on the Verge 2020 winners publication



Hana Mason // 1st place


Wheat King

Hana Mason is a fourth-year Writing major with a focus in fiction. She is the Editor-in-Chief for This Side of West Issue 18 and a part-time barista. She has work in Riddle Fence, Existere, Little Fiction and elsewhere.

Rowan Ross Baird Lister // 2nd place


Guest by the Pine

Rowan Lister is a 3rd year undergraduate studying History and English. He grew up in traditional Lummi territories on Orcas Island, Washington in the United States. He was born and raised in a barn on the east side of the island which still has not finished construction. His literary influences include Ursula Le Guin, Cormac McCarthy and Brandon Sanderson. A poem by his mother inspired him to start writing at 13. His interests in history include displaced peoples, guerrilla movements and cultural preservation and he enjoys historical and fantasy fiction.


Sarah Lachmansingh // 1st place


Eating at a Stranger's Table

Sarah Lachmansingh is a Guyanese-Canadian writer from Toronto. She is a first-year Writing student, and is currently working on a novel. She is also a visual artist who drinks too much green tea, and in her spare time, illustrates passages of her work.

Angie Reamer // 2nd place


Full Lips, Olive Skin

Angie Reamer is a PhD candidate in the department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVic and is an EAL instructor at the English Language Centre at Continuing Studies. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695), known as the Phoenix of Mexico, is not only the focus of her dissertation, but her philosophy inspires Angie to find learning opportunities in every situation life has to offer.     


Rachel Lachmansingh // 1st place


When You Leave Your Country Don't Forget

Rachel Lachmansingh is a first-year writing student from Toronto. She is passionate about green tea, ghosts, and warm weather, and incorporates these things into her work whenever possible. She primarily writes fiction, and is currently working on her tenth novel.

Jordan Mounteer // 2nd place


Italian Honey Bee (Apis mellifera ligustica)

Jordan Mounteer graduated from UVic's Creative Writing Program in 2010, and his poems have appeared in numerous Canadian and American publications, and have won or been shortlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review's Open Season Contest, CV2's Young Buck Poetry Prize, and PRISM international's Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. His first book liminal came out in 2017 with SonoNis Press. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Counselling Psychology."

Spoken Word

Juliette Blake Jacob // 1st place



Juliette Blake Jacob is a queer, multi-award-winning spoken-word poet, a Canadian Individual Poetry Slam semi-finalist, a Canadian Festival of Spoken Word slam team finalist, a Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival ensemble alumna, and an activist and essayist living in the Pacific Northwest.

Her poetry focuses on community and transformation, and her aspiration is to make audiences feel existentially comfortable and find their way home. She has contributed to a number of anthologies and journals and conducts guest lectures and workshops.

Juliette is currently working on a memoir about women, family, and queer identity through the lens of the culinary arts. Her first poetry collection,"Unreservedly Beloved", is scheduled for publication on March 25, 2020.

David Donovan // 2nd place


When Compassion Hurts

David Donovan is a writer and poet from Vernon, British Columbia. He is currently enrolled in a biology and anthropology double major with a minor in environmental studies. Formerly a student of creative writing at Okanagan College, David moved into the sciences in hopes to use writing as a tool to bring awareness around global issues through scientific photojournalism and hopes to one day work for National Geographic.