Mandate

 Good. Short. Writing. The Anti-Languorous Project is an online open-access creative writing hub that publishes antilang., a magazine of literary brevity, soundbite, an audio collection of byte-sized readings, and the On Editing blog series. Show, don’t tell; imply and implicate. Antithesize languorous language. 

What we're looking for:

  • Good. Short. Writing.
  • Any form, any genre, as long as it is brief and of exceptional quality.
  • Writing that draws on, is inspired by, adds to, reinvents, or reimagines traditions of brevity: see Poe, Strunk, and Munro.
  • We look for a diversity of styles and formats that are creative and engaging: poetry, short/flash fiction, creative non-fiction (including, but not limited to: creative essays, ficto-criticism, flash memoir, photo essays), and hybrid/multi-media such as comics, postcard fiction, and collaborations across media.
  • We support diversity in both the form and content of writing, but we do not accept work that is malicious, derogatory, gratuitously violent, homophobic, sexist, racist, or otherwise seeks to dehumanise any person.
  • Our support for and encouragement of diverse points of view and contexts extends into all areas of our magazine, and we prioritise voices that have been systemically silenced or have otherwise gone unheard. That said, we will not place labels of minority groups on any of our contributors (it is not our place to do so), and we ask that if you feel comfortable identifying yourself as an intersectional or oppressed person, to please do so in your cover letter. We will never make any personal information public and will only use personal information to help us ensure our publication is inclusive and to help us conceptualise (if not empathise) with the content of your work (if relevant) while we edit it.
  • As we strongly support all writers—but especially emerging writers—we welcome and encourage simultaneous submissions (because you should have the opportunity to submit your work widely).
  • 12 point Times New Roman, one inch margins.
  • Please double-space all prose.
  • MS Word files (.doc or .docx) only for textual pieces, please. (Please only use PDF for hybrid/multi-media pieces as we want to offer line edits and feedback on your writing.)
  • Maximum SIX (6) pages total, regardless of form, genre, or number of pieces.
  • If sending multiple submissions, combine them into ONE DOCUMENT.
  • In your cover letter, please provide a 30-word (max) bio for yourself. This can be done in any style, and you can see some examples of various bios at the end of antilang. no. 1
Ends on August 15, 2019

 Our audio publication will be open for general submissions during the same windows as antilang. Contributors are welcome to send audio submissions that match antilang.’s themed issues but we’re happy to hear byte-sized readings on other topics as well. 

  • Good. Short. Writing.
  • We look for a diversity of styles and formats that are creative and engaging: poetry, short/flash fiction, creative non-fiction (including, but not limited to: creative essays, ficto-criticism, flash memoir, photo essays), and, of course, pieces that play with/incorporate sound.
  • Our mandate of concision still stands, so we won’t be considering traditional songs (lyrics with a repeating chorus and instrumental accompaniment).
  • So far we do not have a specific run-time for soundbite readings, except that the entire issue (when compiled) will be around 20 minutes. We anticipate each author using 30 seconds to a few minutes (that’s capping at a couple pages long).
  • We support diversity in both the form and content of writing, but we do not accept work that is malicious, derogatory, gratuitously violent, homophobic, sexist, racist, or otherwise seeks to dehumanise any person.
  • Our support for and encouragement of diverse points of view and contexts extends into all areas of our magazine, and we prioritise voices that have been systemically silenced or have otherwise gone unheard. That said, we will not place labels of minority groups on any of our contributors (it is not our place to do so), and we ask that if you feel comfortable identifying yourself as an intersectional or oppressed person, to please do so in your cover letter. We will never make any personal information public and will only use personal information to help us ensure our publication is inclusive and to help us conceptualise (if not empathise) with the content of your work (if relevant) while we edit it.
  • As we strongly support all writers—but especially emerging writers—we welcome and encourage simultaneous submissions (because you should have the opportunity to submit your work widely).
  • MS Doc/docx, PDF, or just about any audio format is acceptable.
  • If sending multiple submissions, combine them into ONE FILE.
  • In your cover letter, please provide a 30-word (max) bio for yourself. This can be done in any style, and you can see some examples of various bios at the end of soundbite vol. 1

Our next themed issue is Pithy Politics.

The current political landscape has given us a lot to write about, but we can still engage with it concisely.

Get right to the heart of the issue that matters most to you. Be bold. Be passionate. Shout from the rooftops! We want to hear new voices and diverse voices.

Check out our previous issues to get a sense of what we're into and then surprise us, throw us off our guard, make us rethink where we stand and the work we do as editors. All our publications are available FREE online: https://issuu.com/antilangmag 

As with our previous themed issue, we have two guest editors joining us for Pithy Politics. We'll be introducing them shortly, so stay tuned to our blog:  https://antilang.ca/category/on-editing/ 

And as always, be sure to check out our general guidelines to ensure you meet our mandate for literary brevity.

We can't wait to read your work!

The Anti-Languorous Project