What's Clarkesworld?Clarkesworld (clarkesworldmagazine.com) is a science fiction & fantasy magazine that has been publishing free monthly issues online for over ten years. Each issue includes six-to-eight short stories (which are also podcast over the course of the month) and four non-fiction pieces. We have won three Hugo Awards, a British Fantasy Award, and a World Fantasy Award. Our fiction has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, Ditmar, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards.
Why are we on Patreon?Patreon is one of the spokes in the wheel that keeps our magazine running. We might offer our issues online for free, but that doesn't mean we can get away with not paying for our content and people's time. Those expenses add up quickly and like PBS, we count on readers/listeners like you to keep the ship afloat. Some choose to buy digital subscriptions via Amazon, B&N, Weightless Books, etc. We also sell anthologies, take PayPal donations, and even sell advertising. Patreon is just another avenue available for you to support us and perhaps the most flexible of the lot. Whether it's $1 or $25/month, your pledges add up to something reliable and significant. Ultimately, we are on Patreon so we can continue to publish the stories we love.
GoalsWe've been on Patreon for a couple of years now and through the support of our Patrons, we've been able to add extra stories, buy equipment for our podcast, and a implement a number of other improvements. At the moment, our focus is on helping Neil Clarke (Editor-in-Chief) make the move to full-time editor by increasing his pay so he can cover his health insurance costs. This will allow him to dedicate the time required to keep moving this magazine forward.
Ok, but what's in it for me?Aside from helping us continue to publish and expand Clarkesworld, patrons have a variety of reward options available to them. At present, the two main categories are subscriptions and citizenship. If you're happy just making sure we publish the online and podcast editions, there's even a no reward option.
We’re a magazine, so it only makes sense to offer supporters an option to receive a subscription. Our subscription tiers are digital Clarkesworld subscription, digital Clarkesworld and Forever Magazine (a reprint magazine also edited by Neil Clarke) subscription, and a Clarkesworld Print subscription. At present, this is the only place we offer print subscriptions as they are time-consuming and costly. All digital subscriptions come in EPUB, MOBI/KINDLE, and PDF formats.
Membership on our Discord Server
What's Discord? It's an free text app you can download for your phone or computer. We're using it as our text-based chat room. All tiers come with free membership to this community of Clarkesworld supporters. There, we talk about all sorts of things there from books to what makes us reject a story.
Immigrate now! Clarkesworld needs and welcomes citizens. By choosing one of the citizenship reward tiers you begin the application process. Over time you’ll earn your rank of citizen, gradually being further promoted to Burgermeister, Royalty, and eventually an Overlord in your own right.
Citizens in good standing will have their names included in the Census section of our annual Clarkesworld anthologies. Yes, your name in our book.
If you want to add-on citizenship to a subscription tier, simply pledge that amount over the base for that tier. For example, a digital subscription plus citizenship mach 1 would be a $3.99/month pledge.
The dollar amounts listed for rewards are the minimum monthly payment necessary to receive that reward. After you've pledged, you pick any of the rewards below that or none at all.