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Lit Mag Love Episode 6: Invest in Relationships: Pamela Mulloy (The New Quarterly)

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About TNQ

The New Quarterly—TNQ, for short—is a Canadian literary journal known for wit, warmth, and literary innovation. Our style is celebratory, and we’re well known for finding, as well as nurturing, distinctive voices, and for continuing to support writers throughout their career. We publish short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that explores both the craft and the writing life. Watch for TNQ writers among those cited for National Magazine Awards, the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Journey Prize, and the Writers Trust Fiction Prize.

Each issue brings our readers work by both emerging and established writers, and, while TNQ has always been an inclusive publication, we have renewed our commitment to encouraging writers who may be experiencing barriers regarding race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, or age to consider TNQ when they’re ready to submit their finest work.

About Pamela Mulloy

Pamela Mulloy has edited TNQ since 2011. She has a master of arts in studies in fiction from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom; has had short fiction published in the United Kingdom and Canada; and has been awarded the Waterloo Regional Arts Council award for fiction. Her novel, The Deserters, is due out in Spring of 2018 with Véhicule Press. She currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband and daughter

Quotes from the Episode

“I confess to being a slow thinker, a ruminator. I’m the one who thinks about it and has the idea after everybody has left the table. Social media is a challenge.”

I think that I understand that writing is a process and it sometimes requires a great deal of patience, and revisiting, and rethinking, things we’re not used to doing to be productive.“

“One of the things that we consider with the writers is that it’s a relationship with the writers. We’re actually investing in a writer when we choose to publish them. We hope that they will continue to submit to us and it becomes an ongoing relationship. That human element of the publishing process is really important. I’m always curious what the writer is doing in their wider writing life.“

“Quiet stories are the ones I’m often drawn to.”

In order to become a successful writer, you have to submit your work. It kinda raises the bar for your writing. It pushes you to get the best you can get.“

Episode Credits

Host: Rachel Thompson
Audio Editor: Meghan Bell
Music: https://musicformakers.com/songs/the-return/
Production & Research Assistant: Gulnaz Saiyed
Produced by Room magazine and We Are Lit Writers (Rachel Thompson)

Season One of Lit Mag Love is sponsored by Lit Mag Love, an online course by Rachel Thompson