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 We are looking for unpublished, undergraduate work that displays the best that the University of Victoria has to offer.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:


Open Mic




The poster says it all! Make your way down and share your stories with us or sit down with your fellow writers and lend your ears to fresh inspiration. We’ll see you there 😉

TSOW Reading

Ello ello! Hope everyone had a lovely winter break and managed to get their desired submissions in! We’re going through them now, so hold your breath 😉 In the meantime, here are some snapshots of the TSOW reading last term. We’ve got some wicked events coming up this term, stay tuned!

Thank you for submitting!

Happy New Year, all!

On behalf of the TSOW team I’d like to thank everybody who has submitted to the 2013 issue of This Side of West.

We will be announcing our contributors very soon, and are excited to put together this year’s magazine!

We will also be announcing the theme of The 11th Annual Issue, so stand by!

Alex Hodgson
Editor in Chief
This Side of West