Bareknuckle Books is creating a literary journal + books
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⌘ Dear Patrons and Readers

Bareknuckle Books is an independent small press run by professional writers based in Brisbane, Australia. We have championed and published contemporary avant-garde writing for twenty years in our open access online journals Retort Magazine and Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters (see history below).

Bowing to editorial pressures influenced by funding from government(s) and/or corporations doesn't happen here at Bareknuckle Books. We care about great writing and supporting living breathing writers for whom living and writing are interchangeable terms. Since the beginning we have always been wary of government arts funding (who is in power anyway?) and we, the editors, finance the press ourselves. In 2013 we graduated from a purely online presence and began publishing paperback anthologies and books by individual authors (see catalogue at website below).

We have reached the critical stage where Bareknuckle Books needs your help. Our long game is to publish writing often marginalised for purely commercial reasons and in the process contribute the writers we publish to the English language literary canon. Consider the following quote from the Journal of Higher Education:

For those who protest that most of these thousands of journals can be dismissed as marginal—that we need pay attention to only a handful of “prestigious” ones, like Poetry and The New Yorker-—may I suggest there could be a few Blakes or Dickinsons swimming with the guppies in that wide prosodic sea? If a truly titanic poet were to appear, wouldn’t one of the less visible but more adventuresome journals—-Retort Magazine be more likely to be his or her publisher than would status-conscious professional journals like Ploughshares and American Poetry Review? (The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington D.C, U.S.A Feb 21, 2010)

This is the truth, (especially in todays webculture of flash fads) if you read 'status-conscious' to mean status quo.

As a patron of Bareknuckle Books and our online open access literary journal Bareknuckle Poet you will go down in history as someone who contributed to bold, edgy and enlightened 21st century writing.

With your help we will continue to publish our open access online journal and pay the writers we publish. With your help we will continue to publish print anthologies and openly solicit individual author manuscripts from acerbic, bold, dangerous, epicene, marginalised and transgressive contemporary writers in all (and as of yet undreamed of) genres.

Think Grove Press only it's today . . . that's us, and with your help we'll prove it.


⌘ Bareknuckle Books ABN 23 626 812 677 (catalogue here)
⌘ Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters ISSN 2204 - 0420 (online)
⌘ Bareknuckle Poet Anthology ISSN: 2205 - 7218 (print)

★ Publishing Editor/Editor-in-chief: Dr Brentley Frazer
★ Senior Editor: A. G. Pettet (BA Journalism, Grad Cert professional & creative writing)
★ Assoc. Editor (U.S): Professor Kris Saknussemm
★ Consulting Editor: Dr Lindsay Simpson
★ Consulting Editor: Sún Etheridge (BA editing & journalism)

History: 2001 - 2013

RETORT MAGAZINE ISSN 1445-7164

From 2001 - 2013 Brentley edited Retort Magazine, one of the first online magazines publishing from Australia. Retort attained a large international following and in 2001 The National Library of Australia began archiving Retort as a publication of national cultural significance. In 2003 The Guardian (UK) listed Retort in the top ten global online art and literature magazines of its kind. In 2010 while Brentley was a post graduate student under taking a Master of Arts, journalist David Alpaugh for The Chronicle Review wrote:

“For those who protest that most of these thousands of journals can be dismissed as marginal—that we need pay attention to only a handful of “prestigious” ones, like Poetry and The New Yorker-—may I suggest that there could be a few Blakes or Dickinsons swimming with the guppies in that wide prosodic sea? If a truly titanic poet were to appear, wouldn’t one of the less visible but more adventuresome journals—-Retort Magazine, say (“we favor the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle, the avant-garde over backward walking”)—be more likely to be his or her publisher than would status-conscious professional journals like Ploughshares and American Poetry Review?” ~ The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington D.C, U.S.A Feb 21, 2010

2013 ~ present

In 2013 while a PhD candidate in creative writing Brentley made the editorial decision to focus on literature and writing rather than the broad spectrum of international arts covered by Retort Magazine and relaunched as open access humanities periodical: Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters ISSN 2204–0420. In 2014 The National Library resumed archiving the journal.
Tiers
Casual Reader ★ Minimum-weight
$1 or more per month

☞ Welcome to the fight. You have to start somewhere, but you are in the ring! You'll need some gloves. It's dangerous out there.

 

★ A shoutout from our social media!

★ Receive discounts and special offers.


★ Fly-weight Patron
$5 or more per month

Now you are really starting to help cutting-edge indy publishing. 


You're in the ring, landing some hooks, but don't take those gloves off yet.


⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

★ 10% discount on all of our print publications.

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites (if you so wish).


★ Bantam-weight Patron
$10 or more per month

Now you are putting your weight behind cutting-edge indy publishing. You are helping to sustain writing that goes against the grain and challenges the status quo. Take your gloves off, time to toughen up those bare knuckles!

 

⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

★ 10% discount on all of our print publications!

★ Some rad logo stickers sent to you

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites (if you so wish)


Subscriber ★ Welter-weight
$20 or more per month

This is a subscription tier. You just skipped a couple weights! There's carnage in your wake. There are writers out there whose month you are making when they not only get published but get paid for it, as it should be! As a subscriber you'll get the annual print anthology shipped free of charge + exclusive access to subscriber only content

 

⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

15% discount on all of our print publications!

★ Some rad logo stickers & bookmarks sent to you

Our annual print journal (free shipping too)

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites 

Early access . . . get alerts and discount offers above your subscriber 15% on all our books before they're on the store shelves!



Subscriber ★ Heavyweight
$50 or more per month

Heavyweight subscription tier. You just skipped to lord of the ring! Gloves off now, there's carnage in your wake. There are writers out there whose month you are making when they not only get published but get paid for it, as it should be! As a subscriber you'll get the annual print anthology shipped free of charge + exclusive access to subscriber only content

 

⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

25% discount on all of our print publications!
★ A Bareknuckle Books/Poet logo t-shirt *

★ Some rad logo stickers & bookmarks sent to you

Our annual print journal (free shipping too)

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites 

Early access . . . get alerts and discount offers above your subscriber 25% on all our books before they're on the store shelves!


. . .

* we'll be in contact for colour/size/style/choice of logo etc.


Goals
2 of 100 patrons
100 patrons will enable us to maintain a regular publication schedule at Bareknuckle Poet online and guarantee publication of the 2019 Bareknuckle Poet Annual Anthology

We had to cancel publication of the 2018 anthology due to financial difficulties :(
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⌘ Dear Patrons and Readers

Bareknuckle Books is an independent small press run by professional writers based in Brisbane, Australia. We have championed and published contemporary avant-garde writing for twenty years in our open access online journals Retort Magazine and Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters (see history below).

Bowing to editorial pressures influenced by funding from government(s) and/or corporations doesn't happen here at Bareknuckle Books. We care about great writing and supporting living breathing writers for whom living and writing are interchangeable terms. Since the beginning we have always been wary of government arts funding (who is in power anyway?) and we, the editors, finance the press ourselves. In 2013 we graduated from a purely online presence and began publishing paperback anthologies and books by individual authors (see catalogue at website below).

We have reached the critical stage where Bareknuckle Books needs your help. Our long game is to publish writing often marginalised for purely commercial reasons and in the process contribute the writers we publish to the English language literary canon. Consider the following quote from the Journal of Higher Education:

For those who protest that most of these thousands of journals can be dismissed as marginal—that we need pay attention to only a handful of “prestigious” ones, like Poetry and The New Yorker-—may I suggest there could be a few Blakes or Dickinsons swimming with the guppies in that wide prosodic sea? If a truly titanic poet were to appear, wouldn’t one of the less visible but more adventuresome journals—-Retort Magazine be more likely to be his or her publisher than would status-conscious professional journals like Ploughshares and American Poetry Review? (The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington D.C, U.S.A Feb 21, 2010)

This is the truth, (especially in todays webculture of flash fads) if you read 'status-conscious' to mean status quo.

As a patron of Bareknuckle Books and our online open access literary journal Bareknuckle Poet you will go down in history as someone who contributed to bold, edgy and enlightened 21st century writing.

With your help we will continue to publish our open access online journal and pay the writers we publish. With your help we will continue to publish print anthologies and openly solicit individual author manuscripts from acerbic, bold, dangerous, epicene, marginalised and transgressive contemporary writers in all (and as of yet undreamed of) genres.

Think Grove Press only it's today . . . that's us, and with your help we'll prove it.


⌘ Bareknuckle Books ABN 23 626 812 677 (catalogue here)
⌘ Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters ISSN 2204 - 0420 (online)
⌘ Bareknuckle Poet Anthology ISSN: 2205 - 7218 (print)

★ Publishing Editor/Editor-in-chief: Dr Brentley Frazer
★ Senior Editor: A. G. Pettet (BA Journalism, Grad Cert professional & creative writing)
★ Assoc. Editor (U.S): Professor Kris Saknussemm
★ Consulting Editor: Dr Lindsay Simpson
★ Consulting Editor: Sún Etheridge (BA editing & journalism)

History: 2001 - 2013

RETORT MAGAZINE ISSN 1445-7164

From 2001 - 2013 Brentley edited Retort Magazine, one of the first online magazines publishing from Australia. Retort attained a large international following and in 2001 The National Library of Australia began archiving Retort as a publication of national cultural significance. In 2003 The Guardian (UK) listed Retort in the top ten global online art and literature magazines of its kind. In 2010 while Brentley was a post graduate student under taking a Master of Arts, journalist David Alpaugh for The Chronicle Review wrote:

“For those who protest that most of these thousands of journals can be dismissed as marginal—that we need pay attention to only a handful of “prestigious” ones, like Poetry and The New Yorker-—may I suggest that there could be a few Blakes or Dickinsons swimming with the guppies in that wide prosodic sea? If a truly titanic poet were to appear, wouldn’t one of the less visible but more adventuresome journals—-Retort Magazine, say (“we favor the cutting edge over the blunt of the handle, the avant-garde over backward walking”)—be more likely to be his or her publisher than would status-conscious professional journals like Ploughshares and American Poetry Review?” ~ The Chronicle of Higher Education Washington D.C, U.S.A Feb 21, 2010

2013 ~ present

In 2013 while a PhD candidate in creative writing Brentley made the editorial decision to focus on literature and writing rather than the broad spectrum of international arts covered by Retort Magazine and relaunched as open access humanities periodical: Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters ISSN 2204–0420. In 2014 The National Library resumed archiving the journal.

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Tiers
Casual Reader ★ Minimum-weight
$1 or more per month

☞ Welcome to the fight. You have to start somewhere, but you are in the ring! You'll need some gloves. It's dangerous out there.

 

★ A shoutout from our social media!

★ Receive discounts and special offers.


★ Fly-weight Patron
$5 or more per month

Now you are really starting to help cutting-edge indy publishing. 


You're in the ring, landing some hooks, but don't take those gloves off yet.


⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

★ 10% discount on all of our print publications.

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites (if you so wish).


★ Bantam-weight Patron
$10 or more per month

Now you are putting your weight behind cutting-edge indy publishing. You are helping to sustain writing that goes against the grain and challenges the status quo. Take your gloves off, time to toughen up those bare knuckles!

 

⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

★ 10% discount on all of our print publications!

★ Some rad logo stickers sent to you

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites (if you so wish)


Subscriber ★ Welter-weight
$20 or more per month

This is a subscription tier. You just skipped a couple weights! There's carnage in your wake. There are writers out there whose month you are making when they not only get published but get paid for it, as it should be! As a subscriber you'll get the annual print anthology shipped free of charge + exclusive access to subscriber only content

 

⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

15% discount on all of our print publications!

★ Some rad logo stickers & bookmarks sent to you

Our annual print journal (free shipping too)

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites 

Early access . . . get alerts and discount offers above your subscriber 15% on all our books before they're on the store shelves!



Subscriber ★ Heavyweight
$50 or more per month

Heavyweight subscription tier. You just skipped to lord of the ring! Gloves off now, there's carnage in your wake. There are writers out there whose month you are making when they not only get published but get paid for it, as it should be! As a subscriber you'll get the annual print anthology shipped free of charge + exclusive access to subscriber only content

 

⇥ Bless you!

★ A shoutout on our social media for you!

25% discount on all of our print publications!
★ A Bareknuckle Books/Poet logo t-shirt *

★ Some rad logo stickers & bookmarks sent to you

Our annual print journal (free shipping too)

★ Your name on our Patron Saints page on our websites 

Early access . . . get alerts and discount offers above your subscriber 25% on all our books before they're on the store shelves!


. . .

* we'll be in contact for colour/size/style/choice of logo etc.