Rockland is creating a space for new writing
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patrons

What is Happening Here?

In between public transport tabloids and sobering Scandanavian crime dramas we think that there should be the opportunity in our lives for shorter, alternative forms of literature. 

Something like a gorgeous collection of unusual and uncirculated creativity from anyone with a pen and a love of words.

Tabloid size, between 4 and 8 pages, recycled paper, filled with all kinds of creative writing, beautifully presented on recycled paper, delivered to your door, for $4 an issue, every 2 months.

Something almost exactly like that...


Rockland Volume 1 Issue 6 (May 2016)

What is Rockland?


In 2016 a group of friends and volunteers published a literary freesheet which we distributed around London every month for almost a year. Rain or shine we left hundreds of Rocklands lying around, ready to pick up. We shared writing submitted by a wide range of talented voices - mostly from the UK, some from further afield.

Rockland is poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction (including slightly absurd reviews of pubs) and illustrations.

Without advertising or sponsorship, and without charging for a copy of Rockland we could no longer fund the paper by ourselves and went back to the drawing board.

What Now?

With your help Rockland can be born again! We will design and create Rockland in our free time, but cannot afford to pay for distribution or printing on our own. We think that there should be space for these forms of writing in our lives, and if you think so too please support us!

We take submissions from everyone and consider anything, in any form. We want to publish interesting, contemporary literature that is politically responsible and accessible to the widest range of human experience.

We believe that the publication of this kind of free culture is a political act in and of itself. Writing is one of our most powerful tools, but creativity is often absent from our everyday lives. We aim to go some way to correct this imbalance both for those who write and those who can be inspired by their work.

Rockland is entirely funded by the readers.

How is this gonna work?

We want to cover our costs but our labour is freely given up in our evenings and weekends. That means we can get Rockland delivered to your door for just $4 an issue!

As a bonus we will also include an 'archive' issue of the 2016 Rockland with each $4 issue.

$4 is around £3 but this is a US website so price is displayed in $. But it does mean your payment will be converted. Some banks will charge a fee for this. Usually, according the websites of most banks, it's tiny like an ant (it would be around £0.09), but it is possible that it's ridiculous like an adult-sized ant costume. We don't want anyone to be overcharged for Rockland, so please be careful. What we know for sure is if you checkout with PayPal, you only pay 2.9% fee (that's around £0.09). 

We know this might be off-putting but we are choosing to use Patreon because we can create a community for the whole project, not just one issue at a time, and because you won't be charged until we are sending Rockland to your house.

Please consider making a PayPal account if you don't have one and if your bank might charge you a £silly fee & don't hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighbourhood [email protected], or message us on Patreon if you’re worried about paying.

We hope to produce an issue every 2 months but can only do so when we reach 100 subscribers! Don't worry, we will only charge you once we reach that number - you'll receive a 'paid post' notification and know that your issue is winging its way to your doorstep. Our plan is to make 6 issues that will constitute 'Rockland Volume 2'.

ALSO you can choose to donate more than $4! Anything more you give us will help us so much and hopefully make a bigger and better Rockland.


That's it!


Thanks for reading our pitch. Check out the options on the side for how you can contribute, and cast your eyes down for an FAQ with extra (special) information if you're still thinking, "But alas, I have yet to pay the electric bill." And send us a message if anything is unclear. We're very friendly.

FAQ

Who are you?


Ollie Hall (aka Jessica Treadmill).
Ludo Cinelli (aka George of the Jersey Islands).
Joe Whitehead (aka DJ Bread).
Ben Jackson (aka Mr Two Feet).

What are you?


4 humans. Graduates from UK universities. Warm blooded. Writers and readers. Living in London and Istanbul. Working in politics, literature, technology and hardly working at all. Theatre makers, mountain climbers, poets, comedians.

Why are you?


We were all made in the 'traditional' way whereby an egg is fertilised by a sperm and after a period of growth to an acceptable size, we were mercilessly introduced to the world and continue to live due to being afraid of the alternative. We love reading short, fun and mind-opening literature.

Rockland? Huh?


Rockland WAS a two side A3 'freesheet' in the style of Victorian penny dreadfuls, filled with poetry and stories.

Rockland Volume 2 WILL BE a four-eight page tabloid-sized literary journal in the same style, but with 100% new material and 100% new geopolitical context.

Was Rockland a Success?


We are all still very proud of Rockland (2016 edition), as one clings on to a childhood swimming certificate when there is a distinct lack of acheivement in later life.

It was a hard slog, especially as we delivered the copies by hand, paid for everything ourselves, and only functioned as a very small team - making it particularly hard to assess the impact of each issue.

Everyone we have ever talked to about Rockland has supported us and was impressed - sometimes to the point of tears* - by the physical copies.

At the end of it all we made a big event in Waterstones Picadilly to celebrate, with readings from different contributors and a good turn out of Rockland readers, as well as free wine! If free wine is not success, then we don't... have much experience of success.

*figure of speech

Why do you insist on continuing?


There is a lack of accessible and alternative short literature. Journals are usually (by necessity) expensive and/or hard to come by.

We believe our style, both of production and of editorship, is unique.

Just check out the pictures to understand how cool Rockland looks!

We are open to any submissions from anyone, and we like writing that pushes boundaries - writing that is unlike what we find around us. If you know anyone who might be interested in submitting, tell them about us now!

How do you create an issue of Rockland?


We ask for submissions on Facebook and Wordpress - anyone can send whatever they want to [email protected].

The biggest job is to read everything that is submitted. The four of us read everything between us. As much as possible is read by all four. 

Then, we meet up (either in real life, on a video call, or deep underground) and discuss what we got, what we think, what we are most excited by and how we can shape that into the next issue.

Once we have our shortlist of what we will publish, we design the issue so that it looks just as beautiful as you see in these here pictures.

Finally, we take our super-special paper to our friendly neighbourhood printing place and turn our design into a physical Rockland.

Can I submit?


Of course! Anyone can submit. Submissions are open now. Email your short story to [email protected]. For the first issue there is no theme. We accept anything but we will not publish anything we believe to be offensive. We will reply to all the emails we can; if we receive too many then we will contact those whose stories we have chosen to publish.

If we need to stop taking submissions for any reason, for any length of time, you will receive an automatic reply letting you know when they are open again.


Images courtesy of Rosanna Hiscock

Tiers
Rockland Subscription
$4 or more per creation
Get the next issue of the internationally curious literary freesheet printed on really nice paper delivered to your door!


PLUS a dusty old copy of a Rockland Issue from the archives.


It's possible some banks will charge a fee for currency conversion. If you're not sure, checkout with PayPal (the fee is only around £0.09) or send us a Patreon message or email ([email protected])

 

Goals
7 of 100 patrons
When we reach that lofty goal of 100 subscribers we can start to publish Rockland!
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What is Happening Here?

In between public transport tabloids and sobering Scandanavian crime dramas we think that there should be the opportunity in our lives for shorter, alternative forms of literature. 

Something like a gorgeous collection of unusual and uncirculated creativity from anyone with a pen and a love of words.

Tabloid size, between 4 and 8 pages, recycled paper, filled with all kinds of creative writing, beautifully presented on recycled paper, delivered to your door, for $4 an issue, every 2 months.

Something almost exactly like that...


Rockland Volume 1 Issue 6 (May 2016)

What is Rockland?


In 2016 a group of friends and volunteers published a literary freesheet which we distributed around London every month for almost a year. Rain or shine we left hundreds of Rocklands lying around, ready to pick up. We shared writing submitted by a wide range of talented voices - mostly from the UK, some from further afield.

Rockland is poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction (including slightly absurd reviews of pubs) and illustrations.

Without advertising or sponsorship, and without charging for a copy of Rockland we could no longer fund the paper by ourselves and went back to the drawing board.

What Now?

With your help Rockland can be born again! We will design and create Rockland in our free time, but cannot afford to pay for distribution or printing on our own. We think that there should be space for these forms of writing in our lives, and if you think so too please support us!

We take submissions from everyone and consider anything, in any form. We want to publish interesting, contemporary literature that is politically responsible and accessible to the widest range of human experience.

We believe that the publication of this kind of free culture is a political act in and of itself. Writing is one of our most powerful tools, but creativity is often absent from our everyday lives. We aim to go some way to correct this imbalance both for those who write and those who can be inspired by their work.

Rockland is entirely funded by the readers.

How is this gonna work?

We want to cover our costs but our labour is freely given up in our evenings and weekends. That means we can get Rockland delivered to your door for just $4 an issue!

As a bonus we will also include an 'archive' issue of the 2016 Rockland with each $4 issue.

$4 is around £3 but this is a US website so price is displayed in $. But it does mean your payment will be converted. Some banks will charge a fee for this. Usually, according the websites of most banks, it's tiny like an ant (it would be around £0.09), but it is possible that it's ridiculous like an adult-sized ant costume. We don't want anyone to be overcharged for Rockland, so please be careful. What we know for sure is if you checkout with PayPal, you only pay 2.9% fee (that's around £0.09). 

We know this might be off-putting but we are choosing to use Patreon because we can create a community for the whole project, not just one issue at a time, and because you won't be charged until we are sending Rockland to your house.

Please consider making a PayPal account if you don't have one and if your bank might charge you a £silly fee & don't hesitate to reach out to your friendly neighbourhood [email protected], or message us on Patreon if you’re worried about paying.

We hope to produce an issue every 2 months but can only do so when we reach 100 subscribers! Don't worry, we will only charge you once we reach that number - you'll receive a 'paid post' notification and know that your issue is winging its way to your doorstep. Our plan is to make 6 issues that will constitute 'Rockland Volume 2'.

ALSO you can choose to donate more than $4! Anything more you give us will help us so much and hopefully make a bigger and better Rockland.


That's it!


Thanks for reading our pitch. Check out the options on the side for how you can contribute, and cast your eyes down for an FAQ with extra (special) information if you're still thinking, "But alas, I have yet to pay the electric bill." And send us a message if anything is unclear. We're very friendly.

FAQ

Who are you?


Ollie Hall (aka Jessica Treadmill).
Ludo Cinelli (aka George of the Jersey Islands).
Joe Whitehead (aka DJ Bread).
Ben Jackson (aka Mr Two Feet).

What are you?


4 humans. Graduates from UK universities. Warm blooded. Writers and readers. Living in London and Istanbul. Working in politics, literature, technology and hardly working at all. Theatre makers, mountain climbers, poets, comedians.

Why are you?


We were all made in the 'traditional' way whereby an egg is fertilised by a sperm and after a period of growth to an acceptable size, we were mercilessly introduced to the world and continue to live due to being afraid of the alternative. We love reading short, fun and mind-opening literature.

Rockland? Huh?


Rockland WAS a two side A3 'freesheet' in the style of Victorian penny dreadfuls, filled with poetry and stories.

Rockland Volume 2 WILL BE a four-eight page tabloid-sized literary journal in the same style, but with 100% new material and 100% new geopolitical context.

Was Rockland a Success?


We are all still very proud of Rockland (2016 edition), as one clings on to a childhood swimming certificate when there is a distinct lack of acheivement in later life.

It was a hard slog, especially as we delivered the copies by hand, paid for everything ourselves, and only functioned as a very small team - making it particularly hard to assess the impact of each issue.

Everyone we have ever talked to about Rockland has supported us and was impressed - sometimes to the point of tears* - by the physical copies.

At the end of it all we made a big event in Waterstones Picadilly to celebrate, with readings from different contributors and a good turn out of Rockland readers, as well as free wine! If free wine is not success, then we don't... have much experience of success.

*figure of speech

Why do you insist on continuing?


There is a lack of accessible and alternative short literature. Journals are usually (by necessity) expensive and/or hard to come by.

We believe our style, both of production and of editorship, is unique.

Just check out the pictures to understand how cool Rockland looks!

We are open to any submissions from anyone, and we like writing that pushes boundaries - writing that is unlike what we find around us. If you know anyone who might be interested in submitting, tell them about us now!

How do you create an issue of Rockland?


We ask for submissions on Facebook and Wordpress - anyone can send whatever they want to [email protected].

The biggest job is to read everything that is submitted. The four of us read everything between us. As much as possible is read by all four. 

Then, we meet up (either in real life, on a video call, or deep underground) and discuss what we got, what we think, what we are most excited by and how we can shape that into the next issue.

Once we have our shortlist of what we will publish, we design the issue so that it looks just as beautiful as you see in these here pictures.

Finally, we take our super-special paper to our friendly neighbourhood printing place and turn our design into a physical Rockland.

Can I submit?


Of course! Anyone can submit. Submissions are open now. Email your short story to [email protected]. For the first issue there is no theme. We accept anything but we will not publish anything we believe to be offensive. We will reply to all the emails we can; if we receive too many then we will contact those whose stories we have chosen to publish.

If we need to stop taking submissions for any reason, for any length of time, you will receive an automatic reply letting you know when they are open again.


Images courtesy of Rosanna Hiscock

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Rockland Subscription
$4 or more per creation
Get the next issue of the internationally curious literary freesheet printed on really nice paper delivered to your door!


PLUS a dusty old copy of a Rockland Issue from the archives.


It's possible some banks will charge a fee for currency conversion. If you're not sure, checkout with PayPal (the fee is only around £0.09) or send us a Patreon message or email ([email protected])