Speculative City is creating a biannual speculative fiction magazine
2

patrons

$2
per month
WHAT IS SPECULATIVE CITY
Speculative City is a bi-annual magazine featuring literary works that explore themes, characters, and landscapes exclusive to urban environments.

Each issue of Speculative City strives to push the boundaries of a particular theme, as well as highlight voices often unheard in genre fiction. Such voices may, for example, belong to people of color, queer people, working-class people, and people with disabilities.

In February 2018, Speculative City published its first issue, GROTESQUE, on its website and through e-book. Speculative City will publish a second issue in August 2018.

We, the editors and founders of Speculative City, are excited to continue working with creative writers to publish thought-provoking stories.

WHO WE ARE
We are Meera and Devon, two friends that met through the power of Craigslist—we were roommates. Though we don’t live together anymore, our friendship has continued through our mutual love for speculative fiction.

We have had an incredible time creating this magazine and reading many amazing submissions. We are honored to share this labor of love and look forward to many years of Speculative City.

WHY SUPPORT US?
For the first issue, we were able to offer writers and artists between $20-$75 for their pieces. We believe that contributors should be compensated for the hard work they put into creating the stories, poems, essays, and visual art that they have shared with us. We value their labor and dedication to their art, and payment only makes sense.

As a starting magazine, though, we have no funding and pay contributors out of our own pockets. Because of that, we have only been able to provide a token payment to show our appreciation and give thanks. We would rather pay contributors their fair dues for allowing us to publish their works in the magazine.

One of the primary reasons we ask for your support is so that we can pay our contributors a professional rate like they deserve. (SFWA classifies a professional rate as $0.06 a word.)

The second reason we ask for your support is because we are creating a free resource of contemporary speculative literature. Our website does not feature advertising and all content in the magazine is completely open to the public.


With your help, Speculative City can then
  1. pay contributors a professional rate, 
  2. continue keeping the website free of advertisements, and
  3. continue offering the magazine for free.
Tiers
Citizen
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You’ll be the energy to keep powering our city! As thanks, your name will go on our list of supporters.
Entrepreneur
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
You’ll be the new utility company to add power to our city! As thanks, your name will go on our list of supporters and you will receive e-books of our recent issues.
Trendsetter
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
You’ll be giving our city the extra resources it needs to innovate! As thanks, you will receive rewards from the other supporter tiers, and you will be first to see featured blog posts and hear new episodes of the Speculative City Podcast before they go live to the public. As a bonus, you will also receive Patreon exclusive audio (extra podcasts, interviews, etc.).
Philanthropist
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You care about the city and want to encourage its growth! As thanks, you will receive rewards from the other supporter tiers, and also have access to exclusive, original speculative fiction. These will be new, unpublished stories so you don’t have to wait six months to get your Speculative City kick. 
Goals
$2 of $225 per month
Glass Half Full:
This amount per month will allow us to pay contributors $0.03 a word, or increase our range of payment to $150; it would enable Speculative City to get closer to paying contributors a fair and professional rate.
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WHAT IS SPECULATIVE CITY
Speculative City is a bi-annual magazine featuring literary works that explore themes, characters, and landscapes exclusive to urban environments.

Each issue of Speculative City strives to push the boundaries of a particular theme, as well as highlight voices often unheard in genre fiction. Such voices may, for example, belong to people of color, queer people, working-class people, and people with disabilities.

In February 2018, Speculative City published its first issue, GROTESQUE, on its website and through e-book. Speculative City will publish a second issue in August 2018.

We, the editors and founders of Speculative City, are excited to continue working with creative writers to publish thought-provoking stories.

WHO WE ARE
We are Meera and Devon, two friends that met through the power of Craigslist—we were roommates. Though we don’t live together anymore, our friendship has continued through our mutual love for speculative fiction.

We have had an incredible time creating this magazine and reading many amazing submissions. We are honored to share this labor of love and look forward to many years of Speculative City.

WHY SUPPORT US?
For the first issue, we were able to offer writers and artists between $20-$75 for their pieces. We believe that contributors should be compensated for the hard work they put into creating the stories, poems, essays, and visual art that they have shared with us. We value their labor and dedication to their art, and payment only makes sense.

As a starting magazine, though, we have no funding and pay contributors out of our own pockets. Because of that, we have only been able to provide a token payment to show our appreciation and give thanks. We would rather pay contributors their fair dues for allowing us to publish their works in the magazine.

One of the primary reasons we ask for your support is so that we can pay our contributors a professional rate like they deserve. (SFWA classifies a professional rate as $0.06 a word.)

The second reason we ask for your support is because we are creating a free resource of contemporary speculative literature. Our website does not feature advertising and all content in the magazine is completely open to the public.


With your help, Speculative City can then
  1. pay contributors a professional rate, 
  2. continue keeping the website free of advertisements, and
  3. continue offering the magazine for free.

Recent posts by Speculative City

Tiers
Citizen
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
You’ll be the energy to keep powering our city! As thanks, your name will go on our list of supporters.
Entrepreneur
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
You’ll be the new utility company to add power to our city! As thanks, your name will go on our list of supporters and you will receive e-books of our recent issues.
Trendsetter
$6 or more per month 0 patrons
You’ll be giving our city the extra resources it needs to innovate! As thanks, you will receive rewards from the other supporter tiers, and you will be first to see featured blog posts and hear new episodes of the Speculative City Podcast before they go live to the public. As a bonus, you will also receive Patreon exclusive audio (extra podcasts, interviews, etc.).
Philanthropist
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
You care about the city and want to encourage its growth! As thanks, you will receive rewards from the other supporter tiers, and also have access to exclusive, original speculative fiction. These will be new, unpublished stories so you don’t have to wait six months to get your Speculative City kick.