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Applebeard Editions was created in a Saskatoon basement, where its two founders, Nicole Haldoupis and Geoff Pevlin, did their MFAs in Writing. Both of their theses were collections of prose poetry / flash fiction. While they researched these genres, they quickly realized the dearth of short prose publications in Canada.
They couldn’t find a single anthology of very short prose that combined flash fiction and prose poetry that truly celebrated the flexibility and energy of this form, so they decided to create their own. They issued a submissions call and were soon inundated with excellent writing from all across the country.
Check out their first title, Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You: An untethered Collection of Shorts, published June 2018.
Why short prose?
Because there’s enough novels in the world to fill a library. Not to mention our collective attention span can barely withstand a gust of wind these days.
The two founders, Nicole and Geoff, deliberated long and hard about this name. They came up with a list of potentials while driving from Saskatoon to Calgary. When they hit sections of rumble strips on the road, they came up with “Rumble Strip Press.” When they saw pump-jacks on the Prairie they considered “Pump Jack Books.” They saw other things on the road which begot more ideas:
“Crow on a Post Press”
“Road Corpse Press”
Throughout this brainstorming session, they considered “Brainstorm Books.”
They were eating potato chips at this time and Geoff is superstitious and only eats chips in increments of five: “Five Chips Press.”
One of them had a pimple that day: “Pimple Face Press.”
One of them decided to stop giving and receiving gifts at Christmas: “No More Presents Press.”
They’re both lovers of poetry and revel in the concept of “white space” (the area on the page not occupied by words), and so a leading candidate quickly became “White Space Press.” One night, when they’d almost decided definitively on this name, Geoff woke in a cold sweat and wondered if people would misunderstand the name and think that their press only made space for white people. The name was instantly abandoned.
After a week in Calgary, they still hadn’t decided on a name. Back in the Saskatoon basement, they sat around eating apples and pondering other options. Geoff has a beard. Nicole looked at him at one point and said, “You have apple in your beard.”
Applebeard Editions. BOOM!