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The Humber Literary Review is excited to announce the winners of the 2018 Emerging Writers Fiction contest:

First place:
Carly Vandergriendt’s “The Crossing”

Second place:
Mason Hanrahan’s “Masticating or Centrifugal”

Third place:
Sadi Muktadir’s “Purple Hyacinth Beans”

We would also like to congratulate three honourable mentions whose stories will also be published in the next issue:

Adam Giles’s “Off the Grid”

Sanchari Sur’s “Toklas to your Stein”

Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s “Pilgrims”

Thank you to all emerging writers who submitted to the contest. Though difficult to select winners among so many great submissions, we truly enjoyed reading your stories.

The winning stories and honourable mentions will be published in the upcoming spring/summer issue of the HLR to be released June 2018.


Open Letters and Closed Doors:

How the Steven Galloway open letter dumpster fire forced me to acknowledge the racism and entitlement at the heart of CanLit


By Jen Sookfong Lee

Stress rashes. Insomnia. Blind rage. This is how I spent a good portion of 2016.

It’s a funny thing: last year, in most ways that were personal and intimate, was a good one for me. My latest novel, The Conjoined, was published by the wonderful ECW Press and reviewed well. I finished writing two non-fiction books. I started writing a poetry collection. I became the Fiction Mentor at The Writers’ Studio Online. My son and I marked our first full year in a new home.

But when the UBC Accountable open letter was published, my entire professional world disintegrated.

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HLR is the creation of Humber College’s Department of English, and its collective includes writers, academics, critics, visual artists, and linguists. Our goal is to share our enthusiasm for work that provokes, excites, and entertains — writing that makes you want to read more.