Room's 2018 Subscription Drive

Posted by 
Chelene Knight and Meghan Bell
Help Room continue to thrive. Subscriptions are only $25 until September 30.

Thank you to everyone who supported our subscription drive! With your support, we raised over $7,625 to help sustain our new projects. 

Dear Readers,

We are so proud of the direction Room is taking and how far we have come. Our love and dedication to the CanLit community is something we think about on a daily basis. We constantly ask ourselves how we can do better. Our staff and volunteers spend countless hours on this labour of love. Because of this passion, Room has a recognizable face; you know us and we love that. We are out there, we are building relationships. We are trying new things. We are growing.

3,315 dollars raised so farTo ease some of our imminent growing pains, we are hoping to raise $10,000 through new and returning subscribers, merchandise sales, and donations by September 30, 2018 to help keep some of our new projects afloat and free or financially accessible to all, including the Growing Room literary festival, Indigenous Brilliance reading series, our new online response-poem series, Turtle Island Responds, and our two podcasts, Lit Mag Love and Fainting Couch Feminists. These projects and the Roomies who spearhead them are important to us, and your help will make sure they are able to continue doing this work. 

If you’re already a subscriber and you’d like to help us out in another way, please consider giving a subscription as a gift, donating (we will thank all donors in our December 2018 issue), checking out the tote bags, notebooks, and our anthology in our store (discounts available on this page below for Canadian addresses), and/or spreading the word about this campaign by sharing it on social media and telling your feminist, literature-loving friends.

Thank you for supporting independent, feminist media. To learn more about our new projects, where the funds will go, and our vision for the future, scroll to the bottom of the page!

Subscription and merchandise discounts are available for Canadian addresses only (you also have the option to pay full price). If you live outside Canada and want to support us, please check out our subscribe page and store page. We're sorry that we cannot offer discounts to international addresses because of shipping expenses.

Unfortunately, we do not currently have charitable status (although we're working on it), and cannot offer a tax receipt for donations.

All subscriptions will begin with our December 2018 issue, edited by Alissa McArthur, and featuring new writing by Kim Fu, Melanie Mah, Estlin McPhee, Loghan Paylor, Erika Thorkelson, Lisa Rawn, Cara Waterfall, Katie McGarry, and many more.

Thank you so much for your support,

Meghan Bell, Publisher
Chelene Knight, Managing Editor
on behalf of the Growing Room Collective

Don't use PayPal? You can also take advantage of the subscription discount or donate by sending a cheque via to:

Room Magazine
PO Box 46160 Station D
Vancouver, BC V6J 5G5

Want to order multiple items or a box of back issues? Contact Meghan Bell at circulation [at] roommagazine [dot] com.

Learn more about our new projects:

Turtle Island Responds

What is it? Turtle Island Responds is a library of lived experience in verse, and publishes response poems to current events by marginalized and underrepresented writers affected by them.

Expenses include: compensating all contributors and our editor, Jónína Kirton.

What we’ll do if we meet our fundraising goal: double the numbers of poems we publish to 3-4 per month, and invest more time in the editorial process.

Fainting Couch Feminists and Lit Mag Love

What are they? Fainting Couch Feminists is an interview-based podcast for witches, bitches, and anyone who’s ever been called “hysterical”, while Lit Mag Love features interviews and writing and publishing advice from editors of literary magazines across North America.

Expenses include: compensating our productions coordinator, Mica Lemiski, for her time editing both podcasts, hosting expenses, and online promotion.

What we’ll do if we meet our fundraising goal: introduce a new podcast in the summer of 2019, a spin-off of Lit Mag Love featuring interviews with event and festival organizers, marketing staff, and other behind-the-scenes administrators who put in countless hours for little pay to help support and promote the literary arts—For the Love of Lit.

The Indigenous Brilliance Reading Series

What is it? A quarterly reading series based in Vancouver committed to featuring Indigenous women and 2SQ artists/badasses/babes out there doing amazing work in their communities.

Expenses include: compensating all readers and our hosts, and travel and accommodation expenses to bring authors from across Canada to Vancouver to read.

What we’ll do if we meet our fundraising goal: add a second Indigenous Brilliance reading to Growing Room 2019, featuring a line-up of emerging Indigenous youth artists.

Growing Room

What is it? Our annual feminist literary festival, which occurs every March in Vancouver.

Expenses include: look, we’ll level with you here: we don’t expect to turn a profit with our literary festival, but we aim to break even and did not meet this goal in our first two years, in part because we’re committed to offering the majority of events at the festival either on a pay-what-you-can (PWYC) basis, or at an extremely subsidized rate (for example, we paid our manuscript consultants last year almost 50% more than we charged writers for the consults), and in part because putting on a literary festival is really, really expensive. We want to keep the festival affordable and accessible, but we need your help to do this.

What we’ll do if we meet our fundraising goal: keep Growing Room financially accessible in 2019 by continuing to use a PWYC model for the majority of our events, bring in more authors from out-of-town, and increase staff hours so that less of their work on the festival goes uncompensated (we estimate that Room staff put in over 500 unpaid hours combined on Growing Room 2018).

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