fire is turning 40! To celebrate, we want to see work from Winnipeggers we haven’t published before. Read More…

  • Prairie Fire presents an Evening of Poetry & Prose!

    February 21, 2018

    On February 27th at 7PM, join Prairie Fire Magazine at Fools + Horses (379 Broadway, Winnipeg)  for an evening of poetry and prose by young and emerging writers! Read More…

  • 2017 Writing Contest Winners

    January 15, 2018

    Prairie Fire is please to present the winning entries in our 2017 writing contests!

    Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award

    Judged by George Murray

    First Prize:  Tammy Armstrong, Shag Harbour, NS: “Old Horses Make Whisper
    Second Prize: Ben Ladouceur, Ottawa, ON: “The Green Carnation”
    Third Prize: Conyer Clayton, Ottawa, ON: “What you actually lost”
    Honourable Mention: Patricia Robertson, Winnipeg, MB: “Questionnaire”


    Fiction Award

    Judged by Corey Redekop

    First Prize: Matthew Hollett, St. John’s, NL: “Darkroom, Daydream”
    Second Prize: Eya Donald Greenland, Toronto, ON: “The Bath Lottery”
    Third Prize: Christine Miscione, Toronto, ON: “Tessa”
    Honourable Mention: Erin Pryce, Magrath, AB: “The Unsolvable Problem”


    Creative Non-Fiction Award

    Judged by Betsy Warland

    First Place: Jagtar Kaur Atwal, Cambridge, ON: “Take Me Away”?
    Second Prize: Suzanne Nussey, Ottawa, ON: “A Recent History of Fear in North America: A Memoir”
    Third Prize: Marion Agnew, Shuniah, ON: “Hours of Daylight”
    Honourable Mention: Robin K. Macdonald, Chelsea, QC: “Roadkill Heart”


    Thank you to everyone who entered! Details on our spring contest will be announced in the spring.

    For more info on our winners, check out our 2017 Winners page and our Excerpts page.

  • Season’s Greetings from Prairie Fire!

    December 21, 2017

    Seasons Greetings from PF

    ‘Tis the season for Season’s Greetings!

    From all of us at the Prairie Fire ranch: May your holiday season be full of good cheer, warm sweaters and great reads!

    Cheers, everyone!

    —Andris, Janine & Lindsey

  • Prairie Fire is looking for Love…

    December 19, 2017

    Spring is coming! So, what better time to talk about love‽

    We want to talk about love in all of its forms; love that changes us, love that corrupts, love that enlightens, love that drives us crazy.

    Love for ourselves, love for a partner or partners, love for family, friends, children, animals, places, things, etc.

    We want to explore why we love, how we love. Why we strive for connection or why we don’t.

    Exciting, insane, protective, stupid, beautiful, terrifying, peaceful, heart-clenching, unrequited, all-consuming LOVE!

    For this one issue we will be accepting emailed submissions, along with our normal mail-in submissions.

    Check out the submission guidelines here.

    Submission deadline is January 31st, 2018.

  • What’s Your Story?

    November 8, 2017

    The deadline for our annual writing contests is coming up fast, folks! So make sure you send in your entries and tell us your stories! Be it fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction, we want to see what you’ve got!

    Contest Details

    Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017

    Read More…

  • Call for Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction

    October 11, 2017

    You know that fantastic story you wrote but haven’t sent us yet? We’d love to see it! Read More…

  • This Year’s Poetry Bash & Bliss Carman Award Ring

    October 5, 2017

    Here are some pictures from this year’s Thin Air Writers Festival, where our contest winner from 2016 (Natalie Appleton) accepted her Bliss Carman ring. Read More…

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  • Prairie Fire’s Spring Issue

    ♡♡♡ This spring, things are heating up with our issue all about LOVE! Join us as we ring in the spring with great new poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction about exciting, insane, protective, stupid, beautiful, terrifying, peaceful, heart-clenching, unrequited, all-consuming LOVE! ♡♡♡

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