Inspired by the preservation attempts of the ancient Library of Alexandria, and with the enthusiasm of adamant readers and writers, Junto Magazine was founded by lifelong friends whose passions to help etch the beauties of art and literature into the sands of time was met with a modern-day renaissance.
With the understanding of our forefathers - practice makes perfect - and the artisan camaraderie of Benjamin Franklin’s original junto, it is our desire to help resurrect the idealistic community of collaboration and constructive criticism in achieving a new, undeniable depth of understanding and appreciation for the arts.
In the original junto, when a member brought up a concept, it was discussed at length, examining its moral and philosophical merit, while always striving for the betterment of their community.
Today, we maintain the same affinity for improvement; our editors and evaluators offer a new perspective and insight to pieces, helping to hone the skills of all our contributors.
As a testament to our mission, all contributors will receive feedback specific to their piece. Whether accepted or rejected, the creator will always receive an individualized document with a detailed explanation which elaborates on the decided status.
Junto Magazine is a quarterly publication that publishes thoroughly vetted, edited work. With stalwart dedication to the continual improvement of the artistic community, we aim to be the modern-day visage of a concept long-forgotten and once perfected - a true junto.
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Once our Kickstarter ends, there will be a bunch of changes. You’ve already seen some of them with our new exploded-view of issues. Each piece we publish has its own URL for sharing, and every author has their own contributor page listing their Junto bibliography. Additionally, all issues from our first two volumes are now available for digital download as PDFs. Starting with Volume 3, viewers will need a subscription to access the compiled digital issues.
Tier 1 Subscription
Kickstarter Price: $10; Post-Kickstarter: $15
Our most basic subscription, for less than a dollar a month (less than a cup of coffee), you gain access to commenting on pieces via our website. We believe in the value of constructive criticism and positive reinforcement, and allowing for dialogue opens the discussion on pieces. Our entire readership base becomes a feedback provider for our content producers in a way that it couldn’t before.
Additionally, you gain access to additional content by being a first level subscriber. We have been running two articles per issue, but now we will be able to provide more. Audio recordings of the interviews that formed the basis of what was published, creator interviews, additional technique articles, and more analysis pieces. You got a taste of this for Volume 2, Issue 4, and now we want to do more (and we have some really great ideas for the future!).
Tier 2 Subscription
Kickstarter Price: $35; Post-Kickstarter: $40
In addition to everything from Tier 1, for only $25 more Tier 2 is a great bargain! You will gain access to the digital compilation, available as a PDF but also as an EPUB and MOBI file. These files are downloadable, allowing you to take them with you on the go through your eReader. You will be able to access them and read your favorite pieces, even without an internet connection.
Additionally, as a Tier 2 subscriber you will gain access to a 15% discount at our web store. While we currently only have our previous issues, we are working towards developing new products to help you show your support on the go as well ass resources for creators.
Tier 3 Subscription
Kickstarter Price: $70; Post-Kickstarter: $85
It is a bit of a jump between Tier 2 and Tier 3 for sure, but we think the $35 more a year for that first year is well worth it! In addition to all of the previous Tiers’ rewards you gain: a print subscription, participation opportunities for interviews, and a random previous issue for people who sign up during our Kickstarter.
For $14 an issue (shipping included!) you gain access to four issues and our special poetry issue in print, PDF, and EPUB/MOBI format. This is a great deal! In addition, as we arrange for interviews you will be notified and an open area for you to post your own questions will be created. The interviewer will go through those questions and use the best ones in part of their interview. In time, we hope to open these interviews into a webinar format and allow our Tier 3 subscribers to actively participate, but I’m getting ahead of ourselves.
In addition to our reward levels, we are offering several different add-on items. This list will continue to grow throughout the campaign and all prices are at a Kickstarter-only discount. If you would like to add one or more of these items to your pledge, just add the appropriate pledge increase under "Manage my pledge." At the end of the campaign we will send a survey asking you to elect what you would like to add on to your reward. Shipping costs will be determined at the end of the campaign.
Are you interested in a digital subscription or a print subscription but aren't interested in the other aspects of the tiers? For $30 you can get only a print subscription and we'll send you a copy of each issue we produce. For $20 you'll gain access to the same digitally, or you can bundle the two together for $40.
We've also added bumper stickers to our add-on list, in addition to the vinyl stickers. These stickers are made using UV-cured ink and are scratch proof and fade proof. We're offering our logo, and a few other designs that we're still finalizing. Bumper stickers are water-proof and will stick to any smooth, hard surface.
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In 2013, the groundwork that would turn into Junto Magazine was discussed among colleagues. The concept: a literary magazine that focused on the works of budding writers. One that was dedicated to helping them get better and learn their craft.
But why stop there? Junto Magazine’s founding members knew writers, but that wasn’t the only form of creativity. Junto quickly expanded to include art in visual forms, and editors were brought on to begin work. In February 2015, two years later, the company was officially founded. Submissions opened up four months later.
Now, five years after the first conversations, Junto Magazine is moving strongly into its third year of successful operation. To date, we’ve generated seven official issues, including a special issue for National Poetry Month. Junto has published over 100 pieces from almost as many contributors, submitted from around the globe. As we move into our third year of operation, we are beginning to focus our efforts on building the community as much as producing quality content.
Our Team of Professionals
Every piece submitted is reviewed by a passionate member of our team, dedicated to helping submitters fine-tune their creations. Many of our editors have degrees in their respective fields, and/or are working toward master’s degrees in publishing.
Risks and challenges
Junto Magazine will face many challenges in the future ahead, but they are all challenges we have faced before. While there is always the risk that we will not have enough content, we have yet to experience a shortage of pieces in our pipeline waiting for review.
Additionally, there is the risk that we will not have the staff to continue reviewing all of our submissions in a timely fashion. To stymie this challenge, we have and will continue to solicit editors from our previously published contributors pool. After all, it is important that our editors are dedicated to our vision and love what they do.
We look back on our original business plan and can barely recognize it; even now, we adapt our plan based on feedback from prior contributors, and are in the process of planning for the the future.
Finally, there is the very real possibility that we will run out of money. After the Kickstarter ends, we are transitioning to a subscription model, which offers robust options, and all of which are discounted for the duration of our current campaign.
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