Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Month Left to Submit to The Fiddlehead's 24th Annual Contest

We don't want to scare you (although it is almost Halloween!), but there is just over one month left to submit to The Fiddlehead's 24th Annual Contest. Full details are on our website, but here are the important ones:

The contest deadline is December 1, 2014 (postmarked).

There are two categories, short fiction and poetry.

The winning entries in each category take home $2000 + publication payment ($40/page).

There are two honourable mentions in each category — each win $250 each + publication payment ($40/page).

The total of all prizes equals $5000!

The winning entries will be published in next Spring's issue, no. 263.

You receive a subscription to The Fiddlehead just for entering!

The fiction judge is Craig Davidson.

The poetry judges are Jeremy Dodds, Danny Jacobs, and Sina Queyras.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Two more readings in Fredericton this week: Qwerty Reads and Greg Bechtel

On Thursday, October 23, Qwerty, the UNB graduate student literary journal, hosts this year's first edition of QWERTY READS. We will be featuring the talent of UNB's English and Creative writing program, along with the book launch of Claire Kelly's poetry collection, Ur-Moth.

Come to the Wilser's Room of The Capital Complex at 7PM to enjoy the cash bar and plenty of time to socialize throughout the night. Here are this month's readers:

Reid Lodge
Michael Meagher
Clair Kelly

Invite your friends! We hope to see you all at the event.


The University of New Brunswick invites you to a free public reading by UNB alumnus Greg Bechtel! We hope you will join us on Friday, October 24th, at 8:00pm at the Alumni Lounge in UNB Fredericton’s Alumni Memorial Building.

Greg Bechtel graduated from UNB in 2004 with an MA in English (Creative Writing) and is very excited to return to Fredericton to read from his first book, Boundary Problems, which was published earlier this year by Freehand Books. UNB professor Mark Jarman describes Bechtel’s book as “a chaotic collection with comic touches, a paranoid Pynchonesque mix-tape of hosers and hipster cafes, office jobs and summer camp confessions, lit theory and online porn. Boundary problems? No problem for Greg Bechtel; his debut is wild, sly, and magnetic.” We look forward to seeing you at this reading!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Readings in Fredericton this Week: Brian Bartlett, Ann Eriksson, and Gary Geddes

Brain Bartlett reads at UNB on Tuesday evening, and Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes read at Westminster Books on Wednesday evening.

The University of New Brunswick invites you to a public reading by award-winning poet Brian Bartlett! Join us on Tuesday, October 14th, at 8:00pm at the Alumni Lounge in UNB Fredericton’s Alumni Memorial Building.

Brian Bartlett is currently a Professor of English at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, but grew up in New Brunswick and completed his first degree at UNB. He is the author of seven collections and five chapbooks of poetry, and is also the editor of several other works of prose and poetry. Bartlett’s newest book, Ringing Here and There: A Nature Calendar, is his first published book of prose; it presents a full year of daily journals speaking to the human connection to the natural world.


British Columbia-based authors Ann Eriksson and Gary Geddes are embarking on a cross-Canada book tour this fall, covering over twenty-five stops from B.C. to the Maritimes in two months. Join the authors for an evening of fiction and poetry in Fredericton, as they read at Westminster Books (445 King Street) on Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Both members of this impressive husband-and-wife team have released new books this year. Eriksson’s High Clear Bell of Morning (Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95) is an elegant, affecting novel about a family struggling to cope when the daughter, Ruby, develops schizophrenia. The book also draws on environmental themes through the character of Ruby’s father, a marine biologist studying the mysterious death of a killer whale on our west coast. Geddes’ What Does a House Want? (Red Hen Press, $19.95) is a collection of selected poems from his highly acclaimed poetic career.

Ann Eriksson is the author of three previous novels: Decomposing Maggie (Turnstone, 2003), In the Hands of Anubis (Brindle & Glass, 2009) and Falling From Grace (Brindle & Glass, 2011), which was awarded a silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Eriksson is a biologist and a founding director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy. For more info, go to:

Gary Geddes has written and edited more than forty books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, criticism, translation, and anthologies, and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.

This reading event is made possible with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information, contact Westminster Books at 506-454-1442 or

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fiddlehead Contributors, Clea Young and Michelle Butler Hallett, Enjoy Success

Clea Young
Congratulations to Clea Young, who is one of the finalists for this year's Journey Prize! Clea's story, "Juvenile," appeared in last year's Summer Fiction issue, no. 256.

The Journey Prize anthology, which also features "Downturn" by Fiddlehead contributor Jeremy Lanaway, is now available in book stores and online. The two other finalists are Tyler Keevil (The New Orphic Review) and Lori McNulty (Descant). The winner will be announced on November 4. Good luck Clea!

Another anthology just released featuring a Fiddlehead contributor is the Best American Mystery Stories 2014. Michelle Butler Hallett's story "Bush-Hammer Finish," which appeared in last fall's no. 257, is featured along with works by Annie Proulx, Joseph Heller, and Russell Banks. Humber College has a great story on their website.