Hello, we know we’ve been a bit quiet since our launch and opening for submissions, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t hard at work behind the scenes. It’s time to share with you something we’ve had in the works for a little while: we now have an Art Director!
Lissa McFarland has been involved with The ALP since it’s inception–starting with designing our first logo and the cover for antilang. no. 1. But she’s not just a visual artist–you can read her creative non-fiction prose poetry in antilang. no. 2 (pages 64-7) and listen to her read poetry in soundbite vol. 1 (9:02-10:16).
As Art Director, Lissa will be taking over our Instagram account (and if you follow her personal or artist pages, then you know her comments are amazing). In addition to this, she will be on the hunt for a Canadian artist for the cover of antilang. no. 3 and involved with layouts and designs for both publications as necessary. She might even write us a blog post or two about how she sees visual art fitting into our mandate of good. short. writing.
A proud member of Calgary’s queer community, Lissa will also be involved in helping us become better editors for submissions that deal with subject positions we do not have access to. We have always striven to be inclusive and to help facilitate a safe space for our contributors, but we know that sometimes when we recommend cutting a phrase or switching a word, those edits could have the effect of lessening the voices we want to give space to. In the past, our contributors have been understanding with us and have explained why certain edits are not productive for their pieces. We hope that by working with Lissa, we can become better so that our contributors don’t have to put themselves in positions they might find uncomfortable (we can’t ignore power dynamics, even though we are trying to eliminate them).
If you’re in the Calgary area, as one of our illustrious editors and many of our wonderful contributors are, then you know all about the record snowfall we got over the last two days!
Is a tough day of shoveling getting you down, or are you tougher than the weather? Either way, why not take this excuse to curl up with a warm blanket, some cocoa, and Aritha van Herk’s “Tough Girl,” a kindred spirit from antilang. no. 1:
In comforting solidarity, here’s a view from Jordan‘s front door in northern Calgary. Take care, be safe, and keep warm out there!
October is officially here (we know because there’s snow) and that means we’re ready to let you know about our September Patreon contest.
The September contest was inspired by our new logos and required participants to include the following quote from Robert Kroetsch’s novel What the Crow Said:
“And that was the first time the crow spoke… ‘you don’t know your ass from your elbow…’ After that, there was no keeping it quiet” (64).
If you aren’t in the know, we run a monthly flash writing contest for our donors, and then post the winning entries on our blog! Stay tuned for the winning entry– we will be posting it tomorrow! If think these contests are cool and you want to participate, then all you have to do it head over to our Patreon page and sign up to donate $2/ month and you’ll have immediate access to our latest contest (as well as early access to our On Editing blog series and previews for antilang. and soundbite).
We are open for submissions for antilang. no. 3 & soundbite vol. 2!
Check out our Call for Subs Poster (feel free to pass it along) and head over to Submittable to send us your work!
We promised you more good. short. writing., and we hope you enjoy!
Check out our latest issue of antilang. and our inaugural issue of soundbite
Thanks for all your support, and lots of love from the ALP team!
(and don’t worry, you can still read antilang. no. 1 in our archive)
Only 5 more days until we get to share a tonne of amazing new writing with you!
We’re putting the finishing touches on antilang. no. 2 and the first volume of soundbite, which means you only have a few days left to snag your own PDF or hard copy of issue no. 1 by supporting us on Patreon.
We’re a little behind on previews for you, so we’ll have double features excerpting antilang. and soundbite this weekend. Stay tuned!
Hello! As you know, we are ramping up for the launches of antilang. no. 2 and soundbite no.1 with previews running for both publications until and after the launch (September 5th!). So, we thought we should remind you of our Patreon offers that expires on September 5th…
- If you support us for $2/ month (before antilang. no. 2 launches), then we will send you a high-resolution PDF of our first issue that you can read off-line
- If you support us for $5/month or more (before September 5th), then we will mail you a hard-copy of antilang. no. 1
If you want to get your hands on one of our first printed copies, or would just like to read us anywhere you go, please support us! Your monthly donations mean the world to us!
Additionally, we did not realise that Patreon charges in American dollars. Which means that when we say $2/ month, turns out it’s actually more like $2.50/ month. To make this better for all our current (and future) Patrons, we have decided to include soundbite files as part of the perks. Meaning, if you donate $2 (USD)/ month (or more!), you will now get access to downloadable soundbite readings–the individuals ones posted as previews, and the entire issue when it launches September 5th!
Exciting news! Our original logo designer and Issue 1 cover artist, Lissa McFarland has helped us come up with two new logos! A crow for antilang. and a raven for soundbite!
(jk–it’s the same bird used for both because it’s just so cool!)
We will be officially launching the new logos when our fall issues go live (expected early September, with previews launching August 23rd)!
Check out more of Lissa’s work on her Instagram @lil.trashlord
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.
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!
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!