Line of Advance

Help us launch an online literary journal dedicated to the creative writing of American military veterans
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Line of Advance
Writing
Chicago, Illinois
United States
2 Team Members

“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It's about sorrow. It's about sisters who never write back and people who never listen.”  - Tim O'Brien

Since 2001, The United States has sent over two million of its men and women, young and old, to war.  They have borne witness to war without fronts, combat without respite, and ever-changing distinctions between enemy and ally.  They have borne witness to history.

Line of Advance will launch as a non-profit online literary journal dedicated to seeking out, giving voice to and preserving the literary writings of these soldiers.

And we're asking for your help to help make this vision a reality.  We're raising funds for seed money that will help us get off the ground in order to meet our Veteran's Day 2013 launch date. 

Q: How will Line of Advance work? The journal itself will be published bi-monthly in various ebook formats (iOS, Kindle, ePub) and will be available for as small a fee as we can manage.  An annual high-quality printed edition of the journal will be produced each Veterans Day beginning in 2014 and made available for order as well.  We have created an Editors Board of highly regarded writers and professors to assist us in reviewing submitted work for publication.  Writers whose work is selected for publication will receive financial awards, and should we raise sufficient funds, small college scholarships for either themselves or their children.  Ongoing content will be posted at www.lineofadvance.org, including guest columns, recommended reading, and journal news updates.

Q: Who are the founders? Line of Advance was founded by three American military veterans (two enlisted, one officer) who served together in Afghanistan and recognized that veterans needed to to tell their stories, and that the public deserved to read them.  

Q: What will funds be used for? Funds contributed via Indiegogo will be used to help pay for startup costs including website and ebook design and development, awards for writers, legal fees and advertising.

Q: Where will the writing come from? We have already begun reaching out to the veteran community through various channels to invite writing submissions.  We will pay for advertising space on military.com and various service branch publications and websites (eg. Army Times).  We are also launching an outreach campaign to college and university writing professors that will ask them to encourage their students who have served overseas to submit their work for publication.

Q: Are you personally profiting from the project? We've been funding things out of our own pockets thus far.  Line of Advance has applied for formal 501(c)3 non-profit status from the Internal Revenue Service, and has in-place fully transparent accounting practices, disclosure policies and conflict-of-interest bylaws.

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  • $10USD
    Supporter

    Help us create a place for the writing of American veterans. Your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor and you will have our sincere thanks.

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  • $25USD
    Contributor

    Help us create a place for the writing of American veterans. Your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor. You'll receive a one-year subscription to the digital version of Line of Advance, a black and white photo of the founders' platoon while deployed in Afghanistan with a personal inscription as well as our sincere thanks.

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  • $50USD
    Contributor

    Your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor. You'll also receive a limited, Founder's Edition, Line of Advance coffee travel mug, a one-year subscription to the digital version of Line of Advance as well as our sincere thanks.

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  • $100USD
    Contributor

    Your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor, you'll also receive a high-quality limited founder's edition Line of Advance striker duffle, a one-year subscription to the digital version of Line of Advance and our sincere thanks.

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    Supporting Contributor

    Very Limited! You'll receive a signed copy of Steven Pressfield's "Turning Pro". In addition, your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor, you'll receive a limited founder's edition Line of Advance canvas reading bag and our sincere thanks.

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    Supporting Contributor

    Very Limited! You'll receive a signed copy of Steven Pressfield's "The Warrior Ethos". In addition, your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor, you'll receive a high-quality limited founder's edition Line of Advance canvas reading bag and our sincere thanks.

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  • $200USD
    Supporting Contributor

    Your name will be listed on our website and first print issue as a Founding Partner, you'll have our thanks and you will also receive the first annual Line of Advance printed edition with a signed inscription from the founders as well as a one-year subscription to the digital version.

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    Supporting Contributor

    Very Limited! You'll receive a signed hardcover edition of Nelson DeMille's "Word of Honor". In addition, your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor, you'll receive a high-quality limited founder's edition Line of Advance canvas reading bag and our sincere thanks.

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    $250USD
    Supporting Contributor

    Very Limited! You'll receive a signed hardcover edition of Nelson DeMille's "Up Country". In addition, your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor, you'll receive a high-quality limited founder's edition Line of Advance canvas reading bag and our sincere thanks.

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  • $500USD
    Founding Contributor

    Your name will be listed on our website as a founding contributor, you'll also receive an Amazon Kindle, pre-loaded with the first edition of Line of Advance as well as a one-year subscription to our digital version and our sincere thanks.

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    Founders' Circle

    A 2013-14 writing prize/scholarship will be awarded to an LOA writer in your name (or in the name of your choosing). Your name will be listed on our website and annual print issue as a member of our Founders Circle and you will receive the first printed edition of the Line of Advance annual issue as well as a one-year subscription to the digital version.

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    Sponsor of the Year

    The annual Line of Advance 2013-14 writing prize will be awarded to an LOA writer in your name (or in the name/organization of your choosing). Your name will be listed on our website and annual print issue as a member of our Founders Circle and you will receive the first printed edition of the Line of Advance annual issue as well as a one-year subscription to the digital version.

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