To do this, the group needs to raise an additional £2000 to combine with money generated through sales of issue I. This boosted publishing pot will then cover Parabola’s production costs so that Issue II can pack in even more writers and be distributed further afield.
Currently stocked in shops across Cornwall where Telltales is based and sold online, it is hoped that issue II of Parabola will reach out beyond the county to stockists nationwide so that new audiences across the country will get a taste for the best of the UK’s contemporary writing talent, build momentum and continue to drive the creative writing scene forward.
To achieve its £2000 target, Telltales has created a film, telling the story of The Parabola Project and plans for issue II, which is hosted on crowd funding website Wefund;
Users can log on, watch the film and choose to pledge money to The Parabola Project in exchange for incentives including bespoke designed posters, postcards sets, launch invites and even the chance to get involved in one of the features in the next issue.
Says Clare Howdle, publisher and editor of The Parabola Project: “The Parabola Project Issue I went down a storm. Our featured writers have been approached by literary agents because of it, our designers have won awards off the back of it and readers have been in touch praising what it is trying to do for the UK's creative writing scene.
That's when we realised there's a real buzz around Parabola and we should seize on that buzz to turn it into something sensational.
We want to make Issue II of the Parabola Project even bigger and better; profiling more writers, reaching out further, offering more to readers and connecting with new communities who could be inspired by what the UK’s contemporary creative writing scene has to offer.
But we can’t do it without Wefund. We really hope to get as many people onto our profile as possible and get them pledging so that we can show off just what the creative writing scene has to offer.”
The campaign is running for 13 weeks and anyone can show their support for the creative writing scene by pledging. It’s a simple process and no money gets taken from pledgers until the total £2000 target has been reached.
It’s an ambitious campaign from an ambitious bunch of creatives committed to motivating, showcasing and inspiring writers, readers and thinkers everywhere.
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Telltales was launched in October 2008 with the goal of motivating, inspiring and showcasing the creative writing scene in Cornwall and beyond. Telltales hosts monthly reading nights, schedules events and produces publications which showcase the region’s writing talent; ensuring that every writer, reader and listener comes away inspired.
Building on the success of The Parabola Project Issue I which came out in 2010, Telltales wants to make issue II even better, profiling the work of literary talent from across the writing spectrum and marrying it with stunning design, eye-popping photography and illustrations.