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Guilty Pleasures Writing Contest

Joost Swarte's Summer Reading issue cover for The Walrus.
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To celebrate The Walrus's annual summer reading issue—featuring thrilling science fiction, adventure, romance & mystery stories from an all-star line-up including Lee Henderson, Rivka Galchen, Stephen Marche & 2008 Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden—we are pleased to announce The Walrus Guilty Pleasures Writing Contest!

To enter, write the first paragraph of a novel in one of the following genres: Science Fiction, Romance, Western, Ghost Story/Gothic.

Your challenge? To make that paragraph the most gripping, titilating, and action-packed read of the summer!

Send your submissions to by July 31, and you could win a prize package from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts or a Walrus prize package, and have your work published at!