Q: So, like, what is Paper Darts? In the deep, philosophical sense, you know?
A: Paper Darts is a lot of things, but it is definitely not a gentle butterfly emerging from the womb of pubescence and self-preservation to alight on a journey towards the never-ending sun of humanity, ink and quill gripped in little butterfly paw.
To see what Paper Darts is, in the actual “this is what we are” sense, see our about section.
Q: So Paper Darts is your full-time job then, right? If you guys are making such phat greenbacks why don’t you pay your contributors?
A: Nope, sorry all you wide-eyed English and Art majors for whom PD has become a beacon of hope in the shit-job slurry of post-college life, all the staff members of PD hold down outside day jobs to pay the bills. PD is something we do in our free-time, and all the revenue generated goes directly back into paying for our printing and production costs. No member of Paper Darts has ever taken a dime for personal gain.
We wholeheartedly support putting the monetary value back in writing and art and would one day kill (yes, kill, like maybe a rich old person who was already dead, but not really. We love the elderly!) to pay our contributors, but unfortunately it’s just not in the cards right now.
Hopefully the moths flying out of our pockets will help you understand.
Q: Paper Darts is pretty neat, how can I get involved?
A: Hey thanks, that’s so sweet of you to say! Unfortunately managing a lot of people when you don’t have an office and do most of your communicating through email is kind of hard, so we no longer take on volunteers. We do occasionally put out a call for interns, but will post that on our website if it does happen.
In the meantime, we are always looking for reviews, interviews, and guest blogs for our culture section, so if you have an idea you’d like to pitch email email@example.com.
Q: How do I submit something?
A: So glad you asked, especially since it’s an easy answer. To submit to the magazine, go to our submit page. Read the guidelines carefully, they’re there to help you (and us, frealz).
*Please note: Paper Darts Press is not currently accepting manuscript submissions, so don’t even send em, chump.
Q: Facebook and Twitter are great, but I’d really like to take this relationship to the next level and stalk you in person--where’s your office?
A: Good news for us, bad news for you. We don’t have one! If you want to donate an office space or storefront to us (non- basement torture lairs preferred) so that you can stalk most efficiently, we’re down, and will even give you some juicy things to scribble about in your stalker notebook. In the meantime, stick to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.
Founded in August of 2009, Paper Darts has become much more than the original 24 page zine we printed, assembled, and bound with a Singer sewing machine in our living rooms. Two years after Co-founders Jamie Millard, Regan Smith, and Meghan Suszynski first launched the Paper Darts website the organization has expanded to include a publishing press, a creative agency for freelance hire, and three additional talented staff members.
All Paper Darts projects are funded entirely by generated revenue, and no member of the staff has ever taken a dime for personal gain. Truly a grassroots project born entirely out of passion (the steamy, super triple xxx hott literary kind of passion), we’re extremely proud of the fact that we’ve never lost money on Paper Darts and have been able to pencil in a notch higher each year on the PD growth chart we keep in our parents' kitchens.