The Scorpion and Felix Prize



A new book prize for emerging artists!


A new artist book prize for emerging artists!
Deadline for submission February 1, 2017

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to announce a call for submissions for The Scorpion and Felix Prize, a new book prize for emerging artists. One artist will be selected by a jury to receive an honorarium of $500 and to have their book published by PSV.

Submissions are open to all emerging artists who have demonstrated an interest in publication as an artistic practice through their work. Preference will be given to artists who are willing to experiment with the book as a medium while keeping the conceptual and practical frameworks of PSV in mind.

PSV will support the recipient to realize their book project by assisting with the logistical considerations for production. In addition to the production of the book, PSV is committed to offering organizational support for the project beyond the publication date. This will include a press announcement, a launch event, and inclusion in the Publication Studio distribution network.

Support from Publication Studio Vancouver

  • Cash prize of $500
  • Printing and design costs of production paid
  • 25 copies of the book for the artist
  • A launch event at PSV
  • Press announcement of publication via Publication Studio’s social media
  • Inclusion in Publication Studio’s distribution network

How to Apply

Applications should be formatted as a single pdf containing all writing, accompanied by image files. Please do not imbed images into the pdf (see below).

Please include the following information:

  1. Contact Information
    Please include a page with your full name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and link to your website.
  2. Description of Project (maximum 500 words)
    Please describe the book you wish to make. Proposals need not be in fully realized form but should be coherent enough to demonstrate that the artist has thought through the book project carefully. Please reference any art historical influences and discuss any works that relate to your idea.
  3. Curriculum Vitae, 3 pages maximum
  4. Support Materials
    Please include 10 images. They may either be packaged in a zip folder file labeled with YOUR NAME or else as a Dropbox link included in the body of the pdf

    • size 1440 x 900 pixels maximum in jpg format, 72 dpi
    • use the following naming convention LASTNAME01.jpg, LASTNAME02.jpg …
    • Include an annotated list that describes the images with the following information: title, date, medium, dimensions and brief description if necessary

All items should be sent as a zip file attachment or Dropbox link in a single email to Publication Studio Vancouver, with the subject line BOOK AWARD (YOUR NAME). Emails should not exceed 10 MB. E-mail:

Applicants may also submit examples of books via the post that can only be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage. This is not required.

Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of submissions, we will not be able to acknowledge the receipt of applications, and will only be able to notify the selected applicant.


All book proposals must be sent by February 1, 2017. Any applications sent after this date will not be considered.

The selected applicant will be notified by March 1, 2017 with the expectation that work will commence in the spring 2017. The book will be published over the course of six months with an expected launch in the fall of 2017.

About Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver publishes books on demand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. PSV is part of a part of an international network of Publication Studios in other cities including Portland (Or), Berkeley, Hudson (NY), Minneapolis, London (UK), Rotterdam, Malmö, Edmonton, and Guelph. Publication Studio is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public.

The Scorpion and Felix Prize is named after an unpublished comic novel written by Karl Marx in 1837 when he was 19 years old. Publication Studio Vancouver is happy to be partnering with artist Dan Starling on The Scorpion and Felix Prize.




Reading & Book Launch: Nascar, Stories by Steffanie Ling

Nascar, Stories by Steffanie Ling


Edited by Jacquelyn Ross
Published by Blank Cheque Press/Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver
8 East Pender Street
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
@ 7pm

With readings by Steffanie Ling & Alex Bovril

“Somehow, the idea of watching him, a sexy sports car, only emphasized the straightforwardness of mastery. A matter of hitting notes, a grasp of physique.”

In sixteen short stories punctuated by smoke breaks, writer and critic Steffanie Ling ponders questions of art and subsistence while relating her comically mundane misadventures alongside a band of struggling twenty-something painters, editors and merchandisers. Touching on topics like taste, mastery, straight white males and sparkling water—and in conversations in galleries and artist’s studios, on busses and park benches—these are concise, poignant stories that show a general disregard for one’s health. Against the languor of art, sarcasm and late capitalism, the gesture of the shared smoke may just be a small, but hopeful, offering of community.

Steffanie Ling said she would quit smoking after this book was published. Her essays, poems and criticism about contemporary art, photography, cinema, literature, professional wrestling, and smoking have appeared in print and online in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has published one book of minimal poems, Cuts of Thin Meat (Spare Room, 2015). This is her first book of prose.

Alex Bovril never knows whether to start these artist bios with his birthplace (the UK), the city he calls “home” (Vancouver), or the university he currently attends (Creative Writing MFA candidate at NYU). He’d rather just say how fondly he remembers his time at the project space Avenue; how thankful he is to get the opportunity to collaborate with Tom Richardson and Jordan Milner, and exhibit work at Skylight Gallery and spare room; and how good it felt last year to publish his first collection of prose, Fragments of Bismuth, edited by Steffanie Ling and co-published by Somewhat Urgent/Publication Studio Vancouver.

Blank Cheque is a small press based in Vancouver and Toronto publishing eclectic books and print works by emerging artists and writers. Conceived while daydreaming in an overpriced shoe store, the series is edited by Jacquelyn Ross and produced in living rooms, studios and copy shops.

Goodbye to 222 East Pender

Goodbye 222Just a quick note: we’re moving out of our storefront at 222 East Pender Street. Thanks to our neighbours in the studio, our next-door neighbours at Access Gallery, 221A for setting up this great facility in the first place, and to the Yee Fung Toy Society for watching over the building. We’ll miss you all, even though we won’t be far away.

Our new premises are being set up now. We’ll be sharing space with Selectors Records at 8 East Pender, where we will continue to publish and bind books, but with a different soundtrack. Watch this space for the announcement of our opening.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report/TRC Reading Challenge


UPDATED: we’re pleased to announce that both Publication Studio Guelph and Publication Studio Edmonton are turning out copies in their cities!

Inspired by the TRC Reading Challenge, we are printing and binding copies of Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, the 388-page summary of the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We’re making these available at PS Vancouver on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a suggested price of $10. You can also order them from us online, at $10 plus shipping.

If you get a chance, let people know you are reading the report by posting on social media with the tag #trcreadingchallenge .

Tiziana La Melia: Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect launches Tuesday March 22

Selected Writings: 2005-2015

Edited by Steffanie Ling
Published by Publication Studio Vancouver

Publication Studio Vancouver
222 East Georgia
Tuesday, March 22

Readings by Jo Cook, Kara Hansen and Tiziana La Melia.

Please join us at Publication Studio Vancouver for the launch of Oral like Cloaks, Dialect a selection of writing by poet and artist Tiziana La Melia. This collection of her texts includes poetry, scripts, reproductions of short-run publications, and writing for exhibitions and artists, as well as an array of collaborative writing conducted over the past decade. In referencing Hollywood cinema, literature, costume history, insect anatomy, La Melia’s texts exercise dialects, changing outfits and modes of inquiry. In the way clothing inflects language in the pursuit of style or a role, ways of elaborating oral and text based codes is as much a way to inhabit identities as a form of inquiry. The texts in Oral Like Cloaks, Dialect articulate the texture of speaking, reading and writing as vibrations, feelings and pulses translated into English.

Image above: from the series Summer Diagrams (2014 – ) by Katie Lyle

Young Adult #1 launch Saturday, February 27

Join us to celebrate the launch of
Young Adult
Issue 1: Friends Are Not The Same As Fans

With fine wine and readings by

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////////////// Jacquelyn Ross \\\\\\\\\\\\\\

Young Adult is a literary journal promoting new writing by emerging and established voices. Published two or three times a year in a very small run, each issue includes a few short stories or otherwise prosey texts and a special edition artist poster*. Edited by Jacquelyn Ross. Printed and bound at Publication Studio Vancouver.

Copies of the journal will be available for $15. Cash bar.
*Issue 1 poster by SF poet Kevin Killian !

We’re closed for a few weeks, but we’ll be back

psv-constructionPublication Studio Vancouver’s storefront at 222 East Georgia is closed temporarily, while our building undergoes some necessary renovations. It looks like construction will be completed some time during November — we’ll give you an update when we know the exact date.

In the meantime, our books are still available for order online — it may just take a few extra days to ship them to you.

This week: Places of a Present Past and Bartleby

Places of a Present Past - coverWe’re hosting two book launches this week, in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Book Fair’s Artists’ Books Week. On Tuesday the 13th at 7pm, join us for the Canadian launch of Places of a Present Past, published by our friends at Publication Studio Hudson, and by the Meadows School of Art at Southern Methodist University. Curator/editor Noah Simblist will be in town to introduce this book, a beautifully-produced volume including work by Jin-me Yoon, who will be in attendance.

On Saturday the 17th at 7pm, we’ll be presenting the launch of a second Bartleby Reader. The first Reader anthologized Bartleby Review’s first 20 issues; the new one covers issues 21-40.

We’ll also be at the Vancouver Art Book Fair on Saturday and Sunday during the day. Watch for additional announcements of the titles we’ll be showing there.

Book Launch for 2nd BARTLEBY REVIEW anthology, Saturday October 17th

second bartleby readerReadings and Book Launch for BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40
Saturday, October 17th, 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 E Georgia St

Publication Studio Vancouver presents the launch of BARTLEBY REVIEW: 21–40, a compilation of the last twenty issues of Vancouver’s free and occasional leaflet of criticism and other writing. Featuring an introduction by Peter Gazendam and a new design by Jaz Halloran. Please join us at the launch for readings by past contributors, Kara Hansen and Ingrid Olauson.

BARTLEBY publishes writing that might otherwise be lost to the pruned paradigm. Melville’s scrivener usually comes to mind too, but we practice his mantra—”I would prefer not to”—only notionally, although BARTLEBY does exercise a willful refrain from certain expectations of art criticism and publishing which may hinder the publication of, or distract from, writing simply as autonomous works of inquiry. These aspects are further touched upon in the first anthology, BARTLEBY REVIEW: 1–20 (Publication Studio Vancouver, 2014)

This event is presented by BARTLEBY REVIEW and Publication Studio Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair’s open-source event series Artists’ Books Week. Recent issues of BARTLEBY REVIEW are hosted in The Garden: A Moniker Press and Brandon Cotter reading room installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the VA/BF.

Places of a Present Past — book launch Tuesday, October 13

Places of a Present Past - coverTuesday, October 13 2015, 7pm
Publication Studio Vancouver, 222 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
This event is presented by Publication Studio Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Art/Book Fair’s open-source event series Artists’ Books Week.

Publication Studio Vancouver is pleased to host the Canadian launch of Places of a Present Past, published by Publication Studio Hudson and Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts. Join us on Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm for presentations and a discussion by editor/curator Noah Simblist and artist Jin-me Yoon. Copies of this book, with attractive letterpress cover and several colour reproductions inside, are available for purchase at the event, or online through (US$22/C$29).

Places of a Present Past brings together three exhibitions, all showcasing the work of international video artists, that were presented at the Meadows School’s Pollock Gallery in 2014 and curated by Noah Simblist and the Pollock Gallery’s 2014 curatorial fellow, Sally Frater. These exhibitions shared a common theme: addressing the traces of trauma on particular sites and paying close attention to the lasting impacts of war. The exhibitions explored in the publication include Jin-me Yoon’s Extended Temporalities, which invoked the colonial relationship between Japan and Korea in the first half of the 20th century; the group show Where Are You From?, which included artworks by Aissa Deebi, Kamal Aljafari and Dor Guez recounting the story of the Israeli occupation of Palestine; and the Sarah Morris film 1972, alluding to the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, during which 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group – a film that pointed to the legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and beyond.

The artworks in the book are bound together by a historiographical impulse,” said Simblist. “In some sense, these artists act as historians. However, they are less interested in the truth than the way we feel through the legacies of past traumas. They reveal the oblique ways that we repress historical trauma, burying it in the very sites of their origin. Places of a Present Past is filled with an archaeological ethic, metaphorically digging down, both spatially and psychologically, into the depths of transnational grief.”

A European launch event for this book will take place on October 25 at Publication Studio Rotterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam (details TBA).