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Discovering a poet worthy of publication, printing a chapbook, giving the poet half the copies for free and helping sell the rest.
Discovering a poet worthy of publication, printing a chapbook, giving the poet half the copies for free and helping sell the rest.
9 backers pledged $150 to help bring this project to life.

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NOTE: Every additional $150 we make on this project beyond our target enables us to print an entirely new run of books.  We can still use your help!

Plenty of talented poets out there don't have the hundreds of dollars it can take to have their own chapbooks printed or the $10-$15 a pop to blow on chapbook contests which they may or may not win.  And these poets deserve more legitimate endorsement of their genius than "print on demand" gives these days.

We will be printing and helping distribute a chapbook for a deserving poet with your help.

Drafty Attic Press wants to format, print, and distribute an original poetry chapbook at no cost to the author.  From April 1 - June 30, we'll be accepting manuscripts of 24-36 pages from authors across the world, publicized by Duotrope's Digest, Newpages, and our home journal, High Coup Journal, amongst others.  We'll be scouring the planet for the best possible poems to publish-- we need your help in enabling the printing and distribution itself.

The poet will receive half of our original print run of 50 chapbooks to place in local bookstores, and we will retain the other half to distribute via low-cost online orders, freeing the poet to concentrate on scheduling readings at the local bookstores, coffee shops, and libraries we'll try to help identify.  (Marketing is sort of a new thing for us, but your donations help give us some experience on that end of things as well.)

There will be no donation required to participate in the chapbook contest, and no donation has any influence on our choice.  The final judgement will be made by Darla Crist, instructor at Ivy Tech Community College and author of 2010's wonderful book of haiku The God of Small Losses.  Somebody other than us.  Keeps us honest, you know.

In short, your donation will not only help a poet get published but also help a fledgling press onto its feet.  We can't do it without you!

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    Listed as a "great person" in the published chapbook and on the High Coup Journal website.

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    Listed as an "awesome person" in the published chapbook and on the High Coup Journal website. Also, you'll receive a copy of the chapbook itself.

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    Listed as a "great honored benefactor" in the published chapbook and on the High Coup Journal website. You'll not only get a copy of the chapbook but also get an individualized haiku of thanks from the publisher on the inside cover.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    For every donation we receive at the $150 level, we will be able to publish an entire new small run of books either in honor of the donor or in memorial of anyone of their choice, with a note from the patron included in the book. (To an extent. No "Josef R. Mengele Memorial Publication." We mean it.)

    You can also decide what overall type of poetry you're wanting to see in the collection (free verse, sonnets... all sestinas, though that might be a tough order).

    We'll also be sending you copies of the original Kickstarter book as well as your sponsored book.

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