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The rebirth of a 15-year-old print poetry journal as a webzine dedicated to speculative poetry and weird fiction.
The rebirth of a 15-year-old print poetry journal as a webzine dedicated to speculative poetry and weird fiction.
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UPDATE 7/23: We've made our stretch goal, and still have many cool rewards to offer.

There’s 24 hours left before the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter comes to a close.

Once again, I must thank the amazing support of all of you who have backed this project and the support of this incredibly generous community. As of this writing we’re over $150 past our stretch goal to fund a print anthology gathering the contents of the entire first year of the new digital-age Mythic Delirium.

After some hard thinking, I’ve decided not to set any more stretch goals. Any goal I set would involve aspects of the project that can’t happen for two or three years yet, so it seems best to not bind the zine’s resources that way.

However, we still have a number of cool rewards left unclaimed. In particular there’s nine art prints from Paula Friedlander still to be had, and 16 more of Anita’s jewelry pins. Anita says that whatever pins don’t get claimed she will repurpose for other projects, so if you really do want one of these Mythic Delirium pins, you only have till Wednesday morning. Then they’ll be gone.

And of course, you’re more than welcome to just pledge for subscriptions to our ebook editions and learn firsthand what we’re up to, as this magazine is totally going to happen, and is guaranteed to keep going through at least mid-2016 — and hopefully subscriptions and donations that come in through the intervening years will keep it going even longer.

UPDATE 7/17: Stretch goals and add-on rewards

Hi, folks! Anita and I are back from ReaderCon in Boston and have recovered enough from a productive and exhausting trip to pick the Kickstarter ball back up again. I'm grateful to all of you folks who've backed us so far for your faith and your patience, and I'm amazed and delighted at how this Kickstarter continued to grow during the time we couldn't devote our full attention to it. We don't have long at all to go to reach our $3,250 stretch goal, but we do have only six days left to do it in.

As an added incentive, when this Kickstarter passes $3,000, I'll post an amusing video made during our room party Saturday night. It's PG, I promise.

While we were at ReaderCon, Anita finished making the special jewelry pins that we've offering at the $75 reward level. Here's a gander at them that I took with my iPhone in our hotel room. No two are alike, though all contain the "message tube" holding the cover of Mythic Delirium 0.1.

Consistently throughout this Kickstarter, I've been asked about add-on rewards. This possibility never came up for discussion during our previous campaign to raise the funds to publish the Clockwork Phoenix 4 anthology. Because of this, I didn't build them into the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter reward system from the start, and I also didn't know I could adjust the limited reward totals if those rewards were claimed as add-ons. Now I know I can do that.

So here is a simple add-on system that I think is fair to those who have already pledged and might want to add something more. First, to obtain an add-on you must pledge at the $25 reward level at minimum.

You may then increase your pledge by the following amounts to obtain these reward items:

  • $5 (outside U.S. $8): your choice of a print back issue of Mythic Delirium (36 left)
  • $5: E-book copy of my forthcoming Hungry Constellations poetry collection
  • $10 (Outside U.S. $15): subscription to the last two remaining print issues of Mythic Delirium
  • $20 (Outside U.S. $30): special edition signed "Triptych" art print by Paula Friedlander (9 left)
  • $25: poem critique by myself and Anita (8 left)
  • $25 (Outside U.S. $30): signed limited edition of The Immigrant by Cherie Priest (2 left)
  • $50 (Outside U.S. $60): Mythic Delirium jewelry pin by Anita (18 left)
  • $75: story critique by myself and Anita (2 left)

If you decide to take advantage of these offers, you must message me through Kickstarter or email me at mythicdelirium@gmail.com to tell me what you're pledging for so I can keep track of how many are left.

There is are also a special add-on that we have been offering through the backers-only updates -- but obviously, you have to become a backer to see what it is.

Again, folks, thank you so much for all the support you've given us. Not long now!

UPDATE 7/8: We've reached our funding goal!

Great news, folks! The Mythic Delirium Kickstarter has passed its funding goal. We’ll be able to keep publishing the new web and e-book version of the magazine at least through mid-2016. This community is an incredibly generous, giving group to be part of. Thank you all.

I do have some stretch goals. The first one is this: for $750 more — $3,250 total — we will publish a print anthology gathering the stories and poems in the first four issues of the new zine. Fortunately, perhaps, for those who’d like a break from my constant sales pitch, I’m not yet prepared to outline this second phase in full, as Anita and I have to prepare for travel. So for now I just want to point out that we have plenty of cool swag left that’s ripe for claiming, including:

  • Ten special color art prints from Paula Friedlander
  • Four copies left of the signed and numbered chapbook edition of The Immigrant by Cherie Priest
  • 18 unclaimed jewelry pins that Anita is in the process of making — and will likely finish at ReaderCon
  • Two story critiques from myself and Anita

I'll have more about new rewards and new reward structures as soon as I get the chance. In the meantime, anything you can do to spread the word about our project is much appreciated.

Folks, thank you so much!

UPDATE 7/8: Mythic Delirium jewelry pin preview

Thanks to amazing support from this community, this Kickstarter is less than $150 away from being fully funded. I can only keep repeating, thank you so much for your generosity.

If we do reach full funding early I have a couple of fairly simple stretch goals. An additional $750 will cover the cost of a print anthology collecting Mythic Delirium 0.1 through 0.4, and if we get that far, another $750 would cover an anthology of the next year’s issues, putting us at a total of $4,000. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to that.

Anita’s been working on a special set of Mythic Delirium pins that are being offered just for this Kickstarter (only one of the 20 has been claimed so far,) and I can finally give you a sense of what they will look like. They’re not finished yet, but if you catch us at ReaderCon this weekend, you’ll likely get to watch her putting them together.

P.S. New backers to the Kickstarter should check out backers-only Update #4 to learn about exclusive additional goodies we're offering.

UPDATE 7/1: New Reward + special backer bonus

As this Kickstarter chugs on past the halfway mark, I'm pleased to announce that we're adding a new limited reward. For our new $45 backer level, Paula Friedlander, a long time illustrator for MYTHIC DELIRIUM, is offering ten signed 8" x 10" Giclée fine art prints of her paper cutout artwork "Triptych," which began life as illustration for Dan Campbell's poem "Triptych: an Offering of Fruit" in MYTHIC DELIRIUM 26 (print issue, Winter/Spring 2012 -- you can read the poem, by the way, if you click here.) Paula afterward created a color version of the illustration that Anita and I loved so much that we asked her to modify it so that we could re-use it as the cover for MYTHIC DELIRIUM 0.2, coming in October.

Art by Paula Friedlander, copyright © 2012
Art by Paula Friedlander, copyright © 2012

I note that Paula also created the cover for one of our other rewards, the signed and numbered edition of THE IMMIGRANT by Cherie Priest.

Art by Paula Friedlander, copyright © 2013
Art by Paula Friedlander, copyright © 2013

Last but not least  -- as June 30, MYTHIC DELIRIUM 0.1, the first issue of this new electronic incarnation, is ready to be read. Though it feels like a bit of a gamble, as we're not fully funded yet, I've decided that it's not fair for the folks who've backed us so far to have to wait until July 24 to read it. In the UPDATES section of this page there are explanations that can only be read by backers explaining how to get copies of the e-book edition. Want to read them? Become a backer.

Thanks, all, for your support so far.

The Mythic Delirium Kickstarter

Here's the quick version: We're converting our 15-year-old DIY poetry zine, Mythic Delirium, from a print publication to a webzine that also publishes fiction. The first year is already funded. This Kickstarter works like a subscription drive, giving Mythic Delirium the resources to pay for stories and poems through at least mid-2016.

Time for a rebirth

Hello, folks! I'm Mike Allen, and among the many things I do, I edit and publish Mythic Delirium, a do-it-yourself poetry journal that I founded in 1998. I've been very lucky in that my little zine has been self-supporting for most of its run -- but the time has come to make the shift from print to digital.

Last year I conducted a Kickstarter campaign for another project I edit and publish, a series of weird fiction anthologies called Clockwork Phoenix. With the help the incredibly generous genre community, that Kickstarter was more successful than I ever could have imagined. Not only did it raise enough to let me produce Clockwork Phoenix 4 and pay the authors pro rates, it also gave me seed money to start a new webzine for fiction as well as poetry.

It became clear to me that the sensible thing to do would be to transform Mythic Delirium rather than launch a completely new magazine in webzine and ebook formats on top of my struggling print mag.

Thanks to the Clockwork Phoenix 4 Kickstarter, the very first year of the new Mythic Delirium is already funded, and I've picked the poems and stories for the first two issues (you can see a gallery of our wonderful contributors below.) I'll be holding a reading window from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1 to fill Issues 3 and 4. Payment is 2 cents a word for fiction of up to 4,000 words, and $5 for poems.

Here's a screenshot of the new MYTHIC DELIRIUM website that's under construction. To see more previews of the soon-to-be released first issue, scroll down the page.
Here's a screenshot of the new MYTHIC DELIRIUM website that's under construction. To see more previews of the soon-to-be released first issue, scroll down the page.

So why do we need a Kickstarter?

This Kickstarter is about sustainability. I'll be making e-books of the issues available to sell, certainly, but without a subscription drive, Mythic Delirium will likely run out of money in a year. This Kickstarter project is the equivalent of that subscription drive. If we reach our goal, the zine will have enough funds to continue through at least mid-2016 (and longer if we exceed that goal.) Nearly all of those funds will go toward paying the writers, poets and artists.

Over its 15 years of life the print version of Mythic Delirium has been the first home for award-winning poems by Amal El-Mohtar, Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson, Theodora Goss, Shira Lipkin and more; showcased works by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Catherynne M. Valente,  Jane Yolen and even more; and also been a place where a number of writers made their first sale. (To read a lot more about the history of Mythic Delirium, click here.)

I hope to be able to accomplish all the same kinds of things with this new version. And I intend to continue the magazine's commitment to a diversity of voices.

Our contributors

We're already putting together Issues 1 and 2 of the online version of Mythic Delirium (you can see their covers in the big graphic above, with the art for Issue 0.1 done by Danielle Tunstall and the art for Issue 0.2 done by Paula Friedlander.) Here's a look at some of the people who've contributed to the new zine.

What we'll give you

Here's a rundown of rewards we can offer you for supporting us.

Subscriptions

The new version of Mythic Delirium will be published in e-book form every three months, in January, April, July, and October, and one story and two poems from each issue will be posted monthly on our new website (which will launch in July.) E-book subscriptions provide money to pay the contributors, and subscribers get all of an issue's content at once, rather than having to wait three months for all the stories and poems to be posted. (The e-book edition of the very first issue is in fact ready to go, and if the project makes its funding goal early -- which would be wonderful -- we'll offer it to backers as soon as that happens.)

NOTE: If you're already a subscriber to the electronic edition -- and bless you if you are -- and you decide to support this Kickstarter, we'll extend your subscription by the appropriate number of years.

Special PDFs of rare print issues

We're creating PDFs of these very scarce print issues as an extra reward for this Kickstarter. From left to right: Issue 1, which Best Horror of the Year editor Ellen Datlow included in her list of the best magazines of 1998; Issue 12, with poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin, Sonya Taaffe, Robert Frazier and Yoon Ha Lee; Issue 20, with poetry by Neil Gaiman, Amal El-Mohtar and Jessica Wick, and a Rhysling Award winner by Kendall Evans and Samantha Henderson; Issue 21, "The Trickster Issue," with interlocking poems by Catherynne M. Valente, Theodora Goss, Jeannine Hall Gailey and more.

A new poetry collection

Mythic Delirium editor Mike Allen has published five poetry collections, one of which, Strange Wisdoms of the Dead, was an Editor's Choice selection for The Philadelphia Inquirer's book page. Mike's working on an omnibus collection that will gather the best from all his books, and maybe some new stuff too, with a Feb. 2014 release date -- the first of Mike's poetry collections to be available in e-book form. He's offering that forthcoming ebook as one of the rewards for this Kickstarter.

A subscription for the final two print issues

In order to honor the remaining print subscriptions, the print version of Mythic Delirium will put out two more issues: No. 29, due in Fall 2013, and No. 30, a final retrospective, in Spring 2014. These two issues are not included in subscriptions to the electronic version of the magazine, but we'll give you the chance to add them if you'd like to.

A numbered, signed Cherie Priest chapbook

During the Clockwork Phoenix 4 campaign, when we were chasing our stretch goals, we offered a special chapbook of Cherie Priest's short story The Immigrant, illustrated by Paula Friedlander, signed by Cherie and numbered. Only 65 of these were made -- but that still turned out to be a little more than what we needed. So as a reward for this Kickstarter, we're offering a chance to snatch up the few that are left.

Jewelry pins

Artist Anita Allen's jewelry pins for the Clockwork Phoenix 4 campaign (pictured above; click photo to see a Facebook album) were really popular; we'd be foolish not to offer her hand-crafted jewelry again. She'll create a new, hand-crafted pin especially for the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter. (For the record, Anita is also the assistant editor and publisher of Mythic Delirium.)

Poem and story critiques

Mike and Anita will offer joint critiques of short stories and poems. Their picks for Mythic Delirium and Clockwork Phoenix have gone on to award nominations and wins and reprints in several "year's best" anthologies.

We can offer this testimonial from an author we critiqued after the Clockwork Phoenix 4 campaign: "this is brilliantly insightful; there are details that you and Anita have picked up on that I'd completely overlooked myself."

More previews of the first issue of the new Mythic Delirium:

The table of contents of forthcoming Issue 0.1
The table of contents of forthcoming Issue 0.1
One of July's featured poems.
One of July's featured poems.

Risks and challenges

All publishing projects are challenging, and they almost always cost more than you expect. I've been involved in publishing in some form or fashion since 1995, and I have a long-established track record of delivering on time. And if there's going to be a problem, I'll let you know right away.

The CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 4 Kickstarter campaign was the most complicated solo project I've ever tackled (though let me make clear, I had a LOT of help, and I'm grateful for all of it.) I not only put together and published the new anthology, but delivered all of the rewards on time, and a number of them were even early. I'll do my best to make this project run just as smoothly.

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