“Is that a word?”
“Yeah, it means off to the side;
still a part of the sentence,
but ultimately inessential.”
“So like poetry.”
“Yes. Adds colour.”
“So like art.”
We at words(on)pages are the kinds of people who go to small press fairs and buy something from every table because we want to make sure there are still enough vendors for next year’s small press fair; we buy books full price because we know Amazon is the devil; we put the last of our food money into the hat at PWYC poetry readings, instead of buying groceries–we at words(on)pages LOVE to spend money we don’t really have on cool independent art projects, and now we’ve taken it one step further.
We have a cool independent arts project of our own: we started a literary magazine.
It’s called (parenthetical), and it’s a bi-monthly online magazine with a limited print run of issues that will be designed, printed, and bound by us. Each issue will feature poetry and prose from about 10-12 contributors, including reviews of new poetry and fiction from small presses, and some non-fiction work to help generate critical discussion of the publishing industry in Canada.
The magazine will feature mainly Canadian contributors, and any non-fiction will be grounded in CanLit, since our goal is to create a community of emerging Canadian writers and publishers that will serve as a catalyst for inter-press conversation about how to take advantage of our constantly changing circumstances. We all know that in publishing and bookselling, giants like Random House, HarperCollins, and Indigo have the rest of Canada trapped underfoot, but smaller presses and bookstores have the ability to adapt more quickly and effectively than these giants, and we believe that there is more to just “surviving” in our current landscape–we believe we can change it so that we thrive in it.
(parenthetical) is not currently accepting submissions. Find out why in this article from issue seventeen.