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Good. Short. Writing. The Anti-Languorous Project is an online open-access creative writing hub that publishes antilang., a magazine of literary brevity; soundbite, an audio collection of byte-sized readings; Good Short Reviews; and the On Editing blog series. Show, don’t tell; imply and implicate. Antithesize languorous language.

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antilang., a magazine of literary brevity

antilang. is a free, online, and open-access literary magazine with a focus on concision and precision.

Our goal is to publish three issues per year as well as a collected annual print issue.

You can read the latest issue here or on Issuu. You can also read past issues in our archive. To learn about submitting to our next issue, click here.

soundbite, an audio collection of byte-sized readings

These audio clips feature works that especially benefit from being heard rather than just read. We upload individual pieces as previews and link them to our website and social media. We then launch soundbite on YouTube for anyone wishing to listen to the pieces as a collected volume and post an embedded link in our website. Previous volumes of soundbite can be accessed through our archive.

We are currently redesigning soundbite as a podcast, so stay tuned!

Submission / Publication Schedule

We hope to publish three issues annually:

Spring

  • open for submissions: Mar. 1 – May 15
  • publication: June (online)

Fall

  • open for submissions: July 1 – Sept. 15
  • publication: Oct. (online)

Winter

  • open for submissions: Nov. 1 – Jan. 15
  • publication: Feb. of the following year (online)

antilang. an annual anthology (print)

  • compilation of Spring, Fall, and Winter issues containing ALL submissions
  • publication: shortly after the Winter issue

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Allie McFarland, Co-Founding Editor

Allie holds an MFA in Writing from the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English, where her thesis—a concise, genre-blurring, woman-centric narrative called a novel(la)—was nominated for the College of Arts & Sciences Thesis Award. Her debut novel(la), Disappearing in Reverse, is forthcoming fall 2020 with the University of Calgary Press as part of their Brave & Brilliant series. Her writing has most recently appeared in release any words stuck inside you II (Applebeard Editions), untethered (vol. 4.2), and The Fieldstone Review (no. 11). Her poetic suite “Lullaby” won the 2015 Dr. MacEwan Literary Arts Scholarship. She is bi, drinks martinis dry, and currently runs a not-for-profit used bookstore on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples of Vancouver Island.

Jordan Bolay, Co-Founding Editor

Jordan investigates questions of trace—the politics of presence in the archive—both through research and creative writing. He holds a PhD in Canadian literature from the University of Calgary’s English Department. He has edited for filling Station, The Fieldstone Review, and The ALP. He is the author of two chapbooks, poems f(or/ro)m my father | poème a/à mon père (Loft on EIGHTH) and how to make an English exam interesting (The Blasted Tree). His poetry, fiction, and criticism has been published online and in periodicals across North America and Europe. Links to his writing can be found on his website. Jordan is currently at work on a manuscript of prairie poetry and teaches literature on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen and Scia’new peoples of Vancouver Island.

Lissa McFarland, Art Director

Lissa McFarland is a (mostly) visual artist from Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. Her work has appeared in NōD, Hooligan Mag, and antilang. She has designed and illustrated the cover art for each of antilang.’s print anthologies as well as The ALP’s logos. She’s a lesbian, intersectional feminist, sandwich connoisseur, and Naruto enthusiast. You can check out her artwork on her Instagram profile and contact her for commissions and custom designs on her website.