Kelly Aiello – Editor and Founder



I’m Kelly and I’m a writer and mental health advocate based in Toronto, Canada. My previous work has been featured in Dreamers Creative Writing, Story Blazer, The Mighty, and the University of Toronto’s The Varsity, UC Review, and Minds Matter Magazine.

I received my BA Hons. in political science from the University of Toronto and earned a graduate certificate in creative writing with the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies.

What am I looking for? Engaging short fiction (1,000 to 3,000 words), creative nonfiction (1,000 to 3,000 words), and memoir (1,000 to 3,000 words) that is honest and keeps me wanting more. Basically, thought-provoking pieces that are well-written.

I’m always interested in writers who identify as a person of colour, LGBTQ+, (dis)abled, and anyone who identifies as part of a group which is under-represented in publishing. And, of course, you young writers out there – get writing and send me what you’ve got!

See our submissions page for details.

Michelle Hillyard – Assistant Editor, Poetry

MichelleMichelle Hillyard is an award-winning spoken word poet from Mississauga, Ontario.

Michelle Hillyard (she/her) is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator and mother from Mississauga, Ontario. For her, poetry is a Socratic conversation with the universe, an excavation which connects the microscopic of our existence with the greater truths of life.

Michelle enjoys poetry that takes risks, tells unknown stories, challenges perspectives, and explores the raw truths of the human experience.

See our submissions page for details. 

Anna Cavouras – Assistant Editor, Fiction and Memoir

Anna is a writer, a reader, a mother, and a daydreamer. She has worked as a social worker and community organizer for over 15 years, and her writing centers around social change and food justice*. She iAnnas currently writing her first novel saturated in detail and brimming with strangeness.

Anna is drawn to stories from the sidelines, full of a clear and genuine voice.

She knows there are an infinite number of ways to be in this world and wants to read about all of them.

*The Food Justice movement strips down issues related to food production and access to reveal the hidden layers of oppression within our food system (such as unequal rights for migrant workers). It promotes the creation of systems that reflect practices of decolonization and that actively supports systems based on justice, equality, cultural pluralism and human rights.

From Food Secure Canada: https://foodsecurecanada.org/community-networks/food-justice

See our submissions page for details.