The Publishing Panel: The Joy of Litmags with Emily Donaldson (Canadian Notes and Queries), Laurie D. Graham (Brick), Anna Ling Kaye (Ricepaper and PRISM international), and Pamela Mulloy (The New Quarterly). Moderated by Susan Scott
Join our lively panel of editors in celebrating the unsung role that literary magazines play, introducing writers and poets to the world. What do magazine editors do and what are they looking for when they open your submissions? What role do lit mags play in securing the interest of book publishers and agents in your work? Sip your morning java while our panelists muse, opine, advise—and encourage our decoding the mysteries of the masthead.
Emily Donaldson is the editor of Canadian Notes & Queries, Canada’s oldest journal of literary criticism, and a freelance writer and book critic for The Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, Quill & Quire, among other publications. Originally from Montreal, she lives in Toronto with her husband and two boys.
Laurie D. Graham, from Treaty 6 territory (Sherwood Park, Alberta), currently lives in Haldimand Treaty territory (Kitchener, Ontario), where she is a poet, an editor, the publisher of Brick, and a member of the advisory board for the Oskana Poetry & Poetics series. Her first book, Rove, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada; her second book, Settler Education, was nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry.
Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has most recently been short-listed for the 2015 Journey Prize. A former editor at PRISM International and Ricepaper magazines, she is co-founder of Hapa-palooza Festival and sits on the board of Project Bookmark Canada. In 2015, Quill & Quire named Anna as one of seven women imprinting change in the Canadian publishing industry.
Pamela Mulloy is the editor of The New Quarterly and the creative director of the Wild Writers Literary Festival. She is also a writer with short fiction published in the UK and Canada. Her debut novel The Deserters was published by Véhicule Press in 2018. Photo by Ayelet Tsabari.
Susan Scott is the editor of Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers (Caitlin Press, 2019)—an anthology in celebration of all things edgy, iffy, unorthodox, and sublime in the lives of women writers. Susan serves as TNQ’s lead nonfiction editor and as associate director of the Wild Writers Festival. As of 2018, she stepped up to direct Write on the French River Creative Writing Retreat, another TNQ outreach venture. She is scouting for a home for Sainted Dirt, her reckonings with land, language, family, and imperfect teaware. Photo by Ron Grimes.