April / May Contest Winner: Erin Emily Ann Vance’s “Whiskers”

Between classes I haunted vault of the University of Calgary archives where I worked as a grad student. I lingered, always, by the first editions of Plath and Sexton. Like a good luck charm I’d run my finger along the tip of a badger's whisker that Ted Hughes taped into a hand-stitched chapbook shelved next… Continue reading April / May Contest Winner: Erin Emily Ann Vance’s “Whiskers”

April / May Flash Contest Reveal

Hello! This spring we challenged our Patrons to do a little spring cleaning by dusting off one of their drafts and transforming it from one genre to another. Our winning entry is a poem / gothic campus narrative by Erin Emily Ann Vance and will be posted later today! For those of  you who are… Continue reading April / May Flash Contest Reveal

Jan/Feb Flash Contest Winner: Taylor Skaalrud’s “Behind Blue Eyes”

It has been said that inside every cynic is a disappointed idealist: Pt. 1: Apocalypse When I was a boy, my blue eyes were bright. When I opened them, behind frightened irides refractions lied. On one side of the screen, I sit comfy on the couch, eating a bowl of Napoleon ice-cream. I like vanilla… Continue reading Jan/Feb Flash Contest Winner: Taylor Skaalrud’s “Behind Blue Eyes”

December Contest Winner: Taylor Skaalrud’s Holiday Ode

I can still remember as the embers – like the stars wrapping ‘round the globe – faded last December. We were made together, in November, and I’m reminded of you by the wind; its seasonal scent carrying you back to me with hints of nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon; its chill bites me like you did… Continue reading December Contest Winner: Taylor Skaalrud’s Holiday Ode

Contest Winner: Erin Vance’s “Twelve Weeks and the Virgin Mary Cries for Me”

I have a champagne flute in my hand. The bubbles have gone flat. The liquid is warm. I scan the modest crowd for my date. He is handsome but I don’t love him. I wear a gold dress like the Goddess Brigid. Sláinte! A man smacks his pint of Beamish into my champagne flute as… Continue reading Contest Winner: Erin Vance’s “Twelve Weeks and the Virgin Mary Cries for Me”

December Flash Contest Reveal

Yesterday was 2018, today it's a whole new year, and our December flash contest asked participants to imagine what happens when something that was illegal or prohibited suddenly becomes available. Our two winners, Taylor Skaalrud and Erin Vance, took this prompt in very different directions, though both centred their pieces around the holidays. Erin's political… Continue reading December Flash Contest Reveal

November Contest Winner: Fernando’s “Mind the Gap”!

Mind the Gap you say of things that behave in unexpected (unexplainable) ways that they are haunting (haunted). but to haunt is to occupy a place you are not supposed to be, to exist when you should not. a sense of uneasiness, the gap between the expected and the unexpected, the wanted and the scorned,… Continue reading November Contest Winner: Fernando’s “Mind the Gap”!

November Contest Winner: Taylor Skaalrud’s Haunting Poem

They can’t see what I see beneath me; marooned & timbered stories. The sea of history resurfaces, It, Trauma creaks and seeps and seeks its ghost. It finds familiar feelings. Wound in the wound it writhes with time’s tithes – the tides; the black-bile-mould that festers beneath floorboards that pours forth from holes in the… Continue reading November Contest Winner: Taylor Skaalrud’s Haunting Poem

November Flash Reveal

Our editors got caught up watching Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House and couldn't resist basing the monthly flash writing contest on that show. We gave our Patrons an image of The ALP's home-base in Saskatoon (a character home over 100 years old!) and asked them to haunt the house. Our winning submissions include an… Continue reading November Flash Reveal