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kBlJ is a new journal of art and literature. We will publish quarterly issues featuring strange and beautiful creations.
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 Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal is a new art and literature journal based in the Catskills. We want to showcase writing and artwork that is strange and beautiful. We want to capture and share the mythic rustic flavor of the Kaaterskill Basin. We will feature underrepresented and new voices in art and literature along with established artists.

We will release electronic issues quarterly and hopefully, if we can fund it, an annual print anthology of the best of what we've printed in the preceding year.

Why do we need a kickstart?

We're volunteer writers and artists. We have no budget because we're not affiliated with a University, press, or corporation like many other art and literary journals are. We have basic costs to cover- web hosting, submission software at the most basic level.

We want to do more. We want to pay our cover artists and contributors. We believe artists and writers should be compensated for their work. Paying cover artists and contributors will be a priority if we meet budget goals.

Our first (double!) issue will feature the work of Georgia Knapp, Len Kuntz, G.M. Monks, Juanita Rey, Nels Hanson, Sukarma Rani Theraja, Lis-Anna Langston and many others.

Cover art by Jesse Duquette
Cover art by Jesse Duquette

Here are some examples and excerpts of the fantastic work that will appear in our Inaugural issue:

Fine Art:

The Wall People by Christopher Woods
The Wall People by Christopher Woods

 Short Fiction:

Photography:

Photograph by Julie Ormonde
Photograph by Julie Ormonde

Poetry:

Other goals

We'd also like to release print copies. Our bare minimum goal for that is one print anthology per year.

Here's a frank breakdown: If we meet our initial $500 goal, we will be able to launch our first issue and cover the web and software expenses for our first year.

From there, we'll work hard to raise money by delivering a beautiful product showcasing the best art and literature from emerging and established artists.

If we exceed our original $500 goal by a wide enough margin, we'll be able to:

* pay our cover artists (+150$)
* pay our contributors (+2,000$)
* present our issues in print format (+6,000)

But right now our goal is just to get up and running.

Please consider helping us get off the ground.

Thank you.

Risks and challenges

The biggest setback we could face after meeting our initial goal would be failing to reach enough consumers to get to our second year. But we feel confident that if we can get through that first, most critical startup period, we will be able to stay afloat and deliver something really impressive, both in the short and long term.

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    * an original haiku celebrating the wonder that is you.

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    * an electronic copy of the Winter 2016 issue
    * an acknowledgment in the publication
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    For $50 USD, you will receive:

    * a full year subscription (4 issues plus an anthology)
    * an acknowledgement in the publication in the form of an original haiku
    * an original sestina celebrating the wonder that is you.

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    For $100 USD, you will receive:

    * a full year electronic subscription (4 issues plus an anthology)
    * an acknowledgment in the publication in the form of a haiku
    * A Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal t-shirt

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    For $250 USD, you will receive:

    * a lifetime electronic subscription
    * a complimentary print copy of the anthology, should we raise enough money to fund a print version
    * an acknowledgment in the publication in the form of a haiku
    * A Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal t-shirt
    * A hand crafted Christmas ornament made with a pinecone from Kaaterskill Falls Park

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    For $500 USD you will receive everything listed in the $250 category plus:

    * one original haiku for every day of the year, 1/1/2016 to 12/31/16, to be delivered in your choice of daily, weekly, or monthly electronic installments.
    * a watercolor painting painted with water from Kaaterskill Falls
    * A handmade Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal iPad or Kindle cover

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Funding period

- (30 days)