Opium100 Announcement and Call for Donations
When Opium Magazine transitioned to Opium for the Arts (finally deciding to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit after almost nine years of impoverished independence), we knew there was an opportunity to build beyond anything we've ever done, to take our literary game to an even higher level.
We've worked many hours to return literature to the pop culture conversation, which brings us to our next issue. For our current effort, we've cheated ahead, calling Opium10 "Opium100: A Century of Literary Humor."
The goal is to feature the best literary humor from the past 100 years, and the next 100. That's 200 years of writing! We're not telling all just yet, but the ambitious issue will feature fiction geniuses Sam Lipsyte and Etgar Keret, along with poets Billy Collins and Tony Hoagland. With so many more in the near-confirmation stages.
It will be hard cover, it will be timeless, and it will be a clear statement as to why print books don't just exist, but why they're essential.
Here's the catch: it's going to cost us $18,000 to produce (about 2.3x more than what we've spent on recent issues).
So as of right now, we're officially banging the fundraising drum. Literary Death Match fundraiser events have given us a jumpstart (with more to come, as the right column of this note shows), but to continue publishing the seriously brilliant fiction that our fans have come to expect, and to produce groundbreaking work like our Opium 8 cover, we'll need your help.
We're very passionate about making Opium100 a wowing reality, a literary game-changer. You're welcome to send a tax-free donation (you have no idea how important donations are for us), but know that we've just made Opium100 available for pre-order. Support it, and we'll send you updates about who'll be appearing. And 100 years from now, you can expect Opium1000 to land in the mailboxes of your grandchildren.
And if you're a writer who's written something so hilariously, smartly, sharply funny, or just heartbreakingly humorous, don't hesitate to submit to Opium100. We've had rough patches with submissions (we get so many - the gift and the curse), but have worked hard in the last two weeks to put together a system that will make sure everyone gets a speedier response.
That's right! Now that the Opium QuickFix iPhone app's costs have been covered, we've made it FREE! Not only did we not-quite make it into the iTunes Books Top 10 as Opium's Todd Zuniga explains on the Huffington Post, but we did make some noise, and turned more eyes on our contributors.
For the unaware, the app brings random pieces of reading material right to your iPhone or iPod Touch (and very likely your iPad, though that new thing confuses us so!). To get another story, all you have to do is give it a shake (thanks to the app's highly advanced "Jiggle Technology." So get to the app store now (by clicking this link) and download your very own copy of Opium's QuickFix app!