The longest of our soundbite pieces in volume 2, this story blends prose, music, and cooking into a delicious entree! Stephen Beaumont is from the UK but has spent the last 24 years in North America. A hospitality veteran, he lives on Lake St Clair in Ontario, Canada. http://www.stephenbeaumont.com
We're so excited to launch our latest issues of antilang. and soundbite! Check out some amazing short work from established and emerging writers across Canada and beyond. Read antilang. no. 3 and listen to soundbite vol. 2 and tell us what you think!
I have a champagne flute in my hand. The bubbles have gone flat. The liquid is warm. I scan the modest crowd for my date. He is handsome but I don’t love him. I wear a gold dress like the Goddess Brigid. Sláinte! A man smacks his pint of Beamish into my champagne flute as… Continue reading Contest Winner: Erin Vance’s “Twelve Weeks and the Virgin Mary Cries for Me”
Mind the Gap you say of things that behave in unexpected (unexplainable) ways that they are haunting (haunted). but to haunt is to occupy a place you are not supposed to be, to exist when you should not. a sense of uneasiness, the gap between the expected and the unexpected, the wanted and the scorned,… Continue reading November Contest Winner: Fernando’s “Mind the Gap”!
I sit, bitter as unwashed and overripe lettuce. I cannot move. My fleshless limbs dig into the bones of the old chair. It creaks beneath me, wheezing like a mucky lung. The moths flutter like angry feather dusters against my hard, plastic eyes. A backdrop of yelping coyotes situates me in this house, a stinking… Continue reading October Contest Winner: Erin Vance’s “Crepuscular Time”
"what is this ground?" from-jonah-of-the-kiln da-thumps in anxiousness. even though all of-the-kiln are near, the rustle of the tools against the brushes and their sweaty-earthy smell reassuring, they can discern just one other muffled step-talk. "why can i hear no one else?" from-jonah dada-thumps then turns to their closest companion, hoping to smell their identity,… Continue reading October Contest Winner: Fernando
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?
A Half-Life It was the landlord's policy to do an inspection of his property every six months. He had been trying to contact his tenants for several weeks, but his phone calls, emails, and letters went unanswered. The occupants of the other apartments in the building were no help, either. They kept to themselves. One… Continue reading October Flash Contest Winner: Erin Vance!
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… Continue reading Writing Contest Reveal!
We know we've already launched the volume, but we can't resist spotlighting Danica Lorer's "Regret." This fishy flash fic will delight and leave you with none of what the title's promises! Click the excerpt below to hear her piece, and why not listen to the rest of the volume while you're there? Her story opens… Continue reading soundbite Preview: Danica Lorer’s “Regret”