Therefore, a recap, a look ahead.
2011 rocked our socks at [PANK]. In our Little Books Series we published Ethel Rohan’s wonderful little collection, Hard to Say. We held Invasion Readings in Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Brooklyn, and New Orleans. We published our 5th print edition, 12 monthly online issues, four special online issuesâ€“London Calling, Crime, Queer, and 50 Word Storiesâ€“and introduced our first attempt at an iApp reader. All told we published new writing from 416 writers young and old, famous, obscure, and first time published, culled from a pool of 7,231 unsolicited submissions for a total acceptance rate of 5.75%. In terms of readership, across our various platforms, both print and digital, we logged approximately 163,000 readers in over 150 countries. Finally, it should be noted, for those of you who pay attention to such things, that all of this was done with a volunteer staff and an annual operating budget of less than $10,000.
In 2012, expect more of the same commitment to adventurous readers and writers alike. Later this month, we’ll be releasing the last of our mind-boggling wicked sweet annual print issues, [PANK]6, but last not because we’re no longer doing print, but because 2012 will mark the launch of a biannual printing. That’s right, [PANK] will henceforth be gracing your coffee table with not one, but two print issues a year. But that’s not all. Look for our usual monthly online awesomeness beginning today with our first special issue of 2012, the Sci-fi Issue, guest edited by Aubrey Hirsch and Devan Goldstein. Look for us at AWP 2012 in Chicago at table L14 of the Bookfair and join us, Mud Lucious, and Annalemma, on Thursday, March 1, 7pm, at the Beauty Bar for Convocation in Chicago, the AWP offsite event to end all AWP offsight events. We’ll also be doing Invasion Readings in Washington D.C. and Seattle, with more dates and information to come. And in August, look for the release of Myfanwy Collinsâ€™s full-length collection, I Am Holding Your Hand from [PANK]Little Books. And more… And more… And, oh, so much more.
Happy New Year, Panksters. We love you.