Mitchell Toews is a writer, painter, avid windsurfer, and rower. Over 100 literary journals and anthologies have published his fiction since 2015. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has strong showings in the following notable contests:
- Finalist 2021 Writers' Union of Canada Short Prose Competition for Emerging Writers
- Finalist 2022 Humber Literary Review/Creative Nonfiction Collective Canada-wide contest
- Shortlist 2022 J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction
- Second Runner-up 2022 PULP Literature Raven Short Story Contest
- Finalist 2023 Dave Williamson National Short Story Competition
Please see his regularly updated C-V HERE.
Mitch's debut short story collection, “Pinching Zwieback” is underway (At Bay Press) and is set for a FALL 2023 release. The collection comprises loosely related stories focused on Mennonite experiences in the fictional prairie town of “Hartplatz” and elsewhere in the world. Pinching Zwieback
Member — Manitoba Writers' Guild, Winnipeg River Arts Council
Mitch and Jan live at Jessica Lake in the Manitoba Whiteshell Provincial Park. Treaty 1 and 3 land in the boreal forest just north of the Fiftieth latitude in eastern Manitoba. Situated in the traditional homeland of the Métis nation in the Winnipeg River basin. Anishinabe Waki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ
Open to consideration of an in-person and/or Zoom event that would focus discussion on the practical elements that might be encountered by "older adult writers"* seeking a writing career. Ideally aimed at non-MFA (or similar) individuals with aspirations for publication.
*Perhaps for those age 50 years and older. (A guideline, not a firm age limit.)
Keywords might include: older adults, periodicals, contests, prizes, submissions, Duotrope, Submittable, resources, expenses, income, taxes, WIR, libraries, universities, guilds, funding bodies, readings, associations, critiques circles, social media, age bias, ageism...
A proposed, forthcoming workshop in Manitoba. To be organized through the Manitoba Writers' Guild and Director of Youth Programming Carrie Hatland, the noon-hour Zoom session will focus on Writing Your Culture. Details and a full announcement to follow.