2-for-1 Subscription Deal with Eighteen Bridges

It's a match made in literary heaven! We've partnered with fellow Edmonton literary magazine Eighteen Bridges to offer you a fantastic subscription deal: two great award-winning magazines for one great award-worthy rate. Subscribe for one year to Eighteen Bridges (two issues) and Glass Buffalo (three issues) for only $30!

Eighteen Bridges publishes award-winning narrative journalism, essays, and profiles. Glass Buffalo publishes the rising stars of Canadian literature and insightful interviews with successful writers. These two magazines are shepherds of emerging voices and will surprise and engage you with stories and poems in every issue.

Take advantage of this offer now! This offer ends November 15, 2017.

Announcing the 2017 Glass Buffalo Writing Contest Shortlists

This year, Glass Buffalo welcomed submissions from writers across Canada in search of the best poem and piece of short fiction in English. After receiving many incredible entries, we’re very excited to announce the shortlists for our Short Fiction Prize and Poetry Prize!

The short fiction entries were judged by Heather O’Neill, who’s been twice shortlisted for the Giller Prize for her books, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels. And the poetry entries were judged by Kayla Czaga, winner of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and a nominee for the Governor General’s Award for her collection, For Your Safety Please Hold OnLearn more about the contests and judges here.

Here are the writers and their work chosen by our judges:

Glass Buffalo Short Fiction Prize ($500 sponsored by Priority Printing)
Elizabeth Ball, “Poverty Hill”
Sarah Bennett, “Wanting”
Michelle Kelm, “Carnival”

Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize ($500 sponsored by Glass Buffalo Publishing)
Chelsea Comeau, “Downtown Victoria, Summer” & “Rocket Pops”
Jessica Johns, “Can you imagine my love for banana facts?”

The winners of the prizes will be announced at our Fall 2017 issue launch on Wednesday, September 27, at Yellowhead Brewery. For more information on the event and to buy your tickets now, visit our Eventbrite page.

We're hiring an intern!

Editorial Intern — Glass Buffalo Magazine

Location: Edmonton

Deadline to Apply: Friday, November 25, 2016 (all applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. MST)

Job Description: We are looking for a creative, self-motivated individual to assist the editor in various duties for a four-month term beginning December 5, 2016, and ending March 31, 2017. This is a flex-time internship without a set schedule that will require some evening and weekend work either at home or in other locations in the city. As an editorial intern, you will have the opportunity to learn all of the various duties that go into publishing and promoting a literary magazine and to build connections and relationships with people in the Edmonton publishing community.

About the Company: Glass Buffalo Publishing is a literary publisher in search of mythic power. We publish a magazine three times per year that highlights fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from emerging writers attending the University of Alberta, and we host literary events in the city in partnership with festivals and other arts organizations.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Working as a liaison between the editor and contributors
  • Managing circulation and a subscriber database
  • Evaluating, fact checking, and copyediting submissions
  • Proofreading the magazine in layout
  • Writing a monthly newsletter
  • Researching grants and other funding opportunities
  • Marketing the magazine and events using social media
  • Assisting in planning a launch party


  • Must be a current student or recent graduate (2013 or later graduation date) of a post-secondary education program including journalism, English, digital media, or a related field.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Organized and can work independently
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Experience with Squarespace and social media are an asset but not a requirement
  • Interested in magazines, Canadian literature, and the arts

Compensation: $600 honorarium, for about 25 hours per month, paid on completion of the internship.

How to Apply
Please email your cover letter, resume, and a sample of writing (a short piece of creative writing up to 1,000 words OR up to 3 poems) to Matthew Stepanic at glassbuffalomagazine@gmail.com no later than Friday, November 25, at 11:59 p.m. Please include “Editorial Intern Application” in the subject line. We will acknowledge all applicants, but only those selected for interviews will be personally contacted.

Announcing the 2016 Glass Buffalo Writing Prize Shortlists

This year, Glass Buffalo was proud to expand our writing contests by opening them to writers across Canada and introducing new prizes: the Glass Buffalo Short Fiction Prize, the Glass Buffalo French Poetry Prize, and the Glass Buffalo English Poetry Prize. After receiving many fantastic entries from across Canada, we're very excited to announce the shortlists for the three prizes!

The short fiction entries were judged by Marina Endicott, who was most recently longlisted for the Giller Prize for her book, Close to Hugh. And the poetry prizes were judged by Pierrette Requier, the current Poet Laureate of Edmonton. Learn more about the contests and judges here.

Here are the seven writers and their work chosen by our judges:

Glass Buffalo Short Fiction Prize ($500 sponsored by Priority Printing)
Kate Black, "Dying Game"
Shawn Ohler, "Mark IV"
Nicola Winstanley, "Invaders"

Glass Buffalo French Poetry Prize ($400)
Sarah-Jeanne Bélec, "Orages"
Ann Josée Thibeault, "Pornomatopée"

Glass Buffalo English Poetry Prize ($400)
Claire Kelly, "Another Failed Anthropologetica"
Gianmarco Visconti, "Tiger's Eye"

The winners of the prizes will be announced at our Fall 2016 issue launch on Wednesday, September 28, at Yellowhead Brewery. For more information on the event and to buy your tickets now, view our Eventbrite page.

The 2015 Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize Shortlist

After receiving so many fantastic entries from young poets across Alberta, we're very excited to announce the shortlist for the first Glass Buffalo Poetry Prize!

An initial longlist of 10 poems were selected by members of the Writers' Guild of Alberta's Youth Council (including Akosua Adasi, Fran Kimmel, Nicole Liesner, Barbori Streibl, and Rena Traxel) and given to our contest judge Peter Midgley, senior editor (acquisitions) at the University of Alberta Press and the author of Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story

"As a judge, I was looking for poems that show a mastery, or at least proficiency, in the use of poetic devices—metaphor, rhythm, line breaks, structure of stanzas, the development of a motif or overarching idea," says Midgley. "Is there a consistency in the poem’s own internal logic? What is this logic and how is it maintained and developed in a way that is clear for the reader? Does the poem remain bound within its own world, or does it push the reader beyond the page and into a consideration of broader social and philosophical issues?"

Listed in alphabetical order, here are the three poets and their poems chosen by Midgley for our shortlist:

  • Benjamin Hertwig, "food habits of coyotes, as determined by examination of stomach contents"
  • Curtis LeBlanc, "Ordinary"
  • Gianmarco Visconti, "Augury"

The winner of the prize will be announced at our Fall 2015 issue launch on Monday, September 28, at Yellowhead Brewery and will receive a $500 cash prize sponsored by the Writers' Guild of Alberta. For more information on the event and to buy your tickets now, view our Eventbrite page.

Shut Up and Read the Poem

Thomas Trofimuk invites me to Bistro Praha, a gourmet café in Edmonton, to share his creative writing experience. The spot holds much significance for Trofimuk: he spent many late nights in his early years writing there among a scene of inspiring characters. Trofimuk shares with me stories of that time, including a tale of the late Frantisek Cikanek, who believed that champagne was best enjoyed by guzzling the whole flute at once and appreciating the tingly release of the bubbles with a large belch.

Trofimuk is brimming with stories—a great trait for any writer—but what I need to pass on from our meeting is the advice he offers while we enjoy coffee and wine. (And sadly, I drank the former as, while wine eases the tongue, it fogs the memory.)

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Share Your Work Even If You're Scared Shitless

Caitlynn Cummings stands atop a high pile of accomplishments: she’s the managing editor of filling Station (an experimental literary magazine based in Calgary, Alta.), the coordinator for the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, and the published author of several short fiction pieces and poems in various literary magazines. It’s a long list for someone who, only a few years ago, wasn’t sure what she was going to do with her double major in English and Classics.

Cummings was in her penultimate semester when she chose to take a couple creative writing courses to broaden her degree. She found it “exciting to participate in a community” of authors, with whom she could chat about her writing. She took fiction and poetry classes that broadened her perspective about writing, with profs asking things like, “What is your tactile sense of this word?” Through these courses, Cummings says, “I realized that writing could combine all of my interests into a single career trajectory.” Literature, travel, women’s studies, classics, and art history could all coalesce into a single medium.

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Just Get Better

What advice does Jason Lee Norman have for student writers? “Try to get better at writing.” It seems simple, but young writers often don’t focus on it. Don’t worry about what other writers are doing or how they determine success, he says. No novel deal yet? Not even a short story in a lit mag? Doesn’t matter. “Write, read, submit,” he continues. “You have to submit at some point. Rejection will happen. Feedback will happen.”

Norman’s not one to push a person down the traditional publishing path, possibly because he hasn’t followed it himself. “I didn’t always know I wanted to be a writer—I just enjoyed sharing stories,” he says. At eighteen, Norman moved with his family to Argentina and, with less responsibility in this foreign country, he had more time to think about his life. As he looked back on his youth, he realized how much he’d enjoyed reading and writing, and how often he’d spent time on those activities. So he made them his focus and started by searching out the great books to read. “The more I read, the more I wanted to do what that was.”

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