long con magazine is a digital arts & literature quarterly that publishes art about art. While based in Kjipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (known by settlers as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), we welcome submissions from established & emerging artists across the world. Submissions are accepted year-round on a rolling basis, and we regularly publish issues in February, May, August, & November.

long con magazine, long con workshops, and Collusion Books are a unified not-for-profit operation. All revenue from purchases and donations is used to pay artists & authors and to keep the lights on.

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our team

Kailee Wakeman

long con founding editor

workshop director

Kailee Wakeman (she) is a Prairie-raised learning and development manager based in Halifax. In addition to degrees in studio arts, literature, and education, she has a background in feminist theory and writing by BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ authors. She is also a printmaker, painter, and textile artist.

Andy Verboom

long con founding editor

Collusion Books publisher

Andy Verboom (he) is from subrural Nova Scotia and lives in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). He is the solo author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently DBL (knife fork book, 2020), and co-author of two. His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest & Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2‘s Young Buck Prize & Arc‘s Poem of the Year, and appeared in CAROUSELPrismThe PuritanVallum, & elsewhere.

Khashayar Mohammadi

long con poetry reader

Tafseer editor

Khashayar Mohammadi (he) 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 is Me, You, Then Snow (Gordon Hill Press, 2021).

Manahil Bandukwala

long con poetry reader

Manahil Bandukwala (she) is a Pakistani writer and artist. Her most recent project, Reth aur Reghistan, is an exploration of Pakistani folklore interpreted through poetry and sculpture, carried out with her sister, Nimra Bandukwala. See her recent work in the Malahat Review, CV2, Briarpatch, Augur, and other places. She is a member of VII, an Ottawa-based collaborative writing collective.

Ellen Chang-Richardson

long con poetry reader

Ellen Chang-Richardson (she) is an award-winning poet of Taiwanese and Cambodian-Chinese descent. The author of three poetry chapbooks, Unlucky Fours (Anstruther Press), Assimilation Tactics (Coven Editions) and snap, pop, performance (Gap Riot Press), her work is forthcoming in Watch Your Headthird coast magazine, The Fiddlehead, and more. She is the founder of Little Birds Poetry, the co-founder of Riverbed Reading Series, and a member of the poetry collective VII. Ellen currently lives and works on the traditional unceded territories of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation (Ottawa, Ontario).

Conor Mc Donnell

long con poetry reader

Conor Mc Donnell (he) is a Toronto-based poet and physician. He has published two chapbooks in Canada, The Book of Retaliations (Anstruther Press) and Safe Spaces (Frog Hollow Press). He received Honourable Mention for The Fiddlehead‘s 2018 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for RawArtReview‘s 2019 Charles Bukowski Prize, and was runner-up in Vallum‘s 2019 Contemporary Poetry Prize. His work has been featured in The Fiddlehead, Vallum, Grain, CAROUSEL, Journal of the American Medical Association, and elsewhere. His first full poetry collection is Recovery Community (Mansfield Press, 2020).

Kat Jones

long con fiction & script reader

Kat Jones (she) is a writer, artist, theatre artist and academic born and raised in British Columbia. She is currently based at Concordia University, Montreal, completing her graduate work in Film Studies. Prior to her graduate work, she produced and designed multiple theatre productions for the King’s Theatrical Society and Atlantic Fringe. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in long con and Salt&Citrus and is forthcoming in Neartown Zine.

Karen Kawawada

long con fiction & script reader

Karen Kawawada (she) is an Alberta-raised longtime Ontario resident of Japanese descent. A former journalist and editor, she now works in communications. In addition to long con, her fiction has appeared in Fireweed and Ripe Magazine and is forthcoming in Grain.

Erica McKeen

long con fiction & script reader

Erica McKeen (she) is a Vancouver-based writer and teacher. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, longlisted for the 2020 Guernica Prize, and shortlisted for the 2021 Malahat Review Open Season Awards. She has been published in numerous literary journals, including filling Station, The Dalhousie Review, and Minola Review, among others. Her debut novel is forthcoming in spring, 2022, from Invisible Publishing.