6 Hours Left for The Quilliad’s Fourth Issue Halloween Kickstarter and Submission Call

The countdown continues–only 6 hours left for The Quilliad‘s Halloween-themed Kickstarter and submission call. Check out the rewards and send us your writing and art!


12 Hours Left for our Kickstarter and Submission Call

Time is fleeting–there are only 12 hours left before our Kickstarter ends and our submission call closes. You have until 11:59 tonight to get your hands on some of those Quilliad Kickstarter rewards (exclusive art prints, personalised poetry on the topic of your choice, copies of our publication, and pinback buttons) and/or submit your poetry, fiction, flash fiction, art, and photography to our fourth issue

submission call

. We want your dark, strange, creepy, spooky, speculative, and apocalyptic work, so send it all.

35 Hours to Go for The Quilliad literary and Art Zine’s Kickstarter


Hello, everyone.

There are 35 hours left to go for our
Kickstarter and we’re $150 away from our goal. We’ve raised $500 so far toward printing, paying contributors and staff, and making those Kickstarter rewards, but if we don’t reach our goal we don’t get to keep any of it. There are still a ton of great rewards available, so check out our Kickstarter for our fourth issue, Halloween edition: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1765917797/the-quilliads-4th-issue-halloween-edition

Sarah Varnam,
Editor-in-chief of The Quilliad

4 Days to Go: Quilliad Kickstarter Update #5

quilliad kickstarter issue 4

staffpickOur Kickstarter kicked off (so to speak) at the beginning of this month with a staff pick, and it’s been going pretty strong since.

I woke up to a notification from Kickstarter today that we had a new backer (always a heartwarming experience), and the support so far has been fantastic. As of writing this post, we have $205 to go before reaching our goal, having raised $445 so far. Our goal is $650, and with that money we will be able to print our publication, pay contributors, compensate our editors for their work, and supply our backers with their rewards–copies of The Quilliad, art prints by our talented staff, personalised poetry, and pinback buttons.

This issue is looking to be great, with cover art from Scott Williams, new artwork from Dan Holst Soelberg, and some pretty exciting spooky and speculative fiction and poetry from a plethora of writers. We’re scifi and fantasy fans as well as English graduates, so we know that literary writing doesn’t need to confine itself to realism to be well-written and socially relevant.

So if you love Canadian literature and art, Halloween, or the idea of getting us to write poetry for you about your cat/quantum physics/the love of your life/zombies, consider contributing to our Kickstarter and getting your hands on some of our rewards.

We also appreciate help spreading the word about our project.

Thanks for everything so far!

Sarah Varnam,
editor-in-chief of The Quilliad

P.S. Our submission call is still open!

Quilliad Kickstarter Update–7 days to Go

We’ve got 7 days to go on our Kickstarter and some new photography print rewards for backers of our Halloween issue! So if you like spooky and/or speculative fiction, poetry, and art, check our project out. Here are the new rewards:

Also, if you write or create any of the aforementioned spooky and/or speculative fiction, poetry, and art, check out our submission call.

Thanks again to our Kickstarter backers so far and everyone who has sent us their work. The Kickstarter and submission call are both on until the end of September (midnight on the 30th).


Kickstarter Update #3

In case you missed it over the weekend, we posted an artist profile of Dan Holst Soelberg, who is creating an original piece for our fourth issue. Go check out his work if you haven’t already. His work is wonderfully spooky.

If you’re curious about who created our cover art for issue 4, you may want to check out Scott Williams’s deviantart profile. He’s the photographer responsible for this beautiful bit of creepiness:


As for our Kickstarter, we’re excited to say that we’re almost halfway there! Thank you again to those who have backed us so far. We’ve still got a bunch of great rewards available, including art prints, personalised poetry written on demand by our talented staff, and copies of The Quilliad.

As always, if you are an artist or writer, you might also want to check out our submission call.

-Sarah Varnam,
Editor-in-chief of The Quilliad

Artist Profile: Dan Holst Soelberg

Dan Holst Soelberg 1I am pleased to announce that Mr. Soelberg will be contributing to the fourth issue of The Quilliad. He’s working on a new piece for us, which is quite exciting. His work fits perfectly into the spooky theme for this issue, and it’s always lovely being able to work with an artist you’ve met and chatted with. I met Dan at a Toronto Indie Arts Market event a few months back while tabling for The Quilliad, and we bonded over the use of the same pens for inking (a serious thing to consider when you do illustrations–the wrong pen can ruin everything). He was friendly, and I could see that he is quite talented–while we chatted, he casually worked away at a new piece, and I already knew that I’d be contacting him about an illustration for The Quilliad.

Dan Holst Soelberg 2

Dan describes the concept behind his work far better than I could, stating on his website’s About page that he “find(s) great joy in making books that both celebrate and poke fun at humanity’s disturbing predilections and preoccupation with fear.” Dan’s work is certainly creepy (which suits us just fine), but it has a lightheartedness to it as well. And there’s no denying that his ink-work is wonderful. The appeal of this combination of whimsy and horror is not lost on the bookstores of Ontario; Dan’s work is featured in The Beguiling and The Labyrinth in Toronto and Big B Comics in Hamilton. Dan acknowledges his influences–you can find a portrait of Edward Gorey on his site–but he’s found his own niche.

The images above are from his book Dwellers of Lurching Swill, and within its pages each is accompanied by a quirky couplet describing the subject (and their plight). I don’t know yet what Dan will create for The Quilliad, but I look forward to finding out. In the meantime, you can find him at DanHolstSoelberg.com, as well as on a number of social media sites.

While you’re at it, take a moment to check out our Kickstarter for our upcoming Halloween issue (the issue to which Dan is contributing), and if you are a writer or artist yourself, our submission call. Both will be open until September 30th.

-Sarah Varnam,
editor-in-chief of The Quilliad

Poetry, Art, and Music Night at the Smiling Buddha Will Return

Last night’s poetry, art, and music night at the Smiling Buddha in Toronto went smashingly, and we’re excited to say that it will be a monthly event. Hosted by Jack Hostrawser and organised by Jack and myself, the event enjoyed a better turnout than we could have hoped for given the sometimes-torrential rain outside.

There was a lot of Quilliad talent out last night, as well as some new faces. Our poetry features were Steph Chaves (The Quilliad‘s very own submissions editor and social media assistant), Dylan R. Wagman (a contributor of ours, though he’s been published in a number of other journals as well), Devin P. L. Edwards (a Quilliad contributor and launch party sound engineer), and slam poet Sterling Dillinger. The night also featured musical performances from Chris Panacci of the Busker Bros, Kane Carr of Campfiresex, Nick Brownlee of the New Democratic Party, and art installations and/or prints from Greg McCarthy, Blyth, Gabriel Altrows, Ita Richelle, Devin P.L. Edwards, and yours truly. The merch table included art prints and buttons, copies of The Quilliad‘s last three issues, Devin’s poetry book Love and Longing, and a chapbook from the talented John Nyman. When I left at 11 the night was still going, with DJ Soles scheduled to keep the night alive.

Here are some photos from the event:

Jack’s hoping to include some stand-up comedy next time, so it’ll be a proper variety show. We’re tentatively thinking of October 8th for the next one, but we don’t know yet for sure–we’ll keep you posted.


P.S. As always, I’m going to take this opportunity to remind you all about our issue 4 Kickstarter and submission call.

Kickstarter Update #2 and a Submission Call Reminder

Hey, everyone.

We’re excited to be able to say that our Kickstarter is 17% funded with 20 days still to go. That said, there’s still another 83% left before we reach our goal and tons of rewards available to backers, so check out our campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1765917797/the-quilliads-4th-issue-halloween-edition.

While you’re at it, also check out our submission call if you are literarily or artistically inclined (we checked; “literarily” is actually a word). This issue is Halloween-themed, so we’re looking forward to a lot of spooky writing.

Sarah Varnam,
editor-in-chief of The Quilliad