What will donations be used for?
We need support in order to survive. This campaign is to help cover the running costs of Vagabond Press for a year over July 2021-June 2022 and cover part of a part-time wage for the work we do behind the scenes to keep the press bringing books out.
Who are we?
Vagabond Press is an independent literary press that was established in 1999. For two decades we have published a range of established and emerging poets from Australia, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Our books have won many of the major literary prizes in Australia, and been praised by critics and taught at universities around the world. We have published work not simply from Australia, but Japan, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Korea, the Philippines, Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina, Slovenia, France, New Zealand and America. We publish books that are innovative and risk-taking by a diverse and inclusive range of writers.
Why does small press publishing matter?
We believe independent publishing is essential to the culture and that the books we have published over twenty years have helped expand the range of contemporary literature and added to the inner lives and imaginations of readers. We have given many writers their start in publishing, often publishing books that more mainstream presses would refuse. We are as dedicated to seeing new work into English from other languages, especially within Asia Pacific, to facilitate connection, community and understanding across borders.
We're not entirely sure what the future holds for the press. Without funding and support, small press publishing isn't viable. For most of the last twenty years we have worked for free.
Surviving hand-to-mouth means we're never sure if each run of books might be our last. We'll keep applying for funding via the Australia Council for the Arts and run GoFundMe campaigns to cover costs for specific titles. We will also keep looking for an institutional home for the press or a patron or philanthropist to help ensure our future. If anyone has any suggestions, please get in touch. We're hoping this campaign will contribute to covering the cost of the least interesting part of small press publishing: management, inventory and distribution, along with running costs not covered by other funding.
We're grateful for any support big or small that will help keep us publishing.
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