joggins-cliffEmily Sanford was born in Nova Scotia and holds an MA in Literature and Performance from the University of Guelph. She is the winner of the 2016 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Janice Colbert Poetry Award in both 2016 and 2017. Her work appears in Grain Magazine, Minola Review, newpoetry.ca, and Plenitude Magazine, and is forthcoming in Canthius.

Her stage debut was as the narrator in the Consolidated School’s Christmas Pageant in first grade, and she won her first writing contest at age twelve (see below), with a charming essay written on her Smith Corona WS250: a state-of-the-art electronic typewriter, and probably the best Christmas gift ever.

Emily lives in downtown Toronto. She is the Creative Writing Program Administrator at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, and volunteers for the Brockton Writers Series.

She still has a lot to learn.


Recent Publications

Pilot Light – cont’d

“Useful General Notes for Different Dolls” – words(on)pages

cake | fish counter  – newpoetry.ca

This dance is not optional – Plenitude Magazine

The Devil You Know – Minola Review

*||War Bride||* – Ghazal Page


Recent Media


Emily Sanford – My Writing Day – My (small press) Writing Day

Writing Prompt – Diction and Punctuation as Momentum – Plenitude Magazine

Blodwyn Memorial Prize – words(on)pages

Janice Colbert Award Finalists 2017 – (cont’d) University of Toronto SCS

The 10 Best Poems of 2016 – Vancouver Poetry House

Janice Colbert Award Finalists 2016 – (cont’d) University of Toronto SCS



Emily’s First Award for Writing
(Note the inclusion—in detail—of what she did not win)

congratulatory letter from purina