Rhubarb’s three-issue annual publishing schedule will be compressed into the next eight months. Rhubarb 32, Mennonite Sex, was launched successfully at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on March 27, selling a record number of single issues. It was awarded a Maggie for Best Cover-Illustration at the Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association’s annual Awards in September.
Rhubarb 33, our Mennonite Theatre Issue, guest edited by University of Winnipeg professor, editor, writer, and dramaturge Per Brask, launches October 27th at 3:00 p.m. at Sam’s Place, 159 Henderson Highway. Look for more details on our site coming soon.
Rhubarb 34, our Power and Politics issue, will be available early in the New Year, Rhubarb 35, “Breaking Mennonite: Living in the City,” will be launched at the end of March 2014 and will look at contemporary Mennonite city culture, since now most of us, however we define ourselves, likely live in one.
This is also the time of year we ask for renewals, subscriptions, and donations. Despite increased support from funders, Rhubarb needs more subscribers and steady support from donors for long-term stability. We do have an editorial and production budget to meet in order to bring you the best Mennonite writing and visual art in a professional, attractive magazine. Many thanks to Suzanne Braun and her team at Relish for our new design and beautiful logo. Increases in funding have allowed us to create an especially attractive, Relish-designed website, complete with PayPal service to make renewals and donations even easier. We are also delighted that the production team at Geez continues to edit, copy edit, design and prepare the publication for printing at Friesens.
Finally, this is also the time Rhubarb launches its writing contests for the next year. The winners of the Taboo writing contests are posted on the website, and their winning entries will be published in Rhubarb 34. New contests, developed by the judges themselves, will be announced separately for each genre, starting in this issue on the inside front and back covers. For more information visit www.rhubarbmag.com.
– Victor Enns, President , Mennonite Literary Society