2018/19 Manuscript Reviewers


Rona Altrows (literary fiction – short story/novel, creative nonfiction – memoir/personal essays)

Rona Altrows has been writing fiction, creative non-fiction and plays for 25 years, and has been editing professionally since 1981. Her most recent book, At This Juncture, came out in April, 2018 and consists entirely of fictional letters. Fall, 2018 will mark the release of Waiting: An Anthology of Essays, which Rona co-edited with Julie Sedivy. Rona’s previous books include A Run on Hose, a short story collection that won the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize; Key in Lock, another short story collection; The River Throws a Tantrum, a children’s chapbook; and Shy, an anthology she co-edited with Naomi K. Lewis. Rona’s work has appeared in magazines and journals in print and on line and has been produced on CBC Radio. Her 10-minute plays have been produced in Canada and the U.S. She has served as Writer-in-Residence for AWCS and for the Calgary Public Library and was the inaugural Mentor in the Loop for AWCS.


Emily Cargan (fiction – all genres, poetry, playwriting and children’s books)

Bio is on its way.


Lori Hahnel (literary and commercial fiction)

Lori Hahnel is the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero (Oberon, 2008) and After You’ve Gone (Thistledown, 2014), as well as a story collection, Nothing Sacred (Thistledown, 2009), which shortlisted for an Alberta Literary Award. Her work has been published in over forty journals in North America, Australia and the U.K.; her credits include CBC Radio, The Fiddlehead, Joyland and The Saturday Evening Post. Lori teaches creative writing at Mount Royal University as well as AWCS and is currently on the board of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.


Anne MetikoshFiction – general, historical, mystery, suspense (no science fiction or fantasy), creative non-fiction

Anne Metikosh is the author of four published novels as well as numerous articles and short stories in a variety of genres, including mystery, historical fiction, and creative non-fiction. For the past several years, she has been teaching novel-related courses at AWCS and doing manuscript critiques for the Writers’ Guild.  When she isn’t helping other writers beat their prose into shape, she’s working on some projects of her own.


Carolyn Pogue (historical fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s books, memoir)

Carolyn Pogue is an instructor with AWCS and enjoyed serving as their writer-in-residence before the move to cSpace. She is the author of 14 books – a mix of nonfiction and fiction, children, youth and adult. She has worked in an editorial capacity at both an educational publisher and a literary publisher and has written for national magazines, both in print and online. Her latest book is Hilwie’s Bread (2017)


Steven Ross Smith (poetry)

Steven Ross Smith has published thirteen books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. He is an arts journalist, writing on literary and visual art. He studied and worked in film and television as a scriptwriter. He has given talks, workshops, mentorships, and served as Writer In Residence in many communities and institutions since the mid-70s. He is the Banff Poet Laureate for 2018-19.


Erin Emily Ann Vance (poetry, fiction, memoir, YA, children’s books)

Erin Emily Ann Vance (MA Creative Writing) is a fiction writer and poet. She attended the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry summer course at Queen’s University Belfast in 2018, and a will be a fellow of Summer Literary Seminars in Nairobi in December 2018. A recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize in 2017, and a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Magazine Awards for fiction, her work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including filling station and Contemporary Verse 2. She has a chapbook with Lofton8th press and a leaflet with The Blasted Tree. Her first novel will be released by Stonehouse Publishing in Fall 2019.

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