Mitchell Toews

Fiction Writer

PO Box 146
Rennie, MB R0E 1R0

Author's Bio

Always on the edge of this thing, this writing thing. Always writing, taking my shots in public without a safety net—first in marcom, now in fiction.

Learning from doing, heuristically, and from school, from colleagues and other writers, from reading. From rejection and failure. From sober (and otherwise) self-deprecation. Learning from my wonderful editor, too.

I write to fulfill my love of creating, and—I'll be honest—for pride, for selfish reasons, to spit in your eye, and to feed ambition, too. Gotta watch that last one, a real Medusa.

I write to express my feelings with fiction, in a way I can't otherwise. I write for my grandkids, and I hope, for yours. Everyday heroes, the complicated lives of the quotidian, the beauty in life's small kindnesses, and the cruelty that rolls off our fingers like pennies to a beggar.

Working every day. Want to be raw and real. May always be unvarnished. (Hope so.) Untarnished by too much twitter-nonsense; five things every new writer should know, and all that fluffy stuff, even if some of it would help. 

I want to be read. Want to make you laugh, cry, cringe, and roar. Want to contribute; be part of the moral Gemeinde, suffering for that, if need be. I want to fulfill Faulkner's charge to lend my voice to what is compassionate, and honest, and true.

This is no lark.


Mitchell Toews writes from his 1950 cabin in the boreal forest in Manitoba. He writes short stories, flash fiction, and is a more than a year-in on a lit fic novel. Mitch works with a freelance editor in London and hopes to begin querying his book sometime in 2019. He's also editing a darling-filled, punch-drunk SFF novella complete with night-scittering kakerlaks and a band of flame-tossing human survivors on the top of Mount Tafelburg. Less dramatically, but with the same degree of difficulty, he's also working on grant applications to keep alive his everyday struggle against poverty and to prevent his beer fridge from turning to stone. 

Publications & Prizes

Out of this World: The Best Short Stories from The MOON, Volume 1 (Lilly Press, 2019)
We Refugees (Regal House Publishing, 2019)
Just Words Volume 2 (Lilly Press, 2018)
River Poets Journal 2018 Special Edition: The Immigrants (Lilly Press, 2018)
The Best of Fiction on the Web (Lilly Press, 2018)
Voices Literary Journal Volume 17, No. 2 (Lilly Press, 2016)
Journals: ,
PULP Literature
Rhubarb Magazine
The Machinery
Prizes won: 

“So Are They All” won second place in the Adult Fiction category of the 2016 “Write on the Lake” writing contest. 

“Fall from Grace” received an honourable mention (not published) in The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville  Memoirs Contest, 2016.

“The Phage Match” was one of 16 finalists in Deathmatch 2017 – a writing contest for independent creative fiction in Canada, from Broken Pencil mega-zine.

Blank Spaces Magazine nominated Mitchell's flash fiction, "Sweet Caporal at Dawn" for a Pushcart Prize XLIII.

 The Hayward Fault Line winner for Doorknobs & Bodypaint 93 (February 2019, a triannual themed flash contest) is Mitchell’s story, “Cave on a Cul-de-sac”: 

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Kesey, Richler, Miriam Toews, Hemingway, Kinsella, Steinbeck, Irving, Updike, Roth, Farley Mowat, Wouk, Malamud, Tom Wolfe.
What I'm reading now: 
The Complete Collection by Flannery O'Connor, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, Women Talking by Miriam Toews, And Peace Shall Destroy Many by Rudy Wiebe, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee, The Russlander by Sandra Birdsell

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Steinbach, MB
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Steinbach, MB
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Last update: May 21, 2019