is a folk magazine featuring family
stories, personal experiences and memories
of the past. It is written by "ordinary"
Canadians sharing material that is extraordinary.
Readers identify strongly with our stories
and reach back into their own memory
banks to find pleasure and strength
in their own histories.
What is a "folk magazine"?
Edith Fowke defined "folklore"
as "material that is handed on
by tradition, either by word of mouth
or by custom and practice." (Folklore
of Canada, McClelland and Stewart, 1976)
We feel that it is important to publish
stories of the past to preserve them
for future generations.
In CANADIAN STORIES, you will find excerpts
from olden-day memoirs alongside new
material set in the present. We have
also published essays speculating about
the future. We like family stories about
pioneer days, and about life during
the Great Depression and the World Wars.
Country life, the joys of moving, encounters
with animals, vacation experiences,
the significance of Remembrance Day
-- these are just some of the themes
that have been presented in CANADIAN
Traditional, structured poems and free
verse sprinkle our pages. Children's
stories are welcome; in fact, we have
a young writers' page for authors aged
ten to nineteen. Some fiction is also
offered, particularly if it is Canadian
in setting, plot or characters. Any
topic is considered as long as it meets
our Authors' Guidelines.
Although our reading diet may range
from cereal boxes to thousand page tomes,
" we must have something to read
We hope you will enjoy CANADIAN STORIES
and share some of your stories with