Brink was founded in Denver, Colorado, in 2007 by author Dani Hedlund to help emerging writers navigate the publishing industry. Brink’s inaugural resource was the Free Editing Program, which gave writers free professional editorial feedback to hone their craft and increase accessibility into the industry.
To further aid our writing community, Brink began publishing original literature online in 2010. In 2015, we transitioned to a full-color illustrated print journal: F(r)iction. We created this magazine to be the publishing vehicle through which Brink mentors emerging writers, amplifies diverse and underrepresented voices, encourages experimentation and genre-melding, and delves into important social issues.
On the strength of this mission, F(r)iction was picked up by two major distributors in 2017 and sold in 750 bookstores across the USA and Canada as well as those of a number of independent shops.
In 2014, we launched our Publishing Internship Program, a competitive 12-week (now 15-week) program for aspiring writers, editors, and publishers, taught remotely to increase accessibility and flexibility.
Using F(r)iction as the primary educational text, Brink began developing other original education programs in 2015, with a focus on empowering underserved communities and increasing accessibility into the industry. These programs are designed to enhance “literacy” in both senses of the word: increasing reading and writing skills, and fostering a love of literature within the community. Currently, we teach the Frames Prison Program (a graphic memoir course for incarcerated women) and F(r)iction in the Classroom (a mix of curricula and support for educators who use our journal as a teaching tool).
The COVID pandemic pushed us to rethink how we market and fundraise. Instead of launching small Kickstarter campaigns to gain readers, we launched one large literary product in 2021—“The Literary Tarot”—with the help of more than 70 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Stephen Fry, Celeste Ng, and Roxane Gay.
We also partner with stellar nonprofit organizations to reach even more diverse writers, enabling us to publish work from organizations such as the Afghan Women's Writing Project, Lambda Literary, Words Without Walls, and the Veterans Writing Project. We run seasonal publishing internships, have a thriving University Partnership Program, and offer portfolio critiques to artists at Comic Con events across the USA.
By supporting Brink Literacy Project, you are helping to fund our education programs, lower recidivism rates, and offer literary and literacy opportunities to marginalized and nontraditional voices around the world. Your generous donation will help to empower thousands of individuals each year.