Clarkesworld Magazine

is creating an online science fiction & fantasy magazine



About Clarkesworld Magazine

What's Clarkesworld?

Clarkesworld ( is a science fiction & fantasy magazine that has been publishing free monthly issues online for nearly twelve years. Each issue includes six-to-eight short stories (typically at least one is a translation from another language) and four non-fiction pieces. All of our fiction is also released in audio form via our podcast. We have won three Hugo Awards, a British Fantasy Award, and a World Fantasy Award. Our fiction has been nominated for or won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, Ditmar, WSFA Small Press and Stoker Awards. Neil Clarke, Editor-in-Chief, has been a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Editor six times.

Why are we on Patreon?

Patreon is one of the spokes in the wheel that keeps our magazine running. We might offer our issues online for free, but that doesn't mean we can get away with not paying for content and people's time. Those expenses add up quickly and like PBS, we count on readers/listeners like you to keep the ship afloat. Some choose to buy digital subscriptions via Amazon, B&N, Weightless Books, etc. We also sell anthologies, take PayPal donations, and even sell advertising. Patreon is just another avenue available for you to support us and perhaps the most flexible of the lot. Whether it's $2 or $25/month, your pledges add up to something reliable and significant. Ultimately, we are on Patreon so we can continue to publish the stories we love.


We've been on Patreon for several years now and through the support of our Patrons, we've been able to add extra stories, build an equipment budget for our podcast, and implement a number of other improvements. At the moment, our focus is on helping Neil cover his health insurance costs (preexisting conditions require him to pay extra for a better plan). From there we'll move onto some special content-related projects. 

Ok, but what's in it for me?

Aside from helping us continue to publish and expand  Clarkesworld, patrons have a variety of reward options available to them. At present, the two main categories are subscriptions and citizenship. If you're happy just making sure we publish the online and podcast editions, there's even a no reward option.

We’re a magazine, so it only makes sense to offer supporters an option to receive a subscription. Our subscription tiers are digital Clarkesworld subscription, digital Clarkesworld and Forever Magazine (a reprint magazine also edited by Neil Clarke) subscription, and a Clarkesworld Print subscription. All digital subscriptions come in EPUB, MOBI/KINDLE, and PDF formats.

Membership on our Discord Server
What's Discord? It's an free text app you can download for your phone or computer. We're using it as our text-based chat room. All tiers come with free membership to this community of Clarkesworld supporters. There, we talk about all sorts of things there from books to what makes us reject a story.

Immigrate now! Clarkesworld needs and welcomes citizens. By choosing one of the citizenship reward tiers you earn the rank of Citizen, Burgermeister, or Royalty, (perhaps someday even an Overlord) in our world. Citizens in good standing will have their names included in the Census section of our annual Clarkesworld anthologies. Yes, your name in our book.
The dollar amounts listed for rewards are the minimum monthly payment necessary to receive that reward. After you've pledged, you may pick any of the rewards tier with a value equal to or less than that value. You can also choose to receive no rewards at all.


Still have questions? Feel free to drop Neil an email at neil (at)

Thank You!

You have no idea just how much your support means to us. Thanks for taking the time to support our efforts.
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Citizenship - Citizen Level
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Basic Citizen of Clarkesworld. What's a citizen? See the center column for details. 
Includes Discord rewards
Digital Subscription
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Every month, you'll receive the EPUB, MOBI/KINDLE, and PDF versions of Clarkesworld Magazine. Our DRM-free ebook editions include all the fiction and non-fiction featured in our online edition in an easy-to-read format.
After Patreon processes your monthly pledge, we'll email you instructions for downloading the latest issue.
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Citizenship - Burgermeister Level
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Citizen of Clarkesworld with the title of Burgermeister. What's a citizen? See the center column for details. 
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You clearly enjoy the magazine or you wouldn't be here. I think you'd probably agree that the people who work here deserved to be paid fairly. Reaching this goal will address part of that and trigger the first of several incremental pay raises.
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