Better Next Year

Call for Submissions

Better Next Year: An Anthology of Christmas Epiphanies

Edited by JJ Lee

Tidewater Press is inviting new and emerging Canadian writers to contribute to a new anthology, being published November, 2023.

Recollections from acclaimed Canadian authors will combine with emerging voices from across the country in an anthology that debunks the popular depiction of Christmas while delivering its messages of hope and renewal. 

Writers of colour, immigrants, Indigenous authors, members of the queer and transgendered community and those marginalized by personal circumstance will share memories of surviving bleak Christmases past, as they strive to salvage the spirit of the season. Submissions of creative non-fiction/memoir should be 2,500 to 5,000 words in length; deadline for acceptance June 30,  2023.

Better Next Year is edited by JJ Lee,  is the author of The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit (2011), a finalist for the Governor General’s, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust and Charles Taylor prizes for non-fiction. Previously a contributor, reporter, producer and host on CBC Radio, he continues to present an annual Christmas ghost story for listeners across British Columbia. JJ Lee currently mentors a non-fiction workshop at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio.

This is an opportunity to be published alongside many leading names in Canadian literature. Please send your essays, including your full name, address and contact telephone number to or use the form below.

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