Editor’s Reading

Enjoy an literary evening with your editors for This Side of West, featuring a musical performance from Louis Grove.

Curious to hear writing samples from this year’s team of editors? What about meet the people who will be working to publish the best in UVic student writing? Or just relax with a bunch of word-obsessed folk? Then join us at Open Space on Thursday, Nov. 27 for readings, music and refreshments.

The night will feature excerpts in fiction, drama, poetry and CNF from Megan Ferguson, Stephanie Toth, Alisha Dukelow, Samantha Macpherson, Madeline Barber, Leone Brander, Kelsey Lauder, Keiko Hart, Katie Richards, Stephanie Ross and Samir Bhimji.

Ending with a performance by singer and guitarist Louis Grove.

Doors open at 7pm. Start at 7:30.
Admission is by donation. Suggest $5.
All proceeds go to this year’s publication.

For more information, visit the Facebook event.

Editors Sign Here

It’s that time of year again…we are putting together this year’s Board of Editors!

Hopefully you’ve gotten back into the swing of going to class and are eager to get involved in our crazy community of writers because this year is going to be exciting. Besides the usual Editor’s Reading, submission and editing process, and end of the year Book Launch, we’re going to be planning some fun events for Writing students.

This is an excellent opportunity to apply the editing skills you’ve learned in class and get an idea of what it means to polish a story, poem or script to the point that it’s finished. You’ll learn what to look for in submissions and get an idea of how literary journals work. Plus the usual standby: this will look great on your resume.

Editing positions are currently open for all four genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama and Poetry.

If you’re interested in joining this year’s team, please email tsow@uvic.ca with a short writing sample from the genre you’re interesting in editing and a few paragraphs about yourself. Include any experience in editing or writing outside of workshop, but no experience is necessary, just enthusiasm!

Submission Update

Thank you to all those who submitted to this year’s edition of This Side of West. We’re so voracious for stories here at TSOW that we are extending the deadline.

Yes, it’s true. The new deadline is this Friday, February 7th, at 11:59 p.m. Submission guidelines remain the same. We’re looking to help display the best this prestigious and, apparently, highly motivated University has to offer. Why not throw your hat (or hats, if you’re feeling prolific) in the ring?

We are still accepting all genres, however we are particularly keen to see some more CNF represented. Thanks for your time, be hearing from you all real soon.

2014 Submission Guidelines

Submission Poster

It’s that time of year again!

Submissions are now open for the 2014 edition of This Side of West. We are looking for unpublished, undergraduate work that displays the best that the University of Victoria has to offer.

Interested in submitting? Find all the details right here.

Deadline is January 31st, 11:59 p.m.

P.S. We’re also looking for cover art.

2013 Editor’s Reading Photo Gallery

We braved the crowd and swallowed our nerves.

A huge thank you to Hugo Wong for capturing us at our best.

Micro-fiction contest

To celebrate this year’s UVic Phoenix Theatre Season, TSOW is holding a micro-fiction contest. From a family escaping the end of the world, to a town plagued by influenza, the Phoenix has selected a strong season built around impending doom.

With that in mind, tweet us your best apocalypse mini-stories (maximum size: one tweet) to earn a chance to win two tickets for an upcoming Phoenix Theatre show.

Contest runs from November 18 to December 2.

Make sure to mention @ThisSideofW in your tweet so we see it.


It’s a whole new year

This Side of West is back for the 12th year of publication. We’re excited to welcome a new team of editors and can’t wait to share our writing with the world.

Submission details will be announced shortly, so get editing!

In the meantime, we’re hosting an editor’s reading November 21, 7pm, on campus. (We’re still firming up the location. We promise you’ll be the first to know.) So, mark your calendars and join us for a night filled with words from all four genres: creative non-fiction, drama, fiction and poetry.

The best way to stay informed on all This Side of West happenings is to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Psst, we may or may not be announcing a fun Twitter competition very soon!

Talk soon,
The TSOW team


Book Launch!

Hear ye hear ye! March 25 marks the day of This Side of West’s book launch! We’ll be at the Kaleidoscope Theatre from 7 pm to celebrate our 11th issue. Let the readings and drinks ensue (there will be a cash bar)!

Admission is $15 at the door, which will include a copy of this year’s issue.

Here’s a peek at the cover: