Royston Tester

Contributor, Guest Editor and Associate Editor

Royston Tester‘s [website] short fiction collection, Summat Else (Porcupine’s Quill, 2004) is set in England, Spain and Canada, and explores the coming-of-age of a ‘delinquent’ Enoch Jones. Tester’s work has appeared in Asian, Canadian and U.S. journals and anthologies. Two pieces, “Seriously” and “Face” were shortlisted for the 2006 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Literary Awards. Since the early 90s he has been a freelance editor and between 1993-5 co-edited Kairos, a Canadian literary journal. Tester has been jury member for the Commonwealth Fiction Prize and first reader for the Writers’ Union of Canada‘s Short Prose Competition for Developing Writers. In Canada, he has been has been professor of fiction writing at the School for Writers, Humber College, Toronto, and has taught “English as a Second Language” at McMaster University. He has travelled in the Brazilian Amazon, Middle East, and North Africa–and, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, has been writer-in-residence at various international locations: Hawthornden Castle, Scotland; the Danish Cultural Institute, Damascus; Fundacion Valparaiso, Almeria, Spain; CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France; and Denkmalschmiedehöfgen, near Leipzig, Germany. Currently, he is enrolled in the MFA (Creative Writing) Low-Residency Program at the University of British Columbia. Throughout 2007-8—and at periods between 2008-2012—he was writer-in-residence with Beijing’s Red Gate Gallery. In August 2008, he published a China travel memoir and guide, Qingdao: Wind in its Sails (Beijing Matric Culture Communications) and in September was awarded the title “City Promotional Ambassador” to Qingdao, at a public ceremony hosted by the area government. His second collection of stories, Fatty Goes To China, will be published in 2012 by Tightrope Books (Toronto, Canada). It is set, in part, in a Beijing railway station. Tester launched Cha in Beijing on 31st August 2009 and has become an Associate Editor of the journal since February 2012.


  • Issue #38 (December 2017): Guest Prose Editor [forthcoming]
  • Issue #34 (December 2016): Guest Prose Editor [forthcoming]
  • Issue #30 (December 2015): Guest Prose Editor [forthcoming]
  • Issue #26 (November 2014): Guest Prose Editor [forthcoming]
  • Issue #24 (June 2014): Guest Prose Editor [Read]
  • Issue #23 (March 2014): Guest Prose Editor [Read]
  • Issue #19 (November 2012): Guest Prose Editor [Read]
  • Issue #16 (March 2012): Fatty Goes to China [Read]
  • Issue #15 (November 2011): Guest Prose Editor [Read]
  • Issue #12 (September 2010): Guest Editor [Read]
  • Issue #8 (August 2009): Some Other Life [Read]
  • Issue #8 (August 2009): Guest Editor [Read]
  • Issue #5 (November 2008): Pink Virgins of KFC [Read]