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Volume 1, number 1, Spring 1989
Peterborough (Ont.), Proem Canada Projects. Two issues a year. $7.
Distributed by Proem Canada Projects, P.O. Box 416, Peterborough, Ont. K9J 6Z3.

Grades 10 and up/Ages 15 and up
Reviewed by Joanne Robertson.

Volume 17 Number 4
1989 July

Proem Canada intends to become a show-case for talented young Canadian writers. The editors are calling for manuscripts of poetry and short fiction from authors between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six. All submissions receive individual attention and critical comments. By devoting itself entirely to young writers. Proem Canada aims to create an awareness of promising talent.

Fourteen young writers have earned a place in the first issue. According to Chris Magwood, the general editor, these young writers are "voices ... that have the potential to challenge us for many years."

There are seven poetry sections and seven short stories in the first issue. At the end of each selection, a few lines of information about the writer have been included. Written from the perspective of youth, the works probe unflinchingly the various aspects of life. Although sometimes uneven, they are not unskilled and often exhibit strength and insight. The selections are as varied in style as in topic and make for enjoyable reading.

Proem Canada and the young authors who will be published in it deserve the widest audience they can find.

Joanne Robertson. Dauphin, Man.
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