Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation is creating Spark: A Creative Anthology
17

patrons

$69
per month
A showcase for the very best original fiction and poetry, Spark: A Creative Anthology publishes the work of both emerging and established authors in a high-quality quarterly volume. Spark is administered and published by the Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We rely on the support and generosity of readers like you to continue our mission of encouraging great writing and fostering emerging talent.

How Your Tax-Deductible Donation Is Used

We invite you to specify how you want your donation to be allocated. This ensures that your generous gift goes exactly where you want it to. Simply send us a message here on Patreon after you’ve pledged and let us know how you’d prefer us to use the funds.

As Needed
When you ask that your donation be used as needed, we will first apply it toward paying contributors, then toward operating expenses (e.g., printing costs, web hosting fees, and marketing), and finally, when everything else is taken care of, toward reimbursing our editor-in-chief and volunteer staff.

Scholarships
The Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation sponsors an annual fellowship for instructors of the elite and prestigious  Clarion West Writers Workshop. For younger writers, we also award an annual scholarship to the California State Summer School for the Arts’ annual creative writing program. When your donation is applied to our scholarship fund, you enable us to continue these sponsorships and expand our offerings. We are also happy to let the scholarship recipient know of your direct contribution to their award, unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous.

Contributor Payments
We are committed to  paying every contributor, regardless of her or his publication history. This means debut writers get paid just like established professionals. Your donation helps encourage literary artists by sustaining and even increasing our minimum payments for their work.

Prefer to Make a One-Time Donation?

You can do that here!

About the Patron Rewards

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
19 patrons
Be a Sponsor. Be a Hero.
A dollar per month doesn’t hurt at all!

As a thank-you for your continued patronage, you’re entitled to a digital PDF copy of each and every future volume of Spark: A Creative Anthology.

Pledge $3.75 or more per month
4 patrons
You’ll receive each volume of Spark in a convenient PDF format as well as a one-year subscription to Duotrope!

Duotrope is a paid subscription service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points they’ve gathered on the publishers they list.
Pledge $5 or more per month
6 of 240 patrons
First Printing Trade Paperback + PDF
Now it’s starting to get good!

Not only do you get great literature but also a collectible: as a thank-you for pledging five dollars each month, you’re entitled to the PDF digital download as well as a first edition, first printing copy of the trade paperback of each and every future volume of Spark: A Creative Anthology.

Your copy will come with a signed information card explaining the significance of the first printing and confirming that yours is a copy from the first print run.


Pledge $7 or more per month
1 patron
Scribophile Premium!
Scribophile is the number-one online workshop and critique site for dedicated writers or novelists. Take your writing to the next level and enjoy these perks as a Premium member:

  • Unlimited works posted at once
  • Unlimited private messages and bulletins
  • Save critiques-in-progress to finish later
  • Control who sees your writing with advanced privacy controls
  • Show off your success with a personal Publication Showcase
  • See detailed reader stats for your work
  • 20% off of Scrivener
  • …and lots more!

Scribophile Premium has a value of $65 per year, or $9 per month. This patron reward has been donated to Empire & Great Jones by Scribophile. Your membership will be renewed each month as long as your pledge remains active.
Pledge $7.50 or more per month
1 patron
“Sleeping Spring” Print by Casey Robin



Like a princess frozen in ice, the spirit of Nature waits in enchanted sleep. Delicate snowflakes and heady blossoms drift through the scene, as Winter turns to Spring.

“Sleeping Spring” was commissioned for the cover of Spark, Volume V, from artist and CSSSA alumna Casey Robin. The original work, which measures about 12″ × 9″, was painted on illustration board using pigmented pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.

This piece is a high-quality reproduction on 19″ × 13″ Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper, printed with the same Epson R3000 printer as the limited-edition prints, which means exquisite detail and an archival print that will last and last. Your “Sleeping Spring” print will arrive in a stay-flat photo mailer with a plastic protective sleeve and backing board.

As with all Casey Robin art prints, “Sleeping Spring” prints are lovingly made and signed by the artist—Casey Robin! Casey is a freelance visual development artist working out of Southern California. She studied art and animation at CalArts, Studio Art Centers International, the Illustration Academy, and more. She has worked for Disney, Zondervan, KlickNation, and the Pac-12 Convention. More prints of her work can be found at the artist’s Etsy shop.
Pledge $7.50 or more per month
0 patrons
Two Years of Duotrope + Spark PDF
You’ll receive each volume of Spark in a convenient PDF format as well as a two-year subscription to Duotrope!

Duotrope is a paid subscription service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points they’ve gathered on the publishers they list.
Pledge $15 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
“Sleeping Spring” Limited Edition, Hand-Embellished Art Print by Casey Robin



Like a princess frozen in ice, the spirit of Nature waits in enchanted sleep. Delicate snowflakes and heady blossoms drift through the scene, as Winter turns to Spring.

“Sleeping Spring” was commissioned for the cover of Spark, Volume V, from artist and CSSSA alumna Casey Robin. The original work, which measures about 12″ × 9″, was painted on illustration board using pigmented pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.

These are limited to a single run of 10 worldwide. We will not print more.

Your limited-edition “Sleeping Spring” giclée print was created in Casey Robin’s studio, with every step of the process overseen by the artist. The prints were rendered with an Epson Photo Stylus R3000 printer on 13″ x 19″ Epson Velvet Fine Art paper. This process uses the highest-quality paper, pigments, and digital settings, ensuring that each print will be completely archival. The interior image was printed at 600 dpi to match the dimensions of the original illustration.
Goals
$69 of $1,000 per month
We’ll increase contributor payments to 8 cents per word or $50 per published work—whichever is more.

This represents a quadrupling of our current rates, and would be a critical step toward helping Spark contributors qualify for membership in several professional associations, organizations, and workshops.
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A showcase for the very best original fiction and poetry, Spark: A Creative Anthology publishes the work of both emerging and established authors in a high-quality quarterly volume. Spark is administered and published by the Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We rely on the support and generosity of readers like you to continue our mission of encouraging great writing and fostering emerging talent.

How Your Tax-Deductible Donation Is Used

We invite you to specify how you want your donation to be allocated. This ensures that your generous gift goes exactly where you want it to. Simply send us a message here on Patreon after you’ve pledged and let us know how you’d prefer us to use the funds.

As Needed
When you ask that your donation be used as needed, we will first apply it toward paying contributors, then toward operating expenses (e.g., printing costs, web hosting fees, and marketing), and finally, when everything else is taken care of, toward reimbursing our editor-in-chief and volunteer staff.

Scholarships
The Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation sponsors an annual fellowship for instructors of the elite and prestigious  Clarion West Writers Workshop. For younger writers, we also award an annual scholarship to the California State Summer School for the Arts’ annual creative writing program. When your donation is applied to our scholarship fund, you enable us to continue these sponsorships and expand our offerings. We are also happy to let the scholarship recipient know of your direct contribution to their award, unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous.

Contributor Payments
We are committed to  paying every contributor, regardless of her or his publication history. This means debut writers get paid just like established professionals. Your donation helps encourage literary artists by sustaining and even increasing our minimum payments for their work.

Prefer to Make a One-Time Donation?

You can do that here!

About the Patron Rewards

Recent posts by Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
19 patrons
Be a Sponsor. Be a Hero.
A dollar per month doesn’t hurt at all!

As a thank-you for your continued patronage, you’re entitled to a digital PDF copy of each and every future volume of Spark: A Creative Anthology.

Pledge $3.75 or more per month
4 patrons
You’ll receive each volume of Spark in a convenient PDF format as well as a one-year subscription to Duotrope!

Duotrope is a paid subscription service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points they’ve gathered on the publishers they list.
Pledge $5 or more per month
6 of 240 patrons
First Printing Trade Paperback + PDF
Now it’s starting to get good!

Not only do you get great literature but also a collectible: as a thank-you for pledging five dollars each month, you’re entitled to the PDF digital download as well as a first edition, first printing copy of the trade paperback of each and every future volume of Spark: A Creative Anthology.

Your copy will come with a signed information card explaining the significance of the first printing and confirming that yours is a copy from the first print run.


Pledge $7 or more per month
1 patron
Scribophile Premium!
Scribophile is the number-one online workshop and critique site for dedicated writers or novelists. Take your writing to the next level and enjoy these perks as a Premium member:

  • Unlimited works posted at once
  • Unlimited private messages and bulletins
  • Save critiques-in-progress to finish later
  • Control who sees your writing with advanced privacy controls
  • Show off your success with a personal Publication Showcase
  • See detailed reader stats for your work
  • 20% off of Scrivener
  • …and lots more!

Scribophile Premium has a value of $65 per year, or $9 per month. This patron reward has been donated to Empire & Great Jones by Scribophile. Your membership will be renewed each month as long as your pledge remains active.
Pledge $7.50 or more per month
1 patron
“Sleeping Spring” Print by Casey Robin



Like a princess frozen in ice, the spirit of Nature waits in enchanted sleep. Delicate snowflakes and heady blossoms drift through the scene, as Winter turns to Spring.

“Sleeping Spring” was commissioned for the cover of Spark, Volume V, from artist and CSSSA alumna Casey Robin. The original work, which measures about 12″ × 9″, was painted on illustration board using pigmented pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.

This piece is a high-quality reproduction on 19″ × 13″ Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper, printed with the same Epson R3000 printer as the limited-edition prints, which means exquisite detail and an archival print that will last and last. Your “Sleeping Spring” print will arrive in a stay-flat photo mailer with a plastic protective sleeve and backing board.

As with all Casey Robin art prints, “Sleeping Spring” prints are lovingly made and signed by the artist—Casey Robin! Casey is a freelance visual development artist working out of Southern California. She studied art and animation at CalArts, Studio Art Centers International, the Illustration Academy, and more. She has worked for Disney, Zondervan, KlickNation, and the Pac-12 Convention. More prints of her work can be found at the artist’s Etsy shop.
Pledge $7.50 or more per month
0 patrons
Two Years of Duotrope + Spark PDF
You’ll receive each volume of Spark in a convenient PDF format as well as a two-year subscription to Duotrope!

Duotrope is a paid subscription service for writers that offers an extensive, searchable database of current fiction, poetry, and nonfiction markets, a calendar of upcoming deadlines, submissions trackers, and useful statistics compiled from the millions of data points they’ve gathered on the publishers they list.
Pledge $15 or more per month
0 of 5 patrons
“Sleeping Spring” Limited Edition, Hand-Embellished Art Print by Casey Robin



Like a princess frozen in ice, the spirit of Nature waits in enchanted sleep. Delicate snowflakes and heady blossoms drift through the scene, as Winter turns to Spring.

“Sleeping Spring” was commissioned for the cover of Spark, Volume V, from artist and CSSSA alumna Casey Robin. The original work, which measures about 12″ × 9″, was painted on illustration board using pigmented pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.

These are limited to a single run of 10 worldwide. We will not print more.

Your limited-edition “Sleeping Spring” giclée print was created in Casey Robin’s studio, with every step of the process overseen by the artist. The prints were rendered with an Epson Photo Stylus R3000 printer on 13″ x 19″ Epson Velvet Fine Art paper. This process uses the highest-quality paper, pigments, and digital settings, ensuring that each print will be completely archival. The interior image was printed at 600 dpi to match the dimensions of the original illustration.