We're a cultural magazine seeking to foster conversations through the fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism of the young and curious.
The Bad Version is a quarterly magazine that seeks to foster conversation about the world we live in through the fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism of the young and curious. Taking its name from the collaborative art of screenwriting, where a "bad version" describes the first attempt at a scene, that wild idea that gets the process going, the magazine is likewise dedicated to beginnings: to pieces that are taking risks, trying to broach new ideas, starting new conversations.
The Bad Version is a movement toward an accessible literary culture. We are dedicated to creating a magazine in which all are welcome to participate: to read, to think, to write. We’ll include many voices: articles from our writers, short responses from our editors, and essays written by you, our readers. Our pieces will be smart and sincere, and more focused on raising new questions than laying down definitive answers. Our aim is simple: we want as many people as possible to work together to construct better versions—to take part in the discussion, to push back against our articles, to refine our ideas, to develop their own.
Over the last few months, we've gone out in search of young writers and new voices. From coast to coast, they contributed the short stories, poems, and essays that you'll find in our first issue. We have articles on the collapse of American leisure time and on the summer's most polarizing film, The Tree of Life. You'll read a short story about growing up in Detroit and a poem about flying too high. You'll find yourself tracing out the code that exists behind our computer screens and navigating racial politics in the schools of the Southern Delta. The Bad Version knows no boundaries.
We need your help to get the conversation started. We’re raising money for one year—four issues—of The Bad Version. Your donation will help cover:
- Printing 500 copies of every issue — $6000 ($1500 for each issue)
- Fees to non-staff contributors — $2000 ($500 for each issue, distributed among an average of 10 writers)
- A UPC code (necessary for the magazine to be sold in bookstores)— $750
- Postage — $250
Any money we raise over our goal will go to our writers and to future issues and printings of The Bad Version.
How You Can Help
If you can donate, that's great! Only you can make The Bad Version a reality, and we really appreciate your support. All of you who donate here will see your names in our magazine and on our website.
But even if you can't, we want you to be a part of the process. Get in touch with us and let us know what you think of our ideas. You can also help spread the word to a wider circle of writers, readers, and supporters by emailing links to this Kickstarter page and our website to anyone who may be interested.
However you choose to help, we'll be grateful for it.
Who We Are
Our editorial staff is a young group, all in our early to mid-twenties. But despite our youth, we know how to navigate the publishing world: we met at our college’s literary magazine and newspaper, and since then, we’ve spent time at several well-known publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Lapham's Quarterly, and The New Yorker. With a core group in New York and others in Chicago, Atlanta, and D.C., we bring a wide perspective and diverse viewpoints to the project. We’re excited to start a magazine devoted to curiosity, authenticity, and dialogue in a culture where those things are all too rare.
Yes! While the submission period for our first issue is closed, we're now gathering submissions for our second issue. You can check out our submission guidelines at http://thebadversion.com/submissions.html and send your work to any of the following addresses that apply (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to reading your work.
We're looking to have our first issue printed by mid-October 2011.
You can find out more about our magazine at our website (http://www.thebadversion.com).
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