Our Chapbook Call Ends Sunday Night!

Just a reminder to everyone that our chapbook call is nearing its end, but there’s still time! Send us your work before midnight on Sunday if you’d like you poetry or short fiction to be considered. See below for guidelines.

We’re looking for 10-20 pages of poetry and/or flash fiction from a Canadian writer who has never had a chapbook or full-length book published (self-published authors are exempt from this restriction, as this restriction is in place to allow emerging writers without publisher representation an opportunity to become a more active part of the Canadian literary scene). Previous Quilliad contributors are welcome to apply.

We will be paying a $50 honorarium to the selected writer as well as providing the author with 5 copies of their book. We will also consider poems/flash fiction pieces from the submitted manuscripts of 2 runners-up for issue 7 of The Quilliad. Publication in The Quilliad will be compensated with an honorarium and contributor copy.

To submit, send your writing to thequilliad@gmail.com by December 13, 2015.


10 Days Left to Support Small Press Publishing

47% fundedWith 10 days left of both our Kickstarter campaign and our submission call for issue 6 of The Quilliad, we’re feeling proud of how far we’ve come, thankful for our supporters, and excited for the future. We’ve sent out the first round of early acceptances for issue 6, and we’ve been busy posting content here on our blog, from details about our participation in #raopoetryday to event coverage, an artist project spotlight, book reviews, and parrot poetry. And in addition to online engagement and sales, being on store shelves and in local zine libraries shows us that there’s interest in what we do.

IMG_7789 - CopyOur crowdfunding campaign is intended to prepare us for the next year and a half as we expand our reach from our literary and arts journal to a line of chapbooks. Funds raised will go toward publishing costs such as printing and paying contributors. And backers get some pretty great rewards in return, from poetry on demand and art prints to copies of The Quilliad and books from our upcoming print run and work by our talented staff members. Many of our rewards are highly personalised, and several are limited editions. We believe in giving back whenever we can, and that includes providing tangible incentives for our Kickstarter backers.

2d8f8fdefddf23715742b2c57e98dfb3_originalWe believe in the power of small press publishing to bring new voices and perspectives to the Canadian culture scene and beyond. We are endlessly grateful to all our supporters thus far, from our backers to those who have spread the word, attended our events, and read The Quilliad and our blog. Our campaign is currently at 47%, and with your support, we can achieve our goal and take the next steps toward establishing ourselves as a small press. Every little bit counts, including a $5 pledge or sharing a link to our project page.

Check out our campaign at www.kickstarter.com/projects/1765917797/the-quilliad-press-and-issue-6. Thank you for reading.


Join us this Friday!

The Quilliad‘s fourth issue launch party is this Friday, and it’s Halloween-themed (as is our spooky fourth issue)! Here’s the poster for the event:

launch poster

Like the poster says, our launch/costume party will be from 8-12 PM on Friday, October 24 at Betty’s on King (240 King Street EAST, Toronto), upstairs in the party room. There will be books and art on display and for sale, creepy readings by our contributors, and a fortune teller during the breaks. I’m looking forward to everyone’s costumes–mine includes a long white dress and a lot of fake blood!

We hope to see you there!


The Quilliad at TIAM

The Quilliad had a great time at the Toronto Indie Arts Market over the weekend! In addition to selling the journal, we also had some of our staff and contributors’ work available:

The Quilliad's table at TIAM.

The Quilliad’s table at TIAM.

Of course, we weren’t the only people selling things. We met a bunch of great people (and ran into some that we knew from previous shows). The team was able to spread the word about The Quilliad and get more people interested in submitting, which is always exciting. Here are the cards of a few of the people we hung out with on Saturday (the handwritten note is from Atomic Ami, who make some of the cutest crocheted animals we’ve ever seen):

Fellow TIAM vendors

Speaking of submissions, we’re just wrapping up our submission call, so look forward to a new issue in about a month!

The Quilliad team

The view from behind our table.

The view from behind our table.