About Broken Pencil

“Broken Pencil is the entertaining, indispensable guide to zines.”
– the Toronto Star

About Broken Pencil: the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts

Welcome to Broken Pencil! Since 1995, we have been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.

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For general editorial inquiries email editor@brokenpencil.com. For anything related to subscriptions email subs@brokenpencil.com. For anything related to advertising or any other business stuff, email ads@brokenpencil.com. Our mailing address is PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S7  Canada.

Broken Pencil is:

alisonEditor – Alison Lang
Alison Lang has worked at Broken Pencil since 2011 when she was hired as assistant editor. She became the editor in May 2014. She has also written for the Toronto StarRue Morgue, Aux, THIS Magazinethe Quill & Quire, and Weird Canada. She recently contributed to the Spectacular Optical anthology Satanic Panic: Pop Culture Paranoia in the 1980s. She has a cool dog and cat and used to make zines about having psoriasis.


halFounder and Publisher – Hal Niedzviecki
Hal Niedzviecki is a writer, speaker, culture commentator and editor whose work challenges preconceptions and confronts readers with the offenses of everyday life. He is the author of over ten books including the collection of short stories Look Down, This is Where it Must Have Happened (City Lights, April 2011) and the nonfiction book The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors (City Lights, 2009).


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Assistant Editor – Jonathan Valelly
Jonathan Valelly is a writer, zinester, and community artist. His writing has appeared in Xtra!, Noisey, Quill & Quire, among others, and he is the assistant editor at Broken Pencil Magazine. He is also a co-editor at Gay 4 Pay Press, a zine distributor focusing on radical politics and gay men. He is a lead artist and bookmaker with Making Room Community Arts in Parkdale.



Associate Publisher – Tara Gordon Flint
Tara Flint is the Associate Publisher, Business and Circulation Manager at Broken Pencil. Tara introduced the spreadsheet to BP in 1999 and brings a broad background in marketing, event planning, finance, and management. Tara is responsible for marketing and promotions, circulation, accounting, public relations and fundraising.




Design – Ian Sullivan Cant
Ian Sullivan Cant is the Design Editor of Broken Pencil. He is an artist, writer, graphic designer and wannabe falconer.




Fiction Editor – Colin Brush
Colin Brush made contact with Broken Pencil when he competed in the 2011 Indie Writer’s Deathmatch with his story
Free Therapy. He still writes and now edits. Follow him @colinbrush.





Associate Fiction Editor – Natalie Wee
Natalie Wee’s book, OUR BODIES & OTHER FINE MACHINES, will be published by Words Dance publishing this year. She is currently an Associate Fiction Editor at Broken Pencil Magazine, as well as a Cultural Studies & Critical Theory MA Candidate at McMaster University. You may find more works and a complete list of her publications at her website, http://wondersmith.co.vu/.




Associate Fiction Editor – AG Pasquella

A.G. Pasquella is an Associate Fiction Editor at Broken Pencil. His short fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, Little Brother Magazine and Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. His latest novel is The This and The That.





Associate Fiction Editor – Faith Arkorful
Faith Arkorful was the second place winner in the 2016 running for the HHLLC prose contest and the first runner-up in Echolocation‘s 2013 ‘The Chase’ chapbook contest. She has an upcoming story in Little Brother Magazine. She lives in Toronto.




Education Liaison – Annie Wong

Annie Wong is a writer and interdisciplinary artist in Toronto. She holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication and Culture from York University. Her projects are conceptually diverse and explore various subjects such as experimental pedagogy, relational aesthetics, and corporeal relationship. Her poetry has appeared in various Canadian literary journals and online magazines such as Contemporary Verse, Misunderstandings, and Word Riot. Her other works have been exhibited by the Modern Literature Culture and Research Centre, Gallery 1313, and Toronto arts festivals. She is currently the Young Mammals Director of Mammalian Diving Reflex and the Education Director of Broken Pencil Magazine.

Editorial Board – Lindsay Gibb, Laina Dawes, Maggie MacDonald, Jessica Lewis, Kevin Spenst & Sherwin Sullivan Tjia

Sending/Submitting Publications to Broken Pencil for Review

Broken Pencil accepts zines, ezine urls, books, videos/films, music recordings and mail-art for review. To submit you must mail your work to us at PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S7 CANADA or email your ezine url to editor@brokenpencil.com. If you are mailing us something to review, please include on a separate piece of paper the following information: name of publication, name of the creator/publisher, the price (please note whether or not that price includes postage), and the contact mailing address and email. We will not review material that does not have contact information. We look forward to seeing your work, but keep in mind that Broken Pencil reserves the right to review whatever it feels like, and may not review a particular publication for a variety of reasons.

Writing Articles or Submitting Short Stories to Broken Pencil

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