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Greetings all! I hope you are doing well this spring. I wanted to take a minute and update you on how things are going at Burlesque Press. This month we will be opening up registration for the second annual Hands On Literary Festival and Masquerade Ball.  Stay tuned for more information on speakers, agents, and writers who will be attending! We're very excited about this year's festival, and have a few surprises in store for you!

As a reminder, The Burlesque Press Variety Show opened up to public submissions last year. The Variety Show has already become a thriving online journal, publishing new fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays 3-5 times a week.  We are always looking for new work, though, and at present we charge no submission fees.  So get your work in!

Though registration is now closed for this summer's writing retreat, we'll be opening up registration very soon for next year's summer writing retreats, so please stay tuned for more info, and in the meantime, let me know if you have any questions! We have future retreats planned for Iceland, Edinburgh, Italy, and more.




In other words, it's been a great first year for Burlesque Press, and we're excited to expand the press even further. A year ago, I started this company to help build a sense of community among writers, and to provide opportunities at home and abroad for writers to meet, share ideas, and work on their craft. I wanted to combine the best elements of literary festivals, writing retreats, and literary publishing in one place, and to break down some of the barriers that currently stand between aspiring authors and the publishing industry, between writers and readers, and between writers and other writers. We've already got the press off to a great start, and I'm thankful for all the writers, readers, and presenters who have helped to build this wonderful community.

Now we would like to expand our reach, and to do that, we are looking to raise some extra funds. For this, we need your help. We're launching this Go Fund Me campaign to enable us to offer writers more opportunities to publish their work and connect with each other professionally, at home and abroad. I'm very excited for this campaign. Please take a look at the cool incentives and giveaways we've put together, and whether or not something catches your eye, please consider sharing the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever new and incredible social media platform has just been invented!


Please let me know if you have any questions.

And thanks again to everyone who has helped make Burlesque Press what it is, and for your continued support as we grow!

Jennifer Stewart
Director, Burlesque Press
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BurlesquePress
Twitter: @1burlesquepress


What we need to cover:

Publishing: ISBNs, Software and fees assorted with preparing books for print and online publication. $1000

Festival:  While we endeavor to fund the festival primarily through registration fees, we also want to make the festival accessible for all who wish to attend.  Which means any extra money we can raise towards bringing in agents, writers, and editors helps enormously!  $2000

Marketing: So far, we have had a lot of success with advertising on a small budget, combining print and online/social media advertising, and we would like to further grow these campaigns. $1000

T-Shirts: We aim to re-stock T-shirts and Tote Bags and other swag for the festival, for the retreat in Krakow, for AWP, and for this campaign. If you haven't already checked out our t-shirts, please do: they have been a real hit. $1000

Assorted Operating Costs: Logo Design, Cost of the Go Fund Me campaign itself, and various giveaways, website and other administrative fees, etc. $1000


Goal: $6000

Incentives! Please read these carefully as the descriptions here contain more details than we could fit in the 160 character limit description tabs!

Incentives: Tier 1

$15 - A handwritten thank you note from Jeni Stewart. Or, if you would prefer to actually be able to read your note, a typed note signed by me :)

$25 - A handwritten thank you note AND a snazzy, highly durable Burlesque Press tote bag.

$40 - A handwritten thank you note from me, AND a soft, stylish Burlesque Press T-Shirt.

$55 - Cover Letter Edits - Submitting to lit mags or agents? Let one of our staff members look over your letter and offer advice. PLUS a handwritten thank you note from me.

$60 - Stuck with a story or essay? Ten pages of proofreading / copyediting by a member of the Burlesque Press staff and a handwritten thank you note from me.

$65 - Your choice of either a t-shirt or a tote bag, and a sonnet or poem written especially for you by a member of our Burlesque Press staff.

$70 Writing Prompts and a Deadline: Deadlines often come in handy, and we've designed this option to help combat the dreaded writer's block. We'll send you up to 3 prompts for either a poem or a short prose piece, and give you a deadline to submit the work back to us. We'll read it, make editing suggestions, and also suggest some places you might submit to for publication. Hey, we might even consider it for The Variety Show! And we'll also give you a snazzy Burlesque Press tote bag to carry your notes in to the coffee shop so you can meet that deadline. Limit: 10

$75 - A handwritten note from me, a Burlesque Press T-Shirt and Tote Bag, and a copy of our first published book, Siren Song by Tawni Waters.

$100 - Almost all of the Above: a t-shirt, a tote bag, a copy of our first book, Siren Song, by Tawni Waters, a handwritten thank you note, and a limerick or other rhyming poem written especially for you by a member of our staff.


$125 - Dance with Tawni, author of Siren Song! For this incentive level, we are offering a midnight dance with Tawni Vee Waters at midnight at our Hands On Festival Masquerade Ball in New Orleans. Must be present at ball to choose this selection. Additionally, Tawni promises to have two left feet. However, Tawni also promises to be wearing an awesome dress and to be a super fun, if uncoordinated, dance partner. You also get a copy of Siren Song, signed by Tawni. So lock in your midnight dance fun, and help Burlesque Press out at the same time! ONLY ONE AVAILABLE. No transportation or lodging included. Must be present in New Orleans and at the Masquerade Ball.

Incentives: Tier 2


Manuscript Consultations

$200 - Manuscript Consultation with Dinty W. Moore. Dinty will read one prose selection of 10-15 pages. He will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, or, alternatively, you can arrange a brief, up to 15 minutes, phone call or Skype conversation with him to discuss the piece. Once the campaign has concluded, Burlesque Press will put you in touch with Dinty and you can then work out a schedule for submission of materials and receipt of feedback. LIMIT - 3 manuscript consultations in total

$150 - Manuscript Consultation with Shelley Puhak, who was recently selected as the winner of the Hecht Prize by Charles Simic. Shelley will read a selection of up to 10 poems or no more than 15 pages. She will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, or, alternatively, you can arrange a brief, up to 15 minutes, phone call or Skype conversation with her to discuss the piece. Once the campaign has concluded, Burlesque Press will put you in touch with Shelley and you can then work out a schedule for submission of materials and receipt of feedback. LIMIT - 3 manuscript consultations in total

$145 - Manuscript Consultation with Tawni Waters. Check out Tawni's bio here. Tawni will read one prose selection of 10-15 pages. She will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, or, alternatively, you can arrange a brief, up to 15 minutes, phone call or Skype conversation with her to discuss the piece. Once the campaign has concluded, Burlesque Press will put you in touch with Tawni and you can then work out a schedule for submission of materials and receipt of feedback. LIMIT - 3 manuscript consultations in total

$160 - Manuscript Consultation with Jen Violi. Jen will read one prose selection of 10-15 pages. She will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, or, alternatively, you can arrange a brief, up to 15 minutes, phone call or Skype conversation with her to discuss the piece. Once the campaign has concluded, Burlesque Press will put you in touch with Jen and you can then work out a schedule for submission of materials and receipt of feedback. LIMIT - 3 manuscript consultations in total


Incentives Tier 3:

$110 - This Includes a Registration to attend the New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball during our Hands On Literary Festival and Masquerade Ball this December 30, 2013 to January 1, 2014. The ball will feature live music and dancing, a champagne toast at midnight, and other light nibbles. This incentive ALSO includes a t-shirt, and a thank you note. Please note - no transportation to or lodging within New Orleans will be provided. Must be present to take part.

$115 - This includes a Registration to attend our keynote reception during our Hands on Festival and Masquerade Ball this December 29, 2014. The keynote will feature a reception with light snacks and drinks before the address. It ALSO includes a thank you note and a t-shirt. Please note - no transportation to or lodging within New Orleans will be provided. Must be present to take part.

$350 - This includes a full registration for the Hands On Literary Festival and Masquerade Ball taking place in New Orleans this December 29 to December 31, 2014. It includes full access to the panels and readings, the ball, and the keynote. It also includes a t-shirt. Please note - no transportation or lodging is being offered. Must be present to take part, and all travel expenses belong to the individual and not Burlesque Press.

$500 - This includes a full registration to the festival as noted above, a t-shirt, a tote bag, a copy of the first Burlesque Press book, and a handwritten thank you note.

$600 - This includes not only a full registration to the Hands On Literary Festival as noted above, a thank you note, but also an invite to attend dinner with the keynote and a few other festival presenters on December 29th, the night of the keynote. Please note: Must be present to attend. No transportation or lodging in New Orleans will be provided. Does not cover purchase of alcohol at dinner. ONLY ONE AVAILABLE!

Incentives Tier 4:

$1000 - A registration for two to the Hands On Literary Festival and Masquerade Ball, two t-shirts, two tote bags, two copies of the first Burlesque Press book Siren Song, and a handwritten thank you note. NO transportation, lodging, or meals provided.


$2500 "“ Join us for an intense, productive, and fun writing retreat to the heart of medieval Poland! This includes one full registration for the first Burlesque Press Retreat in Krakow, Poland this coming July 1 through July 10, as well as a thank you note, a t-shirt, and a tote bag. This option also provides for a reading during our retreat in Krakow. Please note - this does not include airfare, housing, or meals. May be purchased for another person (ie, you can donate the registration to someone else). Only valid for the Krakow retreat, however, if for any reason Burlesque Press does not run the Krakow retreat in 2014 it will be valid for the next retreat in 2015. For more information about this option, please contact Jennifer Stewart.
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Only 5 days left to pre-order Tawni Waters new book of poetry, Siren Song! Order now, and get a signed copy delivered in January!
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Hi everyone! We've just announced a limited time only offer. From now until December 29, 2015 you can pre-order a signed copy of Tawni Waters new book Siren Song for a $20 donation. We can either mail you the book after the first of the year (48 contiguous states only) or you can arrange to pick it up in person at The Hands On Literary Festival & Masquerade Ball in New Orleans December 28 - Dec 31, 2014. Will we have copies available for sale there? Yes, indeed, we believe we will have a few, but if you want to make sure to get one, now's the time! Remember, for a $75 donation you will also get a t-shirt and a tote bag. And for a $125 donation you get a dance with Tawni at the festival at midnight (assuming you will be at the festival). Thanks everyone! :)
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Hey everyone! I wanted to touch base with you, not just because its the end of the year, but also because the second annual Hands On Festival & Masquerade Ball is a few weeks away, and it hasn't broken even yet. This is a labor of love, but no matter how much love I seem to put into it, I can't turn love into venue fees. We endeavor to pay for the whole festival with venue fees, but we also want it to be egalitarian, and productive for attendees. Any little bit you can give will help us out, and I will be very appreciative! As you know, we endeavor to make the festival accessible for all who want to take part. Which means by giving, you could be helping a new or emerging writer get their start. And I don't know about you, but helping writers figure out their way in the publishing world, at all stages of their career, is why I wanted to do this festival in the first place. Well, that and the cheese plates ;) So if you can spare a bit for the cheese, I mean writers, all of us at Burlesque Press and the Hands On Fest would greatly appreciate it!

And I hope everyone is gearing up for a great season, whatever you may celebrate!

With creative love,

Jeni
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Happy Spring-Thing-You-Celebrate! Consider making our spring a little warmer by donating today, and help us make this year's festival superb!
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$1,375 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 55 months
Created November 13, 2013
$20
Limited Time!
From now until 12/29 you can pre-order a copy of Tawni Waters new book Siren Song. This equals a signed copy (mailed after January 15 or available at the Fest)
$15
Basic
A handwritten thank you note from Jeni Stewart. Or, if you would prefer to actually be able to read your note, a typed note signed by me :)
$25
Get the Bag
A handwritten thank you note AND a snazzy, highly durable Burlesque Press tote bag.
$40
Get the Shirt
A handwritten thank you note from me, AND a soft, stylish Burlesque Press T-Shirt.
$55
Cover Letter!
10 of 10 left
Cover Letter Edits - Submitting to lit mags or agents? Let one of our staff members look over your letter and offer advice. PLUS a handwritten thank you note
$60
Get the Editing
10 of 10 left
Stuck with a story or essay? Ten pages of proofreading / copyediting by a member of the Burlesque Press staff and a handwritten thank you note from me.
$65
Got Poetry?
Your choice of either a t-shirt or a tote bag, and a sonnet or poem written especially for you by a member of our Burlesque Press staff.
$70
Cure the Block
9 of 10 left
We’ll send you 3 prompts for a poem or a short prose piece, & give you a deadline. We’ll make editing & possible publications suggestions.
$75
Get the Book
A handwritten note from me, a Burlesque Press T-Shirt and Tote Bag, and a copy of our first published book, Siren Song by Tawni Waters.
$100
Get the Goods
Incl: t-shirt, a tote bag, a copy of our first book, a thank you note, and a limerick or other rhyming poem written especially for you
$125
Dance w/Tawni
1 of 1 left
Tawni promises to have two left feet.Tawni also promises to be wearing an awesome dress and to be a super fun dance partner. You also get a copy of her book.
$200
Dinty W. Moore
3 of 3 left
Dinty will read one prose selection of 10-15 pages. He will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, OR up to 15 mins of a phone or Skype convo.
$150
Shelley Puhak
3 of 3 left
She will read up to 10 poems or no more than 15 pgs. She will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, OR up to 15 mins of a phone or Skype convo.
$145
Tawni V Waters
3 of 3 left
Tawni will read one prose selection of 10-15 pgs. She will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, OR you can arrange a Skype or phone call of up to 15 min
$160
Jen Violi
3 of 3 left
Jen will read one prose selection of 10-15 pgs. She will then provide 1-2 pages of written feedback, OR you can arrange a Skype or phone call of up to 15 min
$110
Masquerade Ball
One ticket to the Hands On Masquerade Ball as well as a t-shirt a thank you note. Please note: no transportation to or lodging within New Orleans included.
$115
Keynote Address
1 tkt to the Hands On Fest Keynote Adress & a t-shirt & a thank you note. Please note: no transportation to or lodging within New Orleans incl.
$350
Registration
A full registration for the Hands On Literary Festival & Masquerade Ball in New Orleans this New Years & a t-shirt. No transportation or lodging incl.
$500
Reg & Goods
This incl a full registration to the festival, a t-shirt, a tote bag, a copy of the first book, & a thank you note. No transport or lodging incl.
$600
Dinner & Dinty
1 of 1 left
Incl a full reg for the festival & an invitation to dinner with Dinty & a few others on Dec 30. Must be present to take part. No transportation or lodging incl.
$1,000
Times Two
A registration for 2 to the Hands On Literary Festival & Masquerade Ball, 2 t-shirts, 2 tote bags, 2 copies of Siren Song, & a thank you note.
$2,500
Get Krakow
1 registration for the 1st retreat in Krakow, as well as a thank you note, a thank you note, t-shirt, & tote. No airfare, lodging, or meals incl. Email for info
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LS
$20
Lee Strickler
42 months ago

I cannot wait to read Siren Song! I wish I could do more. Love and miss you all and hope the festival and New Years is fabulous. Maybe next year. :-} Happy Holidays!

MO
$20
Martha Otis
44 months ago

Go, go, go, Burlesque Press!

KS
$25
Kari Shisler
50 months ago

I love what you do Jeni Stewart!

KS
$25
Kari Shisler
55 months ago

Jeni Stewart Rocks!

MA
$100
Merridith Allen
55 months ago

Lots and lots of

TW
$100
Tawni Waters
55 months ago

Tawni loves her some Burlesque Press. Shine on, darling Jeni.

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