Call for Submissions for Matrix 84: The New Vancouver

Matrix Magazine is now accepting submissions for its dossier on the new Vancouver. The City as work-in-progress or postcard-perfect; city of cranes (the building kind) and herons (the flying kind); the Terminal City or the Gateway to the Pacific; home to the Downtown Eastside and the 2010 Olympics; it is a city of competing imaginations and many points of references/residences. We’re looking for prose, poetry and artwork that evokes your Vancouver: whether the work is of Vancouver, about Vancouver, or simply reflects an aesthetic or concern unique to Vancouver – we want to see it.

Poetry: 3-5 poems. Prose: 3000 words max.

Edited by Sachiko Murikami and Anne Stone

Deadline: 15 August 2009

Email submissions preferred:

Gallows Humour

Matrix Presents

Issue 80: The Gallows Humour Issue

Matrix magazine is now accepting submissions for its Gallows Humour dossier. We are looking for your darkest, most absurd and sardonic, witty, acerbic, ironic and sarcastic unpublished writing. Edited by Mike Spry. Poetry: (3-5 poems). Fiction: (3500 words max.).

Deadline: April 11th, 2008.

Electronic Submissions Preferred:

On Gallows Humour:

“The ego refuses to be distressed by the provocations of reality, to let itself be compelled to suffer. It insists that it cannot be affected by the traumas of the external world; it shows, in fact, that such traumas are no more than occasions for it to gain pleasure.”
— Sigmund Freud,“Humour (Der Humor)”

“When Oscar Wilde allegedly gestured at the garish wallpaper in his cheap Parisian hotel room and announced with his dying breath, “Either it goes or I go,” he was exhibiting something beyond an irrepressibly brilliant wit. Freud, you see, wasn’t whistling “Edelweiss” when he wrote that gallows humour is indicative of “a greatness of soul.” The quips of the condemned prisoner or dying patient tower dramatically above, say, sallies on TV sitcoms by reason of their gloriously inappropriate refusal, even at life’s most acute moment, to surrender to despair.”
–Tom Robbins, “In Defiance of Gravity”

If you’re viewing this page spectrally and lack an email account, but still want to submit, send your hardcopy to:

Matrix Magazine
The Gallows Humour Issue
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., LB-658
Montreal, QC
H3G 1M8

The New Underground

The latest Matrix is at press now, with poems by Stuart Ross, fiction by Sarah Steinberg, and a special section, the New Underground, with writing by some of the best emerging writers (glad to see an excerpt of Jenny Sampirisi’s forthcoming novel, Iswas, included there). In this issue, there’s also my piece on writing spaces (looking at the studio writing practice of Betsy Warland, but dipping into the public writing practices of a few others as well). Check it out here

Matrix: Call for submission


We are looking for the best unpublished writers in Canada for our 79th issue.

We are looking for innovative short fiction and poetry by young or emerging writers.

Eligible applicants include Canadian citizens who have NOT published a trade book. People who have published chapbooks or have been published in anthologies or magazines may submit.

Edited by Ian Orti and Maya Merrick

Electronic submissions only. (Word or text files only)

Send to: ian[at]matrixmagazine[dot]org
Due date: December 5th

Matrix Magazine Call for Submissions

matrix magazine

The Narrative “I”: Autobiography in Film and Fiction
edited by Taien Ng-Chan

How does film and fiction fit into your life? From lurid confessionals, diary entries, screenplays and first-person accounts of historical moments (real and unreal), from the poetic to the absurd, any genre, any medium from page to screen. Matrix 78 will include a DVD anthology of short films, videos and animations to be featured with the theme section. Please send your time-based media (on NTSC DVD or as Quicktime files preferably) as well as your short fiction, comics, poetry, screenplays, essays, and art forms to:

Matrix Magazine
The Narrative “I” Issue
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., LB-658
Montreal, QC
H3G 1M8

Deadline for submissions is August 1st, 2007. Contact Taien Ng-Chan for more info or go to Matrix Magazine‘s submission page.

Matrix redesigned (& reading)

So, the latest issue has a new look and so, now, does the website, which finally has its own space at (The piece I wrote for Rob, part of the tribute to him, has moved too).

And for anyone in the Vancouver area, I’ll be reading this Thursday in the Open Text Reading Series from the new (about to be put to press) novel, Delible. Here’s the details:

Thurs, March 22nd, 2007.
Capilano College.
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Reading followed by Q&A session.
(Cedar Bldg. Room 148)

The Matrix tribute issue.

The latest issue of Matrix is out, a tribute to Rob Allen, who died on November 3rd, last year.

matrix76The cover is a picture of Rob when he was small. At his sister’s, a week after he was gone, we all gathered and in her bedroom, she’d put on old home movies of when they were children. They had pictures of Rob in blankets, a baby. So strange, so strange to have lost your friend and see him, for the first time, so impossibly young and unmade. He was one of my closest friends, and someone I lived with, too, for many years. I’ve got a piece in it about meeting him and about losing him. I wasn’t sure I could write it. Anyway, the piece I wrote is up on the site.