Genista’s Editor Fave: “witch hunt” by Jason Santerre

Good morning everyone! As promised we are starting the ‘Editor Favorites’ series with our Managing Chief, Genista Kippin’s favorite piece from our 22nd issue. Her choice is a poetry piece by Jason Santerre.

Jason Santerre is an editor and photographer living in Montreal. Read Jason’s work in The FiddleheadGrainsubTerrainThe Antigonish Review, and more. His chapbook, Why Are We Not Screaming?, was shortlisted for this year’s Wild Leek Press chapbook competition out of West Virginia.


witch hunt


Laughter twists your guts, torturous

as birdsong or the heady breath of young lovers

chest to chest. It’s so repulsive, your powers dim

like lanterns hanging from the abattoir’s bloody ceiling.

Shadows rest deep inside eye sockets of skulls piled high

in pyramids macabre


One day, word arrives from the west: another hamlet razed

as your sisters slept. Nights spent chanting beneath an altar

of stars, dancing in a trance of syrupy intoxication,

no more. Now the sound of baying hounds echoes against

the canyon walls telling you to go. Now. Just be sure to leave

a trail of blood. Considering all that was, you must be exhausted,




Upcoming Editor Faves!

With the new month rolling in we’ll be posting some of our editors favorite pieces from Issue 22. This will be just like last time, where our editing team will select from their own personal preference!

And a reminder, the submission deadline is still open for our next issue, where all pieces must be based off our selected cover. For more info:


The NōDitorial

Issue 23, Call for Submissions

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With the start of 2018, NōD Magazine is changing things up for our 23rd issue! Instead of giving you a theme, we’re letting you choose your own based on the winning entry, ‘The Hunt’ by Janeen Scott from our Fall 2017 Cover Contest. Her piece reminds us of fairy tales that keep us up at night. We see The Hunt as an examination of myth, meaning making, and sexuality– we question the temerity of bodies that are vulnerable and ritualistic in nature. So, send us your best, most mythical and beautiful work. We can’t wait to read it. See our full submission guidelines here:

Janeen Scott is a Calgarian artist completing her BFA at The Alberta College of Art and Design with a major in painting. Her practice focuses primarily on the ritualistic nature of drawing and the continuous representation of a witch entity that functions as her self-portrait. She derives material, both visual and otherwise from a constant juxtaposition of her Catholic upbringing and its relationship and parallels to paganism, occultism and witchcraft. She currently investigates the symbolism and religious significance of early Christian unicorn tapestries. Ultimately, she is engaging in an iconographic exploration of memory, sexuality, eroticism and personal reflection. You can find her on instagram, @ghostgurrrl.

We can’t wait to see your submissions!

Our 22nd Issue Collaborators

Just a few more weeks until our launch! With over 100 submissions, we’re proud to announce the 26 creatives whose works will be featured this 22nd issue:

  • Allison McFarland
  • Erin Emily Ann Vance
  • Holly Day
  • Jade Riordan
  • Maryam Gowralli
  • Paul Green
  • Natalie Lauchlan
  • Kieran MacNaughton
  • Derek Beaulieu
  • Jenny Wong
  • Kate Siklosi
  • Miguel Almario
  • Paul Meunier
  • Emily Calder
  • Rob Mclennan
  • Jason Santerre
  • Kimberly Peterson
  • Maggie Veness
  • Jim Zola
  • Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
  • Amanda Neves
  • Dani Spinosa
  • Sacha Archer
  • Savanna Scott Leslie
  • Ken Hunt
  • Margaret McLeod

We will be sharing some of our author’s bios for the upcoming weeks in anticipation of the launch. Be sure to follow us on our social media!

NōD Cover Contest!

Calling all visual artists!

Do you want your artwork or photography to be featured on the cover of Issue 23? You have until November 24th to send us your best visual media, whether it be a painting, a photo, a collage, or anything other forms you can think of. The winning piece will serve as the inspiration for submissions for Issue 23 and will be shared widely across all social media platforms to help guide submissions. The best cover submissions will have a wide range of interpretations and themes that could serve as inspiration for both fiction and poetry. The winning artist will also have the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the April launch of Issue 23.

How to submit: Send up to five pieces to with [Cover art submission: last name] as the subject line. Please send the best quality resolution you can. As always, please include your mailing address and a brief artist’s statement or bio. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We can’t wait to see what you send us!


The NōDitorial

NōD Meet and Greet!

Don’t forget our Fall 2017, Meet and Greet – this Wednesday, September 27th @5:30pm in the University of Calgary’s Art Lounge. Come mingle with other creative writers and new members, while taking a look at our back issues and discussing your authorial interests. Pizza and beverages will be readily available. For those who which to delve further, the end of our program will conclude with a general meeting to start our year.

Happy Reading and Happy Writing!

Clubs Week – Fall 2017

Be sure to stop by and chat with us this Clubs Week! Grab some back issues and learn more about our bi-annual creative publication. We can’t wait to see you there!


Have a great idea for a theme?

Hello readers! We are currently trying to decide on a theme for Issue 23 and we would love to hear suggestions from you. If you have an idea that would make a great themed issue, send it to or chat with any of our editors!

Here are some themes/inspirations we’ve done in the past:

  • Translation/Language
  • Supernatural
  • Viral
  • Thievery
  • Magnification
  • Symbols
  • Gender
  • Rebirth

If you’ve got ideas, send them our way!