Thank you for all your awesome submissions!

Three hours of photocopying over 200 submissions (and great ones, at that) has made me one tickled editor-in-chief! Seriously, I am thrilled and honoured to be a part of this talented, funny writing department.

We will be contacting those chosen to be in the journal by early February, so keep your phones close and your e-mails closer.

Also, keep your ears peeled for other fun events (first year reading! grad reading!), etc. E-mail me anytime, to talk about writing or anything else.

With love and gratitude and more love,

Michelle Brown
This Side of West

Island Writer launch on Wednesday

Former TSoW editor-in-chief Chelsea Rushton oversaw this issue of Island Writer, which features fiction by TSoW vice editor-in-chief Will Johnson.

Come out to Oaklands Community Centre on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 for a great launch party put on by the Victoria Writer’s Society.

TSoW editors read at the Warren launch

The Warren’s launch party was on November 26 at Open Space Gallery, and it was a great night of music and reading. (Thanks to Liam Sarsfield, Amelia Nezil and Bryce Bladon, pictured above, for organizing an awesome event.)

TSoW editors Michelle Brown, Will Johnson, Katie Fritz, Jeff McAllister, Vincent Colistro and Meghan Bell read alongside former EIC Chelsea Rushton and Journey Prize finalist Eliza Robertson, among others.

Check out some pictures below:

UVic writer shortlisted for Journey Prize

Eliza Robertson has had a crazy year.

The fourth-year UVic writing student won three prestigious literary journals’ fiction awards in a 12-month period, picking up top prize from Prism International, The Malahat Review and The Fiddlehead. But she’s trying not to let the success go to her head.

Editor’s reading at Intrepid!

+ The TSOW Editor’s Reading will be taking place on November 18 at Intrepid Theater Club (1609 Blanshard). This yearly event is not only to showcase the fantastic editors for this year’s edition, it is a fundraiser to help towards the publishing costs of this year’s book. Drinks, (possible) dancing, and an open mic! Admission is 4$. Doors open at 7 pm.

Hope to see you there!

Submissions now open for 2011 issue!

Submissions are now open for the 2011 issue of This Side of West!

+ Fiction: 50-5000 words per piece, will accept multiple submissions up to a complete total of 30 double-spaced pages

+ Poetry: 4 poems max per author, with a total page count not exceeding 6 pages

+ Creative Non-Fiction: 4500 words max per piece, 3 submissions max per author

+ Drama: 25 pages max per piece, 3 submissions max per author

+We are looking for innovative, well-written pieces that not only steer clear of cliché, but challenge and illuminate the topic or subject.

+The deadline for printed submissions will be November 26, 2010 at 3 pm. All printed submissions are to be placed in a box that will be on top of the filing cabinet in the Writing Department office.

+ The deadline for online submissions will be December 3, 2010 at 12 am. All online submissions are to be attached as a .doc file and sent to

+ Important:

-All pieces must be formatted properly (as per genre submitted), and must not include the author’s name anywhere on the piece.

-All submissions must include a separate cover letter with the author’s name, titles of pieces submitted, and contact information (e-mail and phone number preferably).

– If the rules above are not followed, the submission will (unfortunately) not be considered.

Upcoming literary forum!

Hey guys!

Make sure to check out this literary forum on Saturday, Nov. 6. Four renowned Canadian writers (Don Domanksi, Anne Michaels, Jann Zwicky and Alissa York) will address the place of religion, spirituality and contemplative practice in literature and the writing life.

For more information, check out the poster below:

CSRS Literary Forum Poster

Greetings from the new Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Brown!

Photo by Will Johnson

I am so excited to be heading up the 2011 issue of This Side of West! This department, and this journal are very important to me, and I want to create an environment where everyone feels that they are not only welcomed, but appreciated. A few things:

+If you are interested in editing or submitting to This Side of West, taking on a leadership role in the department, or have any questions/concerns about the journal or the Writing Students Union, please come to the AGM on Friday, October 15, at 4 pm in FIA 203. There will be snacks! (Although they will probably be snacks that I bought from the grocery store).

+ I’m still taking applications for editors, especially for Fiction, Drama and CNF. Send me a writing sample, along with your preferred genre and a short paragraph on why you think you’d be a suitable editor for This Side of West. Final decisions will be made (if all goes well) by Oct. 15

+ Keep your eyes & ears open and peeled for the upcoming Editor’s Reading (where the selected Editors will have a chance to read from their work). I’m also hoping to have a featured “up and comers” section of the night, and I’d love to hear from any first-year students that would be interested in reading!

+ I’m always an email away ( if you have any concerns or questions. I also really like chatting about writing related things, so don’t be shy!

Michelle Brown