For the last two years we’ve payed our contributors with help from Australian Council for the Arts — but now we’ve hit a hitch: like many literary journals this year, we’re yet to secure renewed funding for 2020.
Which means we urgently need our readers’ support to ensure we can continue the great work we’ve been doing promoting minority and marginalised voices, and all-round fine lit! Because if mags like Verity La fold, all we’ll be left with is a homogeneous literary scene that fails to reflect and nurutre the amazing diversity of creativity in our world.
So, we’re looking for supporters. Not subscribers (all of our content will remain free online) but supporters.
Why support us? Because as well as publishing some of the best and most well-recognised writers in the country, we actively welcome and mentor minority voices through a series of specialised publishing streams dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging Indigenous writers, as well as writers experiencing mental health issues, diaspora and disability. Vital work!
We publish up to 100 poems, stories, articles, reviews, interviews and artworks every year. And just as we have in the last few years, we want to continue to pay each of our contributors $100 in 2020 — which means we need to raise $10,000 to cover us for next year!
Our editorial team will power on in a voluntary capacity, but if — by some miracle (aka, huge amounts of hustling, shaking and grant application writing on our part) — we DO manage to come into some extra dosh and find ourselves with an (unheard of in literary circles!) surplus, we’ll redirect those funds towards paying our 20 hardworking and passionate editors a honorarium sum. Win/win!
So, show us the love, dear readers! We promise not to disappoint.
Our supporters’ names (unless they wish to remain anonymous) will be proudly displayed on our website (http://verityla.com/) and splashed with aplomb over social media. Because we believe that by supporting Verity La you’ll be making a significant contribution to the strength and diversity of Australian literature. And we hope that you believe in that goal too!