We know it kind of feels like summer already. Things are changing. And so are the way we do things around here in the spring. Little by little, GS has made choices that are helping us to becoming a better and better indie print journal. Our latest decision is to forego our typical Spring Friend Drive for something new– a Spring Subscription Drive!
HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE–AND OUR ANSWERS TO THEM:
What’s a Subscription Drive?
A subscription drive is when we ask people to subscribe to GS, on a repeated basis, with some goals in mind.
But don’t you always ask people to subscribe?
Technically yes, but we typically don’t have goals… or rewards if those goals are met.
Cool! What are the goals… and the rewards?
Our goal is to get as many subscribers as possible– but we are aiming for at least 50 new people.
Wow! 50! That’s a lot!
It is… except, we get a LOT of submissions, and–
I bet you do! And you guys don’t charge submissions fees– and you’re a print journal? That’s crazy.
I know right! So as I was saying, because so many people send us their work, well over 50 during each open period, and because our main priority is our print journal–we only publish select work online, usually over 6 months after the print issue the work originally appeared in has been out already– if we can get even a small percentage of the people who submit to us to subscribe, we feel like it would be mutually beneficial for both GS AND the people who send us their work.
Well, when people send us work without reading a past issue of GS, they can’t really get a good feel of the variety of different types of work we like to publish. We want people to know what kind of work we love enough to print so that they can find the work of theirs that would fit best with what we publish. Also, kind of the whole point of running a literary journal is to get the work we DO publish out there. And if people want to be published in our journal, they also should want to read the great stuff we’re already publishing. So they should subscribe.
Right! Because they would want people to read their work once it’s published with you–after they become subscribers and know what GS likes to publish and send you work that’s the right fit.
Exactly. Looks like we are on the same page.
Except… you said rewards.
Oh, yeah, right! So even though we don’t charge a fee for regular submissions, we *DO* charge a fee for people to enter our contests. We figure, if you can win money and prizes, it’s not too much to ask for a $5 fee from people who send work into our annual summer contest series in poetry and flash fiction and our winter contests, which this past year were in poetry comics and flash non-fiction.
That’s already not that much.
Thanks! We don’t think so either. But we want to give people a chance to pay even less, so for every 50 new (or renewing) subscribers we get between May 15th and June 30th, we’re going to knock $1 off that fee.
That’s awesome! What about next year?
We’ll do this every year from now until we come up with a better idea.
YOU HEARD IT HERE. SUBSCRIBE TO GS. HELP US MEET OUR GOAL TO KNOCK AT LEAST ONE DOLLAR (MAYBE MORE?!) OFF OUR CONTEST ENTRY FEE THIS SUMMER, AND IN RETURN YOU GET THE BEST BLACK & WHITE BIANNUAL PRINY LITERARY ARTS JOURNAL THERE IS IN YOUR MAILBOX AT LEAST THREE TIMES IN A ROW. SUBSCRIBE HERE! SUBMITTER’S DISCOUNT SUBSCRIPTIONS COUNT, TOO! DON’T YOU WANT THE PEOPLE READING THE JOURNALS WHERE YOU SEND YOUR WORK TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION TO BE PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF? MAKE IT HAPPEN.