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Published on: 13 Mar 2024

The Department of English invites undergraduates and graduate students to submit applications for creative writing prizes and awards. Whether you're penning captivating narratives or crafting poignant poetry, this is your chance to showcase your talent and creativity. Before you begin, make sure to carefully consult the application instructions provided below.

Published on: 8 Feb 2024

The McGill Reporter profiled recent grad Mai Kutsuna (BASc’23)Mai, who majored in both drama and theatre and chemistry through the interfaculty Bachelor of Arts and Science program, spoke of the opportunity to combine her unique interests.

Published on: 31 Jan 2024

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts are invited to apply for paid summer internships through the Arts Internship Office (AIO). This year, three internships are directly associated with initiatives run (in whole or in part) through the Department of English.

Published on: 24 Jan 2024

Anuja Varghese (BA’05) is an award-winning author whose first book, Chrysalis, has been awarded the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction. Varghese was recently profiled by McGill News, where she spoke about her experience studying literature and its wide-ranging impact on both her writing and professional career.

Published on: 22 Jan 2024

The Montreal International Poetry Prize 2024 is open for submissions! Send us your best poems for a chance to be published in The Montreal Poetry Prize Anthology 2024. One lucky winner will also take home the cash prize of $20,000.

Published on: 21 Jan 2024

Our 2023-2024 Richler Writer-in-Residence Heather O’Neill has generously offered to offer a two-part creative writing workshop this semester.

Here is Heather’s description; a short biography is included below.

“We will workshop one another’s submitted writing. We will also do some delightful writing exercises to tap into each of the students’ creative and unique worlds. As well, each of the students will be offered a one-on-one consultation about their submitted work, or just to ask me whatever they find mysterious about the writing/publishing practice.”

Published on: 18 Jan 2024

The English Department’s Graduate Student Journal, Caret, is accepting submissions for our Winter 2024 issue from now until January 26th, 2024.

Published on: 11 Jan 2024

Last month, Prof. Alexander Manshel was interviewed for WNYC's On the Media with Brooke Gladstone. They discuss Prof. Manshel's new book and his other recent research on the politics of race when it comes to literary prizes.

From On the Media:

Published on: 4 Jan 2024

The Department of English congratulates Professor Marianne Stenbaek who has been awarded the prestigious title of honourary doctorate from Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) in recognition of her research on and with the Inuit. The honour is given to individuals who have made "comprehensive and meaningful" contributions to research and research education at Ilisimatusarfik and who have "worked for the development of society in a considerable number of years." Below is an excerpt from the award ceremony, attended by Prof. Stenbaek on September 29: 

Published on: 9 Dec 2023

MA student Shailee Rajak joins CBC Radio One's "All in a Weekend" this Sunday, September 24th, to discuss her recently published children's book Sita and Helen. Shailee and host Sonali Karnick will be talking about the book, its intercultural value, its foregrounding of a feminist perspective, and the importance of having it read by children of all backgrounds. 

More on Sita and Helen:

Published on: 22 Sep 2023
Recent PhD alumnus Kasia Van Schaik's debut story collection, We Have Never Lived On Earth, has been longlisted for one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards, the Scotiabank Giller Prize. 
Published on: 21 Sep 2023

The Department of English is proud to recognize the following students who have been selected for the awards and scholarships listed below for the 2022-2023 academic year.

(The writing prizes are determined by committees made up of professors in the Department of English, who review submissions with the authors’ names removed.)

Published on: 21 Sep 2023

Catherine Bradley - Head of Wardrobe, costume designer, researcher, and teacher in the Department of English - was awarded the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching!

Published on: 31 May 2023

To mark World Poetry Month, the Arts News team spoke to Professor Miranda Hickman (Department of English) and students Anushree Joshi (MA, English), James Jarrett (U3, English and Music) and recent alum Jana Perkins (MA, English) about the importance of poetry and how research and community initiatives such as Poetry Matters are building spaces for poetic discussions both on and beyond McGill's campus.

Published on: 18 Apr 2023


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