Apr 14, 2014
Winner of Week Two of SPoM!
And the winner for week 2 of Shitty Poetry Month is Karen Heuler for her poem "The Lunch Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." Congratulations, Karen!
Tune in tonight at 6pm EST for this week's batch of terrible poems on www.chizine.com, and don't forget to vote!
Apr 8, 2014
CZP's Shitty Poetry Month Week 1 Winner
The winner of of Shitty Poetry Month week 1 is Dominik Parisien's "In All Her Quiet Dignity She Rides." Congratulations, Dominick! Your poem will move on to the shitty poetry finals!
Stay tuned tonight for week 2's shitty poems, which will be up on www.chizine.com at 6pm EST along with our poll, so don't forget to vote for the poem you think is the shittiest poem of this week!
Apr 1, 2014
CZP's National Shitty Poetry Month!
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Shitty Poetry Month!
While it's National Poetry Month elsewhere in the world, here at ChiZine, we'd like to acknowledge all the terrible poems that spam the interwebs, grace greeting cards, and make you want to shoot yourself at open mic nights, especially after they run out of gin.
That's why we started SPoM! To revel in the glory of the (badly) written word, to make T.S. Eliot, Shakespeare and Anne Sexton turn in their graves.
Starting April 1st, we will post a brand new shitty poem each weekday on ChiZine.com. At the end of each week, you'll have the weekend to vote for your favourite bad poem. The winner of that week will be announced on the Monday.
At the end of the month, the four finalists will be pitted against each other in a pitched battle to the death, with a winner voted in by you, Gentle Readers. The reigning champion with the shittiest poem will receive the Shitty Poetry Belt Belt (designed by our own Peter Chiykowski), and their poem will be featured in the May newsletter.
Happy reading, and may the good shit be with you!
Mar 31, 2014
Rock, Paper, Cynic and ChiZine enter co-operative agreement
ChiZine Publications (CZP) and popular webcomic Rock, Paper, Cynic (RPC) are pleased to announce a cooperative venture. RPC is now an imprint of ChiZine Publications, an internationally acclaimed press.
Rock, Paper, Cynic was started by Peter Chiykowski, a Toronto-based cartoonist, as an online webcomic. The comic’s focus is “celebrating things that make the world weird and exciting, and poking fun at things that bring people down.” With its growing reach and popularity, including being shared by “geek” icons such as George Takei and Nathan Fillion, RPC began publishing chapbooks and mini-posters.
By becoming an imprint of ChiZine Publications, Rock, Paper, Cynic will be available through ChiZine Publications’ distribution channels: Harper Collins in Canada and Diamond Book Distributors internationally. As well, Rock, Paper Cynic’s titles will be featured in the CZP catalogue.
Under the terms of the agreement, Chiykowski will retain creative control over Rock, Paper, Cynic.
“We’re known for being a ‘dark’ publisher, but we’ve done some satire and humour in the past. Rock, Paper, Cynic brings the same thought-provoking quality as our titles,” says Sandra Kasturi, co-publisher of ChiZine Publications. “We’ve always thought Peter’s work was smart, hilarious and odd—and hope that through our distribution channels he can reach an even wider (and weirder!) audience.”
“ChiZine’s readers recognize something strange and wonderful when they see it,” adds Chiykowski. “I think that they’re going to get a kick out of Rock, Paper, Cynic.”
Rock, Paper Cynic’s latest book, The H.M.S. Bad Idea, will be published in mid-November. The H.M.S. Bad Idea will be an anthology of geeky comics about bad ideas, lost causes and “choosing ‘awesome’ over ‘right.’” It will be the first Rock, Paper, Cynic title published under the agreement.
Mar 24, 2014
CZP Nominated for Libris Award
We want to thank all of our readers for all their love and support. Without our amazing readers and wonderful staff, amazing things like this couldn't happen for us.
Visit the Libris Awards website for more information.
Submissions for Imaginarium 2014 are now CLOSED. However, keep an eye out for the submissions guidelines for Imaginarium 2015, which will feature the best Canadian speculative writing from 2014!
Years Best Weird Fiction #2
Weird #word of the day: Rannygazoo. Meaning: A deceptive story or scheme, pranks, tricks or other irritating or foolish carryings-on.—2 days 4 hours ago
Weird word of the day: Onychophagist. Meaning: Someone who bites their nails.—2 days 22 hours ago
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