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

On Why You Hear “Yes” Before You Hear “No”

We all know how lit mags work: you send something in, and the longer you go without hearing anything, the longer they are taking to decide if they want your work (so, if you hear "no" just before the issue comes out, well, then at least you can take comfort knowing that your piece made… Continue reading On Why You Hear “Yes” Before You Hear “No”

On Canadian Content: By the Numbers

If you’ve ever listened to a Canadian radio station, you probably noticed an over-abundance of Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, and the ever-berated Nickelback. This is because most stations in Canada are required to play at least 40% Canadian content (or as we lovingly call it: CanCon), and there are similar rules for Canadian periodicals. If… Continue reading On Canadian Content: By the Numbers

Why Write?

Turn on any news program or open any social media app and the world comes in. And you realise, that right now, the world is ugly. Fascism dominates, and with it all the ugly -isms and -phobias that generate and feed on hate. When people aren't killing or hurting each other, they're destroying the planet.… Continue reading Why Write?

On Blurring Genre: antilang.

As we start vetting pieces for antilang. no. 3 and soundbite vol. 2 (check out our call for submissions & guidelines!), we want to draw attention to an important aspect of our mandate: work that blends and blurs the lines of genre. Unlike many literary journals and magazines, the ALP’s publications aren’t divided up into… Continue reading On Blurring Genre: antilang.