Call for submissions: Creative writing prizes and awards

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: 8 Feb 2024

English Alums profiled for McGill news articles

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: 31 Jan 2024

Paid summer internships for English undergraduates

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: 24 Jan 2024

Alum Anuja Varghese highlighted in McGill News article

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: 22 Jan 2024

Montreal International Poetry Prize opens for submissions

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: 21 Jan 2024

Call for applications: Creative writing workshop

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.

Published: 18 Jan 2024

Caret call for submissions

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

Published: 11 Jan 2024

Prof. Manshel interviewed for WNYC's 'On the Media'

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.

Published: 4 Jan 2024

Prof. Stenbaek awarded honourary doctorate from the University of Greenland

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.

Published: 9 Dec 2023

"Sita and Helen" on CBC Radio One

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: 22 Sep 2023

Kasia Van Schaik's "We Have Never Lived On Earth" longlisted for the 2023 Giller Prize

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.  Said to "shimmer and compel like half-remembered dreams," these interwoven short stories follow the journey of Charlotte Ferrier, a ch
Published: 21 Sep 2023

2022-2023 Student Awards and Prizes

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: 21 Sep 2023

Catherine Bradley was awarded the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching!

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: 31 May 2023

Poetry Matters Featured in McGill's Arts News

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: 18 Apr 2023

The Department of English Welcomes Visiting Scholar Deanna Reder

Cree-Métis scholar Dr. Deanna Reder did not study Indigenous literatures as an undergraduate. At the time such courses did not exist at her university. Propelled by this lack, she began to read outside of the conventional canon, with a keen eye on texts written by Cree or Métis authors. By the time she began her doctoral work in 2001, the field began to shift and a generation of 21st Century Indigenous writers began to be published.

Published: 15 Mar 2023


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