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The Common Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to compiling and creating art and literature that embodies a sense of place.
Donations from supporters like you help us continue this work in three ways.
Give today to help The Common:
LAUNCH NEW WRITERS
The Common publishes place-based literature from new writers around the world. Each issue showcases new, diverse talent along with established poets and authors.
In a single issue of The Common, you might find a New York Times bestseller or a Man Booker Prize-winner, alongside an author who's seeing their work in print for the first time. We work hard to find great work by emerging writers, and collaborate with them on editing and enhancing pieces for final publication.
Issue 12's launch party at Housing Works in New York City included readings by new writers Akwe Amosu, Emily Chammah, and Max Freeman.
MENTOR STUDENT INTERNS
The Common's unique Literary Publishing Internship Program mentors the next generation of writers and editors.
Our year-round, hands-on internship program trains students in all aspects of literary publishing, from evaluating submissions to marketing the finished issue. Alums have gone on to publish their own creative and scholarly writing, and work in publishing and literary nonprofits all over the world.
Senior Editorial Assistant Sarah Whelan '17 reads from Issue 12 at the Mead Art Museum for The Common's annual fall reading.
WORK WITH TEACHERS
Our education program, The Common in the Classroom, reaches diverse students in classrooms nationwide, from a high school in New Hampshire to a graduate program in the Bronx.
Contributor Todd Hearon discusses his work in Issue 10 with students at Phillips Exeter Academy, in a class led by TCIC teacher Ralph Sneeden.
Donation levels and perks:
$10 – Joiner: Public acknowledgment on Uncommon Friends webpage.
$25 – Podcaster: TC's unique mp3 bundle of four podcasts plus transcripts.
$50 – Writer: TC's unique mp3 bundle of four podcasts plus transcripts; PDF of sold-out Issue 03.
$125 – Friend: Complimentary one-year PDF subscription; invitations to special events.
$250 – Supporter: Friend benefits, plus print subscription; acknowledgement in one print issue.
$500 – Patron: Supporter benefits; Summer Fiction PDF; acknowledgement in two print issues.
$1000 – Editor: Patron benefits; The Oxford Book of Short Stories; tea with Editor in Chief.
$2000 – Publisher: Editor benefits; a package of three signed books by TC authors.
Please note that Uncommon Friends Donation Levels can be achieved with cumulative donations within the current calendar year.
Join the National Endowment for the Arts in helping The Common reach more readers and students and develop free online features.
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