In a blunt message to readers and supporters, the editor Tanya Andrusieczko and publisher Rhiannon Ward of Regina's Briarpatch magazine say they are in serious financial trouble. "The truth is, we're currently running on empty," they say of the indy title. They need to raise $15,000 by July 30 "in order to stay upright".
"Right now, we have only enough money in the bank to print the next issue. We aren’t keeping up with the financial demands of publishing a magazine that honours our commitments to fair pay and affordable access to media for all. We have an alarmingly low balance to cover the basic operational costs of publishing a small magazine. We can’t go on like this."The magazine says it needs donations, sustaining support and new subscribers to achieve three things: doubling the reader and revenue base, paying writers and artists a fair wage and printing the magazine.