Winner, for Creative Non-Fiction
Queer Arts and Literature
Illustrated by Maryanna Hardy. Thanks to Brian Kaufman and the crew at subTerrain for appreciating my little slice of memoir.
‘Bingo and Black Ice’
Big thanks to Andrea and Plenitude for publishing a new work of fiction: a nostalgic reminiscence of small town first love.
‘Still My First Boyfriend’
Ryerson's Journal of Literary & Visual Art
Fiction? Twenty-three writers treat facts as fiction, and fiction as pure creativity.
‘Rimbaud's New Book’ from ‘Like Gods’
edited by Dennis Denisoff,
Who We Are (So Far)
Published by the Ryerson Literary Society, a journal of fiction, poetry and art.
‘Clamp and Groove’
New & Established Writers
A collection of personal essays and creative non-fiction.
‘Birds in the Hand’
Winner, Lambda Literary Award, Best Anthology
Winner, Independent Publisher Award
Thanks to Billeh and to poetry editor, Liz Bachinsky. In this piece of fictional non-fiction, Gertrude Stein reflects upon life with Alice, dogs, the colour white, and mortality.
‘Basket Will Always Be Basket’
(Gertrude Stein, Paris, 1946)
New Work from the Federation of B.C. Writers
With Camilla Gibb, RM Vaughan, Lynn Crosbie, Eileen Myles, Mariko Tamaki and many others.
"George K. Ilsley blends humour nicely into his punchy story ‘Impulse Control.’"
Front & Centre #9
New Writing from British Columbia
With Lorna Crozier, Patrick Lane, Betsy Warland, W.H. New, Alan Twigg and others.
"George K. Ilsley’s ‘When Parrots Bark’ [and another story] stand out for their energy and verve." The Georgia Straight
edited by David Samis, Ripple Effect Press, 2003
A Canadian Magazine of New Writing
Winners of the third annual B.C. Alternative Writing and Design Contest.
New Queer Male Prose
edited by Robert Gray, Prairie Fire
Flaming Prairies: The Queer Issue, Volume 22, No. 2 (Summer 2001)
"witty, sharply satirical, or deft little tales that resonate beyond their specifics... The first two tales unflinchingly present ghetto relationships that seem archetypal and almost immutable. The exploitation of youthful innocence by cynical age in George Ilsley’s ‘The Relative Bargain’ brings a shock of recognition—both for its hard truth, and for the reminder that we often gloss the existence of villains within our own world."
Xtra! (Toronto, November 1998)
Toronto, 1997. Archived in the electronic collection of the National Library of Canada
An Anthology of Gay Male Prose
"An exciting and unpredictable read ... stunningly original voices.
... [another story, the] tale of a schoolboy crush, manages to be romantic, cynical, funny and forlorn all at the same time. George Ilsley’s bar-boy fantasy Talismen pulls off a similar feat, yet throws innocent wonder and a powerful erotic charge into the mix as well."
Now Literary Supplement (Toronto, December 1993)