Monday 28 April 2014

A Small Cry for Help

If you've been following me for a while, you know that since December of 2011 I've been running a literary magazine called Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

You may remember my post, Behind the Scenes at a Literary Journal, where I broke down a lot of tasks and costs. Well ... it's getting so much bigger than this now. We are getting more than 4000 unique views a month and the compliments via email take my breath away. Which is pretty damn excellent for a magazine running only a little over two years.

But the bigger we get, the more we start to scrape the bottom of the money barrel. Especially since we are now publishing single-author vignette collections through Vine Leaves Press and offering a 70% royalty on both paperback and eBook. We are big (HUGE!) supporters of writers, so anything less just feels like robbery. But this means we don't make money. Because any money that we receive goes straight back into the journal and paying contributors for their work.

Our piggy bank is running very low. I have tried to get grant support through the Australia Council for the Arts, but in order to be eligible, I would have to publish only Australian literature. I am not willing to do that. There is a world of amazing writers out there. I can NOT make that sacrifice for arts funding.

Can you help?

Please do us the honor of donating a few bucks to our mission: to give the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves

Just think of it as buying two coffees one morning, instead of one, for the greater good of the vignette!

If you think you can spare a few bucks, you can easily donate HERE.

Thank you so much!

Could you spare the cost of a coffee 2 keep a much loved #litmag on its feet? @VineLeavesLJ need help! Please donate:

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  1. Thank you so very much, Karen! <3

  2. Just tweeted! And will donate too. All about supporting the arts. Hope you get your funding. A world without poetry, would be shameful.

  3. I'm heading over to donate, too. Can Kickstarter be utilized for this or is that only for new projects?

  4. Thank you! I'm not too sure. Some people have suggested it to me, but I'm not a big fan of Kickstarter. It kind of feels like "cheating" to me. Ha! probably silly. I might look into it one day.


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