On Issue 6: Theme Change

Hi Friends! A while back—before we opened for submissions to antilang. no. 4—we announced that our three issues for the year would be themed: “succinct speculations,” “pithy politics,” and “blunt blogs.” While we hyped our next issue in our most recent blog post, we’ve made some changes to its theme. Originally, we had wanted to… Continue reading On Issue 6: Theme Change

On Delays

Hi Friends! We’ve all experienced the frustration and disappointment of following an author throughout a series and waiting for the next installment (looking at you, Goerge R. R. Martin), or even awaiting the next publication of an amazing lit mag. Why can’t the writing come out sooner? Like, it’s just words. On a page. But,… Continue reading On Delays

On Sim-Subs: Why The Anti-Languorous Project Accepts Them and Why You’re Getting Them

Can't wait to sink your teeth into some pithy politics? In anticipation of our next themed issue—set to launch next month!—here's a reprint of a creative non-fiction piece Jordan wrote last year. The text first appeared in filling Station issue 71. Enjoy, and check out our friends at this experimental mag based out of Calgary! “We… Continue reading On Sim-Subs: Why The Anti-Languorous Project Accepts Them and Why You’re Getting Them

On Poetry: Line Breaks

In our most recent blog posts we’ve been talking a lot about our editing philosophies or editing advice for genre writing. Today, we’re going to take a more general look at poetic line breaks. All poems (except prose poems) have line breaks, but why? What do line breaks actually do? And how do you know… Continue reading On Poetry: Line Breaks

On Writing Spec: A Checklist

Hi Friends! Are you not quite sure if you're writing 'counts' as speculative? Well, with just a few days left until our submissions close, our editors have compiled a helpful checklist of dos and don'ts when it comes to spec writing. Back when we first opened for submissions our Guest Editors Jaclyn and Simon each… Continue reading On Writing Spec: A Checklist

On Money and Vision: or, We Got a Grant!

Hello ALP supporters! This last month we successfully launched our annual print edition of antilang. (no. 2-3) in both Saskatoon and Calgary and at these launches we had the pleasure of announcing that we have received our first federal grant! In keeping with our policy of transparency, we wanted to let you know what this… Continue reading On Money and Vision: or, We Got a Grant!

On Speculative Forms

We’ve been talking a lot about genre as we gear up to open our themed issue of antilang. – Succinct Speculations – for submissions. But what about form? “SpecFic” is a bit of a misnomer – it suggests that speculative writing is always fiction, and that’s obviously not true. Speculative writing is no alien to… Continue reading On Speculative Forms

On Blind Review: Or, The Problem of Pretend Objectivity

Anyone who submits to lit mags should be familiar with the term ‘blind review.’ This is usually accompanied with directions to remove your name and identifying info from all pages of your submission, except for the cover letter (which should be in a separate document). This way only the editor that receives the incoming submissions… Continue reading On Blind Review: Or, The Problem of Pretend Objectivity

On Canadian Content: By the Artists

In our last post on CanCon, we talked a lot about numbers, requirements, and how to reach them; now we’d like to look more closely at what makes something “CanCon.” Canadian radio requirements follow the MAPL system—yes, as in “maple,” we aren’t joking and we couldn’t make this up—to determine if a song/band meets CanCon… Continue reading On Canadian Content: By the Artists