Welcome to 2016, friends of Scum! It’s going to be a big one for us here at Scum – you may or may not have heard, but we’ve recently come into some money. In the recent Australia Council funding round, we were incredibly fortunate to receive a grant that will allow us to finally (finally!) pay our writers, at least for the foreseeable future. We can’t stress enough how lucky we feel to have this opportunity when so many other worthy journals, peers and arts orgs missed out.
What does all of this mean, in layman’s terms? We want to be as transparent as possible here: we’ve received $17,480 so that we can fund twelve pieces of writing (four commissioned columns, and eight other pieces) per month for the next two years. We’ll be paying writers $60 per piece of writing. Programming will become a lot more regular around these parts (insert toilet joke) and we’ll do our best not to stuff this one up.
We love you all so much – without our readers and writers, we would never be in this position. Thanks for being a part of the Scum community, and have a rocking 2016!