Textile publishes all sorts of creative work (poetry, short fiction, personal essay, art, etc.) that focuses on themes and issues relevant to people who live on the Haldimand Tract (Kitchener-Waterloo Region). Our mandate is to develop community, publishing new and emerging writers of different genders, ages, races, classes, sexualities and abilities. For folks who feel more privileged and want to get involved, there are lots of other ways to help out, just ask us.

Themes are announced on our homepage and on social media, well in advance of deadlines. If you have ideas for themes relevant to the region, we'd like to hear them. Themes are meant to be just that - taken literally or not, metaphorically, stretched as far or squished as narrow as words can. We love work that is hyper-local. Currently, we are not interested in Young Adult or Romance genres.

We differ from traditional magazines in how we seek to collaborate with our contributors. We are open to new and beginning writers, and we are committed to empowering its contributors in a number of ways: from publicity to anonymity, deep structural edits to minor proofreading. We emphasize developing writers and viewing this relationship equally, so if you work with us, you can expect us wanting to meet to discuss your piece and process in depth.

Submissions for Issue 1 are closed. We are currently working with our writers to prepare content for publication.