The Antigonish Review

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The Antigonish Review
Editor Gerald Trites
Frequency Quarterly
First issue  1970 (1970-month)
Company St. Francis Xavier University
Country Canada
Based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Language English
ISSN 0003-5661

The Antigonish Review is a quarterly literary magazine publishing new and established contemporary literary fiction, reviews, non-fiction articles/essays, translations, and poetry. Since 2005, the magazine runs an annual competition, the Sheldon Currie Short Fiction Contest.[1] The winner of the inaugural Sheldon Currie Prize was Nicholas Ruddock.[2] Since 2000, the magazine has also run a poetry competition, the Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest.

The Antigonish Review was established in 1970[3] with long-term editor-in-chief R. J. MacSween,[4][5] who was succeeded by George Sanderson.[6][7] The current editor is Gerald Trites.

Under MacSween's and Sanderson's editorship there was staunch support of communications theorist Marshall McLuhan from his early days. [8]

The Antigonish Review is credited with nurturing writing talent in Eastern Canada.[9] Besides fiction, poetry, and interviews, it publishes translations, book reviews, and review essays.


  1. ^ Cumyn, Richard. "The First Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest." The Antigonish Review 143 (2005): 23. 29 June 2011.
  2. ^ Long Journey to recognition; Guelph physician getting second chance at his first career choice. Joanne Shuttleworth. The Guelph Mercury. Guelph, Ont.: Mar 15, 2008. pg. C.1
  3. ^ "A Writer’s Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals". Magazine Awards. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ The Forgotten World of R. J. MacSween: A Life, by Stewart Donovan, Cape Breton University Press
  5. ^ Tremblay, Tony. "Eclectic dreams revisited." Antigonish Review 149 (2007): 9+. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 June 2011.
  6. ^ Higgins, Michael. The debt we owe our teachers and mentors; [ONT Edition] Toronto Star. Toronto, Ont.: 28 January 2006. pg. M.06
  7. ^ Sanderson, George. "TAR days." The Antigonish Review 149 (2007): 21+. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 June 2011.
  8. ^ Tremblay, Tony. "Eclectic dreams revisited." Antigonish Review 149 (2007): 9+. Academic OneFile. Web. 29 June 2011.
  9. ^ Danila Botha ; Weekend Post. "What it means to write from the coasts; Down East, they're 'uniquely hard to discourage'." National Post. 30 Apr. 2011: WP13. eLibrary. Web. 29 Jun. 2011.

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