Each quarterly issue of Pipe Wrench features a great longform story surrounded by a constellation of pieces springboarding off it. You might read 6,000 words on an idea you’d never thought about before, and then find a piece of short fiction, a playlist, and a personal essay. A comic. A reading list. A poem. A piece of tech.
Think of it as a dinner party where all the guests are really fucking sharp. Someone fascinating tells a great story; it’s passionate and unexpected and thought-provoking. And all the other fascinating guests grab onto the bits that resonate with them or inspire them or irritate them and spin the conversation in a dozen new directions.
Then make that an online magazine. Make it an online magazine where contributors are paid fairly, where industry-leading contracts are created in partnership with the National Writers Union, where facts are always checked, where innovative membership and masthead models are trying to find a new path forward for independent publishing, where those with more subsidize those with less so there’s never a paywall, and where the focus is already on historically-excluded and underpublished voices.
You can choose to pay people fairly. You can choose to treat people kindly. You can choose to seek out new and different voices. You can choose to prioritize the underprioritized. The publishing industry doesn't have to be a race to the bottom.
That’s Pipe Wrench.
We started Pipe Wrench at the beginning of 2021. After a year of publishing, it's time to make our issues bigger and better, and to bring more voices into the conversation from more parts of the world.
Funded by Awesome Without Borders (September 2022)