Change at The Antigonish Review

We are making a very significant change at TAR. From now on, the journal will be published in digital form. Each issue will be produced in PDF format and emailed to subscribers. Individual copies will also be available for download from our website. A few months ago, we implemented a policy under which only digital submissions will be accepted through our website. 

PDF works well with iBooks and Kindle as well as directly on tablets and computers. We will produce other formats in future as needed. 

We hope to establish a print-on-demand service but are still exploring possible printers who have the capability to meet our needs. The concept is that the print-on-demand copies would be priced at a level that would recover the cost of printing and mailing.

This change was made necessary by declining subscriptions and reduced funding being made available to TAR. However, we are excited about it, as it offers the opportunity to innovate with TAR as never before. Also, we will be able to increase the size of our issues, thus giving our subscribers more for their money.

We are continuing the same intense procedures as before in reviewing submissions and believe there is no reason that there should be any decline in quality.

We hope you will join with us in celebrating this new venture into the future, which represents the future for many, if not most, literary journals and which some have already implemented. 

The first digital issue will be in October, 2017.

If you wish further information or to make a comment, please email to

We are glad to welcome you to The Antigonish Review

Founded in 1970, The Antigonish Review is the third longest-running creative-writing journal in the Maritimes and one of the oldest continuing literary magazines in Canada.

A Small Magazine with an International Reputation

Far from being just a regional magazine, TAR reaches readers throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in countries like Germany, Korea, France, Saudi Arabia, England, and the Netherlands. Every year the journal receives more than a thousand submissions from as far away as Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Australia/New Zealand, India, Hawaii, and Brazil.

What Makes TAR Special

TAR has always prided itself on offering an eclectic array of poetry and prose by emerging as well as established writers. It also encourages critical discussion through its publishing of extensive book reviews and thoughtful scholarly articles.

TAR was also one of the first English-language literary journals in Canada to publish translations of French-Canadian poets. This tradition has expanded to include translations by international award-winning poets such as Estonian Arved Viirlaid and Brazilian Edilberto Coutinho.

In addition, each issue includes pieces by emerging and prominent Maritime artists. TAR won 2003 Canadian Magazine Publishers Award for Best Cover Art among Literary Magazines.

TAR also offers students opportunities to participate in the life of the journal, whether through internships or its Poet Grow-Op program, a joint initiative with UBC that promotes and publishes work by emerging college and university writers.

A Destination for Literary Excellence

TAR has a long reputation for attracting internationally recognized, award-winning writers. It has published the work of luminaries like Milton Acorn, Annie Dillard, Louis Dudek, Jane Jacobs, Marshall McLuhan, Thomas Merton, and Alden Nowlan.

Some of the many major Canadian voices that have appeared in its pages include Marshall McLuhan, John Thompson, Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, David Adams Richards, Irving Layton, Carol Shields, Sheldon Currie, Lorna Crozier, Michael Crummey, Lynn Coady, Rohinton Mistry, Jan Zwicky, Stephanie Bolster, Sheree Fitch, Johanna Skibsrud, George Elliott Clarke, Don McKay, Brian Bartlett, Kathleen Winter, Alexander MacLeod, Wayne Johnston, Leo McKay Jr. and Anne Simpson.


Subscriptions information :

1 year digital subscriptions only – $25.00

Back Issues if available  - $15.00 

 The Antigonish Review Editorial Cooperative:

Managing Editor:  Gerald Trites

Poetry Editor:  Peter Sanger

Fiction Editor:  Veronica Ross

Essays & Articles Editors:  Tony Fabijancic

Book Reviews Editor:  Leo Furey

Web Consulting: Xtreme Technology Solutions

Production:  John Reigle & Stacy Doiron

Associate Editors/Fiction:   Reynold Stone, Sheldon Currie, Josh Brown, Adam Beardsworth, Margaret MacDonald, Angus MacCaull, Kailin Wright & Monica Graham

Student Volunteer Intern:    Briony Merritt

Editorial Office: 

c/o P.O. Box 318

Mahone Bay, NS

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We acknowledge the financial support of St. Francis Xavier University and The Canada Council.


A few words about us

The Antigonish Review was founded by R.J. MacSween in 1970. It is supported by St. Francis Xavier University with the welcome assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, and by our generous donors.

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