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In the last ten years, a lot has happened in the lives of our editors. Our personal celebrations have included university graduations, marriages, the births of children and grandchildren, and retirements. We have survived moves, career changes, and natural disasters. Likewise, a great deal has happened in the lives of our readers and authors. We have formed relationships with many of you, and we get excited when we see your names in our submissions inbox because we have learned to expect quality writing from you.

We have looked forward to this anniversary with both gratitude and a sense of accomplishment. We are grateful for all of the readers and writers who made these ten years possible. Thank you, readers. Thank you to the writers who took a chance on submitting to us when we were a fledgling journal back in 2005 and 2006. Thank you to all of you who have submitted your work to us, whether once or a dozen times, over the last decade. Because of you and your distinct voices, we have been able to create and sustain a journal that gets stronger with each new issue.

As we approach our next decade, we’re thinking about some changes to the way we do things. We’ll keep you updated on what’s happening and, as always, you can keep in touch via our email, Facebook, or Twitter. Over the next three months we’ll be sharing some of our favourite pieces from the last decade on our social media accounts, and we’ll compile a special ‘best of HDtS’ publication for our December issue.

At this time, we also have some hellos and goodbyes. Haley Dean has joined our staff as our newest poetry editor. Welcome Haley, and we look forward to working with you. Also, we say goodbye to Roxanna Bennett who has invested four years as a poetry editor. We will miss her, and wish her the best in her new career opportunity. Thank you, Roxanna.

Submissions are now open for our December issue, themed Grey Area, and will remain open until November 1st. Please visit our submissions page for more information.

Thank you for joining our celebration. We look forward to spending the next ten years with you.

— the editorial staff of Halfway Down the Stairs


© 2015, the editorial staff

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