by BK Munn

Broken Pencil has started a crowd-funder to distribute micro grants to zinesters to produce publications about life in the pandemic.

Here’s the pitch for the GoFundMe. Looks like BP is putting up $1600 and already have another $3000 pledged:

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all, and our community has been hit particularly hard. Our beloved constellation of creators, artists, and freelancers are particularly vulnerable to economic uncertainty. Many of us have lost work and portions of their income. We at Broken Pencil Magazine want to help out, even just a little. 

So we’re stoked to launch the COVID Micro Zine Grant!

We’re putting up $1,600 of our own cash towards the project, and we are asking zine lovers and unusually wealthy eccentrics to help us match it. If we reach our goal of $3,200, we will have enough to offer eight different $400 grants for zine creators whose livelihoods have been impacted by the pandemic. All grant recipients have to do is make a zine during this bizarre time! If this sounds like you, apply here:

We really appreciate any donations. Even $5 is super helpful! And whether or not you’re able to donate, please share the link to the application and spread the word!

This is a challenging time for artists, and we want to support the creators who are doing important work using the best, most authentically grassroots medium in the world — the zine!

All donors will get a one-year subscription to Broken Pencil. If you donate more than $100, you’ll get a subscription plus! a zine bundle and two books (“The Archaeologists” and “The Program” by Hal Niedzviecki).