2023 Writing in the Margins contest winners

Each year for over a decade, Briarpatch Magazine holds a contest for poetry, creative non-fiction, and photography that brings to life issues of social and environmental justice. We’re very pleased to announce the winners and honourable mentions of our 13th annual Writing in the Margins contest!

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Poetry winner Sarrah Ghadeer Malek for "ILA AL WATAN/TO THE LAND"
  • Photography winner Marco Muller for "The little ones are watching"
  • Creative non-fiction winner Iris Yi Youn Kim for "Are you North or South Korean?"

Winners are awarded $500 and are published in the May/June issue of Briarpatch.

This year’s honourable mentions go to:

  • Poetry runner-up Tatenda Dlali for "Leaving home: Ekhaya"
  • Photography runner-up Selena Phillips-Boyle for "Doorstep to doorstep"
  • Creative non-fiction runner-up Kayla Tanner for "We feast"

Honourable mentions are awarded $150 and are published online.

gillian harding-russell's poem, “The beast, faltering or flaming …” also took home the prize for best hometown entry.

We’re excited to share these powerful essays, poems, and photos with our readers online in the coming weeks. Congratulations to all!

Thank you to our judges Juliane Okot Bitek, Helen Knott, and Kevin Settee for lending their expertise to select the winners and honourable mentions this year. And thank you to all of the entrants for sharing your stories, poems, and photos. There are precious few contests dedicated specifically to writing and art that address social and environmental justice, and we were humbled and inspired by the fierce, beautiful, and hopeful submissions we received.

This contest was made possible thanks to a grant from the Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG).