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Welcoming Our New Prose Editors

The Plenitude team is pleased to welcome our two new associate editors for fiction and creative non-fiction, Fatima Amarshi and Derek Warwick! A child of the global South Asian Diaspora, Fatima Amarshi comes from a multi-generational family of immigrants who travelled from India to Tanzania, and...

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An Interview with Suzette Mayr

Interview by Brett Josef Grubisic Suzette Mayr expertly juggles funny, unsettling, weird, and satiric in her whimsical fifth novel, Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall. In it, the University of Calgary English professor creates a hapless, overwhelmed and under-performing barely tenured...

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Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Cornucopia Literary Prize

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Cornucopia Literary Prize is Rachel Lallouz for her short story “Eyes Like Limpid Pools.” In the words of our 2017 judge, Hiromi Goto: There were so many strong submissions with such a range in style, content, voice, each so...

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Announcing the 2017 Cornucopia Literary Prize Shortlist

We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Cornucopia Literary Prize for short fiction, judged this year by Hiromi Goto: “Pristine,” by Kristyn Dunnion “Eyes Like Limpid Pools,” by Rachel Lallouz “See You Next Soon,” by Jess Martin...

Evelyn Deshane Reviews

Magic Words: A Review of Laura Jane Grace’s Tranny

 Reviewed by Evelyn Deshane During an interview with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, Laura Jane Grace addressed the title of her recent memoir, Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, released in 2016. Her response to Noah was similar to her response on The Late...

Asam Ahmad Reviews

Failed Muses: A Review of Nick Comilla’s Candyass

Reviewed by Asam Ahmad In Nick Comilla’s Candyass, a novel that stops tasting sweet about halfway through, an adolescent punk kid from a small town in Pennsylvania narrates his sexual coming of age and various experiences with gay life in Montreal and New York City. Purporting to be a novel that...

Evelyn Deshane Reviews

Poetry, Repent! A Review of Cat Fitzpatrick’s Glamourpuss

 Reviewed by Evelyn Deshane When I teach poetry to my first-year students, they often don’t know what to say. As a genre, poetry seems to be too old, too stiff and formal, or too cavalier and obscene—depending on what student I poll that day. The only other genre that seems as contentious is...

Asam Ahmad Reviews

Allegories of the Now

Reviewed by Asam Ahmad In Him, Me, Muhammad Ali, her new collection of short stories, Randa Jarrar tackles themes of longing, infidelity, betrayal, and desire, themes the Palestinian-American novelist, translator, and essayist introduced in her first novel, A Map of Home. The stories in this...

K. Astre Reviews

A Review of Joe Okonkwo’s Jazz Moon

Reviewed by K. Astre   Joe Okonkwo’s lyrical, sensual, and sensory debut novel Jazz Moon is an intimate look into twenty-one-year-old Benjamin Charles’s timid yet determined metamorphosis into a man bold enough to honour his deepest desires. Readers watch as he reluctantly reconciles himself...

Latonya Pennington Reviews

Drag Noir Shines Bright

Reviewed by Latonya Pennington Published in 2014, Drag Noir is an anthology edited by K.A. Laity for Fox Spirit Books. It is also the third in a series of anthologies focused on Noir. Most of the contributors, including the editor, are on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and are successful speculative fiction...

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Announcing the Inaugural Cornucopia Literary Prize

We are thrilled to announce our first-ever contest, the Cornucopia Literary Prize for fiction. The prize is open for submissions from September 15, 2016, until March 1, 2017, and is awarded to the best work of fiction by a LGBTTQI writer. We welcome submissions from writers of any nationality. In...

Gwen Benaway Reviews

Coming Home in Small Beauty

Reviewed by Gwen Benaway   Published in 2016, Jia Qing Wilson-Yang’s Small Beauty is a debut novel that explores family connections and the legacy of racism. The narrative’s central character is a young mixed-race transwoman retracing her family history back through generations while living in...

Matt Loney Views

Collaged Reflections on the Month of June

Plenitude magazine is co-presenting this month’s Queer Night at the Brockton Writers Series on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at  full of beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto (6:30pm, PWYC)—featuring Matt Loney, Gwen Benaway, Kumasi Jay Gwynne, Yaya Yao and a special guest...

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Announcing Increased Honoraria

Thanks to the generous donors to our recent fundraiser, Plenitude is thrilled to announce that we are increasing our writer honoraria, effective immediately. For fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and articles, we now offer $60; for a poem, we offer $25. We are committed to paying our writers for their...

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Call Out: Reviewers of Colour

Plenitude Magazine is looking for queer and trans writers of colour for our reviews section. We look for book reviews which are critical and thoughtful and between 700 and 1,000 words. We feature poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by queers and trans writers, with a focus on Canadian content. We...