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Support The Fiddlehead’s continued literary excellence by making a donation today!

With more readers than ever before, The Fiddlehead remains legendary — a household name among the Canadian literary community. However, revenues from subscriptions and newsstand sales only cover a small portion of The Fiddlehead’s expenses. We depend on grants and private donations to make ends meet. In the face of funding cutbacks we are dedicated to maintaining our high author compensation rates and our exceptional production standards, and to keeping our hard-working staff employed and adequately paid. Without your involvement, the rich forum we have built, in which authors, readers, and editors alike can grow and develop, would cease to exist. Now you have an opportunity to sustain and cultivate the literary ecology of which you are a part.

Every donation, large and small, helps us foster our literary community at a time when many little magazines are struggling to stay afloat. This is your chance to endorse the survival of Canadian literary magazines in these difficult financial times.

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You may choose to make a one-time gift, or give on a monthly, annual, or semi-annual basis. In recognition of your support, your name will appear in The Fiddlehead and for donations. 

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We at The Fiddlehead are deeply committed to giving our talented contributors the accolades they deserve, thereby ensuring that our readers will continue to find outstanding quality in each and every one of our issues.

By making a donation of $25, $60, or $100, you are contributing to the future success and continuing excellence of The Fiddlehead. Additional funds would help off-set basic operating costs, enlarge the purse for our annual contests, and keep our authors’ payments competitive. With better compensation and more enticing awards, The Fiddlehead would be better able to support both up-and-coming authors and seasoned writers whose livelihoods depend on their pens.

In the past, we have had the opportunity to publish many first-time writers who have gone on to set and exceed standards in Canadian literature — writers like Al Purdy, Elizabeth Brewster, Tim Lilburn, Margaret Atwood, Alistair MacLeod, George Elliott Clarke, Erin Mouré, Anne Simpson, Sue Sinclair, Robert Gibbs, Tim Bowling, Lynn Coady, Robert Kroetsch, Pat Lowther, Alden Nowlan, Milton Acorn, Jan Zwicky, Alice Major, Joy Kagawa, Wayne Johnston, Bronwen Wallace, Ralph Gustafson, Stephanie Bolster, Ann Copeland, Carol Shields, Tom Wayman, Michael Ondaatje, Don Domanski, Rohinton Mistry, Susan Musgrave, and many, many more. We have received countless thank-you letters from new writers who are ecstatic to see their first publications on The Fiddlehead’s pages. And we have also received countless letters from readers expressing the pleasure and delight they have received in reading the newest issue of The Fiddlehead.

For the last 75 years, The Fiddlehead has continually upheld its mandate to publish accomplished poetry, short fiction, and Canadian literature reviews; to discover and promote new writing talent; to represent the Atlantic region's lively cultural and literary diversity; and to place the best of new and established Canadian writing in an international context. Please consider donating today and helping the old fern flourish for another 75 years!

We offer you our sincerest thanks for considering our request, and, as always, for reading and contributing to The Fiddlehead

Your unfailing enthusiasm and loyalty are the backbone of our journal!