carte blanche seeks new Editor-In-Chief!!

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carte blanche, founded in 2004, is the official online magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. We are celebrating over 14 years of promoting poetry, creative nonfiction, comics, translation, photography, fiction, and literary commentary from Quebec, Canada, and around the world. With ongoing support from the Canada Council of the Arts and private donations, carte blancheis able to pay all of its contributors, and maintains a dynamic and unique niche online.

The Impostorism Scale*

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Impostorism has been described as an internal experience of thinking or feeling that others view you as an impostor, as if it’s all in our heads, but more often than not, what’s in our heads are the stories we’re told about ourselves, and it’s hard not to speak in the narratives we’re given.

CanLit, AmLit—NishLit? Rematriating Indigenous Literature Beyond Borders

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Crossing an international boundary in the current social climate is not easy for anyone, but when you’ve got a Native man, woman, and two-spirit trying to cross in a borrowed car using only the Indian status card of the driver, things get complicated fast. As my friends and family who make the point of using their tribal ID at the airport know all too well, asserting Indigenous sovereignty in the face of settler colonial bureaucracy is a tricky thing

3Macs carte blanche Prize Finalists! Oana Avasilichioaei, Alisha Dukelow, Kaie Kellough

Clockwise from top left: Oana Avasilichioaei, Madeleine Thien, Alisha Dukelow, Kaie Kellough

An exciting announcement for a crisp, fall morning: the finalists for the 2017 3Macs carte blanche Prize, as selected by juror and Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Madeleine Thien, are Oana Avasilichioaei (poetry), Alisha Dukelow (fiction), and Kaie Kellough (poetry)!

Híyoge owísisi tánga itá (Cricket egg stories)

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Five-hundred-and-twenty-five years ago, confused Europeans “discovered” the “New World”. Heaps of broken brown bodies marked this great achievement as the Europeans congratulated one another. Brave explorers, selfless men of God, and devout Pilgrims soon began pillaging, raping, and slaughtering their way from sea to sea. They rename our homelands “North America.” Their descendants tell us that those men were seeking their fortunes, trying to save souls, hoping to find simple freedom for themselves.

Announcing Madeleine Thien as the Judge of the 2018 3Macs carte blanche Prize

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We’re delighted to announce that the finalists of this year’s 3Macs Prize will be selected by novelist Madeleine Thien. The winner will be announced at the Quebec Writers’ Federation Gala in November 2018.

“I don’t see us transforming into robots”: Kevin Chong in conversation with Sarah Richards

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I have wanted to reboot a classic story for a while now. The appeal is that there’s a built-in story and the gravitas of an enduring work. The downside is that you might not get the same credit, or that your version of the classic is only superficially reimagined. I liked that the original gave me a basic structure that freed me up to think about the characters in the story.