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Find Your Space with NorthWord’s Issue 26 Virtual Launch

Fort McMurray, Alberta - We value it, protect it, look up at it, fill it, vacate it, and sometimes avoid it – it’s all about Space at our Issue 26 virtual launch event on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 4 p.m. MST. Free tickets are available from Eventbrite. Guest edited by Alisa Caswell, NorthWord’s member at large, and local writer, the magazine is published by the Northern Canada Collective Society for Writers (NCCSW). The event will feature poetry and prose readings from contributors and an open mic for anyone who wishes to participate. And the highly anticipated cover reveal by a local artist.

“We are excited to launch the 26th edition of NorthWord Magazine. For over a decade, our publication has been produced by a volunteer Board and dozens of community guest editors. It’s their hard work and the paid advertising from our sponsors who are responsible for the existence of our print publication. Thank you to everyone who supports literary arts in our community!” notes Dawn Booth, President of the Northern Collective Society of Writers.

“I would like to further extend my gratitude on behalf of our Board to Arts Council Wood Buffalo, Cheryl Tang of Coldwell Banker Fort McMurray and the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo for their advertising support. Thanks to the people and organizations, we were able to publish this issue and share it with the rest of the world,” she added.

The call for submissions for the next issue is already out with a theme of “Intensity,” and the deadline of October 30, 2022, at midnight. Issue 27 will be guest edited by Scott Meller, a local “practitioner of literary and other arts.” He shares on why Intensity was his choice.

“I was intrigued by the intersectionality of the word “Intensity” and how it has so many applications in the arts. (In music it has) much to do with tempo, embellishments, and articulation. It is the conveyance of emotion. Visual artists might use light and colour to vary intensity. Performance artists might use tempo, and visual cues like body language, stage position, and facial expression, but the commonality of intensity in delivery of artistic expression is a lifelong exploration. Here I challenge you, the maker, to explore a literary expression of intensity. What does it mean to you? How do you use it, and how have you experienced it? What incidents have been most intense for you? What events seemed innocuous in the moment, but with the passage of time have proved to be of exceeding intensity? In a world that appears rife with extremes, show us some intensity!”

Short stories or excerpts from current projects, fiction or non-fiction (3000 words maximum), verse of no more than 50 lines, along with anything original and inventive can be submitted to the editors at

Free copies of NorthWord are available at Mitchell’s Café, Keyano College, Prestige Jewellers, Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School, the Redpoll Centre, Urban Market, Avenue Coffee, and the Fort McMurray International Airport.

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Kiran Malik-Khan

Public Relations Director

NorthWord – A Literary Journal of Canada’s North



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