Happy new year, dear readers! We hope you had some time off to eat too much and surround yourself with people (or pets) who love you. We come to you this issue with some big, bittersweet news: this summer, we will be putting (parenthetical) on hiatus for at least a few months. Issue 18, coming out in March, will be the last issue before the hiatus with content from submissions; we are excited to be preparing an editors’ choice issue for our three-year anniversary in May. And these last two contributor-based issues are going to be amazing, so dig in!
It’s important to us to continue contributing to the CanLit community, and words(on)pages will continue doing everything else we do: our second annual Blodwyn Memorial Prize will open for submissions in February, we have a full list of 2017 spring and fall chapbooks coming out, and words(on)stages is booked through to July, with the support of the Toronto Arts Council. We’ve prepared a longer piece on how we arrived at this decision which you can find at the end of this issue, if you’re curious. Here is a short excerpt, which—while not entirely complete—covers a few of the key reasons we need some time to refocus and reorganize:
“Behind the scenes, (parenthetical) has been getting harder and harder to run. As with any new project in this digital age, the need to produce more, the need to continue to be new, is overwhelming—somewhere along the line, it felt like those perceived needs to be new, to be more, were starting to get in the way of what we wanted the magazine to be. We want it to be a place for truly new writers to see their work in print, to be able to add a publication to their bio, to feel the long-awaited vindication of getting published. We have a core set of ideals for (parenthetical) that we don’t want to let go of: there is value in print; writers must be paid; merit is not in a name; books (for better or for worse) will be judged by their covers.”
While we’re sad to step away, we’re excited to see how this break will bring us back even stronger, for words(on)pages as well as for all of you: our wonderful readers, our talented writers, and every single person who makes what we do possible and worthwhile.
See you in March! We hope you enjoy the stellar cast of issue 17.