manywor(l)ds is a cross-border project that is currently self-funded. We live and work on the territory of many Indigenous peoples, including the Patwin, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. Their labor, imagination, kinship, and creativity remains a testament to their resistance against settler colonialism, and we support on no uncertain terms the restoration of full Indigenous sovereignty in this place we are fortunate enough to call “home.”

manywor(l)ds would not be possible without the hard work, words of encouragement and advice, and coincidence of several characters, events, and works below.

Thank you to Stone of Madness Press, where Cavar and Joyce both became readers and then editors for the first time. The skills we acquired there are invaluable, and without SoM we likely never would have met or collaborated. Read more about the reasons behind our abrupt departure, and read Cavar’s editor’s note on the trans youth anthology they edited for Issue 22, our last issue with the press.

Thank you to members of the Fifth Wheel Press Discord server, who supported us in our departure and helped us brainstorm new names, before we finally settled on “manywor(l)ds”.

Thank you to Jiaqi Kang (Editor-in-Chief for Sine Theta Magazine), members of the Chill Subs Discord server, the Chill Subs startup diary (and in particular, this post titled “Are We Silly Geese (or Badass Business Birds)?”), and a smattering of Reddit threads across r/nonprofit and r/startups, all of whom provided advice which led us to choosing Incfile to help us incorporate soon as a 501(c)3 nonprofit within the US and settle our financial situation.

Thank you to Augur Magazine and Yilin Wang (Editor-in-Chief for Tales & Feathers Magazine), for their work in creating inclusive submission guidelines that protect both authors and translators and for constantly putting out free advice on how to navigate author–translator relationships as a masthead. Augur’s submission guidelines for translations are mirrored in our own guidelines.

Thank you to Underblong and their “What We Like” page, which in turn inspired us to write our own.

Technical Specs

No one wants to think about this part of building an online-only magazine, but at the end of the day, this really is just a website.

The manywor(l)ds website is currently built and maintained by Joyce. It uses Hugo, a static site builder that primarily uses Markdown and HTML to organize content, and Bootstrap v5, a CSS and Javascript toolkit that enables us to create responsive websites with light animation. We also use Bootstrap icons across several pages on the site, including in the footer.

The script for the “Toggle dark mode” light switch is largely adapted from the Bootstrap documentation and han109k’s open-source code “Light Switch for Bootstrap 5”.

The lightbox gallery that appears when tapping on visual work including art and photos is Photoswipe, an open-source Javascript library.

The video player uses Video.js, an open-source Javascript library for working with videos in HTML5 that comes recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).

Hugo and Video.js are both available under an Apache 2.0 License. The Bootstrap light switch code is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All other open-source technologies listed above are available under an MIT License.

Our logo was created by Cavar using Canva. We use Anonymous Pro and Atkinson Hyperlegible as the main fonts on our website; both fonts are available under the Open Font License.

manywor(l)ds is hosted on Netlify with Porkbun domain name management, using Github.

We do not use any form of analytics to track site visits. When building with Hugo, we explicitly do not use and disable external services including Disqus, Google Analytics, Instagram, and Twitter. We set the remaining services — Vimeo and Youtube — to enable Do Not Track, as there is a possibility with multimedia submissions that it may rely on those services. The version of Video.js we use does not come with a Google Analytics tracking pixel.