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Annual perfectbound print journals that showcase the best of the indie press in fiction, nonfiction, historical works, and poetry.
Annual perfectbound print journals that showcase the best of the indie press in fiction, nonfiction, historical works, and poetry.
121 backers pledged $4,160 to help bring this project to life.

Now, mateys, onward to the STRETCH GOAL!


Thanks to some awesome donors, we've made our goal in just 10 days, and our project will be funded on May 24th!

That gives us still 20 days to go.

So what happens next?

We've set a stretch goal of $3,000.

If we can get to $3,000, that money will cover the next issue of Poiesis (AFTER this one!), plus two full months of Go Read Your Lunch.  That means we can afford to compile Poiesis Issue #7, due May 2014, and send out contributor copies, mail review copies to review outlets, and focus on marketing materials for that issue.  In addition, there will be enough left over from the stretch goal to pay authors for their awesome stories published on Go Read Your Lunch for two full months without sponsor help.  This will give us cushioning and free us up to focus on getting great stories for the journal rather than hustling to gather up sponsors, and it will help us fulfill our ultimate goal of insuring authors get paid for their talents and craft.

What's in it for you?

We're glad you asked.  If we can get to $3,000, then every backer, regardless of amount pledged or reward selected, will automatically receive PDFs (regular PDF, plus Kindle-friendly formatted PDF) of the completed Poiesis Issue #7 (the issue AFTER the one we're currently working on!) eBook, before it even hits the streets in May 2014.

You will also receive an exclusive, only-for-Kickstarter-backers, PDF eBook of 100 (YES, 100!) poems and prose pieces compiled by yours truly, featuring the best work from Alternating Current's twenty years in publishing, including our Pushcart Prize nominees, and winners and runners-up of The Luminaire Award and The Charter Oak Award.  Literally, one of the best collections in the small press.  All for our backers and not available anywhere for sale!

Oh, AND! for every $100 we make after our initial goal, our Exclusive Backers Club will receive a one-of-a-kind, highly secret, insider, awesomely awesome gift.  What is it?  Well, you'll just have to join us to find out!

So now, let's get the word out about our stretch goals!

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Email it.  Blog it.  Tweet it (tag us @leahangstman).  Share it on Facebook.  Pin it.  Tumbl it.  Reddit it.  Get the word out.  We can't do it without you.  We need you.  We exist for you.  We're made up of you.  We are you.  Every person we reach counts, and every dollar makes a difference.

The more we raise, the more small press butt we can kick.  Let's kick it!

Love to you all,
Leah Angstman


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    1. Leah Angstman Creator on May 4, 2013

      Why else should you donate? We have taken the Kicking It Forward pledge that 5% of our final profits will go back into funding other people's Kickstarter projects. We've made the pledge, and we'll stand by the pledge. With your dollars, we can help even more great artists and projects succeed! Check out more at