GUTS offers readers the following:
- Weekly blog posts that range from personal essays on reproductive justice and street harassment to reviews of feminist artists in your community
- Weekly Sunday roundup of links, keeping you updated on the latest feminist news
- Biannual issues on themes like moms, sex, food, land, and futures, featuring thoughtful, engaged, critical writing from emerging feminist writers
- Gorgeous original artwork by emerging artists and illustrators
- Fun and safe dance parties in major Canadian cities
- Free content—and we’re going to keep it that way. But we need your help!
Why do we need your help?
GUTS has been able to do quite a bit over the past three years—thanks to donations from our supporters, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, we’ve been able to produce eight issues, publish regular blog content, and act as a prominent and reliable feminist voice in Canadian alternative media. We are using Patreon to help us better compensate our contributors and enhance the quality of our work; continued support that we can count on is especially valuable to us as we move forward.
All funds raised will go directly to our operating costs and help us pay writers and artists contributing to the magazine for their work. Here’s a quick breakdown what we plan to do as we reach our goals:
- Raise our rates: we are incredibly grateful to all of the writers, artists and creators that share their work with us, and we want to get closer to paying them a fair wage for what they do
- Paying honorariums to editors—all of our editors work other jobs and create GUTS in their "off-hours." With your support, we could offer some compensation for the countless hours of volunteer work that go into this project.
- Create a print anthology: we love being online-only, but we would love to create a best-of-GUTS print anthology to showcase some of the amazing work we've published over the past two years.
GUTS began in Edmonton, where founding editors Cynthia Spring and Nadine Adelaar were unemployed recent graduates looking to start something great. The idea for an online feminist magazine came out of Cynthia and Nadine’s shared interest in the feminist concepts and political theories they encountered in school. They wanted to keep talking and learning about these ideas in an accessible and dynamic space—so they built one.
Together they learned to build a website, drew up a call for submissions, and edited their first issue. They asked graphic designer Jonathan Dyck to make them a logo and illustrate cover images, and threw their first launch party in their backyard in August 2013. Soon enough, fellow Edmontonians Rebecca Blakey and Katie L started writing and editing for the magazine, along with Halifax-based writer and editor Natalie Childs and others. Today the team also includes Brett Cassady Willes and Carmina Ravanera.
Our collective of volunteer editors works hard to recruit and select content by new and emerging feminist writers and artists; edit and publish bold, thoughtful, and creative feminist work; and circulate content in new and established audiences. In order to make it work, we put in many hours on our lunch breaks and during our evenings and weekends.
We love the work we do, and we want to continue to grow. If you've enjoyed the work you've seen at GUTS in the past and want more of it, help to keep us going!
What is Patreon?
We chose Patreon as a crowd-funding website because it offers the possibility of ongoing monthly support from backers. As a magazine looking for sustainable ways to continue our work, knowing that we have ongoing financial support would make an enormous difference for us. Any amount you can contribute is immensely appreciated. If you prefer to make a one-time donation, that's great too! Head here to donate: SUPPORT US
PLEASE NOTE: All Patreon pledges and amounts are in American dollars. If you choose to donate, please be aware that you will be charged in USD.