Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
The first Canadian short prose anthology: flash fiction, vignettes, prose poems, and short memoirs alongside each other, at long last!
35 backers pledged CA$ 2,357 to help bring this project to life.

About

CA$ 2,357

35

What we’re doing:

Ever notice how Canadian literature lacks a contemporary anthology of short prose? We did too! So we decided to collect writing of 750 words or less and publish it as a real-life book through our brand-new press, Applebeard Editions!

It all began when we discovered a series of flash fiction anthologies compiled by American editors, and thought “What about the prose poems? What about flash non-fiction? What about the vignettes, and the monologues? And what about Canada?!”

It alarmed us how underserved these collective genres are in Canadian publishing, so we set out to combine all forms of short prose written exclusively by Canadian authors into the first-ever collection of its kind! BOOM.

Our contributors include a wide range of emerging and established Canadian writers, such as Governor General’s Award winners Lorna Crozier and George Elliott Clarke, Saskatchewan Book Award winners Sheri Benning, Lisa Bird-Wilson, Katherine Lawrence, Jeanette Lynes, and Dave Margoshes, along with other widely published and award-winning writers such as Randy Lundy, Cara-Lyn Morgan, Karen Mulhallen, and Priscila Uppal, as well as some spectacular up-and-coming writers, such as André Babyn, Terry Doyle, Amanda Earl, Jann Everard, a.m. kozak, Amy LeBlanc, Rasiqra Revulva, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang, and many others to be announced. Our vision is to provide a platform for emerging and under-represented writers in Canada to showcase their work alongside established writers and to help fill the gap in Canadian publishing of this genre.

We will launch this collection in mid-June in Saskatoon, and early July in Toronto. Eventually, we hope to collect short prose from across Canada every year and publish it as an annual anthology akin to the Best Canadian Poetry series.

How you can help:

We need your help in order to be able to pay our contributors. It is a harsh reality that creative writing is a tough way to bring home the proverbial bacon, so we want to acknowledge the amazing work of these authors with financial compensation. It is also a harsh reality that publishing is a tough way to bring home the proverbial bacon, so we need your help to bring this physical book into the world: your generous donations will help us cover printing and shipping costs. For the two editors, Nicole and Geoff, this is a labour of tough-love. 

Who we are:

Nicole Haldoupis and Geoff Pevlin are two young writers from Toronto and St. John’s, respectively, who met in Saskatoon, where they both completed the MFA in Writing program at the University of Saskatchewan. They have edited fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and academic writing for almost a decade. Nicole is a co-creator, editor, and designer of the Toronto-based literary magazine untethered, and the editor of Grain, and has worked at several other publications and presses over the years, including Descant, Existere, and Thistledown Press. Geoff has taught creative writing and high school English since 2011, copy edited for untethered, substantively edited the Weaving Words Anthology, and has read submissions for The Fieldstone Review. Nicole and Geoff serve on the editorial board of JackPine Press, a literary chapbook press based in Saskatoon, and have both spent a year as organizers of the River Volta Reading Series in Saskatoon. 

Nicole has a cat, Clark. Clark likes to eat bacon and chase laser pointers. Geoff has six nieces and nephews who, incidentally, also like to eat bacon and chase laser pointers.

Risks and challenges

Publishing is a hard auld racket, especially for newer publications and presses. Printing costs are rising, and funding for new projects is scarce. We are on a tight timeline, and aim to have the book to the printer by the end of April. We are currently in the final stages of copy editing, designing, typesetting, proofreading, and preparing our files for printing. Compensating our contributors for their work is a priority for us, and we need your help to be able to do this.

We actually need around $5,467.63 in order to cover printing costs, shipping costs, and pay our contributors what we think they deserve for their work. Kickstarter’s policy is that if we don’t meet our goal for this crowdfunding campaign, then we won’t get any of the money. We are asking for only $2000 on Kickstarter, although we will need more than that.

The biggest risk is living in a world absent of this anthology. We have stories about boys who ride giant slugs and obsess over spaghetti, stories about swingers who drown in a lake during an orgy. We have prose poems that deal with the darkest corners of the human psyche: anxiety, PTSD, violence, drug use, school-yard bullying. We have meditations on the moving guy, the drum kit, the mermaid who lives in the Prairies. Do you really want to continue living in a world where this book doesn’t exist?

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    Acknowledgement in the Book

    Your name included on our acknowledgements page in the printed book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    Witty Postcard

    Receive a postcard from wherever the editors happen to be drinking wine. It will be filled with whimsical banter.
    Acknowledgement in the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $15

    Print Copy of Anthology

    A copy of Tea-Length Prose: An untethered Collection mailed to your door upon publication.
    Acknowledgement in the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    17 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    Friendship Bundle

    Two copies of Tea-Length Prose: An untethered Collection—one for you, and one for a friend—plus two postcards with whimsical banter written on the backs for you two to discuss over tea. Or wine. (The second anthology and postcard can be sent separately to a person of your choice.)
    Acknowledgement in the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    4 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $45

    Anthology & Poem Bundle

    A copy of Tea-Length Prose: An untethered Collection, as well as a poem on a subject of your choosing or a subject of our choosing, written and typed by Geoff Pevlin and Nicole Haldoupis on a typewriter with a slightly dried-out ribbon.
    Acknowledgement in the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 70 or more About US$ 53

    three signed books

    ONE SIGNED COPY each of Amanda Earl's poetry collection, "Kiki", published in 2014 by Chaudiere Books, and rob mclennan's story collection published by Chaudiere Books, "The Uncertainty Principle", and poetry chapbook published by above/ground press, "snow day".

    *Limited time only*
    Only one copy of each available!

    About the books:

    "Kiki" is an homage to an era where freedom, innovation, l'amour fou, creative risk and celebration of life were paramount. Journal entries, silent film play-by-plays, cut ups, boldfaced lies, gossip and whimsy provide readers with playful and provocative fodder for their imaginations in order to recreate the spirit of Montparnasse between the wars.

    In his first collection of short stories, rob mclennan's "The Uncertainty Principle" uses not a single wasted word to explore history, contemporary culture, human relationships, and the ways in which we live. His microfictions highlight our most important moments and biggest stories in the tiniest of spaces. Small novels and even smaller stories are all written in dense, packed prose. Carve, slowly. Carve further, even slower. Pause. Listen.

    From "snow day":

    First thing this morning, Christine and I each receive an email regarding the cancellation of buses across the school board. The warmer temperatures bring freezing rain. We live too close to the school for the cancellations to affect us. I still bundle both children for Rose’s drop-off, for her to begin another full day of junior kindergarten. Neither cancelled, nor snow: what kind of snow day is that?

    Anna Gurton-Wachter responds to my email. Monty Reid responds to my email. Nikki Sheppy responds to my email. Stephen Brockwell responds to my email. Neil Flowers responds to my email. Pearl Pirie responds to my email. David O’Meara responds to my email. Annick MacAskill responds to my email. Christine McNair responds to my email. Sarah Burgoyne responds to my email. Shazia Hafiz Ramji responds to my email. Christine McNair responds to my email. natalie hanna responds to my email. Christine McNair responds to my email. Christine McNair responds to my email. Christine McNair responds to my email. Christine McNair responds to my email.

    Ian Williams responds to a photograph of my home office: “Don’t you feel perpetually overwhelmed?”

    “I saw the photo of your writing desk and wanted to close the door.”

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $56

    Nothing

    We won’t send you anything at all. You’re welcome.
    Acknowledgement in the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $75

    Super Poetry Bundle

    Two copies of Tea-Length Prose: An untethered Collection, as well as two poems on subjects of your choosing or subjects of our choosing, written and typed by Geoff Pevlin and Nicole Haldoupis on a typewriter with a slightly dried-out ribbon. (The second anthology and poem can be sent separately to a person of your choice.)
    Acknowledgement in the book.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 2,000 or more About $1,504

    Everything

    Everything included in the Super Poetry Bundle, plus the sun, the moon, and the stars.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 5,467 or more About $4,110

    Executive Editor

    Your name listed in the masthead as an Executive Editor. Is there anything else we can do for you? Let’s talk.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)