Thanks so much to the dozens of people who submitted to the inaugural
CanLitCrit Essay Contest!
Our three winners were:
FIRST PLACE ($1,000 and Publication in CNQ):
for “The Xenotext’s Woman Problem”
SECOND PLACE ($500 and Publication at notesandqueries.ca):
for “We are Men, and We are Terrified of Ourselves OR:
How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Russell Smith”
THIRD PLACE ($250 and Publication at notesandqueries.ca):
for “Making Up Mile End”
Our contest winner argues that Christian Bök’s “experimental” work pushes genetic, not gender boundaries.
In his funny, astute essay, Jared Young probes notions of masculinity and national identity via Russell Smith’s self-defeating male characters.
Jason Freure takes us on a palimpsestic, geo-historical-literary tour of an iconic Montreal neighbourhood.