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Unbound is an online literary arts magazine hoping to expand their publication to include an annual anthology print issue!

Thank you for helping us reach our goal! Now what will happen with extra contributions, you ask? WELL!...

Though we mention it below, we wanted to let everyone know that the more money we make with this Kickstarter project, the more anthology issues we'll print, the better quality they'll be, and the more we can put into our fund for next year's anthology print issue! Our main goal is to give Eugene and the UO community a sustainable literary arts journal and 100% of the contributions we receive through our Kickstarter project will go directly into making that happen! We can't even begin to express how thankful and touched we are by all of the support we've received and want you all to know it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 

You can read more about our project, and more about how extra funds will be used, below.

WHAT IS UNBOUND?

Unbound is a non-profit, student-run online literary arts magazine at the University of Oregon that publishes undergraduate and graduate student work in the areas of art, fiction, and poetry! Unbound began as an honors college thesis project and evolved into an online publication after its founding members experiences with UO's Literary Editing course and the University's long-running literary journal The Northwest Review. Since it's debut publication in Spring 2008, Unbound has been publishing one online issue per Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Unbound's mission is to offer students a platform for their creative work and create a community that allows artists and writers to share, grow, and intellectually engage in the fields of art, literature, editing, and publishing.

WHAT IS THE ANTHOLOGY ISSUE PROJECT?

We here at Unbound have been dreaming of making an anthology print issue for over a year and want to make it a reality! Our anthology issue project consists of raising funds for an anthology print issue to be published early June. The print issue would be an anthology and consist of art, fiction, and poetry from Unbound's Winter 2011-Winter 2012 issues and be between 64 to 70 pages. Our goal is to print a minimum of 250 color issues that we would have at our final spring events, as well as next year's events, and distribute to our contributors, staff, and supporters (such as you!). We need to raise at least $1,000 with this project in order to do so and will print more if funds allow! We hope in doing so this year, we can establish Unbound as a permanent literary arts publication that offers an annual anthology print issue every spring to the creative community in Eugene and at the University of Oregon.

WHY PRINT?

Though Unbound was founded as on online publication and will continue publishing one online issue per term, we want to expand our magazine to include an annual anthology print issue that would be published each spring in hopes that it will up our readership, provide young artists and writers with a creative community that inspires and supports them, and spread awareness of the awesome creative writing department we have here at UO (currently ranked 8th in the nation!) and all that it has to offer, especially Unbound!

Surprisingly, UO does not have an undergraduate or graduate creative writing print journal--Unbound is UO's official literary arts magazine and the only one that accepts submissions from all students! As such, we want to bring a print publication to the creative community here. While online publications have many merits, nothing feels quite as wonderful as having something you can hold in your hands; something you've been a part of and have accomplished with your peers. Printing our debut anthology print issue--a collective effort that would not be possible without our supporters, contributors, and staff--would help us achieve our goal of making Unbound a bigger part of the community here at the University of Oregon and in Eugene, as well as provide our past and future contributors with the opportunity to be published in a literary arts print journal!

HOW WILL MY CONTRIBUTIONS BE USED?

All funds donated through Kickstarter will SOLELY be used to fund the printing and publishing of Unbound's first ever anthology print issue. Unbound will not use any funds for purposes other than ones described in this project. The more money we make, the more issues we'll print (and better quality)! Printing more issues would be an amazing opportunity for Unbound because it would give us a print issue to distribute at our final events this year as well as future events next year, which would really raise awareness of our magazine and annual print issue so we can gain support for a second anthology print issue next spring! Costs associated with prizes and shipping in this project are included in our pledge goal.

HOW FAR ALONG ARE YOU?

We've already raised a little over $500 for our print issue and need to raise at least $1,000 more to cover the costs of printing as well as the prizes and shipping associated with our Kickstarter project (all U.S. shipping is included in our prizes)! At least $1,400 is needed for printing; Unbound will use any money made over our pledge goal to publish more anthology print issues and/or (depending on amount over) make these issues of better quality!

WHO MAKES UNBOUND HAPPEN?

Unbound currently has a staff of 22 wonderful student artists and writers who make the publication of Unbound possible each term! The staff is comprised of three sections (art, fiction, and poetry) who thoroughly read, discuss, and compile constructive feedback for submissions in these respective categories. Our main mission at Unbound is to provide those that submit with a platform for their creative work and an atmosphere of creative growth and discussion among their peers, as well as provide Unbound editors with the experience of discussing, editing, creating, and producing a literary arts magazine. You can find out more about our staff and magazine at our website, www.unboundlit.com

DOES UNBOUND DO ANYTHING ELSE?

Absolutely! We here at Unbound want to get people involved in our publication and the creative community around campus and Eugene as much as possible! We hold two open mics per term at the Buzz Cafe, a coffee shop that's a campus favorite, that have proven very popular the past few years, as well as hold three bake sales per year, three book swaps per year, an annual reading in the spring, and, for the first time ever this year, a music benefit show featuring local bands to raise money for our anthology issue project! We also have a mailing list to let people know about literary and art happenings around campus and Eugene!

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT UNBOUND?

You can find us online at our website, www.unboundlit.com. Read our latest issue, sift through the archive, check out the staff bios, and find out more about Unbound and the literary events around campus and Eugene! If you're in the area, join us for one of our open mics or a reading at the University or Tsunami Books--we have some amazing authors and poets visit each month, as well as poetry slams and MFA readings. All events are free and open to the public! Feel free to send any questions or inquiries to unboundlit@gmail.com.

Find Unbound on Facebook: www.facebook.com/unboundmagazine

Find Unbound on Twitter: @unboundmagazine

THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for taking the opportunity to learn more about Unbound and our anthology print issue project! We hope you'll be a part of our team and join us in making our print issue a reality! 

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