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Summer  2020 , Volume 41, No.2
Volume 41, No.2, Summer 2020

It's our annual contest winners issue! As well as the winners, new work by Jan Horner, Neil Surkan & more!

Cover Image: Contest Winners by Tetro Design

Table of Contents

WINNERS OF THE 2019 FICTION CONTEST

Stephen Henighan—Judge’s Notes
Donna Tranquada—Trestle
Annette Althouse—The Death of Boredom
Sara Mang—G-LOC
Genni Gunn—Erasures

WINNERS OF THE 2019 BANFF CENTRE BLISS CARMAN POETRY AWARD
CONTEST

Jennifer Still—Judge’s Notes
Kim Dhillon—Seeker
David Janzen—Re-Extinction
Sean Howard—poems for being
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang—you can’t see me, it’s dark

WINNERS OF THE 2019 CREATIVE NON-FICTION CONTEST

Carmen Aguirre—Judge’s Notes
Donna Besel—The Bay Filly
Joshua Levy—Sorry
Lina Lau—Spitting out the Seeds
Jennifer Spruit—Out of Hand

Deirdre Laidlaw—Walking to the Red
Callista Markotich—PTSD in the Time of Prophets
Alison Stevenson—Graceland
Jan Horner—Two Poems
Samuel Milner—Shekinah
Neil Surkan—Inside Heaven

Contributors

NON-FICTION

Donna Besel
Lina Lau
Joshua Levy
Samuel Milner
Jennifer Spruit

FICTION

Annette Althouse
Genni Gunn
Sara Mang
Donna Tranquada
Alison Stevenson

POETRY

Kim Dhillon
Jan Horner
Sean Howard
David Janzen
Deirdre Laidlaw
Callista Markotich
Neil Surkan
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang


Fiction Excerpt
Erasures
BY Genni Gunn

EACH MORNING, CLARA LEAVES her White Rock condo overlooking Semiahmoo Bay, and heads out for a run on the beach, her feet trudging through sand. When the tide is out, she cheats by running on the hard wet surface, dodging tidal pools. Today, the beach is deserted but for a jogger, a woman walking her dog and the man building a sandcastle nearly a half-mile out. There are no children nearby, and Clara wonders who the man is, and what exactly he’s doing.
For several days now, she has come across him building his structures halfway between the low tide line and shore. Today, she aims her run further out, to see what he’s building, and perhaps speak to him. As she approaches, he looks up, and she recognizes him from a recent newscast. He is the civil engineer who designed a highway bridge that recently collapsed, killing three people. Although lauded as brilliant, he has fallen from grace and is suddenly a pariah; everything he has accomplished so far is now being viewed through the lens of this error.


Poetry Excerpt
David Janzen
BY Re-Extinction

=Celia they trapped you—Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica
singular creature—sucked cells from your ear
and preserved them in a deep freeze colder
than any Pyrenees wind. Later—did you know you were
the last of your kind?—they found you lifeless crushed
by a tree made heavy with snow.


Non-Fiction Excerpt
The Bay Filly
BY Donna Besel

I WOKE UP AT SIX, SAT UPRIGHT, AND PUNCHED MY SISTER in the shoulder. Val rolled away from me, pulling a sweat-soaked pillow over her face and ears. High above our bed, the morning sun burned through a small, open window. The August weather had stayed hot for weeks, never dipping below twenty degrees Celsius, even at night.
“Today’s the day! We’re going to get our horses.”
I poked the back of her legs. Val moaned. Last night, after a date with her cop boyfriend, she had come to bed around three a.m. Although she was only sixteen, she smelled like stale beer and home-rolled cigarettes.

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