Christopher DeGroot and Jennifer Reeser

Christopher DeGroot and Jennifer Reeser

are creating The Agonist

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A journal of essays, reviews, fiction, poetry, and more, The Agonist was created to provide a medium for writing that is not well-served in today’s intellectual climate. There are many publications that are not interested in issues outside and (as it were) above the current news cycle. Writers are commonly made to stick to a certain word limit, lest the mind, which has never been so harried or flooded with trifles, be overly taxed. Certain subjects are not to be covered; others may be covered only within certain parameters. It is all quite limited and boring and predictable. So we created this journal, with its contrarian stance.

That contrarianism includes our approach to literature, of course. For us, works of literature are essentially verbal constructions. Race, gender, sexual orientation—these things, in our view, are not aesthetic criteria, and therefore do not factor into what we publish, review, or publish criticism on. Plainly it is not so at many other journals, where mankind’s endless project of improvement entails the belief that fiction, poetry, and so forth, are meritorious because written by a woman, a person of color, a homosexual, or whoever. Going against that PC grain, we seek to preserve intellectual and aesthetic standards in a time when they are increasingly threatened. Above all, we seek to publish good writing—where good means, at the least, interesting and well-wrought.
The Agonist is a labor of love: funded out of pocket and by reader donations. Please, therefore, consider making a donation to the journal; whatever you can offer will help sustain it.
Tiers
First Tier
$5 or more per month
This small donation will help to pay our writers. 
$10 per month
$10 or more per month
This next tier will allow us to regularly pay more strong writers. 
Tier Three
$20 or more per month
With enough generous souls in this tier we may be able to produce a print edition. 
Goals
11% complete
Although just a start, if we can raise this figure each month we will be able to pay at least a few strong writers regularly.
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A journal of essays, reviews, fiction, poetry, and more, The Agonist was created to provide a medium for writing that is not well-served in today’s intellectual climate. There are many publications that are not interested in issues outside and (as it were) above the current news cycle. Writers are commonly made to stick to a certain word limit, lest the mind, which has never been so harried or flooded with trifles, be overly taxed. Certain subjects are not to be covered; others may be covered only within certain parameters. It is all quite limited and boring and predictable. So we created this journal, with its contrarian stance.

That contrarianism includes our approach to literature, of course. For us, works of literature are essentially verbal constructions. Race, gender, sexual orientation—these things, in our view, are not aesthetic criteria, and therefore do not factor into what we publish, review, or publish criticism on. Plainly it is not so at many other journals, where mankind’s endless project of improvement entails the belief that fiction, poetry, and so forth, are meritorious because written by a woman, a person of color, a homosexual, or whoever. Going against that PC grain, we seek to preserve intellectual and aesthetic standards in a time when they are increasingly threatened. Above all, we seek to publish good writing—where good means, at the least, interesting and well-wrought.
The Agonist is a labor of love: funded out of pocket and by reader donations. Please, therefore, consider making a donation to the journal; whatever you can offer will help sustain it.

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Tiers
First Tier
$5 or more per month
This small donation will help to pay our writers. 
$10 per month
$10 or more per month
This next tier will allow us to regularly pay more strong writers. 
Tier Three
$20 or more per month
With enough generous souls in this tier we may be able to produce a print edition.