Submissions Closed


Our latest submission period is officially closed!

Thank you to everyone who sent in their work, we can’t wait to read your submissions.

If your work is selected for inclusion you can expect to hear from us by early May.

Due to the incredible volume of submissions we recieve, we are unable to contact those we haven’t chosen for inclusion.

We thank you for your patience while we read!

New Issue (Vol. 5.2) Now Available!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s beautiful and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all!

Grab your copy of the new issue here, and watch the virtual launch of the issue here.

Check out excerpts from this issue here.

Vol 5.2 includes new writing by: Hilary Ball, Vannessa Barnier, Moni Brar, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Megan Cole, Triny Finlay, Katherine FitzHywel, Gabriela Halas, A. N. Higgins, Bashar Lulu Jabbour, Daze Jefferies, Margo LaPierre, Mike Madill, Deirdre Maultsaid, Khashayar Mohammadi, Sarah Ng, Michael Russell, Rachel Shabalin, Gillian Turnbull, Miriam Vaswani, Elizabeth Vondrak, and Jade Wallace. Artwork by Shreya Shruti.

Seven Days Left to Submit!

Whoa folx, time flies! There’s only seven days left in our current submission period! Send us your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and, of course, those strange beings in between before March 15th for consideration in our upcoming issue, Vol. 6.1.

Find our submission guidelines here, and check out our back-issue excerpts here to get a sense of what we like to publish. Like what you see? Grab a copy of your favourite issue here!

We can’t wait to read your stuff!

Vol. 5.2 Launch Video

Missed the launch on February 3rd, 2021? Want to relive the night?

You’re in luck. Find the full, glitch-free video embedded below.

Featuring readings from Hilary Ball, Vannessa Barnier, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Megan Cole, Katherine FitzHywel, Bashar Lulu Jabbour, Margo LaPierre, Deirdre Maultsaid, Khashayar Mohammadi, Michael Russell, Gillian Turnbull, Elizabeth Vondrak and Jade Wallace. Hosted by untethered editor Stephanie McKechnie.

Let us know what you think!

Grab your copy of vol. 5.2 here.

NEW LINKS: Launching Tonight

We had some technical difficulties! The earlier links no longer work! Please click the NEW links and subscribe to access the actual live streams!

YouTube Live / Facebook Live

Tonight it the night! Cozy up on the couch, or gather round the kitchen table with your roommates, and join us virtually on Facebook Live or YouTube Live to celebrate the launch of the brand new issue! Click the hyperlinks above to navigate to the livestream and click subscribe with notifications (YouTube) or “Get Reminder” (Facebook) to get a notification when we are starting! The event starts at 7PM EST.

The one-hour long live virtual event hosted by untethered editor, Stephanie McKechnie, features pre-recorded readings from thirteen of the issue contributors including Hilary Ball, Vannessa Barnier, Ellen Chang-Richarson, Megan Cole, Katherine FitzHywel, Bashar Lulu Jabbour, Margo LaPierre, Deirdre Maultsaid, Khashayar Mohammadi, Michael Russell, Gillian Turnbull, Elizabeth Vondrak, and Jade Wallace, sales on the the current issue (ONLY $12 until the end of the live event!), sales on all available back issues (ONLY $8!), and tickets sales for our highly-anticipated raffle draw where you could win one of the amazing literary and non-literary prizes donated to us including subscriptions to Room MagazinePrairie FireCV2Taddle CreekShamelessArc Poetry Magazine, and The Fiddlehead, a back issue prize pack from untethered, and a $50 gift certificate to Toronto-based Come As You Are, Canada’s ethical, feminist, cooperatively run sex shop!

Sales on issues and raffle tickets are only available until the end of the live event tonight so visit the Virtual Launch Hub here to pick up your copy of the issue at the launch price and your raffle tickets now to take advantage of the deal!

Again, raffle tickets are 1 ticket for $23 tickets for $5, or a very long armslength of tickets for $10 (that’s 15 tickets for only $10–this is the best deal!) Grab your tickets here

The raffle draw will happen tomorrow, February 4th @ 2PM EST via video on our Instagram page BUT you don’t need Instagram to participate. I will be emailing all the winners so they can claim their prizes. I will just be pulling the via video so it’s like a true raffle with the winners first name and last initial announced.

You can find out more about each of the readers here.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Launching Tonight: Vol. 5.2

Tonight it the night! Cozy up on the couch, or gather round the kitchen table with your roommates, and join us virtually on Facebook Live or YouTube Live to celebrate the launch of the brand new issue! Click the hyperlinks above to navigate to the livestream and click subscribe with notifications (YouTube) or “Get Reminder” (Facebook) to get a notification when we are starting! The event starts at 7PM EST.

The one-hour long live virtual event hosted by untethered editor, Stephanie McKechnie, features pre-recorded readings from thirteen of the issue contributors including Hilary Ball, Vannessa Barnier, Ellen Chang-Richarson, Megan Cole, Katherine FitzHywel, Bashar Lulu Jabbour, Margo LaPierre, Deirdre Maultsaid, Khashayar Mohammadi, Michael Russell, Gillian Turnbull, Elizabeth Vondrak, and Jade Wallace, sales on the the current issue (ONLY $12 until the end of the live event!), sales on all available back issues (ONLY $8!), and tickets sales for our highly-anticipated raffle draw where you could win one of the amazing literary and non-literary prizes donated to us including subscriptions to Room Magazine, Prairie Fire, CV2, Taddle Creek, Shameless, Arc Poetry Magazine, and The Fiddlehead, a back issue prize pack from untethered, and a $50 gift certificate to Toronto-based Come As You Are, Canada’s ethical, feminist, cooperatively run sex shop!

Sales on issues and raffle tickets are only available until the end of the live event tonight so visit the Virtual Launch Hub here to pick up your copy of the issue at the launch price and your raffle tickets now to take advantage of the deal!

Again, raffle tickets are 1 ticket for $2, 3 tickets for $5, or a very long armslength of tickets for $10 (that’s 15 tickets for only $10–this is the best deal!)

The raffle draw will happen tomorrow, February 4th @ 2PM EST via video on our Instagram page BUT you don’t need Instagram to participate. I will be emailing all the winners so they can claim their prizes. I will just be pulling the via video so it’s like a true raffle with the winners first name and last initial announced.

You can find out more about each of the readers here.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Vol. 5.2 Launch Raffle

Buy your raffle tickets for the untethered vol. 5.2 virtual launch party for your chance to win some of our amazing prizes donated to us by literary and non-literary organizations.

Tickets can be purchased until the end of the live launch event on February 3rd, 2021 on Facebook or YouTube. Start time: 7 PM EST

Find all the other launch info on our Virtual Launch Hub!

Tickets will be assigned to folks by time signature and winners to be drawn via video on our Instagram feed the following day on February 4th at 2 PM EST. Prizes are first drawn first choice.

Don’t have Instagram? Don’t worry! You can still grab your tickets and know we will be emailing all the winners so they can claim their prizes!

Prizes to Be Won:


Click the buttons below to add tickets to your shopping cart!

*Steph’s arm is 15 tickets long! **Best Deal**

5.2 Virtual Launch Hub

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5.2 Launch Party!


Welcome to the untethered vol. 5.2 Virtual Launch Hub, the one stop shop for everything launch related!

Our brand new issue, vol. 5.2, we be launched virtually on Facebook Live and Youtube Live on on February 3rd, 2021 @ 7PM EST. RSVP to the event on Facebook to stay up to date!


Raffle Prizes

Enter the untethered launch raffle now for your chance to win some of these amazing prizes!

Grab Your Copy of the New Issue

Vol. 5.2 ONLY $12

Includes new writing by: Hilary Ball, Vannessa Barnier, Moni Brar, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Megan Cole, Triny Finlay, Katherine FitzHywel, Gabriela Halas, A. N. Higgins, Bashar Lulu Jabbour, Daze Jefferies, Margo LaPierre, Mike Madill, Deirdre Maultsaid, Khashayar Mohammadi, Sarah Ng, Michael Russell, Rachel Shabalin, Gillian Turnbull, Miriam Vaswani, Elizabeth Vondrak, and Jade Wallace.

Artwork by Shreya Shruti.

What to Expect:

If you’ve ever been to an untethered launch event you know just how fun they can be! This time, though virtual, will be no different.

We have an incredible line up of readers for you, sales on the new issue and back issues, as well as our coveted raffle!

When: Feburary 3rd, 2021 @ 7PM EST.

Where: virtually on Facebook Live and Youtube Live. Click here to RSVP to the Facebook event page!

How: Click the links above to be directed to our pages where the video will go live!

This is a live event, but all readings have been pre-recorded so all you need to do to attend is click the links provided and sit back and enjoy!

This is not your typical Zoom call!

Featured Readers

We’ve got an incredible reader line up for you this launch!

Featuring readings from Hilary Ball, Vannessa Barnier, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Megan Cole, Katherine FitzHywel, Bashar Lulu Jabbour, Margo LaPierre, Deirdre Maultsaid, Khashayar Mohammadi, Michael Russell, Gillian Turnbull, Elizabeth Vondrak, and Jade Wallace.

Raffle Tickets

Grab your raffle tickets for your chance to win some amazing prizes!

1 Ticket for $2

3 Tickets for $5

Arms length of Tickets (15 tickets!!) for $10 (*BEST DEAL*)

Grab Back Issues at Special Launch Prices!

Any available back issue for ONLY $8 (shipping within Canada included)

Having a hard time deciding? Check out our back issue excerpts pages here!

Support untethered

We are an independent literary magazine and receive no external funding. We only exist because of the amazing support we receive from incredible readers like you!

Selling issues and raffle tickets at our live launches was the way we made back the majority of our funds to print future issues.

We know the pandemic has hit us all hard, and we are not exempt. All donations of any amount are greatly appreciate and help us keep doing what we’re doing!

Don’t Fret!

While we encourage everyone to gather virtually and celebrate the launch of this issue at the live event, we understand that life is pretty unpredictable right now. If you can’t attend the live launch you will be able to access the video on YouTube and Facebook even after the event has ended.

We can’t wait for you to join us!

5.2 Launch Reader Profiles

Check out the incredible contributors who will be reading at the untethered vol. 5.2 virtual launch party on February 3rd, 2021 @ 7 PM EST! Find out more info about the launch party here.


Hilary Ball’s writing has been published in PRISM International and has been shortlisted for The Puritan’s Thomas Morton Memorial Prize. She grew up in Fredericton, holds a Master’s in English literature from UBC, and currently lives in Montreal. 

Vannessa Barnier is an instigator, community organizer, book publicist, workshop facilitator, and the host of Legible Intelligibles: a summer open mic poetry reading series in the park. Vannessa lives, laughs, and isolates in Toronto.

Ellen Chang-Richardson (she/her) is an award-winning poet, writer and editor of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. The author of two poetry chapbooks, Unlucky Fours (Anstruther Press, 2020) and Assimilation Tactics (Coven Editions, forthcoming), Ellen’s work has appeared in many publications including long con magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Puritan’s Town Crier and Vallum Contemporary. She currently lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario on the traditional, unceded territories of The Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation. Find out more at https://ehjchang.com.

Megan Cole is a tattooed food enthusiast with an obsessive reading habit. Megan has been published in The Puritan, Invisiblog, Kootenay Mountain Culture, The Growler and more. She’s currently working on her first book titled Crazy Making: Surviving the Shipwreck of Male Mental Health. When Megan isn’t writing, reading or cooking, she’s working as the director of audience development for the BC and Yukon Book Prizes and recording interviews for the podcast Writing the Coast.

Katherine FitzHywel has completed a Bachelor of Arts and Honours in Creative Writing at RMIT and is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. She is studying the representation of animals through the language used in contemporary poetry, but she also likes potatoes and soup. She lives in Melbourne and has performed her poetry for Ms Millie’s Pop up Poetry Café at Afro Hub and Next Level Studios. 

Bashar Lulu Jabbour is an immigrant poet! He uses the mundane to give a glimpse of the complexities of leaving one home for another. Bashar is a storyteller, and his stories are deeply personal. His poetry has been featured at many festivals in Canada including Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, Naked Heart, Latitudes Storytelling Festival, and Word on the Street. He was also an opening act for as Carlos Andres Gomez. He is the Artistic Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and Lead Poetry Editor at Textile Magazine.

Margo LaPierre (www.margolapierreeditor.com) is a queer, bipolar Canadian poet and editor. Her debut collection, Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes, was published by Guernica Editions in 2017. She is newsletter editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, membership chair of the Editors Canada Ottawa-Gatineau branch, member of poetry collective VII, and a poetry selector for Bywords.ca. She is completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) in the Temz Review, Room Magazine, filling Station, CAROUSEL, PRISM, Train Journal, and others. She lives in Ottawa. @margolapierre

Deirdre Maultsaid has been published in Canthius, CV2, Filling Station, Grain, Prairie Fire, the Puritan, White Wall Review, and many others.  Deirdre Maultsaid (she/her) is a queer white writer living in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. More information at https://deirdremaultsaid.com/ and @deirdmaultsaid

Khashayar Mohammadi is a queer, Iranian born, Toronto-based poet, writer, translator and photographer. He is the  author of poetry chapbooks Moe’s Skin (ZED press, 2018),  Dear Kestrel (knife | fork | book, 2019) and Solitude is an Acrobatic Act (above/ground press 2020). His debut poetry collection Me, You, Then Snow is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press.

Michael Russell (he / they) is Mama Bear to chapbook Grindr Opera (Frog Hollow Press). He’s queer, has BPD, Bipolar Disorder and way too much anxiety. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arc Poetry Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Homology Lit, Plenitude among other places. He lives in Toronto and thinks you’re fantabulous. @michael.russell.poet

Gillian Turnbull holds a PhD in ethnomusicology and is the author of Sonic Booms: Making Music in an Oil Town. She also holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of King’s College, where she now teaches as a mentor in the program. She has written for The Walrus, The National Post, The Conversation, Hazlitt, No Depression, Penguin Eggs, and the Grove Dictionary of American Music. She teaches music at Ryerson University, co-founded the Wide Cut Weekend Roots Festival in Calgary, and has hosted radio shows in Edmonton and Toronto.

Elizabeth Vondrak holds an MA in English Literature from Boston College and an MFA in
Creative Writing from Florida International University. Her work has appeared in The Antietam Review, Transitions Abroad, Tigertail: A South Florida Poetry Annual and is forthcoming in The Sandy River Review and Watershed Review. In her past life, she was a teacher to English-language learners, high school literature students, and university writing students. Originally from Iowa, she resides in Boston with her husband and three children.

Jade Wallace’s poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming internationally, including in This Magazine, Canadian Literature, The South Carolina Review, and The Stockholm Review. Their sophomore collaborative chapbook, ZZOO is forthcoming with Collusion Books in October 2020 under the moniker MA|DE. <jadewallace.ca> <ma-de.ca>

Join us at our launch party on February 3rd, 2021 @ 7 PM EST.

Click here to grab your copy of the new issue and for more information about the virtual launch.