Since the inception of Newtown Literary in 2012, we’ve counted on members of our community to support our work, be it through donating at our fundraising events or purchasing the journal. Newtown Literary is only possible because of our community, and for the past 5 years, we’ve published a semi-annual literary journal, held two kids’ writing contests, and hosted dozens of readings and literary events throughout Queens as a result.
Your support has also enabled us to approach funders and to make a case for grants and other money. Our first-ever grant from Queens Council on the Arts paid the staff and contributors of issues 8 and 9, and we’ve used money allocated to us from New York City’s budget to hold free creative writing classes in partnership with Queens Library. A little bit of organizational support goes a long way—we’ve taken our work to the next level.
At the same time, as we grow, so do our operational costs: increased bookkeeping costs, bank and other vendor service fees, transportation, website hosting, computer and software fees, office supplies, advertising, and so on. Many of the grants we apply for don’t allow us to use the money for these kinds of expenses. So we are turning to our community to help us continue our work.
If you can commit to supporting us with a monthly, recurring donation of $10, you will become an official Newtown Literary Community Supporter and receive the following perks:
*A subscription to Newtown Literary. If you begin your recurring donation in January through June, your subscription will start with that year’s spring/summer issue; if you begin in the last half of the year, it will start with that year’s fall/winter issue.
*Your name will be listed on our website’s Community page and in the journal as a Community Supporter for the duration of your support.
*Two tickets to any Newtown Literary event that has an entry fee. Just email us 7 days in advance of the event and you’re in!
*Reserved seating at all Newtown Literary events. Please email us 48 hours in advance of the event.
*Feedback from a Newtown Literary editor on creative writing (5 poems or 5,000 words of prose). You will be eligible for this perk after your first 6 months of support and, thereafter, once every six months.
A portion of your donation may be deductible on your federal income taxes. At the end of the year, we will furnish a letter stating your donation status and how much of your donation may be deductible. (Please consult a tax professional for more information on your specific tax situation.)
Most importantly, you will ensure Newtown Literary’s continued growth as a journal and literary community that supports the work of writers in Queens, and at a time when all of our voices are needed.