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.


Kim Dias, Intern

Originally from South Africa, Kim Dias grew up in Singapore and Brunei before moving to Canada in 2008. She leans mostly towards writing fiction, though she enjoys playwriting and poetry on occasion. She swears that one day she will manage to finish writing a novel—one day. She has had short stories published in various anthologies by Dreamspinner Press and the New Smut Project. She loves warm weather, days spent by the fireplace with a good book, and cuddling her dog.

Rachael Lesosky, Events Coordinator

Rachael is in her final year of creative writing at UVic, with a heart for poetry and fiction. She finds inspiration from the landscape of her hometown in the Okanagan Valley, particularly from days spent in her family’s vineyard. Other interests include birds, dancing, and trying to become ambidextrous.