Unlikely 2.0 is a webzine that went live June 14, 2004. New issues are published approximately 22 times a year.
11 past issues have been dedicated primarily to poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and essays, and 11 were dedicated primarily to visual art, films, and music. The webzine features the ongoing column, A Sardine on Vacation by Robert Castle ( which is also available in book form from Spuyten Duyvil) and a regular column of reviews of classic films by Dan Schneider. Unlikely 2.0 also publishes occasional reviews and interviews from other authors, as well as chapbooks in Adobe PDF format.
The roots of Unlikely 2.0 lie in the now-defunct Unlikely Stories, a literary online magazine that ran from 1998 to 2004.
Unlike Unlikely Stories, Unlikely 2.0 is defined by a mission, rather than an aesthetic. It includes an extensive combination Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines, which includes the statements:
"Western society is broken, and all aspects, including art, of Western society reflect this fact. We hope to be able to help repair this brokenness by loudly and frankly discussing the nature of the breakage."
"ALL humans are the captains of their fate and masters of their soul (to borrow a wording from Invictus by William Ernest Henley). To interfere with another's right to their fate and soul is the quintessence of criminal behavior."
Jonathan Penton is Editor-in-Chief, K. R. Copeland is Art Director, and Mary Jo Malo and Gabriel Ricard are staff writers. Former staff includes Leslie Council as Art Director, Kirpal Gordon as Music Director and staff writer, and Danielle Grilli as Multimedia Director.
Notable contributors to Unlikely 2.0 have included Shane Allison, Joe Bageant, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, Steve Dalachinsky, Michael C. Ford, Vernon Frazer, Chellis Glendinning, Aryan Kaganof, Marie Kazalia, Lyn Lifshin, Peter Magliocco, MC Frontalot, B. Z. Niditch, Charles P. Ries, Michael Rothenberg, David Rovics, John Sweet, Sam Vaknin, Lawrence Welsh, and Lisa Zaran.