The Liar is an independent annual literary zine published by Capilano University in Vancouver, BC. Since the 1980’s, The Liar has featured work from emerging and international authors such as Margaret Atwood, Charles Bukowski, Anne Stone and R. Scott Bakker.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2022-2023 writing and design contest: Mimi Toma and Talel McBriar

Mimi Toma

Mimi Toma is of Assyrian heritage and is an admirer of her mom’s Middle Eastern recipes. Mimi currently studies in the Legal Administrative Assistant program at Capilano University and is a recent graduate of the Acting for Stage and Screen Diploma at Capilano University. She is currently a lifeguard and swim instructor and plans to direct her attention to writing and acting following her graduation. Mimi uses writing as an outlet to translate her personal experiences in a form that people can connect to in their own way as they read. Her poem, Routineis inspired by her mother who raised both Mimi and her younger sister on her own despite having her own health issues and no support system in her life. 

Talel McBriar

Talel McBriar is a multimedia artist who uses visual art and music as creative expression. A self-taught painter, Talel primarily finds interest in painting human crowds and figures with acrylic paint. Painted during the beginning of the pandemic, this artwork reflects on being on a subway in New York City and represents the appreciation and nostalgia of being in a crowd, surrounded by others.  



The winners of the writing contest held in 2021-2022 have been decided

Megan Vaghy

Megan spent much of her childhood moving internationally, armed with a suitcase, a notebook, and a wild imagination. Writing got her through the doldrums of airport layovers and the endless slog of long-haul flights, back in the dark ages when we all had to watch the same movie on the same aisle-mounted screens. These days, she’s a mostly stay-at-home mum, a part-time sales associate at a specialty wine shop, and champion Cap U ABE math procrastinator. Megan is also a former flight attendant, with a Diploma of Wine (it’s a real thing—not just code for ‘heavy drinker’), and she’s upgrading courses so she can go to nursing school. Her dream is to one day have a fold-out business card that contains a series of totally unrelated credentials. 


The results of our design contest held in 2021-2022 have been decided



Celina Zhong is a second year IDEA student studying graphic design and illustration. Her illustration for The Liar stems from surrealism and the concept of escaping the mundane nature of reality.

Feel free to visit her Instagram @celinaa.jpg


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The Liar, is an independent annual literary zine
published and edited by students.
Since the 1980s, the Liar has featured work from emerging and international authors such as Margaret Atwood, Charles Bukowski, Juliane Okot Bitek, among others

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A sneak peak into the prose and poetry published annually in our magazine 


ROUTINE  By Mimi Toma     With the strand of hair hanging from my mouth, holding onto the piece of bread I just chewed. I think of when mother would wrap her hair in a scarf each morning. Still, her red velvet hair would always make it into my greek salad....

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – YOU by Thea Lutters

YOU   I place the key into the ignition and turn it; my dad’s old ‘67 Camaro roars to life. It was his prized possession, navy blue with two white race stripes right down the hood. Now, dirt suffocates him six feet under. I’m going to see you. I’m ready to...

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – THE PROMISE OF A THOUSAND KISSES by Ethan Sauer

The promise of a thousand kisses:   has always been a lie. Slipping away into momentary bliss. Slipping away into a single, sultry night sky. I’ve always hidden the colour of my heart. Tucked away its rose-filling, its pink catastrophe routed in desire. Tucked it...

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – MY CIGARETTE BURNED MY FINGER ‘CAUSE I FORGOT I LIT IT by Kat Savard

my cigarette burned my finger ‘cause I forgot I lit it When Papa’s cough didn’t stop after the medicine, we knew it was bad. He was a big man, larger than life, and so to see him, curled up small in his bed felt like a knife in the ribs. We tried for days to bring the...

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – THE DESIRE OF TIME by Raquel Adrian

Something that I want more than anything is the ability to pause time. On a rainy day, to stop the droplets in their flight and see my reflection in them, walk about and around, into them even. Or snowflakes on their journey down from the sky, to examine their...

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – REVERIES by Christine Raganit

REVERIES   I’ve come to the awareness that I could fall in love again that I could release the spirits of my past — not because they are irrelevant but because they’ve taken up enough space I thank all of them I dream of twirling the person I call my bestfriend...

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – THE IRON ARM by Jaspar Gillard

The iron arm sat patiently upon a rusty trash can, surrounded by bright neon lights that reflected off its silver outline. A man with one arm stared at the device, unsure of what mysterious functions this iron arm might have. Around them, the alley was desolate. Not a single human dared travel into such a filthy place. They preferred to stick to the gutted street, floating like ants in a large field of weeds.

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – I SEE YOU by Yasamin Riazi

I see you by Yasamin Riazi   I see you everywhere I see you with the daisies I see you while taking long road trips I see you in the picnics beside the stream,                                               our store-bought watermelons                            ...

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – ECLIPSE by Elishiva Phillips

Eclipse Alone with strangers, I melt into gravel. Their boots make a satisfying crunch as they grind me down into earth. Plastered in vinyl, we peel persimmons and black out the sun with fistfuls of ash as the train screams and cheap bourbon consecrates the tracks....

2023 Writing Contest Finalist – DREAMLAND by Manpreet Kaur

  Dreamland It was—5am—in my head                                                                                                                                 and I was lost no destination, no idea of where I was; nostalgia of a place that kept changing until...