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2015 Contest Winners

Our 26.2 contest issue winners have been announced! Our guest judge this year, Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke has chosen the following poetry and prose pieces: Prose 1st Place: “The Dong” by Sarah Butson 2nd Place: “Penny Blossom” by Anna Brooks 3rd Place: “Day of the Dead” by Cassy Welburn Poetry 1st Place: “Daydreaming Tricia” by Michael Fraser 2nd Place: “Finlandia” by Ellie Sawatzky 3rd Place: “The Union Dead” by Michael Fraser Honourable Mention: “Old Bob’s Shadow” by Ron Ostrander Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted!

Chapbook Contest Winner and 2015 Shortlist

And the Chapbook contest winner is… Nanci Lee for Preparation.  Congratulations Nanci! Preparation will be sent out with select issues of FreeFall 26-2 2015 Contest Short List 2015 Prose Short List: Welcome to Khyber Agency Mnemosyne Run Trust Me The Embrace Penny Blossom The Dong Day of the Dead 2015 Poetry Short List: Finlandia Daydreaming Tricia Rhinocentric Green Card Finding Elkford Batter’s box known and strange things Coureur de bois cottage slum The Union dead for the price of a penny Garage Sonnet Old Bob’s Shadow

2014 Contest Short List

2014 Poetry Short List Prose Short List Commerce This Story was on the TV News Spider Canada’s Breakup Guide You Chubby Assassin Let Nothing Ye Dismay But By God You Knew it Was There Nicky Nicky Nine Door The Come Crying Eggshells and Painted Ladies Poetry Short List The Way it Ends Up Non-fiction Old Grief Thompson park Change Rooms Morning Routine Sitting on the side of Tumor Mushroom Sibling Rivalry All Day Breakfast Just Lucky I Guess My Summer without Art 14 Ways B flat Minor Loose Attachment On Customers Iris Ink Tapeworm Forgiveness Poem for Mom Random Dynamics of War An Irrational Fear of Citrus Slices of Mackintosh Apple Wolfhound words fell The Thin Man Grand Junction Extremities

Press Release

For Immediate Release Contact: Heather Wood,, Jim Nason, Poet and Fiction Writer Jim Nason Purchases Tightrope Books (Toronto, September 17, 2014) Tightrope Books, the independent Canadian publisher of poetry, young adult, and adult fiction has been sold to one of its most distinguished authors, Jim Nason. Nason becomes Publisher of Tightrope Books immediately, taking over from Halli Villegas, who inaugurated the upstart press in 2005. Villegas leaves the press to engage with her own writing career. “I look forward to publishing first-rate, innovative books,” Nason states. He believes in accountability and his first task will be to work with a team to establish a literary board for the press and create a mentorship program for students in media studies. A unique combination of skills and experience prepares Nason to tackle the challenges of running a literary press. As the author of seven books of poetry and fiction, he has travelled the world with his own writing, from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to New York’s Bryant Park Best Canadian Poetry event and the Winnipeg …

Congratulations to J.D Mersault

Congratulations to J.D Mersault. Our newest intern recently had his (non)fiction piece: “The Prince Returns: In Defense of Lawrence Durrell” published by The American Reader. Well Done, J.D. J.D. Mersault is a writer and visual artist from Canada. His art theory and review has been published by the Art Gallery of Alberta, and The New Gallery in Calgary, his fiction has been anthologized in the Calgary 2013 Biennial of Contemporary Art, and and his criticism and memoir has appeared internationally in The American Reader. His sculptural work has been exhibited most recently by the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, and the RBC New Works Gallery in Edmonton. He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta where he is recovering from a long and misspent education in philosophy.

25th Anniversary Contest Now Accepting Submissions!

Did you know that our 25th anniversary contest issue is coming up? Submit for the chance to be monumentalized in FreeFall lore. Plus, it’s a superb chance to have the wonderful John Vigna review your work. Submit online at John Vigna is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at UBC and alumni of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and anthologies including Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction, The Dalhousie Review, Grain, Event, sub-Terrain, The Antigonish Review, and Exact Fare 2: Stories of Public Transportation. He is the recipient of the Dave Greber Award for Freelance Writers, winner of the sub-Terrain Lush Triumphant fiction contest and finalist for a Western Magazine Award, the Event creative non-fiction contest, and the CBC literary non-fiction contest. John lives in Vancouver with his wife, the writer Nancy Lee. He is a Lecturer in the UBC Creative Writing Program.