Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

There goes the Canadian small-press magazine industry

by Rob - February 20th, 2009.
Filed under: Publishing.

Quill & Quire Online just reported:

The Harper Tories have promised to maintain existing funding levels for the country’s magazine industry ($75.5-million annually), but guidelines announced this week for the new Canada Periodical Fund could put Canada’s small-run literary magazines in jeopardy.

The new Canadian Heritage-run program merges two other federal funding bodies – the Canada Magazine Fund and the Publications Assistance Program – in an effort to streamline operations and tie support of the periodical sector to “the reading choices of Canadians.” This new system won’t become a reality until at least 2010, but when it does, funds will be allocated using a formula based on paid circulation, and magazines with less then 5,000 annual subscribers will be shut out altogether.

(For my non-Canadian readers, Harper is Stephen Harper, Canada’s current prime minister; the Tories are the ruling, but minority, Conservative party.)

What a typically conservative approach: let’s give the money to those who need it least.

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