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Five young emerging Canadian authors are hoping to raise funds to tour North America promoting Canadian literary arts through readings.
Five young emerging Canadian authors are hoping to raise funds to tour North America promoting Canadian literary arts through readings.
77 backers pledged CA$ 3,910 to help bring this project to life.

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Worst Case Ontario is a reading tour that will take five young Canadian writers to various cities across North America. We all come from low income backgrounds and work minimum wage jobs but are award winning authors with university educations (except JC Bouchard who dedicated himself to the school of hard knocks). For this reason it has been difficult for us to save enough to ensure that we can rent a car, have a place to stay, pay for gas and eat for the duration of the tour. It is important to note that there has been a high demand for us to perform our work in various areas however there is simply no funding available through the Canadian Government for writers like us. We simply want an opportunity to share, network, and reach out to writing communities outside of our own. Issues of financial inequity do not speak to the relevance or substance of our work. We simply want the opportunity to meet the requests of our fans, continue to build careers for ourselves, and have the same means for accomplishing these goals as any other artist of a similar caliber. For complete biographies of our authors (Julie Mannell, dalton derkson, JC Bouchard, Jessica Bebenek, and JM Francheteau), links to our work, and a list of the places we will be visiting on the tour, please visit our website: http://worstcaseontario-tour.tumblr.com 

Even though our minimum goal is $1000 CAD, we have an actual hope to raise closer to $3000 CAD to feel safe should something unexpected happen while travelling (car breaks down, etc.)

We hope you will take the time to look at our special and sometimes silly incentives. Your donation matters so much to us. Thank you very much for the consideration

Risks and challenges

We are completely confident we will be able to meet the goals of this project provided we have the proper funding. The only thing that could possibly be a challenge are unknowable problems that may arise with either the car or the health of one of our writers. It is for this reason we are hoping to raise over the minimum goal of $1000.

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    We will give you JC Bouchard's personal email and you can send him a hate letter.

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    A signed copy of "Kettle Song", latest chapbook from poet Jessica Bebenek, published by Grow & Grow Press

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    The "Worst Case Ontario" poetry chapbook with work by Julie Mannell, Jessica Bebenek, JC Bouchard, dalton derkson, and JM Francheteau will be mailed to you.

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    A personalized and signed edition of Ashley Opheim's debut poetry collection "I Am Here"

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    A personalized signed copy of the interactive poetic walking guide to Montreal, "This is You Here Now" by Julie Mannell. Published by Shape & Nature Press

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    The "Worst Case Ontario" poetry chapbook, signed by all of the authors, will be mailed to you. It contains work from Julie Mannell, Jessica Bebenek, JC Bouchard, dalton derkson, and JM Francheteau.

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    A personalized signed copy of "New Tab" by Guillaume Morissette, winner of The Amazon Book Award's First Book Prize.

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    A personalized signed copy of "Douce Détresse" by award winning author Anna Leventhal (translation by Daniel Grenier)

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    You will receive ten books published by Metatron.

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    We will distribute your chapbook in the cities we tour.

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    dalton derkson will immortalize the Worst Case Ontario tour with a logo tattoo. Your money will fund the tour, not the tattoo.

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    Julie Mannell, Founder and President of the McGill Creative Writing Society, will edit either a short story (4000 words, max), an excerpt from a novel (4000 words, max), an essay (4000 words max), or a collection of up to 5 poems.

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    One on one workshop with Julie Mannell, founder and President of The McGill Creative Writing Society, for approximately an hour to two hours. Will be conducted either in person or over skype.

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    Jessica Bebenek of Grow & Grow Press will print an edition of 50 chapbooks of your work, poetry or prose. Includes personalized editing, layout, printing, and binding.

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    Julie Mannell will use your name in one of her original short stories.

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    JM Francheteau will get your name or a name of your choosing (provided it isn't hateful like Hitler or Bill Cosby) tattooed on his bum. He will keep the tattoo a minimum of 3 years. (JM reserves the right to refuse names, please don't try "Paul Bernardo")

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    Julie Mannell will get your name or a name of your choosing tattooed on her bum. She will keep the tattoo a minimum of 3 years. (Julie Mannell reserves the right to refuse names connected to violence/hate like Ted Bundy)

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