Notes from the Ed­i­tor


THE FIRST IS­SUE OF WRIT­ERS NEWS MAN­I­TOBA was pub­lished in July 1978. A few years later this news-let­ter-be­come-lit-mag was re­named Prairie Fire. No­body thought at the time that it would last forty years, yet here we are!

Our for­ti­eth an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion is Janus-headed. One face looks back to our be­gin­nings and fea­tures a few of the many writ­ers who pub­lished in WNM/PF in the early days. The other face looks to the fu­ture and in­cludes work by Win­nipeg-based writ­ers who’ve never pub­lished in PF be­fore. Even with ex­tra pages, we didn’t have room for all the in­ter­est­ing and in­sight­ful work that we re­ceived in re­sponse to this oc­ca­sion. Please visit our web­site for me­moirs of WNM/PF by Carolyn Creed, Pa­trick Friesen, Rory Run­nells and Ar­min Wiebe.

Of course, no sum­mer is­sue of PF would be com­plete with­out the win­ning en­tries to our Prairie Fire Press / McNally Robinson Book­sellers Writ­ing Con­tests. We are grate­ful to our judges, Ge­orge Mur­ray, Corey Re­dekop and Betsy Warland, for their hard work in se­lect­ing the win­ners and to our spon­sors, McNally Robinson Book­sellers and The Banff Cen­tre for their on­go­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port. Look for Tammy Arm­strong, this year’s win­ner of The Banff Cen­tre Bliss Car­man Po­etry Award, at THIN AIR in Septem­ber.

The two spe­cial sec­tions and many ex­tra pages in this is­sue are made pos­si­ble by gen­er­ous fund­ing from the W.H. & S.E. Loewen Foun­da­tion and The Win­nipeg Foun­da­tion. The Win­nipeg Foun­da­tion has also en­abled us to hire practicum stu­dent Joel Ferguson for three months this sum­mer.

We hope you en­joy this spe­cial an­niver­sary is­sue. Here’s to our next forty years!

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