Support Wyrd & Wyse

Our main mission here at Wyrd & Wyse is to create spaces for the darklings to flourish. As the saying goes, we are the weirdos, and this makes us ever-so-committed to making sure there's spaces in the world for those that don't quite fit to be heard. 

This is why it is our mission to prioritize voices of  witches who meet the following profile(s): women, women-identifying, femmes, trans folks, non-binary folks, BIPOC, immigrants, fat babes, disabled babes, neurodivergent babes and LBGTQUIA+ folks. An integral part of this mission is being able to pay our contributors a fair wage and get them copies of their work in print. 

Costs of Publication

The cost of running the zine and producing the high quality content you love isn't cheap, and we do our best to keep prices as low as we can for the zine itself.  Please note: We understand that there are cheaper ways to produce the product we make. We try to find a balance between frugality and a high quality product. 

  • Contributors: The bulk of the money from our zine sales goes straight to our contributors, who receive $15 USD and a copy of their work in print. The cost to provide this is around $25 USD per contributor, per issue. This does not include shipping materials, fees for Squarespace and Paypal, etc. 
  • Printing: We know our readers love a print copy! And we do too... But printing the zine isn't cheap. It costs anywhere from $6-7 USD per issue to print, depending on how long the current issue is and the materials we choose. We try to balance producing a high quality product with keeping costs as low as possible. And yes, we know there are cheaper ways to print zines. However, we choose to make a higher-end product in order to honor our contributors' extremely hard work. 
  • Running the Website and Digital Platforms: It costs us around $400 USD per year or $100 USD per issue, when all is said and done to run the website and pay fees for Adobe platforms, etc. 
  • Shipping Materials: We try to keep these costs as low as possible, since shipping prices just go up and up each year. We don't include this in our costs explicitly, because you pay for shipping, but we have to own and operate a label maker and coordinate all shipping efforts. 
  • Time: This is the big one. For each issue it takes:
    • Around 80-100 hours to develop the theme, promote the submission period and coordinate the submitters and the Circle
    • Around 40 hours to coordinate the Circle
    • 80-100 hours to get the zine edited and through the layout process
    • 1-2 hours per day creating social content, every day, and about 10% of our followers see and interact with our platforms
    • 15-20 hours to coordinate with the print shop, pack and ship all copies
    • This is a total of, at minimum, 215 hours of work -- it's really more like 300-400 hours of work to put one issue together, because a lot of discussions, collaboration, etc. goes into making the zine what it is. 
    • Currently, no one is being paid for this work. This is a labor of love for the Circle members and the Editrixes. 

Sticking to Our Mission

All this is not a complaint. This is real talk about what it takes to create something like this. It is incredibly important that folks understand what it takes to create this kind of publication and independent art, in general.  We feel that even though the zine is expensive to make and that we are currently not being paid, that we absolutely cannot and will not back down from paying our contributors. Hells, we want to give our contributors A RAISE. WE WANT TO PAY THEM MORE. 

Too often, contributors to publications like ours (big or small) are not paid. And while we understand why that is (ahem, see above!), we cannot center and solicit work from marginalized communities and not pay. In our minds, that's not ethical -- especially since we experience systemic privilege ourselves. 

So, while we are willing to be patient and put the work in while we grow, we know there are a lot of you with some disposable income and passion for the witchy arts. You've asked us how you can help us keep going, and here is our answer: 

Help Pay the Contributors

Help us by helping them. They are the center of our mission. They are the reason we can be anything at all. They inspire us with their beautiful creations and we want to be able to do even more to support them. 

We have two ways for you to support the contributors: 

Become a Sponsor

For each issue, we will create a Sponsor Badge, which you can purchase for $25 USD in our shop. When all of the contributors are sponsored, any additional sponsorships will be split evenly between the contributors, in effect, giving them a raise. 

You get: 

  • To help us offset some of the costs of the zine AND to help support giving the contributors a raise
  • A digital download of the Sponsor Badge, which you can proudly share anywhere on your social media or website. Brag about your generosity! We support your right to tell people what a badass you are. 
  • A shoutout on our Patron Page in the publication (both print and ezine). Your name will live on in print for all to see!

Become a Patron

If you're looking to make a regular contribution and get a little more out of it, we have three tiers on our Patreon for giving a monthly donation. Should all of the contributor fees be paid via sponsorships for whatever the current issue is, all Patreon money will roll over into paying the Digital Journal contributors for the current month. 

Witchling $1 per month
* First access to patron-only newsletter once a season (patron newsletters are packed full of Wyrd & Wyse extras) 

Darkling Tier $3 per month
* Shoutouts on social media to thank you for your contribution
*First Access to patron-only coupon codes for print issues and merch
* First access to patron-only newsletter once a season (patron newsletters are packed full of Wyrd & Wyse extras) 

Coven Tier $7 per month
* Shoutouts on social media to thank you for your contribution
*First Access to patron-only coupon codes for print issues and merch
* First access to patron-only newsletter once a season (patron newsletters are packed full of Wyrd & Wyse extras) 
* 1 digital ezine/print issue

Inner Circle $21 per month
* Shoutouts on social media to thank you for your contribution
*First Access to patron-only coupon codes for print issues and merch
* First access to patron-only newsletter once a season (patron newsletters are packed full of Wyrd & Wyse extras) 
* 1 digital ezine/print issue
* 1 coupon code for a free print issue

A note regarding our patron-only newsletter: 
This newsletter will be chock-full each quarter of Wyrd & Wyse extras of all kinds, as well as your typical newsletter fare like updates about our goals, how we're paying our contributors, etc. For instance, you might receive a free digital download of some exclusive Wyrd & Wyse art, a podcast episode, exclusive previews of work that will be featured in our upcoming issues (both digital and print), etc. In other words, this will be like a digital care package of love from us to you, which is why we can only offer it once per quarter. In order to do what we know you love best (cultivating great, witchy art and writing), we need to stay focused on that for the majority of the time, but we promise, these newsletters will be packed with swirling darkness and lovely imagery.


A note from the Editrixes regarding meeting and exceeding goals: 

We know there are lots of folks out there who are very generous and we thank you in advance for supporting our contributors' work and this publication. Should we reach a time when all of the contributors for both the Print Issues and Digital Journals are being paid a minimum of $50 USD per submission, we will begin saving funds for writing contests and scholarships for in-person writing workshops and retreats. 

All the best,

A&A