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Your support promotes the value of creative work
We can't believe we're even saying this, but thanks to a wonderful community of supporters and believers, we were able to reach our initial Kickstarter goal in just a matter of days! We're overwhelmed and grateful for everyone's enthusiasm. It's that enthusiasm, in fact, that has inspired us to reach higher and dream bigger.
'A' is for Ambition
We know indie publications don't always do a great job of recognising and rewarding their contributors' hard work. We want Alphabet to be different. We want it to be a home space that promotes the value of creative work. That has always been our ultimate goal, and we knew a startup magazine would have some struggles with this starting out. But this Kickstarter campaign has changed everything.
What extra funding means for Alphabet
Our amazing supporters have already exceeded our goal of $17,000, which means Issue B is already becoming an exciting reality! From here on, your contribution enables us to (i) cover Issue B printing costs, (ii) compensate professional writers and photographers, (iii) curate the best content, and (iv) promote the value of creative work in publishing.
We've opened up even more pledge opportunities, and we are going to work even harder to fill each reward in the remaining days of this campaign. Help us support our growing creative community by making a pledge, telling a friend, and sending us your kind words of encouragement!
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Who is Alphabet Journal?
We believe families are the sum of their everyday triumphs and trials. We believe the home is a lived space and not a showroom. We believe that when families slow down to practice acts of gratitude, lifelong curiosity, and a commitment to collaboration, they're writing the kinds of living stories that are meant to be shared on the pages of Alphabet.
It seemed like many parenting or family-related magazines were representations of a polished, perfect home that was, quite simply, not at all like our own homes. So we set out to create an alternative: a family journal that celebrates the personal foundations of our homes in their many different forms.
Why do you call it 'Alphabet'?
The alphabet is a foundation, the universal language of every home. We were taught it growing up: 'A is for Apple', 'B is for Banana', 'C is for Cat'. The alphabet holds the building blocks for bedtime storytelling and dinner table conversation. Through it, we explore and share the narratives that connect us and make us who we are.
What you can expect
Alphabet offers a glimpse into the lives of today’s modern families in all their shapes and sizes. As an Alphabet Family Journal reader, you can expect photography and personal essays from people just like you. Each issue features stories with themes that begin with a certain letter. In Issue A, our contributors take us to the Apple Isle, reflect on Art and Aesthetics, tell us about their experiences with Adoption, celebrate an Anniversary, and more.
Why we need your help
Our editorial team has spent the last year working with contributors and finalising details. As a result, Issue A of Alphabet Journal is nearly ready for print production. We need your help to raise fund to cover the cost of printing a limited run of 2,000 copies of Issue A, Alphabet's inaugural issue.
Already, Alphabet contributors have personally invested a total of $7,500 in the branding, filmmaking, art direction and website design that is necessary for bringing Alphabet to life. There are many wonderful people who have believed in this project since its inception, and we cannot thank them enough. This publication and this campaign is dedicated to them, our original visionaries, and to you, our future contributors.
Help us support talented contributors worldwide
Issue A is a product of 26 writers, 27 photographers, and 3 artists across 4 continents whose talents and real lives appear on every page and whose mission is to celebrate the messes and miracles of what it's like to find, grow, and be a part of a family.
Because we believe in protecting the value of creative work, our goal as a publication is to make sure that all of our contributors are compensated. To that end, each contributor will receive full rights to the issue his or her work appears in and will have permission to distribute the digital issues and retain all of the profits.
By supporting Alphabet Journal, you're not only getting the printed magazine into your hands but you also support the collaboration of many creative individuals.
Printing details & preview
Alphabet Journal will be published three times a year (April, August & December). We searched across the globe for a printer who would provide the best quality and price, and we are happy to say we found an Australian based printer to do the job. Alphabet Journal will be 245mm x 170mm in size (perfect for a small purse or bookbag) and will contain 144 pages, perfect-bound and printed on 120gsm recycled paper using vegetable based inks.
The Brimble Family - Chris, Beth & Poppy
The White Family - Nathan, Sasha & Selah
Issue A - Contributors
Imogen Baxter • Ruth Bruten • Michelle Crawford • Amber Creswell-Bell • Amelia Crook • Lucinda Dodds • Daniella Germain • Siubhan MacDonald • Sarah Magidoff • Rachel Joy • Paige Maitland • Won McIntosh • Rachael Mogan McIntosh • MF Miller • Rebecca Parker Payne • Jarrod Renaud • Elizabeth Stirling White • Hannah Stocks • Louisa Thomsen Britts • Heidi Sze • Kate Ulman • Brittany Weseley • Ema Williamson • Annette Wilson • Jodi Wilson • Hannah-Rose Yee
Bianca Cash • Victor Caringal • Trish Chong • Taryn Cornell • Tim Coulson • Amelia Crook • Kim Daly • Erin Dando • Jelito De Leon • Fawn Deviney • Lucinda Dodds • Alison Dooley • James Fitzgerald III • Hideaki Hamada • Adriana Jaime • Stefanie Ingram • Paige Maitland • Kirstin McKee • Natalie Nedelkovska • Leila Peterson • Hannah Stocks • Josephine Sando • Maria Strauss • Elize Strydom • Josh Ulmer • Jason Vandermeer • Jonathan Wherrett • Josh White • Leon Wilson • Jasmin Wong
Risks and challenges
Much like a family, Alphabet Journal is a work-in-progress. We've spent a year collecting stories and photographs from all over the world, consulting with designers, and contacting printing vendors. And we know our work is only just begun.
Every publication occasionally faces unexpected setbacks with printers and delivery methods. Our best plan of action is to implement clear expectations and communication with vendors from the get-go and to be honest with subscribers if delivery timelines must be adjusted as a result of printer mishaps.
We also anticipate the never-ending challenge of attracting and compensating talented contributors. We want Alphabet to be a place where skilled and talented writers and photographers feel valued and respected by our editorial processes and where readers feel edified by our selections. To achieve this, we must maintain high creative and administrative standards while building strategic relationships with advertisers who can help us compensate our contributors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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