Dog-Ear is a bookmark, but it’s also a magazine.
It tends to publish poems, illustrations, short stories and design. But not exclusively.
The latest issue is always free, with the printing and distribution costs covered by donations or the sale of back-issues, subscriptions, and merchandise.
All of the design, editing and web-development is done voluntarily by Pete, Joe and David.
Like what we’re up to? You can support Dog-Ear in lots of ways:
Follow us: seek us out on social media, or sign-up for our monthly email.
Fund us: buy back issues, subscriptions and merch in our shop.
Submit something: nothing is too short, too small, or too silly.
Tell a friend: just spreading the word makes a huge difference.
“These pretty little bookmarks are also miniature free magazines. Unfurl each cutesy, concertined issue for original poetry, illustration, design and a winsome mix of the naive and knowing.”
“A bookmark, crammed with tiny poems, witticisms, illustrations and general literary ephemera, written perhaps by the very people who pick them up. Why has no one thought of it before?”
Tom Banks, Design Week
“For once, dog-eared is a good thing […] a gorgeously guerrilla approach.”
Emily Gosling, AIGA Eye On Design
“In today’s art world just about anything can become a platform for curated work – but come on, would you have ever thought to turn a bookmark into a magazine? This micro-mag folds out into a readable page and folds up into a nifty bookmark. It’s a brilliantly innovative format.”
Charlotte Simmonds, It’s Nice That
“A very clever idea, this… cunningly hidden between the pages of books to perk up surprised readers… The content must fit the unusual dimensions of the magazine. Rather than being a restriction, it seems to inspire imaginative uses of space, containing drawings akin to comic book panels, and flash fiction… Reminds me of “reverse shoplifting”, where people plant copies of their books in shops or libraries – subversive D.I.Y distribution. Using any means to spread the word.”
“A brilliant magazine that thinks it’s a bookmark. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to send it out.”
Steve Watson, Stack Magazine
“A winning find. A wonderful balance between the worlds of www. and print… definitely a website to bookmark and a magazine to look out for.”
Cody Lee Barbour, Print Isn’t Dead (People of Print)
“Dog-Ear is a magazine. But it’s also a bookmark. And it’s awesome.”
The grand plan
Dog-Ear Ventures CIC believes in the wellbeing benefits of playful creativity*, especially reading, writing and drawing.
We exist to encourage this play, and to provide a platform for its expression.
Our aim is to be a democratic creative tool for anyone and everyone, so we focus on:
- Ensuring anyone and everyone can enjoy Dog-Ear
(finding new ways to distribute the magazine and its message)
- Ensuring anyone and everyone can get inspired to create
(finding new ways to make time and space for stimulation, imagination and play)
- Ensuring anyone and everyone can get involved in the platform
(finding new ways to help people to submit their work)
We also try to support bookshops, libraries and small-press publishers.
The ‘CIC’ bit of our name stands for ‘Community Interest Company’. It signifies that we have committed, officially, to re-invest all our profits back into the business – into future print runs, public events, improved distribution, and submission opportunities.
Dog-Ear is more than a magazine – it’s a social-good project.
* Playful creativity helps people connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give – contributing to all of the Government-approved “Five Ways to Wellbeing” actions outlined by the New Economics Foundation.