Strongly Worded Letters


Lisa McLean’s short stories have been published in Canadian literary magazines The Antigonish Review, Room, This and Riddle Fence. Much of her creative work is based on, or inspired by, her family’s roots in a small community off of Newfoundland’s south coast, where she lived as a child.  Lisa lives in Guelph with her husband and three children. She is currently at work on a collection of literary short fiction.



"Not for a farm out east" 

The New Quarterly (forthcoming Winter 2018)


"The Stem"

Riddle Fence, Winter 2018 


“But her face” 

Polish(ed): Stories by Canadian Writers (Guernica Editions Inc., 2017)


“How to love a crow” 

Riddle Fence, Spring 2016



Room, Summer 2015



The Antigonish Review, Winter 2013 


"This side up”

This Magazine, November 2010



"The Stem"

Winner, Riddle Fence Leaside Fiction contest 2017


"Uncle Ray's thumb" 

Longlisted, 2017 CBC creative nonfiction award


“How to Love a crow”

Honourable mention, 2015 Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers, The Writers Union of Canada


“But Her Face” 

Winner, Eden Mills Writers Festival fiction contest 2015



1st place, Room magazine 2014 fiction contest



Winner, Eden Mills Writers Festival fiction contest 2011


“This Side Up”

3rd Place, This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt 2010