Kaleidotropeis creating an online quarterly SFF zine
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Hi, I'm Fred Coppersmith, the editor and publisher of Kaleidotrope.
I first launched Kaleidotrope in October of 2006. Since then, the zine has published fantastic authors like Genevieve Valentine, Bruce Holland Rogers, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Zen Cho, Gemma Files, and Bruce Boston -- among many, many others. It's a weird mix of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and humor that allows for new and interesting voices to emerge, and my goal is always to share with readers strange visions of distant shores. Rich Horton in Locus has called Kaleidotrope "one of the more interesting small ‘zines in our field."
In 2012, the zine moved from print to online, upping its pay rates and releasing four issues every year. I haven't missed an issue since then, publishing hundreds of terrific stories and poems that are all freely available to readers around the world!
Because I believe in (and enjoy!) the zine, I've been happy enough to have most of the money for its production come out of my own pocket. But your support would greatly help ease some of that burden -- and it would show that you believe in (and enjoy!) the zine too.
Any amount you can give, even if it's just a couple of dollars a month, will go directly to the authors and artists whose work appears in the zine and that you read every issue. You would be helping to edge Kaleidotrope a little closer to self-sufficiency, but moreover you'd be helping to support fun, weird, and interesting work you won't necessarily find anywhere else.
If this experiment in crowd-funding is any success, it may even allow me to pay writers and artists more!
If you're not doing it for me, then do it for the Martians, robots, and people with melting heads!
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Believe it or not, around just $100 a month and Kaleidotrope would have enough to pay its writers and artists for all four issues each year! We currently pay one cent a word for 20 stories a year, and flat rates of $5 for poetry and $60 for illustration. Because I believe in the zine, most of that money comes out of my own pocket. Showing that you believe in the zine too -- helping it to become more self-sufficient -- would be greatly appreciated!
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