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Big Pond Rumours

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                                                   I am dedicated to supporting writers of any age or genre 

                                              who are developing quality in their work with story or poetry.

                                              It is my heartfelt belief that there must always be an under-

                                              funded and under-recognized group of people who are willing

                                              to use their own means to assist others in recognizing their

                                              ability to Influence both their at and their culture. During the

                                              early years of Impressionism, the artist Manet provided paints

                                              and brushes to other painters like Renoir. While I am by no

                                              means independently wealthy, I do happen to have the skills

                                              and means to produce this E-Zine right now. Several artists

                                              have demonstrated how much they appreciate the fact that I

                                              Do, so I will continue for as long as I can manage most of the

                                              work myself… with the exception that I will have co-editors

                                              when I launch a ‘special issue’.

     This zine was begun as an experiment of sorts, just to see if it was possible to collect enough interest among fellow writers to make an E-Zine. Initially, I thought it would be dedicated to the work of Canadian authors, but I was quickly dissuaded of that idea when I started to receive submissions—some very fine pieces—from authors around the world. It was those first international submissions which convinced me to make Big Pond Rumours and International Literary E-Zine.

     Big Pond Rumours has been a labour of love since the moment it was first launched in 2006. I work full-time as an elementary school teacher, and I write poetry and story myself. Just one of those activities could be very time-consuming. However, because I do all of the work necessary to make this zine there is some flexibility in the release dates for new issues. Sometimes the sticky (or nasty) parts of life interfere.

     From the beginning, the financial burden has been carried by myself, including the cost for the website, the internet hosting, prizes and (originally) the ink, paper and staples for print copies of the zine. This also includes the cost of renting tables at small press festivals and other events where a publisher would naturally set up at booth. There will no longer be print copies and I will not be building websites as prizes. In addition, there is now a small $5 submission fee for the contest in order to cover the cost of keeping the zine online. But that fee is directed toward maintaining the website online and providing the prizes, which only means that as submissions increase, so does the amount of the prizes increase!














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