Thursday, 9 August 2012

New Address

I won't be renewing my PO Box. If you need my new address, please e-mail: elizabethjmw398 AT gmail DOT com

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

What's Your Favourite Memory?

Janell has previously made the compzines The Perfect Day and Dear You: Letters to Lost Friends. She has a special talent for coming up with interesting compzine ideas, finding great contributors and bundling them all up in pretty packages. I love Janell's zines and have contributed to her two previous ones and will be working on writing up my own favourite memory for her newest project. Why not take a stroll down memory lane and send in your own favourite memory to her newsest compzine project: What's Your Favourite Memory? For more information about the zine and how to submit your favourtie memory, please visit her info site:
Deadline is October 31st, 2012 (or the first 100 submissions).

Sunday, 8 July 2012

398#12: The Candy Maker's Daughter

What is the secret ingredient to the Candy Maker's most delicious chocolates? Love. But since the death of his wife, his one true love, the Candy Maker has lost the ability to create his most special chocolates. When a foreign king demands the chocolates, the Candy Maker's Daughter takes it upon herself to go on a journey to find true love and save her father. But will her heart ever find what she is seeking? And will she make it back in time to save her father? 

398 is a litzine of fairy-tale-like stories by Elizabeth J. M. W.

398#12 is just one story: The Candy Maker's Daughter, but it is much longer than previous 398 stories. This zine is 1/2 sized, 44pages and text heavy.

Cover art by Nicholas Beckett. ( (

Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Boy Who Owned the Forest

New zine available. It's a story I wrote about a decade ago for my zine 398, but it's been newly illustrated and printed by the Australian zinester Nicholas Beckett ( It's fully coloured and even has a metallic silver cover.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Little Pinches

Pinch #1 and #2
By Anne Emberline,,
Don't be fooled by the extreme cuteness of these very-mini zines. The covers may be full of whimsy and there are illustrations within, but the stories range from escaping an abusive relationship, office sex, drug addicts and Alzheimer's disease. The tales are quick little flash fiction pieces, but Emberline doesn't skimp on the emotional content that comes across in just a few short paragraphs. 

Yard Sale #8 and #9
By Harley R. Pageot,,
785 Wolfberry Crt. / Oshawa, ON / L1K 2J2 / Canada
While issue #8 is a perzine including New Year's Resolutions (for January 2011…I got really behind in my zine reviews, obvisouly) and Christmas 2010, issue #9 is all fiction pieces by Harley. I like how at the end of the zine Harley explained why/how he came about writing the pieces, several of which were for his university creative writing course. There's a combination of poems and short stories. I enjoyed the selection of song titles for music yet to be created. One of my favourites, The Winter Moon, is from a raw writing exercise where you just let the writing flow non-stop for five minutes.

"Snowy hilltops, snowy fields, and you trudge along, directionless. We never learned how to love. They don't teach you that in school. So we add and subtract and we label adjectives and verbs in the hope that this might help us understand."

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Hair and Glass

By Laura Rosenbaum,,
From the very cool cover art, to the pages printed to look like school notebook paper, the stitched binding and the marvelous stories themselves, I loved everything about this litzine. The subtitle for this zine is "four short stories about girls flipping their hair". It seems like a pretty odd starting point and one might wonder, how can someone write one story about girls who flip their hair, let alone a whole zine of stories? But Rosenbaum pulls it off, effortlessly writing stories about life as a girl in middle school or high school. Her characters are fresh and believable and you can clearly picture each glossy strand of flipped hair. Here is an excerpt from the story titled Meryl:

            "Other girls on the bus wear their bobby pins in sport, but I wear mine out of dire necessity. Their bobbies pin back their wispy bangs creating a swoop, like drapes across their foreheads. Mine are strategically inserted into zones of conflict, regions of turmoil, where they must act like police officers keeping the peace and containing escapees and rioters."

Shards of Glass in Your Eye! #5
By Kari Tervo,
In the intro for this issue Kari explains her love for the last page of magazines and decides to try and make issue #5 a whole zine of "last pages". Kari writes her zine with a witty sense of humor and mixes longer non-fiction pieces with short little tidbits of randomness, like a picture of some guy on break on Rodeo drive or a list of amusing homeopathic cures. Her two longer pieces are about thieving dry erase markers in a dorm (and if you've ever lived in a dorm, you know how important those markers are) and why it's best she doesn't drive.