THE PURITAN: FRONTIERS OF NEW ENGLISH
The Puritan is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto, Ontario committed to publishing the best in new fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews.
The Puritan seeks, above all, a pioneering literature. Work featured here may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory. But it may also revisit and revitalize traditional forms. The Puritan embraces work wherever it lands on the conceptual spectrum, so long as it is original, intelligent, and engaging.
Since its foundation in 2006, The Puritan has published work by, and interviews with, some of Canada’s finest literary talents, becoming one of very few online literary magazines that offers honorariums for its contributors and, along with Joyland, becoming the first ever online magazine to be featured in McClelland & Stewart’s prestigious Journey Prize Anthology. The Puritan’s now annual literary contest, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, offers its winners $1500 in cash, publication in the journal, and a prize pack of books donated from some of Canada’s most celebrated literary presses, including Coach House Books, ECW Press, House of Anansi, and many more.
So, pull up a chair, crack open the latest issue, and stay a while.
THE PURITAN COMPENDIVM I STILL AVAILABLE
Our beautifully designed, hand-made, perfect-bound print anthology can be perused and purchased here.
FEAST YOUR EYES ON THE NEW FALL ISSUE!
The Puritan is proud to announce the release of its twenty-third issue, Fall 2013: a behemoth assemblage of fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, and the jaw-dropping winning entries to our 2012 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize!
Scope out Aurora Brackett’s award-winning short story, “The Edge of Mercury,” and Nathan Slinker’s prize-nabbing poem, “New Pastoral”!
Flip through fabulous new fiction by Meghan Rose Allen and Jim Smith!
Peruse the powerful poetry of Wanda O’Connor, Anthony Ramstetter, Jr., Athena G. Csuti, Bola Opaleke, Kilby Smith-McGregor, Katie Fewster-Yan, R. Kolewe, Hannah Peck, Adam Seelig, Gary Singh, John McKernan, Alison Hicks, Jairus Bilo, and Bänoo Zan!
Untangle Adam Tavel’s all-new interview with American poet Bruce Bond!
And relish three new reviews of diverse works fiction and poetry: Phoebe Wang’s investigation of Souvankham Thammavongsa’s Light, Nicholas Herring’s parsing of Michael Winter’s Minister Without Portfolio, and Andrew Blackman’s study of Aminatta Forna’s The Hired Man.
Bundle up from deepening cold with Issue 23: Fall 2013 and enjoy another offering of the best in online lit.
BLACK FRIDAY BECKONS!
BLACK FRIDAY 2013 witnesses a three-way collision of Puritan milestones. Join the editors, staff, and readers of The Puritan for our now annual “BLACK” event, taking place in the last week of November of each year.
BLACK FRIDAY 2013 is a night of celebrations to honour the winners of our Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, for both fiction and poetry: Aurora Brackett’s stellar short story, “The Edge of Mercury” and Nathan Slinker’s awesome poem, “New Pastoral.” Help us congratulate our winners and runners-up in grand style.
Secondly, BLACK FRIDAY 2013 sees the electronic launch of Issue 23: Fall 2013—a fantastic collection of fiction, poetry, and journalism to end a fabulous calendar year.
Thirdly, and to usher in the glad tidings and the bountiful work published since January, authors published in 2013 will be providing live readings. These writers (so far) include:
This is a must-see night of literary entertainment and we hope you'll help us warm the halls of The Monarch Tavern on November 29th. Celebrations!
WHEN: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street
DJ: Alex Brooks (Twitter: @thealexbrooks)
P.W.Y.C./$5 suggested tithe
UPCOMING ISSUE CALL OUT!
Hurry up! The cut-off for Issue XXIV: Winter 2014 is December 25, 2012. Get those submissions in by Christmas Day!
In typical fashion, we plan to release our next issue at the end of the season it claims to represent. So, we're opening our pod-bay doors to submissions of fiction, poetry, reviews, recipes, and interviews. Check out our submission guidelines for more information.
Also, we're open to the idea of considering your artwork for upcoming covers. Potential covers should reflect the general visual theme of our current issue's cover and our wonderful website.
PURITAN CO-EDITOR INTERVIEWED IN
OPEN BOOK TORONTO
Puritan co-editor Tyler Willis was recently interviewed by Open Book Toronto writer-in-residence, Andrew Faulkner, about editing and Toronto magazine culture. Read the interview (also with Little Brother's Emily M. Keeler and Dragnet's Jeremy Hanson-Finger) here.
The Puritan: Something You Should Know About
Paul Vermeersch recently included The Puritan as one of his "Four Online Canadian Literary Journals You Should Know About" over at Open Book Toronto. With ditch, the poetry that matters, Joyland, a hub of short fiction, and Forget Magazine as the other three, it looks like we're in good company!