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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > December 2019 > Cream of the crop

Cream of the crop

Two annual anthologies provide encouraging cross-sections of what is happening in the fields of short fiction and poetry

The Journey Prize Stories 31: The Best of Canada’s New Writers

Carleigh Baker, Catherine Hernandez, and Joshua Whitehead, eds.

McClelland & Stewart

Best Canadian Poetry 2019

Rob Taylor, ed.

Biblioasis

WHEN I LIVED IN MANHATTAN as a fledgling writer, I often went into the big bookstores to browse the selection of literary journals on the racks. Flipping through their pages packed with new fiction and poetry under familiar and unfamiliar names gave me a sense of what was going on in the literary world – who was working on what – and in turn how I fit into things. This bird’s-eye view of the literary landscape was extremely important to my development as a writer. It showed me not only what I admired enough to emulate, but what I wanted to avoid. And by submitting to those journals, I was able to place myself in the aesthetic, political, and literary conversations going on.

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