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Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, contemporary and steampunk thrillers under one cover.  Good books for the price of a beer!
Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, contemporary and steampunk thrillers under one cover.  Good books for the price of a beer!
Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, contemporary and steampunk thrillers under one cover. Good books for the price of a beer!
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In 2014 we gave you four beautiful collections featuring authors such as CC Humphreys, JJ Lee, Joan MacLeod and Susanna Kearsley, and artists like Melissa Mary Duncan, Tais Teng and Arantzazu Martinez.

For 2015 we plan to publish multiple award winning authors Robert J Sawyer, Eileen Kernaghan and Jack Whyte, as well as many more established and emerging creators.

But we need your support to make it happen!

In last year's Kickstarter campaign we raised enough to print the first issue, and scraped together the rest with subscriptions, other fundraisers and loans.  This year it's go big or go home.

We want to raise enough to print all four 2015 issues and to continue paying our artists.

Here's just one of the rave reviews from a Year 1 subscriber:

'I can tell you that this has been some of the most enjoyable book time I have spent this past year, and I always look forward to the next issue. A wide variety of stories, with something for everyone, and always entertaining! An excellent choice for yourself, and any book lovers on your holiday gift list! Support the arts, indulge your love of reading, stick your nose in there and smell that wonderful new book aroma! A small cost for great pleasure!'

What's in it for you?

We have some pretty fantastic rewards lined up for our backers.  Of course you can donate any amount without selecting a reward but we think you deserve one!

Subscribe
Whether by e-book or print issue mailed to your door, your subscription gives you a thousand pages of entertainment through 2015.

Holiday Gift Subscription
Do you want to demonstrate your good taste and sensitivity to the arts? Let us play Saint Nick and deliver Pulp Literature on your behalf to your friends and family.  Just let us know in your pledge that the subscription is a gift and we'll do the rest!  If you'd like us to send a personalized gift card add $10.  Two beautiful designs by Mel Anastasiou to choose from:

Learn the Craft
We offer writing workshops and critique packages to train every level of writer. Gift the writer in your family, or take the plunge yourself and receive detailed feedback on your short story or novel!

Picture yourself in a Portrait
Choose between a pencil sketch of your protagonist or RPG character by JM Landels, a renaissance inspired portrait by Mel Anastasiou that will appear in future issue of Pulp Lit, or a full colour costumed portrait by Kris Sayer! 

Colour portrait by Kris Sayer
Colour portrait by Kris Sayer
2013 Backer Portrait by Mel Anastasiou
2013 Backer Portrait by Mel Anastasiou
character sketch by JM Landels
character sketch by JM Landels

Treat Yourself to a Well-Deserved Retreat
Our Year of the Muse Writers’ Retreat offers three days and two nights in the luxurious Lodge at the Old Dorm on beautiful Bowen Island BC with all three of our editors and guest presenter Sandra Vander Schaaf.  Between the gourmet food, the sumptous rooms, the quiet charm of Snug Cove, and the joy of working on your writing in a supportive and inspiring environment you won’t want to leave.  But when you do you’ll walk away with thousands of fresh words on the page, helpful critiques, and new tools for igniting your storytelling.  Read more about it here.

Some of our 5-Star Reviews from Issues 1-4

'This is a new magazine with a lot of energy behind it. And inside it.'

'Great for my train commute and I adore the illustrations – so fresh!'

'Poetry rubs shoulders with prose. High fantasy keeps company with comics… The unifying theme is engaging story-telling.'

'Great writing, something for everyone!'

'...worth every penny.'

'I didn't want to leave the characters...Is anything more fun than getting a new book in the mail?'

What does the funding go towards?

Printing costs = $9,000
Cost of delivering Kickstarter rewards = $2000
Paying external writers and artists = $11,500
Kickstarter fees (8-10%): $2250

Total: $24,750

You'll notice the largest part of the budget is paying writers and artists.  We currently pay up to 7 cents per word for new work and up to 3.5 cents a word for reprints.  We have stretch goals too!  If we make more that our minimum funding we will be able to pay our contributors more and publish more new material.

We are so excited about our fantastic talent lined up for Issues 5 through 8. Don't miss out on getting the next four fabulous issues delivered to your door!

Risks and challenges

We're strict with our deadlines, and committed to putting these stories into the world. We've already delivered four beautiful print and ebook issues as scheduled this year, and we see no reason why we won't be able to complete the next four, funding permitted. Issue 5 is already with our designers, issue 6 content is mostly in place, and we have feature authors and cover art lined up into issue 7.

However if printing and mailing costs go up, or in the unlikely event other unforeseen difficulties make it impossible to deliver all the issues in print, we will continue to release fiction in ebook format until all our subscriptions are fulfilled.

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    An ebook issue of your choice, from issues 1 - 5. Add $4 for each additional issue.

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    A beautiful note card by Mel Anastasiou sent anywhere in the world to your choice of recipient. With a choice of 'Michael' or the 'Magic Forest' print this card can send holiday wishes or notify gift recipients. To add a gift card to another reward simply increase the reward amount by $10.

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    Print issue of your choice from issues 1-5. Includes free ebook version. Add $10 for each additional issue.

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    1 year ebook subscription. Four full issues, over 1000 pages in total!

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    A package of 12 beautiful note cards by Mel Anastasiou, 6 each of 'Magic Forest' and 'Michael'. Cards are blank inside.

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    1 year ebook subscription, plus all four 2014 ebooks. That's 8 ebooks in total, and over 2000 pages!

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    Year 1 in print: all four back issues from 2014 mailed to you. Includes the ebook version. Add a year 2 subscription for $20 and get all 8 issues for only $60!

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    Year 2 print subscription: issues 5-8 mailed to you in January, April, July & October. Includes ebook versions

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    Mini-critique. Get a detailed critique from one of our editors of your work-in-progress of up to 1000 words. Can be a short story, poem, or excerpt of a longer work. Includes a 1 year ebook subscription.

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    An 8 x 10 high quality matted print, suitable for framing, of any of the interior black and white artwork from issues 1 through 4 by Mel or Jen. Includes a 1 year print and digital subscription. Please let us know the issue and page number of the image you want.

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    A portrait sketch of you, your pet, or the character of your novel or role-playing game by JM Landels. For an inked version increase your pledge to $150; for full colour $200. Includes print and digital subscriptions.

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    The Hour Stories Workshop. Join us in person or by Skype for one of our three hour writing sessions on either December 11th or January 15th from 10am - 1pm PST. Using the Hour Stories cards by Dale Adams Segal. You will write approximately 1000 words of a story or your work-in-progress in a supportive and inspirational environment. Includes a 1-year print and ebook subscription.

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    A quarter-page print & ebook ad for your book or company. Includes a print copy of the issue your ad appears in, and a 1 year ebook subscription, as well as listing in the marketplace section appearing in our monthly newsletter. For larger ads, such as half or full page, or to run the ad in up to 3 issues, multiply the pledge appropriately and leave us a note. eg: a half page ad is $200; a 1/4 page ad in 3 issues is $300.

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    A detailed critique of up to 5000 words of your story or work in progress, with editorial notes emailed to you, followed by a skype session to discuss the work with one of our editors. Includes a 1-year ebook subscription

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    A private Hour Stories session with our editors via Skype. Includes a free mini-critique (reward #7 above) and a 1-year print and digital subscription. Sessions are usually available Thursdays or Fridays at 10am Pacific Time but other arrangements can be made.

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    A portrait of you (or the single person subject of your choice) by our in-house illustrator Mel Anastasiou. You will receive a digital and print copy of the portrait and have the option for it to appear in an issue of Pulp Literature. Includes 1-year print & digital subcriptions

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    A full colour portrait in the costume period of your choice by Tatterhood artist extraordinaire Kris Sayer! Includes a digital and print subscription.

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    The Writer's Package: a detailed critique of your 5000 word work-in-progress, a private Hour Stories workshop, a quarter page ad OR a portrait by Mel, plus print and digital subscriptions.

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    Novel critique. A detailed read and critique of your novel (up to 100,000 words) followed by a Skype session with one of our editors to discuss plot, character arcs, pacing and structure. Includes print and digital subscriptions.

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    Writers' Retreat. Join us in the sumptuous Lodge at the Old Dorm on Bowen Island BC for a three-day retreat. The Program for the weekend includes a minimum of 3 Hour Story writing sessions, plotting and mind-mapping workshops, critique sessions, walks in the woods and evenings in Snug Cove (and of course print and digital subscriptions to Pulp). Luxurious accomodation, gourmet meals, and transport from Vancouver provided. The retreat runs from Friday evening January 9th, to Sunday afternoon January 11th. What better way to start the new year than with some pampering for the body and soul and 3000 - 6000 written words on the page?

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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About $4,479

    Sponsor an issue! How about an issue dedicated to you? Choose between issues 6, 7 or 8. You'll receive: a portrait by Mel as the title page; a full page thank you end page; a full page ad in issues 6 through 8; a story by Jen, Sue or Mel with you as the main character OR a 1000 word story of your own in the issue; a print subscription for as long as we run the magazine; our eternal thanks!

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