Pushcart Nominees

We still can’t get over how wonderful our launch went last week—if you missed out and want to order a copy of our newest issue, 4.2, you can do so here.

And now… announcing our Pushcart Prize nominees!

Pushcart Nominees Graphic

Read an excerpt of Susie Taylor’s “Malcontent” here, and buy a copy of either issue 4.1 or 4.2 here to read the rest of this amazing work! Congratulations to all of our nominated writers!

Issue 4.2 Launch Photos

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us last night! Thank you to our amazing readers, who you’ll see photos of here (more to follow!), for their reading their phenomenal work—we were truly impressed by every one of you. Thank you to The Gaslight for hosting us, and for their exemplary bar service—which included holding up a cell phone flashlight so our readers could see better. What a night!

The artwork inside the issue didn’t turn out in the proper colour/brightness etc. Please visit our excerpts page to see some of these images in their proper forms!

If you missed out and want to buy a copy of our new issue, please click here!


Michael Russell reading his wonderful “Ode to Grindr” as well as some other new work
Lisa Alward reading from her story “Hawthorne Yellow” all the way from Fredericton, and bartender extraordinaire Michael Hawco providing some light
Jade Wallace reading their poem “Softcore” from issue 4.2, as well as other new work
Our issue artist, and Fairy Gawdmother, Lesley Kenny, holding up her fabulous handmade notebooks called ReWrites—upcycled and recyclable—which were a huge hit
“We have many fans.” (joke courtesy of Lesley Kenny) 
Editor, Stephanie McKechnie, and Kimberley Griffiths, from Slant, chatting about their reading series
Kimberley Griffiths and Justin Lauzon from Slant Reading Series
Christine H. Tran during her very first (!) public poetry reading
The wonderful Daniel Scott Tysdal
Daniel Scott Tysdal reading from his fold-in poem “In the Fold” in our issue 4.2
untethered editor Stephanie McKechnie
Josh Edgar reading from his story, “Projectionist19” out of a shiny plastic duo-tang
A very crowded Gaslight! 
Jaclyn Desforges reading her poem “Crabapples” from issue 4.2


It got steamy in there!
untethered editor Nicole Haldoupis and Fairy Gawdmother/issue artist, Lesley Kenny
Editors Stephanie and Nicole
Editors with the new issue! 

ReWrites: Available at our launch THIS Thursday!

Our Fairy Gawdmother (Lesley Kenny) has made a series of notebooks, specially for this launch! You know the beautiful notebooks you have in your drawers, tucked under the couch cushion, and somewhere in that closet you never open? Those beautiful journals you bought on a whim or were given as a gift… because you’re a writer? The notebooks that are still empty?! Well these notebooks were made with you in mind. ReWrites are made from vintage and scrap papers, some coffee dyed, avocado dyed, and all of them recycled. This is not a pretty notebook. It is an inviting notebook to entice you to actually make your writerly notes.

There will also be a special raffle prize—a bigger version of the ReWrites notebook, entirely upcycled and recyclable.

Don’t miss our issue 4.2 launch THIS Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 pm at The Gaslight (1426 Bloor St W)!

Issue 4.2 Sneak Peek!

With the December 13th  launch of our EIGHTH issue just TWO short weeks away, we’re giving readers a sneak peek inside.

Click here to check out some of the great work you can expect from our contributors! You all better be getting excited, I know we are. We are celebrating four years of being wonderfully untethered! Let the stress of the looming holiday season drift away and hunker down with us at our new fabulous venue, the cozy and candlelit Gaslight (1426 Bloor St. W).

Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for all the latest news about our December 13th launch including spotlights on our feature readers and some info on our amazing raffle prizes!!

Issue 4.2 Launch Party!

Join us for the launch of the EIGHTH issue of untethered! We’re in a new space this time and we’re so excited to celebrate in a hidden gem of the west end with you!

When: Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Where: The Gaslight in the Junction Triangle (1426 Bloor St W, a five minute walk from either Dundas West or Lansdowne subway stations)

What to expect:

*This event is FREE and open to the public

Reader Profiles


Stories by Lisa Alward are featured in The Journey Prize 2017 and Best Canadian Stories 2016 and 2017. She has received The Fiddlehead’s Short Fiction Prize and The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award and this past year was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize. Born and raised in Halifax, she has lived in Toronto and Vancouver and, since 1995, in Fredericton.


Jaclyn Desforges is a writer, editor and workshop facilitator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2, Minola Review, untethered, Mortar Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, Literary Mama and Peregrine. Her first picture book, tentatively titled Why Are You So Quiet?, will be published by Annick Press and released in 2020. She’s the winner of the 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award for her short story THE GALL, and is currently completing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Jaclyn lives in Hamilton with her husband and daughter and is writing her first book of poetry.


Josh Edgar is a writer living in Toronto. His stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, and The Humber Literary Review. He is currently working on a novel and a book of short stories.


Michael Russell is a queer poet who is working on his first chapbook. He lives in Toronto. His work has appeared in cahoodaloodaling, Forage, The Maynard, (parenthetical), Prairie Fire, The Quilliad, and untethered among other places. He thinks you’re fantabulous. Instagram: @michael.russell.poet


Christine H. Tran is a second-generation South Viet-Canadian who lives in pre-PhD purgatory but is always game to hang in Toronto. She finessed a SSHRC-funded MA in English from York University and scored a BA at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she danced as co-editor-in-chief of The Scarborough Review. These days, Christine is an adjunct contributor of listicles on culture & history at places, and her Buffyverse essays are upcoming in the next two volumes of ATB Publishing’s Outside In anthology series. She also assists at Brick: A Literary Journal. Find her tweeting for nine people @thechristinet.


Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life).” He is an associate professor, teaching stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


Jade Wallace is a writer from the Niagara Fruit Belt, currently working in law and helping to run Draft Reading Series in Toronto, Ontario. Their fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Canada and internationally, including in Studies in Social Justice, The Dalhousie Review, and Phenomenal Literature. Their most recent chapbook is Rituals of Parsing (Anstruther Press, 2018). Their collaborative work as part of MA|DE has been published in PRISM, with a debut chapbook forthcoming from ZED Press. Their band, The Leafy Greens, has been incorrectly described as “psychedelic stoner metal.” Find them at jadewallace.ca and ma-de.ca.