Sponsorship Goals

Contest Five Prizes

Pledged by Brian & Amy Lewis: $1,200
Funded by Sponsors: $0

Goal: $1,200

Clarion West Scholarship

Funded by E&GJ: $3,590
Funded by Sponsors: $10

Goal: $3,600

CSSSA Scholarship

Pledged by E&GJ: $1,500
Funded by Sponsors: $0

Goal: $1,500

Volume V

Funded by Sponsors: $0

Goal: $8,000

Current Goal: Contest Five Prizes

Each quarter, Spark: A Creative Anthology hosts a poetry & prose writing contest featuring a cash prize and publication for the winner. Your donation helps us keep these contests free (no entry fee) in order to encourage great writers to participate. When you ask us to apply your donation to Contest Prizes, we are happy to list you as a sponsor under “About the Awards” unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous. See the Contest Five listing (our upcoming contest) for an example. Be a Sponsor. Be a Hero.

Clarion West Scholarship

The Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation sponsors an annual scholarship to the elite and prestigious Clarion West Writers Workshop. When your donation is applied to our scholarship fund, you enable us to continue this sponsorship and expand our scholarship offering. We are also happy to let the scholarship recipient know of your personal contribution to their award unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous. Be a Sponsor. Be a Hero.

California State Summer School for the Arts
Creative Writing Scholarship

NEW! Our Editor-in-Chief, Brian Lewis, attended the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA) Creative Writing program and has directed the Empire & Great Jones Creative Arts Foundation to set up a scholarship enabling another young student to do the same. CSSSA is a rigorous pre-professional training program in the visual and performing arts, creative writing, animation, and film for talented artists of high school age. Students in the Creative Writing Program receive individualized instruction in poetry, fiction, and scriptwriting. They work with an award-winning faculty in small groups and have opportunities to learn from visiting writers, literary agents, journalists, and poets. When your donation is applied to our scholarship fund, you enable us to continue this sponsorship and expand our scholarship offering. We are also happy to let the scholarship recipient know of your personal contribution to their award unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous. Be a Sponsor. Be a Hero.

Volume V Contributor Payments

We are committed to paying every contributor, regardless of her or his publication history. This means first-time-published writers get paid just like established professionals. Unfortunately, all payments currently come from the pockets of our editor-in-chief and his family, so we are only able to offer semi-pro payments of 1¢ per word (with a minimum of $20 per work).

That simply won’t do!

Our current goal is to raise $8,000 by March 31st, 2014 in order to pay pro rates to all Volume V contributors—even if we originally accepted their work at 1¢ per word.

When we pay pro rates it doesn’t just help writers eat, it also helps them qualify for membership in associations and organizations which require at least one pro sale. It also means we can attract better and better content, which benefits readers, too. And once we’ve set the precedent of paying pro rates for Volume IV, it will be that much easier to pay pro rates for all future volumes. Be a Sponsor. Be a Hero.   Learn more >

Past Fundraisers

  • We raised $3175 in donations and sales for Volume IV contributors. Learn more >