You might have heard that Meanjin and the Australia Council for the Arts have not been enjoying the best of relationships in recent times. A few months back the Council knocked back our application for a four-year grant that would have funded our author payments until the end of 2020. Last week the Council rejected an application that would have funded our author payments until the end of 2017.
It feels like the crisis is coming closer.
Meanjin is many things to many people, but to Australian writers of essays, memoir, fiction and poetry it is a source of both audience and payment; it has been since 1940. We have been hoping that the Australia Council would see the worth in supporting that, as they have since the 1970s.
While we are determined to push on, and meet Meanjin’s 77th year with positivity and ambition, we do, however, need your help.
An $80 12-month subscription to Meanjin not only buys you four issues of a fine magazine, it also plays a part in nurturing Australia’s literary ecosystem.
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