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A new journal focusing on poetry and short fiction that walks the line between literary and speculative fiction. Will pay pro rates.
A new journal focusing on poetry and short fiction that walks the line between literary and speculative fiction. Will pay pro rates.
A new journal focusing on poetry and short fiction that walks the line between literary and speculative fiction. Will pay pro rates.
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Alliteration Ink Presents:

You're a person who loves speculative fiction. Give you a blaster, a sword, a creature from the Outer Black any day.

You're also a person who loves literature. Works that take language seriously, that treat writing as art.

recompose is created for you.

This journal is aimed for so-called "interstitial" works - short fiction and poetry that are too literary for genre, too genre for literary. Works that push the boundaries of both.

This is not a place for pretentious self-involved literary works, nor is it a place for flat genre. This is a place where metaphors exist alongside magic, where synecdoche occurs in space, where elves pen ekphrastic poems of Pickman's paintings.

This is a place where the literary and the weird combine to create something more.

We've put together a first issue—"Indescribable Ossuary"—with reprints from Ken Liu, Lucy A. Snyder, Seanan McGuire, Cat Rambo, Charlee Jacob, and Matt Betts. We've also got a wonderful non-fiction article from Alasdair Stuart examining Edwin Muir's haunting poem "The Horses".

This issue is entirely free in digital formats (ePub / Kindle / PDF / all three as a ZIP file / website). It's to show you what we want recompose to be. Backers will get all future content, with some of it available on the website.

Now it's up to you to help us create more. Our stretch goals are all extra issues and more works, so with every person who chips in just a few bucks we'll all get more things to read…and show more authors and poets that we value their work. By backing this project you are becoming a patron of the arts.

Join us.

Who Is Behind This Project

Our Editors:

Leslie J. Anderson is a fiction writer, poet, and artist. In her day job she manages marketing for a healthcare company. She has an unhealthy obsession with lattes. Her collection of poetry, An Inheritance of Stone released from Alliteration Ink and her novel, The Cricket Prophecies, was released by Post Mortem Press. She has two books of writing prompts, Inklings and 100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers from Sterling Publishing. Leslie graduated from Ohio University with a masters in poetry. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart and a Rhysling Award. Her collection of poetry was nominated for an Elgin Award. 

Anton Cancre daylights as a herder of middle school teens and has oozed symbolic word-farms onto the pages of Jamais Vu, The Horror Zine, and D.O.A. II while vomiting malformed literary opinions at evisceratingpen.com and antoncancre.blogspot.com. In 2010, he was awarded the Eviscerating Pen at the first ever Hiram Awards.

The publisher is Alliteration Ink, who has a track record of fulfilling Kickstarter-backed anthologies and making sure that backers get the rewards they signed up for. Please see our crowdfunding policies if you have any questions.

GETTING THE MAGAZINE

The magazine will be released in DRM-free digital formats (PDF/ePub/Kindle) via e-mail well before it is published on the website. The website will be free access, but will not include all the works that are in the backer digital version.

The print annual will be created after the first year of publication, and will only be available to backers. It will not be available for retail sale.

OUR GOALS

This Kickstarter is to create a first year of recompose. After this initial campaign, we'll assess whether to use Kickstarter, Patreon, paid subscriptions, or another way to continue for future years.

Once we hit this fundraising goal, we will be able to create one issue fo the journal and pay all creative folks the current professional rate (SFWA/SFPA). Our base goal includes three poems, three flash fictions, one non-fiction essay, and limited interior art in each issue.

Reaching this funding goal will allow us to produce an issue every six months - for all backers. This goal includes three poems, three flash fictions, one non-fiction essay, and limited interior art in each issue for a total of 12 fiction/poetry works per year for all backers.

 Reaching this funding goal will allow us to produce an issue every three months - for all backers. This goal includes three poems, three flash fictions, one non-fiction essay, and limited interior art in each issue for a total of 24 fiction/poetry works per year for all backers.

Reaching this goal means that we can have four flash fictions and poems per issue, for a total of 32 works per year for all backers.

 Reaching this goal allows us to comission two additional line art illustrations for every issue!

If we reach this goal, we will add a short story length (5,000 words) fiction work per issue!

Where is the money going?

Our initial goal is enough to pay everyone - the authors, editors, and poets - a professional rate.  Here's how the percentages break down for our initial goal:

 Submissions

recompose will rely upon open calls for submissions for all issues past #0.

Please note the following:

  • Pay attention to our submission guidelines.
  • Do not submit until we have funded.
  • Backing this project does not change your chances of acceptance.
  • DO NOT mention whether or not you have backed this project when submitting.

Risks and challenges

In all projects that involve contributions from multiple people and companies, there's the possibility of an unexpected delay here or there. Since this project will rely upon open calls for submission, it is always possible that there will be insufficent quality submissions resulting in a delay.

Alliteration Ink has a robust crowdfunding policy at https://github.com/uriel1998/ainkpolicies/blob/master/kickstarter.md

We've also successfully fulfilled several Kickstarters so far, and whenever problems have arisen, we've been transparent about what the difficulties were and getting them fixed.

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