Summer Va-cay! (sort of)

Hello!

Just a quick note to let you know that we will be a bit unreachable until August 22nd because…we’re going on a working holiday to Iceland! Technically, both of us are going to a conference (Exploring Canada: Exploits and Encounters hosted by the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies) then spending some time camping around the island. But when we aren’t doing that, we will be promoting antilang. abroad (hard-copies are packed and ready to be shared).

However, we have an announcement and an On Editing blog post scheduled to be released while we’re away, so it won’t be complete radio-silence on our end (Our Patrons on Patreon will have immediate access to these posts–another reason to consider donating). We won’t be responding to emails, but we will be documenting sightings of antilang. on our Instagram page (@antilangmag), so be sure to check it out!

For those of you interested in what we do when we aren’t vetting submissions or writing blog posts, here are brief descriptions of our conference papers:

Allie’s presentation is cryptically titled “North” and is an excerpt from her creative manuscript Best Before with a critical introduction informed by spatial theory. As expected, one character goes North. The others do not.

Jordan, on the other hand, has a very detailed title: “Becoming Lost: Exploring Absence Through the Guy Vanderhaeghe Fonds.” This paper explores archival absence through a Derridian lens, using a failed genetic criticism of Vanderhaeghe’s Ed stories (“Man Descending,” “Sam, Soren, and Ed,” and My Present Age) as a case study.

Flash Writing Contest!

Happy Friday! If you read our latest blog post, then you know we are starting monthly writing contests for our Patrons. Available to anyone who donates $2/ month (or more), a new contest starts on the first of every month. The top 3 picks will be featured on our blog (and because the challenges focus on good. short. writing., you could even submit your piece(s) to us)!

We have a lot of cool contest ideas lined up and can’t wait to see what our Patrons write (this could be you!). These challenges are meant to get you writing and to have fun with language–and the best part is they’re all one page long or less!

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Our first donations will be processed August 1st (YAY!) and we will launch our first flash challenge at that time.

Here’s a sneak peak of that first challenge, the Fifteen Word Scramble:

We will provide you with 15 words that must appear in your 1-page piece of writing (poem, story, drama, any genre). The goal is to defamiliarize the 15 words– for example: using nouns as verbs, creating interesting images through juxtaposition, or something else. Surprise us!

If this sounds like fun and you want to participate, then please support us on Patreon!

As always, we couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you!

Issue 2 Cover Art Contest

What does literary brevity look like? Show us!

Hey everyone, we’ve been vetting your writing for antilang. no. 2 and we’re blown away by your incredible words! Now we’re looking for an amazing piece of art that captures the essence of good short writing for the issue’s cover.

What does literary brevity look like? Show us! Maybe you’ll go for minimalism, perhaps pithy pointillism, or a more metaphorical approach. Look to our mandate for inspiration. Imply and implicate with your imagery.

Our favorite piece will be featured on the cover of antilang. no. 2 (fall 2018) and will appear in the next collected print edition (no. 2-3, expected early 2019), which the winning artist will of course receive a hard copy of. We hope to eventually pay our contributors via funds raised through Patreon and we will start by back-paying people featured in our early issues.

Click the button below for a direct link to our Submittable page. (Pro tip: it’s totally free to enter!) We can’t wait to see your work!
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Now Accepting Donations!

Our primary goal with Patreon is to pay our contributing artists, both former and future, allowing us to support and promote emerging talent and put them into dialogue with established writers.

As promised in our “The Acrobatics of Bureaucracy” entry, we are now shamelessly asking for any donations on Patreon. We know many of our contributors and supporters are also starving artists, but fear not! We have tiers of donations with wicked perks for each level.

Our modest goal is to be able to pay past and future contributors $25. Obviously this isn’t close to covering rent, but you could get a nice bottle of wine to celebrate. The real benefit, if you’re Canadian, is listing antilang. as a paid publication on those sweet sweet grant applications (we also get to list ourselves as paying contributors). (Pro tip: if you’re a contributor and you become a Digital Denizen you’ll net $1, but we all win on the grant front.)

Thank you to everyone who has supported us thus far. All jokes aside, we couldn’t have made it here without you and we would love your continued support in any capacity.

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The Acrobatics of Bureaucracy

Hello! If you follow our Instagram page then you might’ve heard that we’ve been working on figuring out how to acquire money so we can pay our contributors (woohoo!). Seems like a simple goal, right? Set up a bank account, be available to receive donations, apply for grants—then use this money to first pay contributors (the ones who took a chance on us for issue no. 1 and the contributors going forward) and second to cover printing costs and other expenses associated with running the magazine. But turns out, that’s the problem: we anticipate running a deficit (or, best case scenario, breaking even). Once money is involved, the systems in our Western world are all geared toward people who want to make money, not people who want to use money to facilitate sharing art. We digress…

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We spent several hours researching how to incorporate as a non-profit, and the implications of doing so, which included being on the phone with: two branches of the CRA, the federal government that deals with the incorporation of all companies, the bank, CCA, AFA, and SAB. As you can imagine, each of these phone calls involved being on-hold for a tremendous amount of time. Suffice it to say, it was a long week.

But, it was not for naught… we are officially registered with the federal government as a non-profit corporation and we have our own bank account (which is currently empty, but will hopefully accumulate some funds for paying our authors)!

So, why did we bother going through all this effort? Two reasons: 1) (as you can guess) we believe in paying artists for their work and want to back this belief with money, and 2) we’re hemorrhaging money on this endeavour, and we want to stay afloat (even though incorporating was another expense, it enables us to receive donations as a legitimate publisher instead of as two cool people doing a thing). And we’re really going to need donations, because we have to exists as a corporation for at least a year (among other expectations) before we can qualify for most provincial funding (but don’t fret—we’ll start shamelessly begging for help soon).

Thanks to everyone who has supported us this far (from sending us your submissions, to joining us at our launches, to sharing/ liking our social media posts)—you all rock, and we couldn’t have made it to this milestone without you!

soundbite: byte-sized readings

Hello! We are so excited to announce the new audio counterpart to antilang.: soundbite!

What is soundbite? Byte-sized readings! These audio clips will feature works we think would especially benefit from being heard instead of just read. We will be uploading individual pieces to YouTube and then linking them through our main website and social media. On the day we launch antilang. no. 2, we will launch a compiled version of soundbite on YouTube for anyone wishing to listen to all the pieces together. The visuals that accompany the audio will be the written text of the piece (unless the author wishes to use an image instead).

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Why now? We bet you’re thinking ‘how can they launch this now? antilang. is still so young! how can they deal with all this work?’ And you’re right–we are probably a little crazy. soundbite has always been a component we wanted to include, and yes, we did think it would take a little longer to figure out, but the simple answer is that we have received some really strong submissions that would be even better read aloud. We want to do the creative works we publish justice, so it just makes sense to publish them in the way that best reflects their merit.

How does it work? Right now, we are sending out acceptance emails to those submissions that would work well for soundbite because we need the authors to have enough time to record themselves reading their pieces. Then we fix up the recordings and put them online.

So can anyone submit for soundbite? YES! If you have a piece of creative work that benefits from an audio component, then send it to us. However, our mandate of concision still stands, so we won’t be considering traditional songs (lyrics with a repeating chorus and instrumental accompaniment). We are not qualified to vet songs, but we would love to hear your other creative works that tickle the auditory senses. Feel free to send us audio clips or text (if you send us text, then we will consider your work for both antilang. and soundbite).

What about length? So far we do not have a specific run-time for soundbite readings, except that the entire issue (when compiled) will be under 15 minutes. We anticipate each author using 30 seconds – 2 minutes (that’s about a 1-full page max).

Other questions? If we still haven’t answered all your questions, feel free to ask them in your Submittable cover letter.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Happy Mothers’ Day!

We want to wish all the moms (and pet mommas) out there a very happy mothers’ day, and we especially want to recognise our antilang. moms! Both our moms (Kathy and Lori) encouraged us as we talked about this project around dinner tables, offered suggestions and opinions on fonts and logo design, and were among our first readers. Our moms live in different cities, which worked out for our double launch this spring, as Kathy came to the Calgary launch and Lori came to our Saskatoon readings. And since our launch, our moms have been shamelessly promoting us via sharing all our posts on Fb and talking us up to their friends.

We can never say it enough: Thank you, Mom(s)! You rock!
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If you know us, you’ll be able to tell which mom is whose!

You know you wanna click that button!

Do you love to click buttons? Of course you do, it’s half the reason any of us are on the internet! Well, we’ve got a fancy new button for you to click on our submission guidelines page, which will lead you to our Submittable page where you can click a plethora of new buttons.

And while you’re there, you might as well submit a piece of good short writing to be considered for issue no. 2. Oh yeah, did we forget to mention we’re now accepting general submissions for our next issue!? Click the links above or the button below, brush up on our guidelines (they’re newly revised) and send us your best in brevity.

We can’t wait to read your wonderful writing!

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No. 1 Lives Online!

Who says no one lives online? antilang. no. 1 lives online!

Our inaugural issue is live, and best of all it’s free! Read it, share it, tell us what you think about, and stay tuned as we get ready to open for general submissions for no. 2.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this publication possible! We hope you enjoy this beautiful magazine that we have all created together.

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