More Than Melanin: A collaborative literary zine

Ended on March 31st 2021

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MtM is a literary zine by and for those in the bla(c)k and people of colour communities.

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Get a copy of More than Melanin Issue 1 and 2

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Since issue one sold out so quickly, I'm doing a limited reprint for 50 people who donate $65 for both issues of the zine! You may never be able to buy a hard copy of the "Environments" issue again. The first issue features poetry, fiction, non-fiction and more.

Raffle: I'll send you two books that I love!

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I'm a big reader and I read diversely. I love sending people books! Participate in this raffle for a chance to have me send you some books, and maybe an extra knick - knack or two.

Raffle: Win a $100 voucher to Amplify Bookstore

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For $20 you can win a book voucher! Amplify is a Melbourne based bookstore specialising in books by BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of colour) authors. I love everything about their collection and I'd like to share it with one lucky winner of this raffle that'll help make the next zine! Multiple entries are encouraged, and they ship internationally!

PRE ORDER: Issue 2 of More thn Melanin

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For $30 you can pre-order the second zine. Only 20 copies of the second issue available for pre-order as a reward at this price!

MORE THAN MELANIN: ISSUE ONE

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Buy a copy for $30 (or more) of the SOLD OUT issue 1 of More than Melanin, with the theme "Environments". You may never be able to buy a hard copy of the "Environments" issue again. The first issue features poetry, fiction, non-fiction and more.

Limited Edition More than Melanin Tote bag with issue 2

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With $50 you can get you're pre-ordering the second issue of More than Melanin when it's ready along with your very own MtM tote bag to flaunt!

Kanika Chopra


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Publishing Victoria, Australia

I got a taste of The Australian literary landscape after moving here and doing a Master’s in Creative Writing and Literature. I found that these spaces were riddled with whiteness and it felt impossible for me to ever properly be a part of it. I just felt very tokenised if I was even let into a space like this. Especially being an immigrant as well and not just a WOC. 

I had the idea for more than melanin in 2018 but it felt like a very distant “When I grow up one day I’ll do this…” kinda dream. I wanted to do this  because it felt like there was a hole in the literary world in this city when it came to bla(c)k, woc, OTPOC voices especially in a city like Melbourne that is so diverse in its population. I wanted to create a safe space for literary expression where I felt like one doesn’t have to explain their queerness, or culture, or colour, and where they can just be and tell stories, and write poems and not have publication use them as a tool to meet a diversity quota or whatever. 

I’ve already done one zine. It only had a print run of a 100 copies and sold out in 12 days! So now it’s time for a second! I want this issue to have all the creatives paid for their time and work and establish my idea a bit better by having more streamlined ways of operating. For the sake of transparency below you can see what you’ll be paying for! 

1. Printing: $1390 — All zines are printed on eco-friendly paper

2. Small merchandise items that come with every zine: $347

3. Incentives for contributors: $354.83  

4. Compostable Mailers: $109

5. Domain name and website subscription plan x 1 year: $428

6. Pay 10-12 participating poets: $1200 

7. Payment for participating illustrators: $1000

8. National Postage costs that I incur after shipping has been paid for as per my out of pocket expenditure from my last zine that I did: $450

9. 5% for the fundraiser merchant cost: $275

My total comes upto $5,553.83

There are going to be a 100 copies of the second zine up for pre-order, and the next 100 are going to be sold after the making of the zine. Remember, they sell out quick! So get your hands on them while you can . 

 

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