About Broken Pencil

"Broken Pencil is the entertaining, indispensable guide to zines."
- Betsy Powell, the Toronto Star

Founded in 1995 and based in Toronto, Canada, Broken Pencil is a website and a print magazine published four times a year. It is one of the few magazines in the world devoted exclusively to underground culture and the independent arts. We are a great resource and a lively read! A cross between the Utne Reader, an underground Reader's Digest, and the now defunct Factsheet5, Broken Pencil reviews the best zines, books, websites, videos, and artworks from the underground and reprints the best articles from the alternative press. Also, ground breaking interviews, original fiction, and commentary on all aspects of the independent arts.

From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.

Submitting Publications to Broken Pencil

Broken Pencil accepts zines, ezine urls, books, videos/films, music recordings, and mail-art for review. There are no deadlines for submitting to Broken Pencil as we are an ongoing project. To submit you must mail your work to us at PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S7 CANADA or email your ezine url to editor@brokenpencil.com. If you are mailing us something to review, please include on a separate piece of paper the following information: name of publication, name of the creator/publisher, the price (please note whether or not that price includes postage), and the contact mailing address and email. We will not review material that does not have contact information. We look forward to seeing your work, but keep in mind that Broken Pencil reserves the right to review whatever it feels like, and may not review a particular publication for a variety of reasons.

Finding Broken Pencil

Broken Pencil magazine is available in the finer bookstores and magazine stores of Canada and the United States. We don’t have a list of everywhere BP is sold, but if you are looking for it and can’t find it, email and we’ll let you know where you can buy it in your city. You can also order/subscribe broken pencil by visiting our online store.

If you are a distributor however small or large interested in carrying Broken Pencil, get in touch with us and we’ll set you up!

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) for our publishing activities.