This issue of Briarpatch features the winners of our second annual Writing in the Margins creative writing contest. Among the flood of entries submitted by talented writers from across North America, these two stories most impressed and moved our judges. Briarpatch would like to congratulate Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, whose How to Be Lonely was selected by Zoe Whittall. Sy’s stylistic turns enrich her exploration of solitude, colonialism, and heartbreak. Veronica Fredericks’ creative non-fiction entry “A Tour of Home” and Ryan Dodington’s short story Baseball in December are this year’s rightful runner-ups. Their stories can be found on briarpatchmagazine.com. Ryan Dodington also takes home the prize for best entry from our hometown of Regina. Thank you to all the writers who shared their stories with us, and to our wonderful judges.
Yutaka Dirks, Writing in the Margins Coordinator