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”
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
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?
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.
If you've followed us since Issue 1, then you know that our inaugural issue was solicitation-only, and that we used that model to put established authors beside emerging writers. You already know we like work that b(l)ends genres and operates on multiple levels, according to varying types of readers. And putting together the first issue… Continue reading On Putting Together Issue 2
We call ourselves editors, and we take this role seriously. We edit. We edit almost all the pieces we accept, and we edit most of the pieces we reject. This is what sets us apart from other magazines, and this is what takes most of our time. We have already sent out all our acceptances… Continue reading On Our Editing Philosophy
It seems our contributors are also astutely aware that poems make for good short writing, since of all the submissions that we’ve now received, only one (1!) is a prose piece. And while we love pointed poems, we’d like to see some prim prose as well. you fit into me like a hook into an… Continue reading On Genre (Stories Can Be Good Short Writing Too)
Hello! As you know, antilang. is now open for submissions for issue 2. And, if you’ve clicked our submittable button, you’ll see that there’s a section for leaving a cover letter. But what does a cover letter for a literary magazine entail? If you’re just starting to send out your work, the cover letter and… Continue reading On Cover Letters & Bios
Clearly I had yet to become a fan of Tolkien, but what strikes me is that a decade prior to co-founding a magazine of literary brevity I had already rallied to concision. Just over a decade ago, a creative, ambitious, and “super deep” adolescent named Jordan Bolay self-published a book of poetry titled Once Upon a… Continue reading On Juvenilia: A Decade of Short Writing