Defining Taddle Creek is no easy task, which is one of the reasons it often refuses to do so. Taddle Creek will concede that it is a magazine, one that appears every six months on newsstands, in mailboxes, and through digital devices. Each issue contains an eclectic mix of fiction, poetry, comics, art, interviews, and non-fiction features stories. An editorial mix like Taddle Creek’s is rare, leading Taddle Creek to best define itself as a “general-interest literary magazine.”
Taddle Creek’s contributors are among the famous, the infamous, the long-since famous, the never-to-be famous, the up-and-coming, the down-and-going, and the never to be heard from again. Their work is humorous, poignant, ephemeral, urban, and rarely overly earnest. Theme issues of the magazine are few and far between, and when they do pop up, they’re not of the themes one might expect. Taddle Creek takes its mission to be the journal for those who detest everything the literary magazine has become in the twenty-first century very seriously, with rigorous editorial values and a keen eye on design.
Taddle Creek supplements its semi-annual publication schedule in a number of ways, with live events, a newsletter, a Web site, a podcast, the odd video, art shows, a series of social media feeds, and the occasional special publication or piece of merchandise.
Taddle Creek was founded in 1997 as a Christmas annual for Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood and the surrounding communities of Seaton Village, Christie-Ossington, Little Italy, Palmerston, Sussex-Ulster, Huron-Sussex, and the University of Toronto area. By the end of 2000, an insatiable need for expansion saw Taddle Creek increase its frequency to twice a year, widen its availability to all of Toronto, and launch both its Web site and e-newsletter. In 2002, Taddle Creek became available nationally across Canada and today publishes work by anyone from anywhere. Originally a black and white journal, Taddle Creek began dabbling in colour in 2007, eventually throwing all future staff raises to the wind and becoming a full-colour publication in 2009. In 2015, another grand expansion led to the creation of The Taddle Creek Podcast, a YouTube channel, and a now-defunct app. The fun and merriment continue today.
The Editorial Style
High editorial and production standards are Taddle Creek’s top priority. All works appearing in the magazine go through a rigorous process of editing, fact checking, copy editing, and proofreading. The magazine’s main editorial reference is the Chicago Manual of Style, though this is superseded by Taddle Creek’s in-house style guide—an amalgam of rules specific to the magazine and a list of instances where rules from past editions of Chicago overrule newer changes Taddle Creek simply does not agree with.
Also of frequent reference is The Taddle Creek Guide to Fact-Checking Fiction. So ignored is factual accuracy in today’s literary world that Taddle Creek now offers this long-out-of-print book free of charge on its Web site in the hope of spreading its seed of precision.
Taddle Creek’s official spelling resource is the Oxford English Dictionary. Though the magazine often refers to the O.E.D.’s abridgement the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, it does so less frequently than in the past, since the Canadian Oxford hasn’t been updated since 2003. Honestly, some days Taddle Creek just has to wing it.
Nearly every work published in Taddle Creek since its inception is available for free on the magazine’s Web site. If, like Taddle Creek, you prefer your magazines in print format, take note that hard copies of Taddle Creek are archived by Library and Archives Canada; the Toronto Reference Library; and the John P. Robarts Research Library and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, at the University of Toronto, among others. (The Taddle Creek Web Site is also archived by Library and Archives Canada.)
TADDLE CREEK is published semi-annually in print (ISSN 1480-2481), in June and December, and online (ISSN 1710-8632), by Vitalis Publishing, P.O. Box 611, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2Y4 Canada. Canadian Publications Mail Agreement No. 40708524. Taddle Creek acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Taddle Creek also acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, in the creation of this Web site. Taddle Creek is a member of Magazines Canada. All rights reserved. No part of the print or online version of this periodical may be reproduced in any form without the consent of Taddle Creek or the individual authors.