Founded in 1970

Founded in 1970 by R.J. MacSween, TAR is one of Canada’s oldest literary quarterlies. TAR’s original mandate – to produce four quality issues annually that encompass regional, national and, to a lesser extent, international writing – remains unchanged. TAR has always embraced eclecticism over any particular aesthetic or style of writing. Since its beginnings TAR has published poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews and translations.

Autumn 1988 - TAR #74-75

A special issue on Marshall McLuhan, who had special ties to the Review. The original concept of this issue formed in 1983 and it took 6 years to come to fruition. The issue includes many writings by McLuhan and memorials from people who knew him best.

Fall 1991 - TAR 87-88

A special issue to celebrate R.J. MacSween (1950-1990), the Founder of The Antigonish Review. In this issue we published many tributes to Father MacSween. We also republished many of his works.

Spring 2007 - TAR #149

A special issue celebrating George Sanderson (1935-2005) who, following R.J. MacSween, was Editor of TAR for 21 years. All the contributors included in the memorial issue knew George in different capacities.

Fall of 2010 - TAR #163

A special 40th Anniversary issue. It included ‘TAR 40’ contest winners as well as our annual Great Blue Heron Poetry Contest and Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest winners. The cover featured a photograph by Michelle McIsaac of 40 Pink Flamingos chilling out at Mahoney’s Beach in Antigonish, Nova Scotia