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

The Burgess Shale: The Canadian Writing Landscape of the 1960s by Margaret Atwood

Reviewer: Will J Fawley

The Burgess Shale is not a typical scholarly work, but instead a transcription of Margaret Atwood’s lecture to the University of Alberta

  • 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…

  • The Next Wave Deadline TODAY!

    July 28, 2017

    The call for submissions to The Next Wave: Writers 30 and Under is today! Get your submissions in ASAP! Read More…

  • Indigenous Writers: Submit your work to ndncountry, a special joint issue of Prairie Fire and CV2

    July 24, 2017


    Tawnshi. Boozhoo. Yowtz. ?E’dlanet’é. She:kon. Kwe. Minatakushini. Hey friends and relatives from all across the Turtle’s back, Read More…

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