Category: Upcoming

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Ghost Stories Call Out

by Aurora Stewart de Peña

In October, our blog, The Town Crier, will talk about ghosts. Maybe you grew up in a haunted house. Maybe you received a visit from a deceased relative in a dream. Maybe a wet, angry, dark-haired child crawled through your TV and damaged your floors.

We’re looking for your experiences with and curiosities about ghosts.

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Announcing Morton VI: The Puritan Writing Contest

by The Puritan

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Literary Excellence is back! The Puritan is proud to announce the launch of Morton VI, this time with more cash prizes! We’re introducing a runner-up category in both fiction and poetry and, for the first time ever, we’ll be announcing a shortlist here on the blog and on the magazine in early November.

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Writing Fiction as Pipe Laying

by Katy Wimhurst

The following is an outtake from an upcoming interview with Gail Anderson-Dargatz in The Puritan’s Issue 36, Winter 2017. Stay tuned to our News & Announcements for the launch.

Katy Wimhurst: I’ve seen you quote John Gregory Dunne’s comment,

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Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft

by Natalie Wee

Six times a year, The Town Crier hands itself over to a guest editor. Curators are free to publish for a month on any literary topic of their choosing. This March, Natalie Wee will be curating a month called “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft.”

What implications does a post-truth world have on the creative arts—especially when the latter has so often been upheld as the bastion of political and artistic resistance?

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Conscientious Conceptualism Call for Submissions

by Andy Verboom

Six times a year, the Town Crier hands itself over to a guest editor. Curators are free to publish for a month on any literary topic of their choosing. Andy Verboom will be curating the Town Crier blog in the month of April. His call-out for submissions follows.

While I am agnostic about many things,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 3

by Cian Cruise

(Previously, Part 1: Intro and Part 2: Rambo)

It took an awful lot longer to read Anne of Green Gables than I had originally anticipated, what with all the crying. Nobody told me Matthew died. I couldn’t take it. I tried pleading with the pages, my voice cracking,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 2

by Cian Cruise

Now that we’ve set the ground rules for this month of essays that unearth the hidden beauty of popular literature and sketched out a few of the basic premises, I want to dig deep into these frothy wonders. It’s all fine and good to claim that non-literary works are bursting with latent literary value,

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Rambo of Green Gables: Part 1

by Cian Cruise

When you crack open the 1972 edition of David Morrell’s First Blood, this hand-cut inscription awaits: We envy you the experience of reading this book for the first time. – The Editors.

I can think of no better frontispiece for the collection of essays, articles, and nonfiction features storming The Puritan’s Town Crier this November.

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Understorey Magazine: The Women and Justice Issue

by Understorey Magazine

As part of The Town Crier’s ongoing coverage of literary magazines across North America, we present an announcement from Understorey Magazine. Read on to hear about their most recent issue, “The Women and Justice Issue.”

Because it’s 2015.
And there’s women in the cabinet
But that might not seem so adequate
To women in the custody of the state …

This poem by Halifax spoken-word artist and activist (and former poet laureate) El Jones opens the most recent issue of Understorey Magazine.

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Underpass Journal Open for Submission

by Underpass Editors

As part of The Town Crier’s ongoing announcement of literary submissions south of the border, we present a call out for Underpass Journal. Read on to hear their mandate from their editorial team.

Introducing Underpass Journal,