Presenting the Winner and Finalists of the Canzine 2014 Diorama Contest

As you may recall, Broken Pencil launched a diorama contest in the pages of our Summer 2014 DIY issue. Creators made dioramas based on dystopias – both from pop culture and their own imagination. Entries poured in, we picked our top five, and displayed them at Canzine Toronto on Saturday, November 1, where attendees voted on their favorites.

While we loved all the entries, there can only be one winner. The people have spoken, and Kate Brown is the winner of our first-ever Diorama Contest!

Kate’s diorama is based in part on the novel Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Here’s what she had to say about it:

The firemen burn the books, but some folks (here represented by oragami birds) “become” books. so as not to lose this most precious resource. The book touched me deeply when I read it some 30 years ago, and I’ve tried to represent my interpretation of it through Anne Sexton’s poetry (cut out and re-configured), a felted blaze, a hand reaching out of the flames holding a burning book, the fireman, a “peephole”, and a small child atop the shoebox reading a book.

Kate will receive a Broken Pencil prize pack and publication in the Winter 2014 issue of Broken Pencil!

Our other finalists’ entries and their descriptions are after the jump.

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Calls for Submissions!


Call for Vendors: Zine Machine Fest

Friday, February 20th is the first ever Zine Machine Festival in Durham, NC featuring all printed matter! Maybe it’s time to take a little trip, pick up a little barbecue and meet the zinesters of North Carolina? More info here. 

Call for Submissions: Indie Writers’ Deathmatch 7!

Submissions to Broken Pencil’s annual fierce story competition are now open. This year it’s an all-genre battle, open to fiction, non-fiction, poetry and comics entries (up to 2,000 words.) Winners receive the Indie Writer’s Makeover, which includes a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate, a meeting with Globe & Mail culture columnist and novelist Russell Smith, and a meeting with one of Canada’s leading small-press publishers, BookThug!

Plus $200 cash and publication in the Spring 2015 edition of Broken PencilDEADLINE:DECEMBER 21, 2014 at 11:59pmTo enter and read complete rules, go here.

Call for Applicants: Digital Narratives Residency, Banff Centre

The Banff Centre’s Digital Narratives residency is perfect for writers wishing to use interactive technologies and associated digital concepts to explore, push the boundaries of, and create new forms of innovative narrative across multiple platforms. Develop your own narrative-driven project under the creative supervision of Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn, the co-creators of The Silent History, described by the New York Times as “one of the most talked about new experiments [in publishing].” This unique three-week residency is open to writers of all literary genres, including fiction, non-fiction, screenwriters, documentary makers, animators and graphic novelists working within the digital landscape. The application deadline is December 10. For more information and to apply, please visit the program’s website.

Call for Submissions: Motherlands Zine

A new zine for and by Indigenous and POC writers and artists is looking for submissions. Artists and photographers can send in 2-5 images, and writers should submit a writing sample and a pitch to More info here.  Submissions are on a rolling basis.

Call for Submissions: Between the Lines

Static Zinester Jess Lewis and writer/editor Brianna Goldberg (co-editor of the EAT IT! Anthology)  are putting together a handy dandy deck of icebreakers and other useful tricks for the socially awkward or anxious literary types amongst us (which is most of us, right? Conversation starters, provocative questions, and easy way outs are all welcome! Submit here. 

Call for Entries: Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2015

Fabula Press’ short story contest opens for submissions December 1! First prize is $150, publication and two copies of the anthology, with second and third prize also involving cashola and publication. $10 to enter. More information here!

Fun With Crowdfunding: Terra Kaiju


Terra Kaiju is a 25 page, saddle stitched, landscape format, one-shot comic inspired by creator Joe Badon’s life long love for Godzilla movies and other Kaiju films such as Daimajin, which is set in feudal japan.

The art for this book is beautiful, complete with high contrast rasturbated images and artful monsters.  Badon is still plenty short on his goal, so help a brother out.  Perks include copies of the book, prints, and sketches.

Indie Events: Hanging Out In Deephaven


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A video still from “Do Good” by Alison S.M. Kobayashi, screening as part of the Vtape show Hanging Out In Deephaven.

by Alison Lang

This past weekend, we had the privilege of checking out a reception of a very cool new video art show at Vtape  called Hanging Out In Deephaven.

Vtape is an amazing non-profit, artist run distributor of video art, with a collection of over 5,000 titles by 1,000 artists. They also run exhibitions that you can go and check out for free during their visiting hours at their Toronto office (401 Richmond, Suite 452, Mon-Friday, 10am-5pm).

The show’s curator, artist/grad student/curator/librarian Amber Christensen, has brought together eight artists (seven of them female) whose works explore youth culture through a framework that is often associated with the Internet –  in their daily work they use Youtube, GIFS, animation, Tumblr and more. In Christensen’s own words, the show was directly inspired by the works of artist Ann Hirsch (who also has a piece in the show) and 19th-century author Sarah Orne Jewett’s book Deephaven (which chronicles the ownership of freedom and self-discovery of two 24-year-old girls.)

Two of the works are animated, and one of them looks at growing up through spliced, slowed-down VHS footage and sound. It is a fascinating and sometimes delirious program that examines youth and identity in ways that are hilarious, absurd, and a little heartbreaking. Learn more about individual segments below, and please go visit Vtape and experience Hanging Out In Deephaven for yourself! It runs to December 19.

Indie Events: November 24 – 30


Theory Boner Zine release party, this Saturday at Henhouse! [image via facebook]

Monday, November 24


Purdy Drinks, 7pm, Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St, free

A free eevning of poetry an dmusic with all proceeds going to the Al Purdy A-Frame Association. Featuring readings from George Bowering, David McFadden, Ian Kamau and Katherine Leyton. Al Purdy items will be available as well!


Feminist Voices: A Long Table Discussion about Activism in Winnipeg, 6:45pm, Room 4C60, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, free

A slew of amazing people talking about feminist activism in Winnipeg.

Tuesday, November 25


Zine Workshop, 2pm, Community Action Centre, 200 King St E, free

A trans/queer themed zine workshop at George Brown’s Community Action Centre facilitated by mel g campbell.

Wednesday, November 26


Shut up and Write, 6pm, Centre of Social Innovation (Annex), 720 Bathurst St, free

We gather with our devices or notebooks and write for 25 minutes at a time, with social breaks in between.

Burgomasterpiece Theatre

Presenting our new comics column, “Burgomasterpiece Theatre”, by Patrick Burgomaster!

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