Giving Away The Sun

The Sun: Independent, Reader-Supported Publishing

In each issue of The Sun you’ll find some of the most radically intimate and socially conscious writing being published today. In an age of media conglomerates, we’re something of an oddity: an ad-free, independent, reader-supported magazine.

(Sound familiar?)

I have been a subscriber to The Sun since 2001, when my internet friend Marya gifted me a year’s subscription. I immediately became hooked on this monthly treat of writing and black-and-white photography, beautifully produced without a single ad. It’s nearly impossible for me now to go back to reading the typical commercial magazine that is almost half advertising.

Each issue of The Sun is so nice and filled with such good work, I can never bear to toss them into the recycling bin. But I don’t want to hoard them either. I currently have a large stack of issues that I want to give away to anyone who wants one. They go back to 2013. Each issue has a beautiful photo as the cover, an in-depth interview with a noted thinker or activist, poetry, photos, essays and short stories. My favorite section is called “Readers Write,” a collection of short writing on a specific theme each month submitted by readers.

Why am I doing this? Because I love this publication and I want more people to have a chance to experience it. Maybe it will even inspire you to subscribe, maybe not, but at least one story or photograph will further your understanding of the human condition.

If you like the vibe at, you’ll probably like The Sun, but the offer is open to anyone who asks. Send me your mailing address and I’ll be happy to send you a copy, more or less chosen at random. My goal is to give away 25 issues. I’ve already given away four as a test, so only 21 to go!

Jean MacDonald @jean