Better Next Year, published by Tidewater Press in 2023, was a runaway, seasonal publishing success story. Submissions are now open for a second anthology, Upon a Midnight Clear, again edited by JJ Lee. New and emerging Canadian writers are invited to contribute to this new collection of stories that illuminate the best of worst of Christmas, to be published November, 2024.
We are seeking powerful, amusing, moving and heartfelt stories from established and emerging Canadian authors 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 3,500 to 5,000 words in length; deadline for acceptance March 31, 2024.
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. He posted this informative video tutorial on guidelines for writers wanting to submit to the anthology; viewing it will be helpful prior to presenting your work:
This is an opportunity to be published in a best-selling Canadian literary anthology. Please send your essays, including your full name, address and contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below.