Qwerty turns 25!
This year marks Qwerty UNB’s 25th anniversary as a magazine!
25 years, 43 issues, dozens of editors and readers, and hundreds of contributors—Qwerty Magazine has certainly left its mark on Canada’s literary map.
Among our published authors are Canadian literary giants Don McKay who has won two Governor General awards and the Griffin Poetry Prize; John Steffler, winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and was the Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate; Michael Ondaatje, winner of the Governor General's Award, the Giller Prize, the Booker Prize, and the Prix Médicis étranger; Sue Sinclair winner of the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Award, the Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry Prize and twice winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize; and the late R. M. Vaughan who contributed to our very first issue and will always be in our hearts.
Qwerty has also been the host to amazing and thoughtful guest editors including Dr. Rebecca Salazar and Britt Mckenzie-Dale for our Ecology issue (41) and, most recently, Gaia Rajan for our Food and Identity issue (43).
To celebrate this amazing history, Qwerty Magazine is giving away 5 sets of 5 of our latest issues! (Issues 37, 38: The Queer Issue, 40, 41: The Ecology Issue, and issue 43: The Food X Identity issue)
All you have to do to enter is buy a one-year subscription to Qwerty Magazine ($20) before the end of the school year to be entered into our draw!
Our future is even brighter!
This year we are excited to announce that our themed issue is going to be “Folklore and Fairytales”
Whether you follow in the footsteps of Angela Carter and rewrite an old Grimm fairytale from a new feminist perspective (or queer, or non-white, or disabled perspective) or you create a new folk myth drawing on modern life, we are excited to see how our cutting edge contributors around the world engage with time-honoured means of storytelling.
Qwerty has had an amazing past publishing new and established writers, poets, and artists who have been pushed the boundaries of their creative fields, delighting readers around the world, and we are far from finished. As we move forward, Qwerty will continue to publish work produced by creatives who may be overlooked by the wider publishing industry and provide opportunities for both our volunteers and contributors to make waves in the literary world.
If you would like to submit to us for our general issue, submissions are open now until October 1st through Submittable!