If you subscribed by May 17, you will be billed by the end of the month and we will be shipping out books and rewards in mid-June. Thank you again for your support!
If you didn't subscribe by May 17, you are still welcome to subscribe today - but you will NOT be billed for the current subscription cycle and you will NOT receive a copy of Moss: Volume Three (or any other rewards). New subscribers will first be billed in 2019, when we print the Volume Four anthology.
If you have any questions about billing, rewards, or the subscription schedule, please don't hesitate to get in touch!Email us: [email protected]
Moss is a literary journal of Northwest writing. Published online three times a year and once annually in print, Moss is dedicated to exploring the intersection of place and creative expression, while exposing the Northwest region's outstanding writers to a broad audience of readers, critics, and publishers.
Since its debut issue in the summer of 2014, Moss has received praise for its sharp design, strong editorial hand, and its commitment to supporting new and emerging writers. As The Seattle Review of Books put it, "Moss is at the vanguard of modern Northwest literature." Moss has also been covered by The Rumpus, Literary Hub, Longreads, The Millions, The Offing, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, City Arts, and The Portland Mercury, among other publications, and is stocked in print at independent bookstores across the country. We pay every writer we publish, and every issue of Moss is available online for free.
The Moss: Volume Three print anthology, releasing June 2018, contains work and interviews from Leni Zumas, Jane Wong, Shawn Vestal, Donna Miscolta, Ishmael Butler, Nikkita Oliver, Kristen Millares Young, Keya Mitra, Rich Smith, Joe Wilkins, Shankar Narayan, Kathleen Flenniken, Heather Jacobs, Jasleena Grewal, E.A. Greenwell, Dave Roth, Emily Ruskovich, Mercedes Lawry, Kate Lebo, Tara Robert, Richard Chiem, Sharon Hashimoto, Amber Krieger, Laura Da', Azura Tyabji, and Troy Osaki.
Writers we've published and interviewed in past issues include Rebecca Brown, Mitchell S. Jackson, Corinne Manning, Tiffany Midge, Amanda Coplin, Janie Miller, Elissa Washuta, Kelly Froh, Alexis M. Smith, Leah Sottile, Miriam Cook, Matt Briggs, Monet P. Thomas, Jenn Blair, Eric Wagner, Gina Williams, Peter Mountford, Anca Szilagyi, Michael Upchurch, Leyna Krow, Ryan Boudinot, Donald J. Mitchell, Christine Texeira, Clayton McCann, Chris McCann, Robert Cantwell, Nate Liederbach, T.V. Reed, Charles Finn, Kjerstin Johnson, Eric Severn, Steven Moore, and Sonya Chung.
THE SUBSCRIPTION DRIVE
In 2017, we launched our Patreon in order to offer annual subscriptions. Subscribing to Moss is the best way to get the print edition, stay up to date on our latest releases, and support our core mission of publishing, celebrating, and supporting Northwest writers.
For only $20 a year, subscribers can get the print edition shipped to them before it hits shelves, as well as early access to the online issues and a host of other insider benefits. For those who want to make an extra contribution to support the Northwest literary community, two higher-level tiers offer a range of other rewards.
For more information on the subscription levels, check out the Rewards column to the right of the screen.
The subscriber-funded Volume Two, in all its glory.
WHAT IS PATREON? HOW DOES IT WORK?
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform a bit like Kickstarter, but with a twist: rather than facilitating one-time campaigns, it’s a platform designed to support ongoing creative work. Unlike on Kickstarter, pledges are collected on an ongoing basis—whenever a project is completed—rather than when a goal number is met. In our case, we'll collect pledges around once per year, just before the publication of a new print anthology.
The next anthology we release will be Moss: Volume Three in June 2018. The subscription period for this anthology has now closed (as of Thursday, May 17). Those who subscribed prior to that date will have their pledges collected, and will receive a copy of the book (along with the other rewards below, for higher-tier subscriptions) as soon as it's in our hands. The print anthology will be available to the public in July 2018.
New subscribers will not be charged until the eventual release of Volume Four in 2019. We will always provide ample warning before the subscription is billed.
**VERY IMPORTANT FAQ!**
Q: The final step on the Patreon checkout page makes it sound like my pledge will be billed monthly. What gives? I thought this was an annual subscription?!
A: We understand the confusion, so to make things clear, you absolutely will not be billed monthly. Subscribers are only charged once per year, when the annual print edition is released. Unfortunately, we do not have control over the language on Patreon's checkout page, which is generic and does not differentiate between 'billed per creation' subscriptions (like Moss) and 'billed monthly' subscriptions. If you have any further questions about this, please don't hesitate to reach out to [email protected] - and thanks for your trust and patience with our imperfect subscription system.
- Infrastructure. Most subscription platforms are built around a monthly cycle; Patreon’s “pay per release” system gives us more flexibility, and lets us make sure you’re only charged when we publish a new volume. They also take care of credit card processing and fees, collecting shipping information, and much more.
- Community. Like Kickstarter, Patreon lets us connect directly with our readers for support. We will never turn our publication model over to advertising or corporate interests; subscribers like you help us maintain both our creative integrity and the quality of the reading experience.
- Sustainability. The subscriber base we've built on Patreon has helped to provide long-term, sustainable funding, ensuring that Moss can continue to publish great work far into the future. Though our book and merchandise sales help to cover some of our printing expenses and writers' fees, Moss does not make (or seek) a profit, and our all-volunteer team relies on subscribers like you to keep us going.
WHAT'S UP WITH THE REWARDS?
Each Volume, we'll create a new, original reward for our Supporters and Patrons. For the release of Moss: Volume Three, we offered decorative risograph broadsides of work by Laura Da' and Shawn Vestal, and live moss terrarium kits (pictured below). The rewards for the Volume Four cycle will not be announced until some time in 2019, but we promise they will be as lovingly designed and crafted as every item we release!
Supporters and Patrons for Volume Three will receive a make-your-own-terrarium kit—containing everything you need to bring a touch of live moss to your home or office! The kit, designed, conceived & hand-packed by our team, includes a medley of live mosses, small packages of soil, pebbles, & activated charcoal for planting, along with the 4-inch glass sphere terrarium pictured. The deluxe terrarium, available exclusively to our Patron-level backers, includes a bigger sphere, more moss, and some small pieces of Northwest decor to fill out the scene!
Designed by Moss and printed by Seattle's ever-amazing Cold Cube Press, these 11"x17" risograph broadsides feature work from Laura Da' and Shawn Vestal, originally published in Issues 7 and 8. Supporter level subscribers will receive a broadside of their choice, and Patrons will take home both.
WHO ARE YOU, ANYWAY?
Moss was founded by Connor Guy, an associate editor at a publishing house in New York City, and Alex Davis-Lawrence, a filmmaker and creative producer based in Los Angeles. Both were born and raised in Seattle.
For Volume Two, our team expanded to include Amy Wilson, a poet from Oregon and our Director of Outreach, and five contributing editors: Diana Xin, Elisabeth Sherman, M. Allen Cunningham, Michael Chin, and Sharma Shields. For Volume Three, we've added two poetry editors to our team: Dujie Tahat and Ashley Toliver.
To keep up with Moss on social media—and see occasional bits of fresh content between issues—find us on Twitter and Facebook.
WHAT IF YOU DON'T MAKE YOUR GOAL? WILL I STILL GET MY SUBSCRIPTION REWARDS?
Whether or not we make our funding goal, the yearly anthologies will still be printed, we'll still pay every writer we publish, and all our subscribers will receive their full set of rewards. Since the beginning, Moss has been funded largely out-of-pocket; our launch, development, and first three issues were entirely self-funded, and our intent is to continue to self-fund as needed to keep Moss running and growing.
PRAISE FOR MOSS
“...a quality publication, with a strong editorial hand...”
—Paul Constant at The Stranger
“...where place-based writing is often a buzzword, the journal provides an in-depth examination into what it means for writing to be 'Northwestern.'”
—Bill Carty at City Arts
“Since launch last year, Moss has published standout work of authors from the region and has worked to preserve obscured work...”
—Feliks Garcia at The Offing, “4 Literary Magazines to Add to Your Reading List”
“... the perfect thing for the bookish indoor kids of the Pacific Northwest.”
—Megan Burbank at The Portland Mercury
A Volume One sticker, at home in Seattle's Kerry Park.