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”
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”!
Our editors got caught up watching Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House and couldn't resist basing the monthly flash writing contest on that show. We gave our Patrons an image of The ALP's home-base in Saskatoon (a character home over 100 years old!) and asked them to haunt the house. Our winning submissions include an… Continue reading November Flash Reveal
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!
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.
In competition for the shortest piece in soundbite vol. 1, Lissa McFarland reads her poem about raking leaves (something a lot of us can relate to this season, as long as the snow holds off). You can find her other poem "05.02.18" about spring flowers in soundbite and her creative non-fiction/prose-poem "04.26.17" on page 64… Continue reading soundbite Preview: Lissa McFarland’s “09.13.17”