The magazine’s annual contest calls for participation by authors writing in English and in the BCMS languages. The contest is international in format, and there are no geographical restrictions so long as the submissions are in one of the languages specified. Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine which is being published in print and digital form in English as well as the languages of the region (BCMS). Find out more.
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We want to achieve intercultural mélange, first and foremost literary, that is: we will pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: what are poetics and formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes of authors who write in English, that is languages ​​of the region (BCMS)?! Find out more.

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Karl Williams Receives the Freewrite

Friday 23rd December 2016

Mr. Karl Williams won the Freewrite Award for his short story “Buddy & Teemus”. Sibelan Forrester, the inaugural contest judge said about short story “Buddy & Teemus”: A straightforward story with an unusual setting devotes unsentimental attention to different human beings’ ways of being and interacting, their various abilities and disabilities, and the ways they […]

Claire Mulligan on Writing, Influences and HLM

Wednesday 21st December 2016

Claire Mulligan’s first work of historical fiction, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, was nominated for the 2007 Scotiabank Prize as well as the Ethel Wilson Award. Claire was born and raised in British Columbia and graduated from UBC in 1995. She currently lives in Victoria BC with her three young children. What a great pleasure and honour […]

The Inaugural Contest’s Poet Laureate - Mr. John B. Lee

Thursday 24th November 2016

Mr. John B. Lee – the inaugural contest’s poet laureate – reads Lalo’s Walls and Climbing the Great Wall of China. Video edited by Mr. Ian Bell. “Climbing the Great Wall of China” (LE AWARD) by John Lee. Ms Sibelan Forrester said: This poem describes a famous place with strong and evocative images that connect the perceiving consciousness with the wall’s visible […]

Weary Feat by Michael Twist

Tuesday 15th November 2016

Michael Twist reads an excerpt from Weary Feat: Sibelan Forrester said: This story had way too much detail about basketball for me, but that is only part of what it does. I kept expecting the young hero to be shot or otherwise have his hopes for success as a basketball player dashed by inner city menace. […]

Modern Reading by Lochlan Bloom

Wednesday 13th July 2016

There is a group, let us call them the anti-fictionists, that proclaims the death of fiction. They call for an end to the make-believe, the fake, the imaginary. Who needs fiction, these anti-fictionists say, when there is the scientific method, progress, development. We may be a society of readers but how much of that time […]

Submission window for Hourglass Literary Magazine's writing competition closed on 31May16

Wednesday 1st June 2016

From autumn (our “early bird” deadline) to summer you have kept us busy, surprising us, challenging us and at times even stupefying us into awestruck silence and now, at the end of it all it is you the writer, the poet, the word artist, who deserve the most to be thanked and congratulated for making Hourglass […]

Hourglass by Danilo Kiš (fragments)

Saturday 28th May 2016

PROLOGUE [I] The flickering shadows dissolve the outlines of things and break up the surfaces of the cube, the walls and ceiling move to and fro to the rhythm of the jagged flame, which by turns flares up and dies down as though about to go out. The yellow clay at the bottom of the […]