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QWF Writes: On Best-of Lists and How We Actually Read

I am a big believer in lists. Grocery lists. To-do lists. Lists on phones and bits of envelopes and bills. Lists are satisfying to write, and even more satisfying to work through. But best-of lists, the kind of lists which flood journals and newspapers towards the end of each year, summarising “The 10 Best Books of 2019” or “The 100 Best Books of the 21st Century”—even though we’re only a fifth of the way through that century—are a pet peeve of mine.

Congratulations to the 3Macs Prize Winner and Runner-Ups!

The 3Macs carte blanche Prize is awarded to Alexei Perry Cox for her piece It’s a Slow Ride (Issue 39). The $350 prize is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding submission by a Quebec writer, artist, or translator to carte blanche, QWF’s online literary journal. Read more →