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As it happens, literary and cultural journal Matrix Magazine is our 1000th organization to sign up as a member!    Founded in 1975 in Quebec's Eastern Townships, Matrix Magazine was around long before the movie, and is now based in Montreal.  Three times a year, Matrix publishes poetry, fiction, interviews, essays, photography, comics, and, (full disclosure here) a film column by yours truly.  Matrix has had the pleasure to present work by such luminaries in Canadian literature as Carol Shields, Tomson Highway, Christopher Dewdney, Erin Mouré, Anne Carson, Nino Ricci, Christian Bök, Guy Maddin... it's a long, long list, and it keeps growing.  Some of the interviews with Tomson Highway, Nick Bantock, Martin Amis, Irving Layton, and Stephanie Bolster, were collected and published in a book called, appropriately enough, The Matrix Interviews.  Each issue features a theme, the most recent being Anxiety, Terror, New Underground Music, Film and Autobiography, Science Poetry, and Food.  The upcoming issue is on New Vancouver Writing.


But Matrix is not only a magazine!  They also run a monthly reading series called The Pilot, and a music blog. In addition, Matrix Magazine and Pop Montreal have teamed up to present the 2009 Litpop Awards, and are pleased to announce the winners!


Poetry:


Romana Prokopiw of Calgary, Alberta, for her poems "In the Laboratory," "Games and a Picnic," and "Achieved Through Care."


Fiction:


Richard Scarsbrook of Toronto, Ontario, for his story, "Bankrupt."


 


    Poetry Shortlist


    Daniel Scott Tysdal of Toronto, Ontario


    Helen Hajnoczky of Calgary, Alberta


    Jim Johnstone of Toronto, Ontario


    Sandy Pool of Toronto, Ontario


    Liz Howard of Toronto, Ontario


 


    Fiction Shortlist


    Carly Stewart of Montreal , Quebec


    Kai Nagata of Montreal, Quebec


    Joel McConvey of Toronto, Ontario


    Sarah Mian of Halifax, Nova Scotia


    Emmanuel Ekow Erskine of Toronto, Ontario


 


Congratulations to all of these talented writers -- and a big thank you to our judges, Heather O'Neill, fiction, and A. Rawlings, poetry.


Poetry and prose winners will receive a round-trip ticket to Pop Montreal from September 30th till October 4th, 2009, a VIP pass to the Pop Montreal Festival, free accommodation, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and presentation at a special Matrix Litpop event during the festival.


As one of our newest members of A+C, Matrix Magazine will be keeping us updated on its monthly events, call for submissions, and other notable items.  You can check out their website and blog at www.matrixmagazine.org.


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