Air in the Paragraph Line

Air in the Paragraph Line (AITPL for the lazy) is a print literary journal produced by Paragraph Line Books that publishes fiction and non-fiction with an emphasis on outsider, absurdist, and experimental writing. Great emphasis is placed on not publishing “the usual”, and we try hard to find content that’s readable.

The motivation behind Air in the Paragraph Line has always been to publish excellent writing from overlooked but up-and coming writers. The goal is to have an excellent book filled with nothing but good writing – no academic bullshit, no horrible record reviews, and none of the mindless punk rock things “required” by zines. I wanted a collection I’d personally buy and read from cover to cover, and that’s still the goal.

AITPL is  published once or twice a year by Paragraph Line Books, and it’s printed/fulfilled by Lightning Source, a subsidiary of Ingram. As of #13, it’s also available on the Kindle. It’s typically about 200-some pages with a dozen or so writers contributing maybe 20 stories. It has a barcode and ISBN, and distribution on major online booksellers (Amazon, B&N, etc).

AITPL and Paragraph Line Books are privately funded and are not associated with any university, writing program, or major publisher. That means we’re always broke, but it also means there’s no corporate or academic agenda, and we can use the f-word as much as we want.

For more information, read more at the about us page.

How to Buy or Download

Issues 11-13 are available on, and you can download every issue except the most recent one for free.  Visit the pages below for more information: