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Help secure the future of a new monthly mini-magazine featuring one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer.
Help secure the future of a new monthly mini-magazine featuring one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer.
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    Thank you for the support!

    A sincere thank you email from the editors of True Story, plus your name listed on our website as an official supporter of True Story. (NOTE: This will be included at all other reward levels.)

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    True Story Sampler

    The first three issues of True Story.

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    • "Fruitland" by Steven Kurutz
    • "Trip to the Zoo" by Steven Church
    • "Muzzled" by Gabriela Denise Frank
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    True Story Expanded Sampler

    A run of the even number issues from the first year of True Story.

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    • "Trip to the Zoo" by Steven Church
    • "Juliet, Juliet" by Joy Pope
    • "Wider than the Sky" by Phyllis Beckman
    • "Rendezvous" by Renée Branum
    • "Tarot of Transformation" by Sonja Swift
    • "Spinning" by Jill Christman
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    1-Year Subscription

    A full year of True Story mailed directly to you every month. (Regularly $18)

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    Subscription + Book

    A full year of True Story, plus a copy of the anthology True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of Creative Nonfiction Magazine.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Subscription + True Story Notebooks

    Start drafting your own true story with a four (4) pack of True Story notebooks, plus a full year of True Story mailed directly to you every month.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Early Bird BOGO Subscription

    Get a 1-year subscription for yourself--and give one to a friend of your choosing.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
    • 1-year GIFT subscription to True Story magazine
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    Subscription + T-shirt

    A super comfy, heather-red triblend True Story T-shirt, plus a 1-year subscription to True Story. T-shirt available in both men's and women's sizes.

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    Subscription + Modified Boxset

    A not-quite-complete run of the first year of True Story (issues #1-8 and 10-12; sorry, issue #9 is sold out), plus a 1-year subscription starting with True Story #13.

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    • Boxset of True Story issues 1-8 and 10-12
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    “Dreamin’ Wild” LP + Subscription

    A freshly pressed vinyl LP reprint of “Dreamin’ Wild” (Light in the Attic records), the album that inspired True Story #1: “Fruitland,” plus a copy of the issue and a 1-year subscription to True Story.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
    • "Fruitland" by Steven Kurutz
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    “Dreamin’ Wild” CD + Subscription

    A copy of Donnie & Joe Emerson's “Dreamin’ Wild” on compact disc (Light in the Attic records), the album that inspired True Story #1: “Fruitland,” plus a copy of the issue and a 1-year subscription to True Story.

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    • Donnie & Joe Emerson "Dreamin' Wild" CD
    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
    • "Fruitland" by Steven Kurutz
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    Subscription + Seth LeDonne T-shirt

    A super comfy, oatmeal-colored triblend "True Story" T-shirt designed by artist Seth LeDonne (www.sethledonne.com), plus a 1-year subscription to True Story. T-shirt available in both men's and women's sizes.

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    Early Bird Combo Subscription

    A 1-year subscription to BOTH True Story and Creative Nonfiction magazines.

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    • 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine
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    Tote Bag + Subscription

    A 16 oz cotton canvas tote bag featuring the chicken illustration from True Story #9: “Resurrection.” This super roomy bag comes complete with 22" handles with leatherette comfort grips and could easily hold 30 years’ worth of True Story magazines … or, you know, a week’s worth of groceries.

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    Subscription + "Childhood" Poster

    A full year of True Story, plus a signed, limited-edition poster by artist Seth LeDonne (www.sethledonne.com) featuring his illustrations from Creative Nonfiction #60: "Childhood." The posters are 16"x16" with white ink on Pop-Tone Black Licorice paper.

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    • "Childhood" illustration poster by Seth LeDonne
    • 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine
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    Subscription + Sweatshirt

    Keep warm in a gray polyblend True Story crewneck fleece sweatshirt, and keep well read with a full year of True Story magazine. Sweatshirt available in both men's and women's sizes.

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    Subscription + Both T-shirts

    Up your style game with both True Story T-shirts (red with standard logo + oatmeal triblend with Seth LeDonne design), PLUS a full year of True Story magazine. T-shirts available in both men's and women's sizes.

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    • True Story T-shirt (designed by Seth LeDonne)
    • True Story T-shirt
    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Subscription + Lee Gutkind Signed Book

    A copy of Lee Gutkind's landmark writing guide, You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction—from Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between, plus a 2-year subscription to True Story.

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    • You Can't Make This Stuff Up, signed by Lee Gutkind
    • 2-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Writer's Bundle

    Everything an aspiring or working nonfiction writer needs to get to work on their own true story. A set of four (4) True Story notebooks, a signed copy of Lee Gutkind's You Can't Make This Stuff Up, and a 1-year subscription to BOTH True Story and Creative Nonfiction magazines.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
    • 1-year subscription to Creative Nonfiction magazine
    • Four (4) True Story notebooks
    • You Can't Make This Stuff Up, signed by Lee Gutkind
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    Subscription + Tugboat Woodcut #1

    An original "CLOD" 12" x 10.25" woodcut print by the incredibly talented Tugboat Printshop (www.tugboatprintshop.com), plus 1 year of True Story.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Original "Dreamin' Wild" LP

    An original 1978 copy of “Dreamin’ Wild,” the self-published album that inspired True Story #1: “Fruitland.” FACTORY SEALED! These sell on Discogs.com for as much as $300.

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    • Donnie & Joe Emerson "Dreamin' Wild" LP (1978 Original Pressing)
    • "Fruitland" by Steven Kurutz
    • 2-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Support a Writer

    Every dollar given at this level goes directly to paying a writer for their work. You'll get the satisfaction of supporting great work, plus a 2-year subscription to True Story.

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    Subscription + Wind Drawing

    Your choice of 1 (of 3) 24" x 24" digital print of an original drawing (generated with software and wind data) by Mark Nystrom (www.marknystrom.com). Each print is unique due to small variations created by the software that generates each drawing. Signed by the artist. PLUS 2 years of True Story. These are just a few of the wind-generated drawings that appeared in Creative Nonfiction #58: "The Weather."

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    • One (1) Mark Nystrom Wind Drawing of your choosing
    • 2-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Longhaul Subscription

    A never-ending subscription to both True Story and Creative Nonfiction magazines. (Sorry, US addresses only.)

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    Manuscript Review with Dinty W. Moore

    Get personalized feedback from Dinty W. Moore (founding editor of Brevity magazine) on up to 3,000 words. You’ll receive margin comments throughout your manuscript and a written response OR a 30- minute phone call. Work to be submitted before June 1, 2018; Dinty will turn work around in 2-4 weeks depending on his work load. Plus, a 2-year subscription to True Story.

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    Everything

    Get every perk listed above (excluding the Tugboat woodcut + Nystrom Wind Drawing).

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    • A never-ending subscription to True Story + Creative Nonfiction
    • 1-year GIFT subscription to True Story magazine
    • Boxset of True Story issues #1-12
    • Four (4) True Story notebooks
    • True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of CNF Magazine
    • True Story sweatshirt
    • True Story T-shirt
    • True Story T-shirt (designed by Seth LeDonne)
    • "Childhood" illustration poster by Seth LeDonne
    • You Can't Make This Stuff Up, signed by Lee Gutkind
    • Manuscript Review with Hattie Fletcher
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    Subscription + Tugboat Woodcut #2

    An original, limited edition "OVERLOOK" woodcut print by the incredibly talented Tugboat Printshop (www.tugboatprintshop.com), plus 2 years of True Story. This is the illstration that graced the cover of Creative Nonfiction #59: "Marriage." It is a 46" x 30" color woodcut print on Kozo Thick Paper.

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    • 2-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Sponsor an issue

    Cover the entire production costs of producing one issue of True Story. Your name (or the name of your organization) will appear in the magazine, recognizing you as the issue's sponsor. Plus a never-ending subscription to True Story.

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    • Recognition in an issue of True Story
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    Sponsor an issue + Everything

    Cover the entire production costs of producing one issue of True Story. Your name (or the name of your organization) will appear in the magazine, recognizing you as the issue's sponsor. Plus receive all the perks listed at the $1,000 level.

    Includes:
    • Recognition in an issue of True Story
    • A never-ending subscription to True Story + Creative Nonfiction
    • 1-year GIFT subscription to True Story magazine
    • Boxset of True Story issues #1-12
    • Four (4) True Story notebooks
    • "Childhood" illustration poster by Seth LeDonne
    • True Stories, Well Told: From the First 20 Years of CNF Magazine
    • True Story sweatshirt
    • True Story T-shirt
    • True Story T-shirt (designed by Seth LeDonne)
    • You Can't Make This Stuff Up, signed by Lee Gutkind
    • Manuscript Review with Hattie Fletcher
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    Sponsor an issue + Seth Clark painting

    Cover the entire production costs of producing one issue of True Story. Your name (or the name of your organization) will appear in the magazine, recognizing you as the issue's sponsor. Plus a never-ending subscription to True Story--AND a one-of-a-kind painting by our longtime art director, Seth Clark (www.sethsclark.com).

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    • A never-ending subscription to True Story + Creative Nonfiction
    • Recognition in an issue of True Story
    • Seth Clark original painting
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    Early Bird Subscription

    A full year of True Story mailed directly to you every month.

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    Subscription + Boxset

    A complete run of the first year of True Story (issues #1-12), plus a 1-year subscription starting with True Story #13.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    Contributor Book Bundle

    Books from True Story contributors Steven Church ( #2), Edward McPherson (#5), and Jill Christman ( #12). Each one signed by the author, and you’ll also receive a copy of their issue. Plus a 1-year subscription to True Story.

    Includes:
    • One with the Tiger by Steven Church
    • "Trip to the Zoo" by Steven Church
    • The History of the Future by Edward McPherson
    • "How to Survive an Atomic Bomb" by Edward McPherson
    • Darkroom by Jill Christman
    • "Spinning" by Jill Christman
    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
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    5-week Online Writing Class

    Admission to any one of the 5-week online writing classes offered during 2018 ($310 regular price). Past classes have included Creative Nonfiction Boot Camp, Digital Storytelling, Experimental Forms, Flash Essays, Food Writing, Historical Narratives, Science Writing, and Travel Writing. Plus 1-year subscriptions to both Creative Nonfiction and True Story magazines.

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    • 1-year subscription to True Story magazine
    • 5-week online writing class
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    Manuscript Review

    Creative Nonfiction's managing editor will read and respond to your work (up to 3,000 words), plus you'll receive a 2-year subscription to True Story.

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    • Manuscript Review with Hattie Fletcher
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