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.
smoke and mold has been largely funded out of pocket by editors. In 2023, we received our first grant from the Oregon-based Regional Arts & Culture Council, to help us produce our physical artifacts series. Our team has grown from a one-person operation to a group of nine editors and readers, and we continue to rely on reader support to pay webhosting and contributor fees. Every little bit helps!
We are a publication with an expiration date: the journal will cease publishing in 2031 —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 are asking for community support to help us see this mission through and continue publishing work that centers trans and Two-Spirit voices on place, the enviromnment, and humanity's changing role within it. For more on what we stand for, check out our editorial statement.
Here are a few specific things that funds from this ongoing fundraiser will go toward:
- Contributor compensation at $100 flat fee per author
- Commissioning 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 before our expiration date, 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.)
When smoke and mold reaches its end 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.
Cal Angus, Managing Editor of smoke and mold