Why I loved editing a small Canadian online magazine, and why I’m leaving

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I am shortly going to be leaving the team in my official capacity as editor. I do so with mixed feelings. Once upon a time, I honestly felt I could tackle any amount of work that was thrown at me. The days seemed elastic. I could stretch them at either end, conjuring up just enough minutes or hours to always get things done. But I don’t feel that way anymore. I am trying to figure out how big each relative part of me is, and how to accommodate them all within a finite body.

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Reading and writing: just a means of escape from the anxiety-inducing present?

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The first job I ever had in the Montreal region was at a company called Bath Fitter, aka Bain Magique, up beyond Laval in a town called Saint Eustache. As I listened to the explanation of the pension benefits that I was entitled to, a repeat of conversations I’d had with prior employers in Edmonton, it dawned on me: I’ve never cared about this conversation, I still don’t care, and I actually feel it’s OK to not care, because I have very little faith that, by the time my retirement rolls around, the world that we know – mortgages, insurance plans, “financial security” etc. – will exist.

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Lesley Trites, Larissa Andrusyshyn and André Simoneau are the finalists for the 2016 3Macs carte blanche Prize

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We’re delighted to share with you the names of the three finalists of the 2016 3Macs carte blanche Prize, as selected by juror, Nick Mount, who is the author of When Canadian Literature Moved to New York and is a professor of English at the University of Toronto. The big winner will be announced at the Quebec Writers’ Federation Gala on November 22 and will lay their hands on a cash prize and a most amazing trophy–originally handcrafted by Glen LeMesurier.

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Flash fiction, Detroit River, and bunnyhugs: An Interview with Jenny Ferguson, Author of Border Markers

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Jenny Ferguson is a Canadian writer, editor, and teacher from many places. Her debut book, Border Markers (NeWest Press), a collection of interrelated flash fictions, was released this September. Brad de Roo chatted with her about the ambiguity of genres, the ubiquity of ghosts, and the reorienting power of flash. “Flash-or-micro fiction, as genre,” Jenny said, “likes to end on a turn, or a moment that asks the reader to re-evaluate what s/he has read.”

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It’s time to enter the CNFC/carte blanche creative nonfiction competition!

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We’re doing it again! carte blanche and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have teamed up to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest sponsored by the University of King’s College. The winner will receive $750 and her/his text will be published in carte blanche.

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carte blanche seeks a new Fiction Editor

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carte blanche welcomes applications for the position of Fiction Editor to contribute to our ongoing growth and development. Based in Montreal, our primarily online publication is the official magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. While this position is not salaried, it pays a modest honorarium annually.

Call for Submissions: This Really Happened at Blue Metropolis

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Our friends at the long-standing This Really Happened series are looking for storytellers ready to take the stage and reveal some inner truths, April 16th at Montreal’s Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. The following is the official call for submissions.

carte blanche seeks a Social Media and Web Coordinator

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carte blanche welcomes applications for the position of Social Media and Web Coordinator to contribute to our ongoing growth and development. Based in Montreal, our primarily online publication is the official magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation. While this position is not salaried, it pays a modest honorarium annually.

Gregory McCormick is the new Co-Editor and Creative Nonfiction Editor of carte blanche

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We’re very happy to announce that Gregory McCormick is joining the carte blanche team. He’ll be Co-Editor, alongside Laurence Miall, and will also be the Creative Nonfiction Editor. Greg brings over a decade of editing, writing and cultural programming experience.

Opportunity: We Are Looking for an Editor of Creative Nonfiction

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carte blanche, the online magazine of the Quebec Writers’ Federation, is accepting applications for the position of creative nonfiction editor. This is a volunteer position but pays a modest honorarium. Ideally, the successful candidate should reside in or near Montreal.