One morning I made a list of the worst problems with the factory, and at the top of that list was “lack of being present.” The more I thought about this the more I realized this was what the factory robbed my family of the most, and the thing that frightened me the most, this not being aware of place in the present.
CAConrad, EcoDeviance—(Soma)tics for a Future Wilderness
In April of 1937, a group of French-Canadian women spearheaded the fight for unionization within the garment industry, despite having been deemed “unorganizable” by male union leaders. They were called Midinettes, a portmanteau of the French “midi” (noon) and “dinette” (light lunch). By using this name we honour the diverse group of women who broke rules, pushed boundaries, and sought power in collectivity. The Midinettes laboured in, but did not become, or submit to, the Factory. We, the editorial collective of English 428, are interested in finding and publishing work that inspires us to leave the factory, even just for a light lunch.
In our inaugural issue we look at, and speak with, writers, thinkers and artists who detonate the assembly line and demand presence. We take a look at Jaron Lanier’s Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, and Chuck Smith’s documentary Barbara Rubin and The Exploding New York Underground. We are confronted by potential futures’ speculative fictions 17776 by Jon Bois and Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai. The radical words of Eileen Myles, Vivek Shraya, CAConrad, and Ottessa Moshfegh drive us from apathy and complicity and towards engagement. Look for posts to roll out mid-March!
We are now calling for creative submissions for the first issue of Midinette. We’re looking for work that is polished and provocative with a clear voice. Join the conversation. Show us your factory. Dismantle, disrupt, delete.
Poetry: Up to 5 poems, no longer than 3 pages each in a single document. Times New Roman 12 point font.
Prose fiction: Max 5000 words, or two pieces of 2000 words or less. Double spaced, 12 point font.
Please read our style guide for further information on our grammatical standards. Include your contact information and a short bio with a list of previous publications (if relevant) along with your submission. Word documents only.
Submit your work to: MidinetteSubmissions@gmail.com.
Submissions close March 1, 2019.
We are unable to accept any submissions from current Concordia students in the Creative Writing program. Alumni however, are free to submit.