Why Patreon?

In the beginning, there were subscriptions, and the subscriptions were good. Then came Amazon Newsstand, and the subscriptions were great. Last year, Amazon decided to shutter its newsstand, leaving small publications like ours in a bind.

And now Small Press Distribution is dead.

Patreon is a chance to keep our journals running. It offers reliable income that helps us plan for increased costs, such as printing and postage. But its not just about paying the bills. Twenty-five years ago, TFL was one of the first literary journals to pay writers. Sure, it was symbolic (five dollars a story), but we promised ourselves we would pay more as we grew. Over the years, we were fortunate to be able to raise our payments; however, weve been stuck on semi-pro rates for far too long. By building back our subscriber base, we can start paying more for your words.

So, we turned to Patreon and combined our journals, offering something for everyone:

Sky ($2/month) - Intro to Lit:

  • Monthly access to archived TFL on Tape episodes
  • Access to extended letters from the editor
  • Previews of upcoming press publications and calls for submissions

Cyan ($3/month) - Electric Lit:

  • Everything in Sky
  • Electronic issues of The First Line, The Last Line, Workers Write!, and Overtime
Azure ($8/month) - Print Lit:
  • Everything in Sky and Cyan
  • Print issues of The First Line, The Last Line, Workers Write!, and Overtime

Royal ($12/month) -

  • Everything in the previous tiers
  • All Blue Cubicle Press publications (including books, zines, buttons, and stickers). And after six months, a Publish or Perish TFL shirt.

For several years, uncertainty surrounding our industry has made it difficult to press on, but were too stubborn to stop trying. Subscribers keep small publications like ours afloat. With the support of readers like you, we can continue to publish new and established writers to encourage artists trapped in the daily grind.

Come join the fun.

 

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