Good. Short. Writing. Three words: our mandate at The Anti-Languorous Project. The ALP is home to antilang., a magazine of literary brevity, and its counterpart soundbite, a collection of byte-sized readings. antilang. is an online open-access magazine with a focus on concision and precision. Show, don’t tell; imply and implicate. Antithesize languorous language. soundbite feature works we think would especially benefit from being heard rather than just read. We will be uploading individual pieces to YouTube, linking them to the website and social media, and then compiling them in an issue that parallels antilang.
What we're looking for:
- 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 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 bio. This can be done in any style, and you can see some examples of various bios at the end of antilang. no. 1
Additional guidelines for soundbite:
- If you have a piece of creative work that benefits from an audio component, then send it to us, either as an audio clip or text (if you send us text, then we will consider your work for both antilang. and soundbite).
- 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 under 15 minutes. We anticipate each author using 30 seconds – 2 minutes (that’s about a 1-full page max).
What we’re looking for: Good. Short. Writing.
Especially work that blends and blurs the lines of genre.
Maximum six pages, regardless of form.
Please only submit once per reading period and provide your entire submission at once (i.e., you can put short stories and poems all in the same document); we have a limited submission cap through Submittable and want to read as many people's work as possible.
Please read our General Guidelines.
Please note: as we strive to share work by as many voices as possible, we are limiting contributors to one appearance per collected volume. This means that if you appeared in antilang. no. 2 or soundbite vol. 1 we ask that you hold off on submitting at this time so that others may be featured. That being said, if you have been published in antilang. OR soundbite, we welcome you to submit to the other.
International submitters: while we welcome good short writing from anywhere, the current grant application climate requires that the majority of our content be Canadian and therefore priority will be given to those contributors (but please still submit, some of our favorite work in antilang. no 2 was from abroad!).
Support us: you'll notice we don't charge a reading fee, but we also mention limited submissions and grant-dependence. If you love what we do and want to help us do it better, please consider supporting us on Patreon.