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When Strange Horizons began publishing in September 2000, we were experimenting with a new vision for a speculative fiction magazine. We wanted to be a magazine that encouraged and supported new writers, a home for a new generation of science fiction and fantasy authors who showcase a diverse range of voices and perspectives. We also wanted to be a home for a new generation of readers, readers who want to step outside of the boundaries of traditional genre fiction. We wanted to provide content to our readers free of charge while still paying our contributors professional rates, and we wanted to do all of it without being dependent on advertisers or corporate interests.

Our little experiment has been more successful than we could ever have expected. We've published exciting new material every week since September 2000, and the material in our archives includes fiction from popular authors such as Jo Walton, Elizabeth Bear, Tim Pratt, Sandra McDonald, Jay Lake, and John Scalzi. Stories and poems from Strange Horizons have been reprinted in major anthologies and been shortlisted for major awards, but even after all of that success, we haven't lost our focus on encouraging new authors. This year alone, we've published half a dozen stories from authors who had been submitting to us for the first time!

As successful as we've been, we still need your help to keep our magazine going. Strange Horizons relies on donations from readers in order to stay in business. We're trying to raise $7000 in the month of August, and we're hoping that you, Dear Reader, will help us reach that goal.

Donating is easy! You can find payment options on the main fund drive page. You also get more for your donation than just the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that you're helping to keep Strange Horizons in business. If you donate $50 or more, we'll send you a Strange Horizons logo mug or t-shirt! For a donation of $75 or more, we'll thank you with both a mug and a t-shirt.

Do you know where your money goes, when you donate to Strange Horizons? Let's take a look.

  • Your $5 donation covers our administrative overhead costs for one week.

  • Your $20 donation pays for one poem or one review.

  • Your $30 donation covers the cost of our web hosting for one month.

  • Your $50 donation pays for one non-fiction article.

  • Your $100 donation allows us to advertise in a convention program.

  • Your $200 donation is equivalent to the average amount we pay for a new fiction story.

  • Your $400 donation pays for an entire week's worth of material at Strange Horizons.

  • Your $1000 donation would help us pay for a graphic designer for our upcoming site redesign!

But here at Strange Horizons, we appreciate donations of any amount. Everyone who donates to Strange Horizons during the month of August will be entered in a drawing to win one of our fantastic fund drive prizes. We have signed books (and book sets!) from many of our talented authors, original artwork, a personalized Tarot reading, and more. Be sure to check out the prize page. (And be sure to donate!)

Niall Harrison is a reader and fan.
One comment on “Welcome to the 2009 Strange Horizons Fund Drive!”

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