Friends of Vocamus Press is an incorporated non-proft community arts organization that supports book culture in Guelph, Ontario and the surrounding area.
We provide local writers and readers with lots of free resources – writing workshops, information panels, manuscript consultations, book readings, social events, writing groups, book promotion, anthologies of local writing, and our annual Book Bash Festival – my goodness, just about everything.
We do it because we're all about creating community through books, encouraging the exchange of ideas, supporting the creative process, connecting people with each other, and promoting freedom of self-expression – all that good stuff.
You can support us by pledging to donate twice a year, Spring and Fall, the seasons when publishers generally schedule their book releases. You can pledge any amount, but donors at certain levels will receive packages of perks and local books as our way of thanking you for your support and also supporting local authors and publishers.
Your support goes to fund all the fun stuff we already do and also to pave the way for future plans, like a Wellington County Writer-in-Residence program, a joint office space for Guelph's micro-publishers, and a Writers' Room where local writers can come and work for free.
We're happy to have anyone partner with us of course, but we're first and foremost about our local community, so we only ship our physical rewards packages within Wellington County. If you'd like to get these packages from farther away, you'll need to be in touch to make special arrangements.
$10 James Gay Dreamer Level
If you support us for at least $10 a season (or $20 a year), we'll include your name as a patron of Friends of Vocamus Press in our next ETCH or Rhapsody anthology. In the Spring it will be our ETCH anthology, which collects the winners of the Guelph Public Library's teen writing contest each year. In the Fall it will be our annual Rhapsody anthology of local poetry.
$25 Hetty Hazelwood Partner Level
If you support us for at least $25 a season (or $50 a year), we'll include your name in our next anthology and also send you two or three recently published ebooks from local writers. They could be just about anything – poetry to fantasy, non-fiction to romance, mystery to self-help – but they'll all be from the Guelph areas. We'll try to keep you on your toes.
$50 John Galt Founder Level
If you support us for at least $50 a season (or $100 a year), you'll receive your name in our next anthology, a selection of ebooks, and also a copy of our seasonal anthology. You'll get a great sampling of both established and emerging writers working in the area each and every year.
$100 Mary Leslie Pioneer Level
If you support us for at least $100 a season (or $200 a year), you'll receive your name in our next anthology, a selection of ebooks, a copy of our seasonal anthology, and Vocamus Press' most recent title of poetry or short fiction by a Guelph area author.
$250 John McCrae Builder Level
If you support us for at least $250 a season (or $500 a year), we'll go all in. Your name will be in our seasonal anthology. You'll receive the selection of ebooks, our seasonal anthology, and the Vocamus Press seasonal title. You'll also receive a selection of chapbooks and postcards from Guelph-based Fenylalanine Publishing, the most recent title from Guelph micro-publisher PS Guelph, and maybe some surprise titles from other Guelph area authors and publishers. You'll also get the opportunity to have your name or your company recognized on our website and at our annual Book Bash Festival.
However much you chose to give, we're grateful for your support, and we welcome you to be involved in our community of writers and readers, publishers and book lovers. Together we are Guelph books.
And hey, if you're wondering about the people in the monochromatic pictures whose names are on our levels of support, James Gay was a Guelph poet and the self-appointed Poet Laureate of Canada; Hetty Hazelwood (not actually her picture – send us one if you have it) was a Guelph resident who published one of the city's earliest collections of poetry; John Galt was the founder of Guelph and a writer of poems, plays, and novels; Mary Leslie lived just outside of Guelph and was probably the first female novelist born in Upper Canada; and John McCrae was a Guelph doctor and poet best known for his poem, "In Flanders Fields".