We invite you to specify how you want your donation to be applied! This ensures that your generous gift makes a difference exactly where you want it to.
When you specify that your donation is to be used as needed, we will apply it first toward writers (pro payment, scholarships, and contests), then toward operating costs (including printing, web hosting fees, and marketing), then toward gifts for our amazing all-volunteer staff, and finally, when everything else is taken care of, toward reimbursing our editor-in-chief.
We are committed to paying every contributor, regardless of her or his publication history. This means first-time-published writers get paid just like established professionals. Unfortunately, all payments currently come from the pockets of our editor-in-chief and his family, so we are only able to offer semi-pro payments of 1¢ per word (with a minimum of $20 per work).
That simply won't do!
When you ask us to apply your donation toward contributor payment, we are able to reach our goal of paying professional rates of at least 5¢ per word to every accepted contributor, thereby becoming a qualifying market for several professional writers' associations.
The Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship to the elite and prestigious Clarion West Writers Workshop. When your donation is applied to our scholarship fund, you enable us to continue this sponsorship and expand our scholarship offering. We are also happy to let the scholarship recipient know of your personal contribution to their award unless you'd prefer to remain anonymous.
In addition to Clarion West, we have reached out to the California State Summer School for the Arts to discuss a Creative Writing scholarship beginning in 2014.
Each quarter, Spark: A Creative Anthology hosts a poetry & prose writing contest featuring a cash prize and publication for the winner. Your donation helps us keep these contests free (no entry fee) in order to encourage great writers to participate. When you ask us to apply your donation to Contest Prizes, we are happy to list you as a sponsor under "About the Awards" unless you'd prefer to remain anonymous. See our current contest for an example.