on the Verge Writing Contest 2018


Rachel Lallouz // 1st place

The Mountain Burning

Rachel Lallouz is completing her MA in English at the University of Victoria. She has been published in Plenitude Magazine, SAD Magazine, The Lavender Review, and Crab Fat Magazine, among others. She is the winner of Plenitude Magazine's Cornucopia Prize for LGBTQ* Fiction, and received first prize for VIPIRG's Annual Writing Contest this year. Rachel spent this past summer in Tbilisi, Georgia as a Summer Literary Seminars participant, and she eagerly awaits her writing residency at the Hambidge Centre for the Creative Arts and Sciences this spring.

Heather Purves // 2nd place

A Place of Refuge

Heather Purves is a third year Juris Doctor candidate with the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law. She recently returned from a term on the islands of Chios and Lesbos in Greece where she volunteered with the organizations Refugee Education Chios and Legal Centre Lesbos teaching English and Music, and providing legal assistance to asylum seekers on the islands. She is passionate about the need to protect fundamental human rights, dignity, and equality through the law but believes that a deeper understanding of diverse human experiences is best achieved through engagement with creative works which better express our shared humanity. 


Kate Fry // 1st place


Kate Fry is a UVic second year student currently studying in the English Honors program. She works as a Fiction Editor for the Warren Undergraduate Review and her poetry is also appearing in the upcoming 2017-2018 edition of This Side of West. When not at school, Kate can be found furiously climbing up and down ladders at Russel Books, where she works.

Sarah Jackson // 2nd place


Sarah Jackson is a second year law student at the University of Victoria. She originally hails from Prince George in Northern British Columbia. In her spare time, she likes to play rugby, run half marathons (very slowly), hunt, fish and wander through any mountains or beaches that are available.


Nicholas Guerreiro // 1st place

Vassals of the Land

Nicholas is a fifth year student in the departments of Theatre and Creative Writing. His plays Hidden People and O, Come All Ye Faithful were produced by the Student Alternative Theatre Company. Nicholas also wrote and directed Rural Ravaillac for SKAMpede, and remounted O, Come All Ye Faithful on the Victoria Fringe. Nicholas is the literary manager for small theatre company Vino Buono productions. His stories and poems won every round of the 2015 Times Colonist So You Think You Can Write contest. As an actor, Nicholas has appeared at the Phoenix Theatre, Langham Court, Blue Bridge, and Vino Buono.

Riga Godron // 2nd place

The Home In My Heart

Riga Godron is going to be on the ballot for public office for the third time, in this fall's municipal election being held on October 20th 2018.  In addition to her attempt to become an elected Victoria City Councillor, Riga Godron is going to train and hopefully complete her first marathon, The Victoria Goodlife Fitness Marathon, also occurring in October. Riga Godron is studying Economics at UVic. She has been on the board of the Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee since 2014 and has served as the Vice Chair for two consecutive terms.

Spoken Word

Chris Tse // 1st place

Culpable (for the undocumented)

(Note: this is a longer version of Chris' winning entry set to music)

Chris Tse is a graduate student in the School of Social Work, an artist and writer currently living on Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSANEC territory in Victoria, BC. He placed second at both the 2011 Poetry Slam World Cup and 2016 Rio International Poetry Slam, and is a former Canadian National Slam Champion. Originally from Coquitlam, BC, Tse has shared the stage with Martin Luther King III, J. Cole, and Demi Lovato, and formerly toured across North America with the internationally acclaimed Kenyan Boys Choir. His work has appeared on CBC, CTV, and radio shows as far as Australia, France, and Ghana. He writes about identity, immigration, intimacy, and basketball.

Emma Field // 2nd place

The Places of Me

Emma Field is a spoken-word artist that hopes to coax the tormented and playful parts of her audiences out into the open. She is currently Vancouver’s Youth Grand Slam Champion and was a member of the 2016 championship team of Hullabaloo, BC’s Provincial Youth Poetry Festival. Based in Victoria, she is a biology and environmental studies student. Her compass runs on good vibes so she hopes you’ll send some her way.