We are hiring two first year Interns!

Hey first years! Thanks for visiting the This Side of West website. We are currently on the search for two passionate, hard-working, and creative first years to join our team as interns. If you are interested in applying, check out the “We are Hiring for Issue 19” tab under the About tab for more details on the role, and submit your cover letter and resume to thissideofwest@gmail.com We can’t wait to hear from you!

– Naomi, Editor in Chief

Greetings from TSOW Issue 19 Staff

Greetings, fellow UVic undergraduate writers and TSOW readers! As summer draws to a close and UVic students, wherever they might be, navigate online learning, we are excited to begin another year at This Side of West. Although COVID-19 has forced all university activity online, we are committed to producing an amazing Issue 19. Stay tuned for more information on events, readings and, of course, our submission deadline for this year. Wherever you are, stay safe and keep writing!


Naomi Duska and Glenn Howard

We are hiring for Issue 19!

Check out the About tab for more information on all the positions that are open for Issue 19. Glenn and I are so excited to start assembling our team for 2020/2021, and can’t wait to read all your fantastic applications!

I hope everyone is keeping well in quarantine, can’t wait to hear from you soon.

Naomi, EIC

Submissions Now Open!

Thanks to everyone who came to the Editor’s Reading earlier this month. It was a great night, and we loved seeing people from the community come together! If you wanted a copy of the Editor’s Anthology but didn’t grab one on the night, please reach out and we can get you one. We’re working on getting an alternative to cash payments by the next event, so you’ll be able to pay credit/debit for the Issue 18 launch party and book. We understand not everyone carries cash (I don’t!)

Submissions are now open for Issue 18! We can’t wait to get started reading your wonderful work. Submit once/genre, in as many genres as you please. No strict word counts, but keep in mind shorter pieces are easier to place and mean more voices are heard! Submissions close February 8th – the sooner you submit the better!

We are dedicated to sharing a wide range of voices – that’s something we talk about in meetings a lot. Reading widely. We encourage you to take risks with forms, voices, subjects. We want to see it all. Write widely!

We hope that the end of the semester treats you well!

Hana Mason, EIC

October Update – Staff Applications Now Closed

Hi everyone,

There were so many strong applications for staff and internship positions at This Side of West this year. We are thrilled that so many people were interested. The applications are now closed, and our team is gearing up for the Editor’s Reading on November 2nd! If you are still interested in TSOW, we encourage you to submit your writing to be published in Issue 18 – submissions open November 2nd.

We will also be hosting a write-in on Thursday October 24th from 2 – 4:30 in Clearihue D131. This will be a place to sit down and work on that piece of writing you’ve been dying to complete, and receive feedback from your peers.

I hope to see some of your friendly faces at the write-in and the Editor’s Reading – it’s going to be a blast!

All the best,

Naomi, Managing Editor

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to another year of amazing undergraduate writing here at UVic! Campus is buzzing, the quad is still gloriously sunny, the annual workshop adrenaline-highs are slowly building up, and we can’t wait to get started. We’re already dreaming of all the great stuff you’ll be sending our way come submission season.

For now, though, we’re finalizing our staff and booking event dates. You’ll be able to find us at Clubs and Course Union days, so come say hi! If you didn’t get your application in on time or don’t end up on the staff, no worries, you can still get involved with UWUCU, the undergrad course union responsible for all the fun events we do throughout the year (are you a trivia master? Come write some questions! Are you an event planning poetry wiz? Come figure out how to make a game-based poetry event work!) And don’t forget to submit your work when the time comes!

Keep an eye out for information about the UWUCU AGM, the Issue 18 Editor’s Reading, and the Small Press Fest in October.

I’d also like to introduce myself as this year’s Editor-in-Cheif. You may recognize me as the girl running around speaking gibberish about printing costs, posters trailing behind, or from my Facebook event spam. I am so excited to get to work reading and editing your incredible writing and to start engaging this community along with our staff.


Hana Mason, EIC

Poetry Body Slam!

Hey all!

Now that submissions are closed and you can relax (we’ll be hard at work falling in love with your amazing writing abilities,) UWUCU has an event for you!

Poetry Body Slam is exactly what it sounds like. Combining the chaotic powers of writing and wrestling for one night only (March 8th, at 7pm in the FIA lecture hall,) this is an event you do not want to miss.

Come on down and compete for hella cool prizes and the admiration of your peers in games such as…


Judges include The Warren’s Neil and Antonia, and the independent harbinger of chaos Sierra. Did you hear something about them taking bribes? Did we say something about it? We can neither confirm nor deny.

Admission is free. Check out the facebook event for more.

Come in costume. Teams of three. Be ready to poetry. Be ready to body slam.


Submissions Now Closed!

Submissions for Issue 17 of This Side of West are now closed. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted this year!

Enjoy your reading break everyone – we’ll sure enjoy reading your work this week! Stayed tuned for info about the launch. We can’t wait to see every single one of you there!