Record Snowfall in Calgary; Or, Why Not Stay in and Read?

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:

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In comforting solidarity, here’s a view from Jordan‘s front door in northern Calgary. Take care, be safe, and keep warm out there!

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3, (antilang. no.) 2, (soundbite vol.) 1, LAUNCH!

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)

Countdown to Launch!

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!

Last Chance for Issue 1 & Patreon Update

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…

  1. 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
  2. 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!

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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!

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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