Virgins, slavery, and rejection


Congratulations to Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for “master of the contemporary short story.” Munro is the 13th woman to win the prize since 1901, and the first Canadian woman to do so.

Congratulations to Eleanor Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for The Luminaries.

And finally, congratulations to Lynn Coady, winner of the 2013 Giller Prize for Hellgoing.

Quite a year for the short story!

Criticism & Reviews

Roxane Gay compiles a list of the ten best books written about modern virgins.

Publishing & Publicity

Writing for exposure is slavery. Unless it isn’t. Either way, it sucks, but it seems to be the reality of the world we live in—especially for writers just starting out.

Are you crowd-funding your next project? Canada Revenue counts that as taxable income.

Magazines & Journals

Understory Magazine is a new online, literary journal that publishes stories of motherhood and mothering. It’s a project of the Second Story Women’s Centre, funded by Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage, which aims to represent the diversity of women in the province and the breadth of their motherhood experience. Understory will be launching later this month. is launching a new literary journal called Day One, billing it as a “literary journal for the digital age.”

Books & Writing

Poetry is tricky, and editing it even more so. Here are 25 tips on how to do it well.

While we’re on the subject of editing, a new edition of  The Canada Press Stylebook has been released. Jaclyn Law talks to James McCarten about what’s changed, including its new social media policy.

If you’re a writer, rejection comes with the territory. Even for Alice Munro.

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About Nico Mara-McKay

Nico Mara-McKay is a freelance writer and poet living in Toronto. She can be found online at and on Twitter @plutopsyche.
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