In/Words is a magazine about Canadian culture and ethics with an emphasis on literary fiction, poetry and art. The tone is intelligent and sensitive, with a particular taste for wittiness and diversity.
In/Words Magazine & Press was founded in 2001 by Professor Collett Tracey and a team of her students. It started as a magazine and has since evolved into a small press that publishes chapbooks and issues of innovative literary work. In the past, sister publications such as The Moose & Pussy and Mot Dit (both no longer operating) have run alongside In/Words. The editing team rotates each year and consists of current Carleton University students, operating out of its office high up on the 19th floor of the giant Dunton Tower, looking past the Rideau Canal to downtown Ottawa.
In/Words has had a phenomenal history of giving now-established writers some of their first breaks, including past editors as Ben Ladouceur, Peter Gibbon, Bardia Sinaee, Avonlea Fotheringham, Chris Johnson, Jenna Jarvis, Cameron Anstee, Dave Currie, David Emery, Matt Jones, Amanda Besserer, Leah Mol, Justin Million, Jeremy Hanson-Finger and others. Additionally, In/Words has published early work from JC Bouchard, Jeff Blackman, Marilyn Irwin, JM Francheteau, Salvatore Difalco, Suzanna Derewicz and many more.
In/Words strives to be conscious of the traditional importance of small press publishing in Canada while actively contributing to (and thus shaping) the local literary arts scene. In/Words maintains a preference for exciting and emerging voices who are not as easily located in more traditional publishing units. Although In/Words runs out of Carleton University, authors published exceed far beyond the bounds of campus, stretching through Ottawa, Canada and in some cases the whole world.