Dear BPR readers, contributors, subscribers, and clickbait victims,
2015 has been an excellent year for BP Review. We had the honor of publishing brand new writers alongside National Book Award finalists, like Patricia Smith and Dan Chaon; a poem that graced the “pages” of this journal appeared in this year’s Best American Poetry; and our readership sailed well past the 20K mark, with countless more page views.
In the new year, we plan to increase readership while keeping BPR’s minimalist and ad-free aesthetic, highlighting one excellent story each week. We’re also expanding our word limit to highlight long form, hard-to-categorize work. And I’m very happy to announce that, in 2016, we’ll be paying our editors and contributors.
You may or may not know this, but Burrow Press is a 501c3 nonprofit and we rely on grants and donations to keep doing what we do. In addition to BP Review, we also publish books in print, host a quarterly reading series that is free and open to the public, and run a weekly community radio show–all of which have engaged and highlighted past BP Review alums. We also work closely with our sister program, Page 15, on range of student publishing projects (grooming today’s youth into tomorrow’s literati).
We’ve been doing this for 5 years now, and in that time we’ve created 747 opportunities for writers to publish and/or share their work.
In honor of our 5 years in existence, we’re trying to raise $5K by December 31st (we’re just over halfway there!). And in a Dickensian turn of events, if we reach our goal, an anonymous donor has offered to triple-match it.
If you find value in what we do, please consider donating and helping us turn 5K into 15. Your support directly contributes to hundreds of opportunities for writers to publish and share their work (and to be compensated for it). Any amount you can give (including book sales) will be a meaningful contribution that will help Burrow survive and grow.