Author Bio Guidelines

Along with your emerge submission, you must write an author biography which will appear in the back of the anthology.


When you have completed all revisions and made sure your piece fits within the five allotted pages in the Google doc template, copy and paste your 100-word (maximum) biography to the end of your piece. The Managing Editor will extract it and build a separate biography section to pass on to the copy editors.

Word Count: 100 words maximum. This is a very firm limit.

Tone: Professional. Your biography need not be formulaic or emotionless, but it should be a carefully considered, accurate reflection of you as a writer, appropriate for a diverse audience. (A lot of TWSers’ friends and relatives—including yours, perhaps—will purchase emerge or receive it as a gift. Imagine them reading over your shoulder as you write your biography.)

Content:  It’s up to you. Common author biography topics include: what you do for a living, where you’re from, where you live and write, how long you’ve been writing, your current writing project(s), your preferred genre(s), past/forthcoming awards, publishing credits, and reading appearances. But this is not an exhaustive list, and you are not required to include all (or even any) of these elements. What you choose to say in your biography will depend on which aspects of your character, life, and work are most relevant to you.

Format: Your biography must begin with your name in capital letters (all caps).


IVAN ANTONIW is a poet and woodworker or a wood artist and wordworker, depending how you look at it. A Toronto native, he moved to Vancouver in the early nineties, leaving behind an exciting life of accounting, and took up with artists and poets as part of his rehabilitation from the excessive use of fossil fuels.

JOANNE ARNOTT is a Métis/mixed-blood writer, originally from Winnipeg, living on the west coast since 1982. She has published six books: Breasting the Waves: On Writing & Healing (creative nonfiction), Ma MacDonald (illustrated children’s book), and four books of poetry, most recently, Steepy Mountain love poetry (Kegedonce, 2004) and Mother Time: Poems New & Selected (Ronsdale, 2007). Mother to six young people, all born at home, Joanne is a founding member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective – West Coast, recently served on the National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada, and continues to sit with the Authors’ Committee, The Writers’ Trust of Canada.


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