CLMP is proud to support over 1,000 members located in every state in the country. Together, these indie publishers form the bedrock of the publishing ecosystem and the literary field, championing a diverse and essential range of writers and writing.
This Giving Tuesday, we’re honored to share a list of literary magazines and presses in our community seeking donations for their vital work. We hope you’ll take a moment to support some of your favorites!
53rd State Press—an independent press that publishes “new plays as well as scores and notations for interdisciplinary performance, graphic adaptations, and essays on theater and dance”—is launching its first-ever end-of-year fundraising campaign on Giving Tuesday. Donations are welcome in celebration of the press’s new 501c3 status, the acquisition of the catalogs of 3 Hole Press and Plays Inverse Press, and the publication of four books this year.
A literary and arts nonprofit organization that was founded in 2010, The Adroit Journal “has its eyes focused ahead, seeking to showcase what its global staff of emerging writers sees as the future of poetry, prose, and art.” On Giving Tuesday, it is hoping to raise $3,000 to continue its work supporting writers through financial support, mentorship, publication, and promotion.
After Dinner Conversation is a literary magazine featuring “intriguing, thought-provoking conversations about ethics, philosophy, and social issues.” Donations this Giving Tuesday will support its goal of compensating writers at a rate of $0.03 per word.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Airlie Press was founded in 2007 and is dedicated “to cultivating and sustaining fine contemporary poetry.” This Giving Tuesday, it is kicking off its year-end fundraising campaign by asking readers to make a donation or purchase a book.
Founded as a feminist press in 1973, Alice James Books “provides a platform from which to elevate exceptional literary artists and is dedicated to helping its writers achieve purposeful engagement with broad audiences and communities nationwide.” In celebration of its 50th anniversary, it is seeking one-time or recurring donations to expand its programming, publish more books, and “combat the shrinking cultural landscape and fortify the foundations of literary arts.” The press is also encouraging annual subscriptions through its Subscribe + 100 program, as well as preorders of forthcoming books.
Appalachia Book Company, an eastern Kentucky–based nonprofit that works “to preserve and continue the literary traditions of central and rural Appalachia,” hopes to raise $2,000 on Giving Tuesday to support the publication of three chapbooks in 2024. Any donors giving more than $50 will be added to the Founders List.
Apogee Journal—recipient of CLMP’s 2023 Platinum Review Award for Excellence in Literary Magazine Publishing—is seeking one-time and monthly gifts this Giving Tuesday. Apogee is looking for 100 donors to give $33 to meet its goals of increasing contributor pay, supporting incarcerated writers through publication and mentorship, increasing staff honoraria, revitalizing its workshop series, and hosting more readings and events.
Based in Brooklyn and founded in 2003, Archipelago Books is a not-for-profit press “devoted to publishing excellent translations of classic and contemporary world literature.” This winter, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, it is launching a Twenty More Years Campaign with a fundraising goal of $75,000. Donations will help Archipelago expand staff, acquire books from corners of the world with little institutional support for literature, and locate authors and translators working in languages not yet represented in its catalog. Archipelago is also hosting an evening of chamber music in Brooklyn on December 3.
Artemis Journal, a literary magazine based in Southwest Virginia, “has been an advocate for social justice since 1977” and “highlights the voices of artists and writers who uphold the values of the Greek lunar goddess for which the journal was named.” This Giving Tuesday, it is seeking donations to help safeguard the future of Artemis Journal.
Bellevue Literary Press, the recipient of CLMP’s 2023 Golden Colophon Award for Paradigm Independent Publishing, is “devoted to publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences.” This Giving Tuesday, Bellevue is asking readers to sustain its work by donating, giving Bellevue Literary Press books as gifts, and purchasing tickets to the Fall Fête in New York City on December 14.
Bridge, an artist-run publishing and programming organization in Chicago that publishes the magazine Bridge—is seeking donations to make up for reduced grant funding support in 2023. Donations of any size will go toward publishing Bridge’s weekly magazine, micro video streaming service, music coverage, and books.
Cascadia Poetics Lab, which publishes Watershed Press, is a Seattle-based organization “empowering people to practice poetry and deepen connections to place, self, and the present moment.” Its Giving Tuesday campaign includes several different donation levels to support the Cascadian Prophets podcast, the Cascadia Poetry Festival, the 2024 Poetry Postcard Festival, online workshops, and more.
Launched in 2017, Catalyst Press is an independent publishing company that “emphasizes books emerging from the African continent and about Africa.” On Giving Tuesday, it is asking the community to support the press by donating via its fiscal sponsor, giving Catalyst books as gifts during the holiday season, spreading the word about its work, and supporting indie bookstores and other indie publishers.
This Giving Tuesday, The Common—a print and online literary magazine publishing stories, essays, and poems “that deepen our collective sense of place”—is hosting an online auction of handwritten, personal postcards from dozens of writers, including Alexander Chee, Alison Bechdel, Ann Patchett, Edwidge Danticat, Emily St. John Mandel, Lauren Groff, Justin Torres, and more. Bidding is open through December 4.
Based in Port Townsend, Washington, and founded in 1972, Copper Canyon “publishes extraordinary poetry from around the world to engage the imaginations and intellects of readers.” This Giving Tuesday, donors of $50 will receive a copy of Gregory Orr’s Selected Books of the Beloved, “a two-decade testament to love and poetry.”
A Dallas-based organization dedicated to publishing literature in translation, Deep Vellum is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2023. This holiday season, it is seeking donations of any size—from gifts of $50 that go “a long way to helping us print and promote the highest quality books,” to gifts of $25,000 “to sponsor the publication of a work from beginning to distribution in print, ebook, and audiobook formats.”
In honor of Giving Tuesday, Exposition Review is waiving submission fees on Tuesday, November 28, so submitters can donate to their favorite organizations—including Exposition Review. Donations directly support workshops for adult and teen writers, paying authors for the annual issue, and other programming.
Feminist Press is an independent publisher founded in 1970 that “publishes books that ignite movements and social transformation.” This Giving Tuesday, thanks to a matching donor, all donations will be doubled until the press reaches its $7,500 goal.
Fence, which publishes both books and a magazine, is “committed to publishing from the outside and the inside of established communities of writing, seeking always to interrogate, collaborate with, and bedevil all the systems that bring new writing to light.” This giving season, Fence is asking supporters to consider making a one-time donation, or to join at one of several membership tiers, each of which comes with several benefits.
Based in Baltimore, Fifth Wheel Press is an independent, community-focused publisher “of art and writing by queer, trans, and gender variant creatives.” It is currently seeking donations to offset the cost of attending the 2024 AWP conference and is offering a raffle for the chance to win every Fifth Wheel Press chapbook published in 2023.
Founded in 2016 and based in Portland, Oregon, Fonograf Editions is a nonprofit press and literary record label that “exists to take risks that push the boundaries of sound, text, and genre.” This Giving Tuesday, it is holding a virtual fundraising auction supporting its 2024 publishing projects, including work by Isabel Zapata, Gabriel Palacios, Jaydra Johnson, and Jaime Gil de Biedma. The auction features special editions, signed broadsides, art, and more.
Futurepoem is a New York City–based publishing collaborative that receives 75% of its funding from individual donors and subscribers. This year-end season, it is seeking donations to help publish important new books, keep its submissions open to new writers, sustain its community-led editorial model and provide free access to a diverse range of authors and artists through its online multidisciplinary platform Futurefeed.
Founded in 1966, Hanging Loose Press is the publisher of both Hanging Loose and more than 220 books to date. This year, in addition to the annual expense of publishing books and magazines, its finances have been impacted by “a necessary move to a more expensive warehouse and storage space.” During this giving season, it is seeking donations as well as purchases in the Hanging Together: 58 Years of Independent Literature online auction, which features classes, tarot readings, books, and more.
This Giving Tuesday, Hole in the Head Review—a quarterly journal of art, photography, and poetry—is raising funds for the Preble Street Resource Center in Portland, Maine. Give via the Donate button on its homepage to support this organization dedicated to providing “accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.”
Founded in 1995 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Hub City Press is “focused on finding and spotlighting extraordinary new and unsung writers from the American South.” Donations to the Hub City Writers Project this Giving Tuesday will go toward supporting Hub City Press; funding book prizes for early career writers; enabling workshops, scholarships, residencies, and internships; and more.
The Georgia Review—an Athens, Georgia–based quarterly publication founded in 1947—is seeking donations this Giving Tuesday so that it can continue to publish its quality print journals, pay its writers generously for their work, and put on events—which are always free and open to the public.
Kaya Press—a California-based press publishing books of the Asian Pacific diaspora—is celebrating its 29th birthday. In honor of the occasion, it is hoping to raise $30,000 by January 1, with a matching donation from Stephen Cuunjieng. The funds raised during this annual fundraiser will go directly toward funding two new editorial staff positions “to make Kaya Press a more stable organization as we grow into our 30s!”
McSweeney’s—the San Francisco–based nonprofit publishing company that publishes a daily humor website, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Illustoria Magazine, and an ever-growing selection of books under various imprints—is asking readers to make a gift to the annual campaign, join its Patreon program, buy or subscribe to its award-winning books and magazines, or get in touch about planned giving.
Mignolo is a nonprofit arts organization based in Metuchen, New Jersey, that publishes Pinky Thinker Press and “strives to bring together artists of diverse backgrounds and disciplines through a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary arts community.” This giving season, it is celebrating A Very ~mignolo~ Chanukah with a Kickstarter fundraising campaign.
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Milkweed Editions is an independent publisher that “seeks to be a site of metamorphosis in the literary ecosystem.” In 2023, it is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, which has sold over two million copies—and this Giving Tuesday, it is seeking support for future works of transformative literature.
Narrative, an online magazine and digital library, is celebrating its 20th anniversary “of delivering new stories, poems, cartoons, and essays to your digital doorstep each week.” This Giving Tuesday, it is seeking donations to allow it to discover and pay writers and to provide teachers and students with a free library and classroom tools. All donations received by December 15 will be matched by an anonymous donor—up to $100,000.
Nightboat Books—a New York State–based independent press founded in 2004—is hoping to raise $10,000 on Giving Tuesday to support next year’s Nightboat Editorial Fellowship, which seeks to concretely address the lack of equity in the publishing industry by providing an aspiring BIPOC editor with a $10,000 stipend and mentorship over two years to develop a book project of their choosing. Those interested in supporting this Giving Tuesday campaign can join the Friends of Nightboat program or make a one-time donation.
Nowruz Journal, a literary magazine of Persian arts and letters that “seeks to create a borderless realm of artistic and cultural expression,” is asking for donations to help support its work in 2024.
Off Assignment is a non-profit literary magazine “with a penchant for journeys and a fascination with strangers.” In 2023, it published exceptional journalists in the “What I Didn’t Say” column with support from the NEA, tripled writer payments, hired an illustrator, rolled out a new column, and more. Donations on Giving Tuesday will support this work in 2024.
Founded in 2001, One Story is a literary organization that publishes fiction in One Story “one great short story at a time” and works to “bring people together through reading, writing, and learning about short fiction.” This giving season, it is seeking one-time or recurring gifts of any amount. Donations will be used to support the entire organization, and all donors will be acknowledged in One Story.
Founded in 1982, Orion is a bimonthly magazine that “invites readers into a community of caring for the planet” and “inspires new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously.” Orion is kicking off the giving season by asking readers to become Sustaining Partners with a minimum $15 monthly donation that includes a print and digital subscription to the magazine.
Dedicated to publishing new women poets since 1997, Perugia Press is seeking donations to continue its work “to create a welcoming, ongoing, healthy community.” Donors of $100 or more, or who sign up to give monthly at any amount, will receive a signed copy of The Book Eaters by Carolina Hotchandani.
The Porch Writers’ Collective, which publishes SWING, is a Nashville-based literary organization seeking to inspire, educate, and connect writers and readers through classes and events. As it enters its tenth year, it is seeking donations to continue its work publishing SWING and serving its community—including youth participants, immigrant and refugee participants, women in addiction recovery, and more.
Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, and founded in 1926, Prairie Schooner is committed to amplifying voices that inspire discovery, introspection, and social action. This season, it is seeking one-time or recurring gifts to support its commitments to offer fee-free submissions, keep subscriptions affordable, pay contest winners, and more. It also seeks donations to the African Poetry Book Fund, which awards three annual prizes to African poets and publishes the African Poetry Book Series.
Based in Los Angeles, Red Hen Press is an independent publisher that published 27 books and provided poetry workshops to more than 350 disadvantaged students in 2023. As the year comes to an end, it is seeking contributions to its Annual Fund and its Planned Giving Program to support its work in 2024 and beyond.
Red Ogre Review—“an independent magazine and press for contemporary poetry, flash, and visual art”—is celebrating its second anniversary this fall. On Giving Tuesday, it is asking readers to consider donating, as well as buying its books and issues, art prints, and merchandise.
Created by a group of psychoanalysis, ROOM: A Sketchbook for Analytic Action is an interdisciplinary magazine that “offers a transdisciplinary approach to thinking about the complex problems in our world and invites a greater familiarity with psychoanalysis as a lens for social discourse.” It is currently seeking donations to “keep this community project going.”
A Kentucky-based literary press established in 1994 to champion poetry, fiction, and essay, Sarabande Books is “committed to creating lasting editions that honor exceptional writing.” On Giving Tuesday, it is asking its community to make a tax-deductible donation, buy a Sarabande book, or spread the word about a Sarabande title you read and loved.
Slant Books is “an independent, not-for-profit literary press specializing in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, philosophy, theology, and belles lettres.” This Giving Tuesday, it is asking for help to “grow and flourish in the years to come” via purchases through the 10th Anniversary Book Sale and donations to Research into the Human: The 2023 Slant Books Annual Appeal.
Founded in 2003, SmokeLong Quarterly is a literary magazine “dedicated to bringing the best flash narratives to the web. A portion of the donations it receives year-round, as well as a portion of the tip jar on its Submittable account, go toward the charitable organizations it supports. For Giving Tuesday, SmokeLong Quarterly has added Literary Cleveland to this list.
Founded in 2000, Swan Isle Press is a literary and academic publisher “dedicated to publishing works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry in translation that inspire and educate while advancing the knowledge and appreciation of literature, art, and culture.” This Giving Tuesday, it is asking readers of literature in translation to support its mission by purchasing books or making a donation.
Words Without Borders—a digital magazine “expanding access to international writing and creating a bridge between readers, writers, and translators”—is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2023. Donations to its 2023 Annual Appeal will allow WWB to make essential payments to writers, translators, editors, and support staff worldwide, and donors of more than $200 will receive a copy of Glossolalia, a new book by WWB contributor Marlon Hacla, translated by Kristine Ong Muslim and published by Ugly Duckling Presse.
San Francisco–based ZYZZYVA—which publishes “a literary journal defined by its risk-taking and egalitarianism, and by its focus on inclusivity and excellence”—is asking supporters to donate at one of several levels, which come with various benefits, this holiday season.