Congratulations to 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”

Honourable mention:
Adam Giles’s “Off the Grid”
Sanchari Sur’s “Toklas to your Stein”
Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s “Pilgrims”

The winning stories and honourable mentions appear in the spring/summer issue of the HLR.

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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