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We are The Cupboard Pamphlet, and our mission is to publish chapbook volumes of writing that embrace the liminal. We like works that engage in some level of strategic play with regards to structure and language; we like writing that inhabits its own textual body with weight and force. We publish what’s strange and we like it like that.

We've added a Stretch Goal of $6,000. This new goal is dedicated to our authors, who work to offer up individual voices and nonpareil perspectives. Our authors are gracious and trusting; our authors are lovely in every conceivable context. Your support of our Stretch Goal allows us to immediately increase the prize offerings of our annual contest as well as the amount of advances paid to our authors. Your support goes directly towards them.

We've also added a Stretch Goal of $7,000. This new goal is dedicated to the wider literary community, which is comprised of readers, reviewers, and writers who might have something that's just right for our catalogue. Our chapbooks have no home if they are never introduced into the literary community. Your support allows us to revel in the wild tumult of volume release parties, sponsor author readings, and travel to book fairs to find new readers and audiences.

We are so thankful for all of the support and backing we've received! Please spread the word and help us to go even further than we first dreamed!

Welcome to the party.
Welcome to the party.

Lend Your Helping Hands

In 2018, we are committed to publishing chapbooks from Brian Evenson, Kelsie Hahn, Christopher Shipman, Krys Malcolm Belc, and Ryan Ridge & Mel Bosworth. Your donations will help make these books a reality.

But we're not done! As a supporter of this campaign, your contributions will help us to:

  • Provide a publishing space for works of non-traditional lengths and formats.
  • Craft physical, high-quality chapbooks.
  • Support both emerging and established authors. 
  • Engage the writing community by connecting authors and readers.
  • Create a sustainable business model for a small press. 
  • Be Ballin’.

Support Small Presses

Free books! Only $25.
Free books! Only $25.

In return for your generosity, we offer you proof that small presses are the best presses with 400 books donated by 50 small presses, ready to be dispersed to the world. We weren't kidding about our goal of connecting books to readers, so now's your chance to get some amazing books that you might not have otherwise known about.

Boxes

Get you custom-made Cupboard box in the swag bundle.
Get you custom-made Cupboard box in the swag bundle.

Our books are so nice we made custom cherry wood boxes to hold them. Well, the cherry wood isn't custom. Cherry is just a wood. They didn't grow a new kind of tree for us or anything. The box is custom made, though, with a magnetic lid, felt-lined interior, and a CNC-routed logo. They hold three Cupboard books and a metric ton of class.

Bookmarks

Is it still considered ephemera if you never throw it away?
Is it still considered ephemera if you never throw it away?

 Get your custom printed ash wood bookmark featuring the wise words of Theodora Bishop from her collection Mother TonguesStories are so important when you become a bundle of bones, you know.

Prints

The three mental states of a writing teacher as their career progresses.
The three mental states of a writing teacher as their career progresses.

We have created a series of three 13 x 20 inch prints featuring the words of Cupboard authors. Perfect for those who like to read words in columns.

Swag 

Swag the dog.
Swag the dog.

At your next faculty meeting set your WRITERS LIE or FUCK GENRE bag in front of you and dare them to ask for your opinion on the new copy-machine procedures. Just dare them. 

Wave Book Bundle

Wave Book Bundle
Wave Book Bundle

Wave Books generously donated a set of books that are so nice they should be in a museum. We can't bear to split them up, so we are giving them away in a 10-book bundle. 

Cupboard Bookcase

Can you even handle this bookcase?
Can you even handle this bookcase?

We created a Cupboard logo bookcase that matched our books both in size and quality. Custom made out of cherry wood, the bookcase stands 12.5 inches square and 4.25 inches deep. You'll never see one like it again.  

The Maze of the Blue Medusa

The Maze of the Blue Medusa from Satyr Press
The Maze of the Blue Medusa from Satyr Press

Our friends at Satyr Press have donated the last copy—literally—of The Maze of the Blue Medusa by Zak Sabbath and Patrick Stuart. This is a last-of-its-kind full color, hardback, and it's being auctioned off at our website: http://www.thecupboardpamphlet.org/maze-of-the-blue-medusa

Book Trailer

Cupboard's video artist, Ian Bawn has donated a full book trailer. If you are a writer or a publisher and have a book being released in six months to a year, Ian Bawn will make a trailer that will melt your brain.

Risks and challenges

Nothing is certain; all will someday be lost.

We will publish, market and sell every book to which we have committed in 2018 whether or not we reach our funding goals. However, we know that we face unique challenges:

(1) We are asking you to support our best but strangest offerings.

(2) We are asking you to support our expansion efforts.

(3) We are asking you to support our future.

We will face production hiccoughs and delays, administrative brouhahas and ballyhoos, and snags and stumbling blocks of every shape. We shall nevertheless go forth.

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    Custom Wooden Bookmark

    Standard-sized ash wood bookmark featuring a quote from Theodora Bishop's "Mother Tongues".

    "Stories are so important when you're a bag of bones, you know."

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    Small Press Book Bundle

    We have over 400 books from 55 small presses to give away! For only $25 we will send you an assortment of the finest small press literature, broadsides, and even LPs. Check out the full list of presses and books we're giving away on our website, and when we ask for your shipping information please feel free to make requests for which books you would like. First donated, first served so no guarantees, but we'll do our best.

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    Three Prints

    A set of four 13 x 20 inch prints, printed on high quality gloss photo paper.

    "Let's not be exhausted" - Brad Aaron Modlin, from 'Surviving in Drought'

    "Step back baby hold yourself together." - Jennifer A. Howard from 'You on Mars: Failed Sci-Fi Stories

    "One is not born a monster, one becomes monster" - Christopher Higgs from 'Becoming Monster'

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    Swag Bundle

    Get all our boss swag at once with the merchandise bundle. The package includes:
    1 'Fuck Genre' tote bag
    1 'Writers Lie' tote bag
    1 Custom-made Cupboard Subscription Box
    1 Cupboard Pamphlet T-shirt
    2 Custom Wooden Bookmarks

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    Wave Book Bundle

    A bundle of Wave Books, valued at $300 individually. These are all numbered and signed out-of-print hardbacks. This is the only bundle we have so if you want it, better get it quick.

    - Selected poems of Gennady Aygi - Translated by Sarah Valentine
    - I Heart Your Fate by Anthony McCann
    - Micrograms by Jorge Carrera Andrade
    - The Most of It by Mary Ruefle
    - Destroyer and Preserver by Matthew Rohrer
    - Notes from Irrelevance by Anselm Berrigan
    - John Godfrey by City of Corners
    - Quaker Guns by Caroline Knox
    - State of the Union, Edited by Joshua Beckman and Matthew Zapruder

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    A Manuscript Consult from Kelly Dulaney

    Cupboard editor Kelly Dulaney will provide an editorial manuscript consult on your novel, short story collection, or other prose work. If you want your work read by a professional editor, here is your opportunity.

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    A custom-made book trailer from Denver video-artist Ian Bawn. Perfect for a publisher or writer with a book being released in six-months to a year.

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