Crossover Show this Friday!

Hey again, all!

There’s a fun new craze that’s sweeping the nation, and it’s collaboration! In this spirit, Vikes Improv, This Side of West, The Warren, and the UVic Live Music Club have linked arms, joined forces, allied—whatever you want to call it—to bring a night of comedy, readings, art, and music to the University of Victoria for free. It’s all gonna kick off at 7pm this Friday (December 7th) at the David Lam Auditorium. Managing Editor Hana Mason will be hosting, and we’ll have a few quick readings from our staff. Readers are:

– Naomi Duska, poetry editor
– Glenn Howard, intern
– Riley Smith, Editor-in-Chief

Admission is free, and please email us if you have questions. More details can be found on the Facebook event page.

Rock on!

Submissions are open!

Please read our submissions guidelines and then send your work our way! Our editors are rarin’ to read, so don’t keep them waiting.

Thanks also to all who came out for the best Editors’ Reading I’ve seen. It’s always a fantastic and engaging event, but the energy at Hillside Coffee was something different and remarkable. This community is so talented and diverse.

Saturday is the Editors’ Reading

Your calendars have been marked, but here’s the final reminder! Saturday the 20th at 6:30pm at Hillside Coffee & Tea, we’ll be celebrating the opening of submissions season with the Editors’ Reading! Tickets are $10, and available at the door. This beautiful (inside and outside) collection will be available for purchase at the event.

The Editors’ Reading is practically here!

Hi all!

Thanks to everyone who’s reached out to ask about our programming for the year! We’ve got some exciting news. The Editors’ Reading is ten days away! On the 20th at 6:30pm, doors will open at Hillside Coffee & Tea for this lovely event. It’s always a pleasure to hear the work the This Side of West staff read from their work, but this year we’ll also have books available with the work inside. Tickets will be $10 and can be purchased at the door or from staff starting Thursday the 11th of October.

If you have any questions about the Editors’ Reading, please refer to our Facebook event! But if that doesn’t give you the answer you wanted, email us at

See you there!


The year has begun!

Oh. Boy. It’s that time of year again. Writing 100 is still bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, the sun is still out, sometimes for multiple minutes (!), and some of you have already been workshopped. I am so sorry.

The Issue 17 staff has been finalized except for our two first-year interns, who will be hired soon (so if you want one of those spots, let us know now!!). So speaking of times, it’s the time when TSOW turns its head to look towards the Editors’ Reading and submissions season. The reading will be at 6:30pm on Saturday, October 20th at Hillside Coffee & Tea. I’ve said it each of my four years with the journal, but it’s always true: I’m blown away by the talent on staff this year. And each year I’ve returned to a new cohort, it’s somehow even better than the last.

This year, we have returning faces who’ve just written their first pieces in new genres and they’re already unbelievably good. We have writers who are entering their 300-level workshops and the stuff they did in 200s is beyond publishable. And it’s such beautiful writing that one can’t help but be happy when it’s read. Sounds froufrou, and maybe it is, but it’s also true.

If you didn’t get an application in soon enough but still want to be involved in UVic Writing happenings, please keep your eyes peeled for news about the Course Union. There will be positions and opportunities to get involved available there. We will be holding a General Meeting for the Course Union on the 27th of September at 6:00 in the Fine Arts lecture hall. The one by the door. I will update once I’ve figured out what number it is.

As always, email us with questions.

Rock on!

Riley Smith
Editor-in-Chief, This Side of West

Prepare to be welcomed back!

Hi all!

We’re only – gulp – one week away from the first day of Fall 2018 classes. Insert tired joke about how it snuck up on us that still resonates like crazy because it really did sneak up on us. Cripes, it snuck up on me! Anyhow. It’s all about to start up soon, so prep yourselves. We’ll be around campus and this year, the Course Union (with which we’re indistinguishably linked) will be more present in a first step towards being super present. Watch this space and Facebook for introductions to our staff and then announcements for the Editors’ Reading (and new, special stuff for that, too!!).

Rock. On.


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