Now hiring for Issue 17!

Hi all! I hope your summers are exceeding expectations—in a good way. This is a short announcement/reminder that we’re now hiring for Issue 17. We’ve had a strong response so far, and only a few positions remain. A full list of vacant positions is available under our staff page here. If you have any questions, please email us at

Rock on!

Thanks for a great year and happy summer!

Man oh man, was Issue 16 a wild ride! With the help of a fantastic volunteer staff and work from an unbelievably talented group of upcoming writers, we published the orange-est issue yet! The level of work has been high for all my three years on staff, but this year was something else. No easy decisions were made and even though we went over our target page count, we still could’ve published another solid book. Huge thank-yous to everyone who submitted and also to the editors and directors who worked their way through the haze of creating the best collection possible.

We have huge plans for next year involving expanded Course Union events and refined This Side of West operations. That includes remembering that we have a website… Make sure you check in here for complete updates and on our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute info! Our burgeoning Twitter, now at the better @ThisSideofWest handle, is also worth a follow.

Make sure you apply to be a section editor or director next fall! We will post a list of open positions in August, but feel free to get in contact earlier.

In a paragraph or two, I’ll sign off, kick back in a porch chair, and sip a gin and tonic, but I’d like to say one serious thing first. If you have any concerns about Course Union or journal operations, policies, or events, please approach us posthaste. Everyone on our staff is 110% receptive to worries that you might have reservations or concerns about being taken seriously, and if you bring something forward, you will be heard and you will be respected.

And with that, it’s time for my G&T. When Issue 16 is back in stock, we’ll be sure to make sure you’re sure where you can get your copy.

Have a delightful summer! Read! Write!

– Riley Smith, Editor-in-Chief

Submissions still open!

Hi again, and welcome to the Spring Semester, Vike writers!

Look at this, it’s an update on Issue 16 progress! Submissions have been coming in steadily, but we always need (read: want) more. We’ll be accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screen & stage plays as well as comics in all genres until February 2nd, 2018. Don’t miss out or you’ll have to wait until next year.

We’re planning on featuring first-year writers from WRIT 100 this year in a reading towards the end of the semester, details forthcoming.

If you have any questions about submitting or the journal, send them to

Submissions should be directed to and full submission guidelines can be found by clicking through to the “Submission Guidelines” tab on this website.

Happy trails!

– Riley Smith
Editor-In-Chief, This Side of West

The Issue 16 Train Has Left The Station

Hey all,

We’ve filled all staff vacancies this year and are getting primed for what’s ahead. A full staff list can be seen over on the “Staff” page. So what’s to come? The always-fantastic Editors’ Reading will be on November 3rd at Deluge Contemporary Arts, a venue we know and love. Submissions will open that night at 12:00 midnight and stay open until sometime in early February. Submit earlier rather than later to increase your chances of detailed feedback and the opportunity for revision!

Stay tuned for updates and watch Facebook for the latest event info!

Have a wonderful year, I know we will.

– Riley Smith

Hiring for Issue 16!

It’s that time of year again! We’re hiring for all positions, including a couple new ones. Check out the full listing of positions here, and get in touch if you’re interested in getting involved!

To apply, send us an email at Include your resume and a brief cover letter outlining which position you’re applying for and why you believe you’d be a good fit for the job.

All positions are volunteer, and are open to undergraduate students at the University of Victoria.






15 Launch

Come celebrate the launch of Issue 15 with us on April 6 at the Copper Owl.

Doors @ 8:00

Join us for an evening of multi-genre readings by UVic undergrads and some good-time fun tunes courtesy of Katabat and Groceries.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Message This Side of West to reserve a ticket and like our page to keep track of when we’ll be selling tickets on site at University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts until the end of classes from 10-4pm on weekdays.

Issue 15 will be available for purchase for $15 and old editions for $5-10, so be sure to bring some cash!

Work featured by:

Adrian Southin
Alex Gould
Brock Zawila
Danielle Aftias
Emma Carter
Jennifer Landrey
Juliana Rupchan
Kelly O’Donnell
Katie Weaver
Kieran McKiel
Lucie von Schilling
Mary Johnson
Megan Andrews
Rahat Saini
Reid Urchison
Samir Bhimji
Sophie Crocker
Sydney Emo
Teodora Siskin

Submissions closed!

Thanks to everyone who sent in work this year. Our editors are hard at work putting together this year’s journal. Stay tuned for launch info!

Spencer Pickles, Managing Editor

Spencer Pickles is the Managing Editor of This Side of West. The fourth year Writing and Professional Communications student specializes in screenplay. His work has been featured in the Martlet, Business Class, and This Side of West earning him a nomination for the John H. Macdonald award for humour writing. He is the host of the podcast All The Write Stuff and a founding member of the Writing Course Union. When he isn’t worrying about his impending graduation, he can be found yelling at Riley.

Aleesha Koersen, Director of Social Media

Aleesha is the Director of Social Media this year for This Side of West. She is excited to have an official title that feeds into her semi-serious social media addiction. In addition to TSOW, Aleesha is also serving as the Managing Editor for the Coastal Spectator.  She is in the final months of her BFA in Writing and has been specializing in poetry (writing disproportionately about cows and dead things) and minoring in journalism. Aleesha has written and taken photos for a few small-town newspapers and once had a website where she wrote about strangers’ shoes. 

Leslie Ahenda, Intern

Leslie Ahenda is excited to break into the world of creative writing with This Side of West. She is interested in conceptual poetry and visual poetry. Her most noteworthy work to date is a chapbook of experimental poetry appropriating the work of Sherri-D Wilson. her main influences are Vanessa Place, Christian Bök, and Kenneth Goldsmith. She likes baroque music, doesn’t kill spiders, and hopes to one day be relevant enough to be asked to give a TED talk.