Cosmonauts Avenue was founded by badass women writers on the core idea that the literary world needs to do more to support and amplify marginalized voices. We knew that work needed to be done, and we decided not to wait around for anyone else to do it. We launched our first issue in 2014, and since then our editorial staff has worked to carve out literary space for ourselves — for writers of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, non-binary folks, members of the LGBQA community, people with disabilities, international writers, and non-Christian writers. In an online, monthly literary journal, Cosmonauts Avenue curates a space that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising. Now, we want to take the work of our incredible contributors and turn it into a beautiful print anthology, curating stories and poems from the last four years of publication.
With your help, we’ll create a 200-page collection of jubilation, side-eyes, survival tactics and jagged-edged wisdom. We’ll feature 30 poets, 6 fiction writers, and 3 nonfiction writers. Our editors—the same ones who pick the critical and vibrant work we publish on our site—are already laying out a constellation of pieces from pathbreaking artists like Kristen Arnett, Colette Arrand, Destiny O. Birdsong, MK Chavez, jayy dodd, Natalie Eilbert, Megan Fernandes, José Olivarez, and Raquel Salas Rivera. We’ll be working with a trusted print shop to ensure the final product is as striking as the words you’ll find inside.
With the proceeds from selling the anthology, we will begin paying contributors for the life-changing and necessary work they’re doing, continuing to host contests with wonderful judges, and keeping up with the costs that come with running a journal.
Up until now, we’ve raised money primarily through contests, judged by Roxanne Gay, Ocean Vuong, Claudia Rankine, Eileen Myles, Tommy Pico, and Porochista Khakpour. Since we’re an entirely volunteer-run magazine, contest submission fees help us pay our lovely judges and subsidize website hosting, Submittable fees, mailing, etc.
Since we intend to always keep regular submissions 100% free, sales of our print anthology would provide the jolt of revenue we need to become a self-sustaining publisher.
We’re excited about taking the stellar work we’ve featured online and putting it physically in your hands. We hope you are too! If you’re interested in the poems, stories, essays and reviews we’re putting out, and you want to help us reach a whole new stage of stability, please support this campaign.