smoke and mold publishes writing by trans, nonbinary, and Two-Spirit authors that challenges colonial narratives of place, the environment, and humanity's place within it. Launched in 2019, we publish small, carefully edited, online-only issues twice a year. We have frequently been the first publication for many of our writers, and hope to continue this trend.
To date, smoke and mold has been funded out of pocket by editors. The ethos has always been to make the biggest impact we can with the resources at our disposal; now that we’re entering our third year and we’ve watched our readership grow, we’re asking for support to make this happen. This year we added three new amazing assistant editors to our team. We are a publication with an expiration date: the journal will only publish for 9 more years—the amount of time allotted by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for humans to be able to reduce carbon emissions in a way that would meaningfully impact climate change. Given these unique restrictions and opportunities, we’ve decided that it’s now necessary to raise funds to continue publishing and paying more trans authors, artists, editors, and editors-in-training.
In light of all this, here are a few specific things that funds from this first fundraiser will go toward:
- Increase contributor compensation from $50 to $100
- Commission artists and animators to create original work attached to our issues
- Pay for web hosting
- $200 stipend per issue worked on for each assistant editor
Stretch Goal: $8,000
If this fundraiser exceeds what we’re asking, all excess funds will go toward:
- Paid editorial fellowship for trans and nonbinary editors interested in getting experience in publishing and literary magazines
- Producing audio content to accompany each issue (audio versions of selected work, interviews, etc.)
Our fifth issue will publish October 17. This fundraiser will run for a week beyond this publication date, through October 24. Our Fall 2021 contributors will be compensated with the increased $100 rate.
It’s a hard truth that creative endeavors designed to lift up the efforts of marginalized people often rely on financial resources from those very communities for their continued existence. As such, we see this fundraiser as a first leg up so we can immediately provide material benefit to our writers, the lifeblood of this magazine. In the past, we've had difficulty securing grant funding and partnerships, not unexpected for a journal ahead of its time. After this effort, we’ll look to pursue other methods of funding in the future, such as opening a donation portal on our website, with the goal of avoiding future crowdfunding campaigns. We recognize that this is a time when there are many causes and communities asking for financial support for continued survival and resistance; we also hope to see more art and literature grow and flourish during this time, and believe that the continued survival of one does not exclude the other (in fact, we think they are interdependent ). Please share widely, and only donate if you are financially able to.
When smoke and mold inevitably reaches its terminus in 2031, we want to leave behind a legacy of literary community that will spread and change the character of publishing. We’re hoping for mycelial network, not ladder. By donating to this fundraiser, you are making a critical contribution to the realization of this goal!
Thank you for reading, for donating, for sharing, and for keeping the dream of this journal alive. Your support means the world to us, and we look forward to bringing you more stellar issues in the coming years.
The smoke and mold Editorial Team:
Cal Angus, Managing Editor
婕 Venus Cohen, Assistant Editor
Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch, Assistant Editor
hannah rubin, Assistant Editor