2022 Writing Contest: In(ter)ventions in the Archive


“In(ter)ventions in the Archive”
Judged by David Bradford

What remains in remove.
—David Bradford, from Dream of No One but Myself 

The Capilano Review
invites submissions to our 2022 writing contest on the theme of “In(ter)ventions in the Archive,” guest-judged by Griffin Poetry Prize nominee David Bradford. Imagining approaches that waver between “invention” and “intervention,” we invite poetry, fiction, and other short experimental forms that interrogate the archive as a site of both creation and resistance. The contest takes inspiration from Bradford’s poetry collection Dream of No One but Myself, which combines memory, documentary material, and the creative processes of writing and collage. We invite contributors to think of the archive as a polyvalent term that can incorporate—or be in tension with—embodied experience, traditional knowledge, and material records, and which exists within and outside of institutional and state discourses. 

The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and publication in an upcoming print issue of The Capilano Review 

About the Judge

David Bradford is a poet, editor, and organizer based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). He is the author of several chapbooks, including Nell Zink is Damn Free (Blank Cheque, 2017) and The Plot (House House, 2018). His work has appeared in The Capilano Review, The Tiny, filling Station, The Fiddlehead, Carte Blanche, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of Guelph and is a founding editor of House House Press. His first full-length collection, Dream of No One but Myself, was published by Brick Books in 2021 and nominated for the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submission period: September 1 – 30, 2022  
  • Work must be original and previously unpublished 
  • Submit up to 6 pages of poetry, prose, or other short experimental forms (PDF or Word formats only) 
  • All entries will be considered anonymously. Please do not include your name or other identifying fields on your manuscript pages 
  • Submission fee* includes a one-year subscription to The Capilano Review 
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere so that we can remove your entry from the contest 

Submission Fees*

$25 for Canadian entries
$35 for US/International entries 

Entry includes a one-year subscription to The Capilano Review.

*Submission fee is waived for Indigenous entrants. Please email contact@thecapilanoreview.com directly for alternate instructions to submit your work. 

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The winner will be announced at the end of October.

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