Subscription Drive

Welcome to The New Inquiry Subscription Drive!

During the five weeks from November 13 to December 20, we at The New Inquiry are doing something we almost never do: asking you, our beloved readers, for money.

$2 to be exact. Here’s why:

Launched in February 2012, The New Inquiry Magazine provides a high-quality digital product offered for only $2 a month. This model has made it possible for TNI to build a base of support from young and often precariously employed readers, with 39% of subscribers earning under $25,000 a year and 65% under the age of 30.

While all of TNI’s content is eventually made available to readers for free and under a Creative Commons license, The New Inquiry Magazine subscribers receive content first, in thematic illustrated digital editions, readable on desktop and portable tablets. Thanks to our early subscribers, we've been able to keep TNI online as an reader-supported magazine and stand as one of the few independent journals to pay writers for their work.

But we're just getting started. In order to diversify our output and continue to compensate contributors, we have set a goal to convert our remaining unsubscribed readers to supporters by the end of 2012.

So if you read the New Inquiry and like what we do, consider throwing us $2 for a subscription and help us keep this thing going.

We think it’s a good deal, and with your support TNI can remain independent and ad-free. If you’re not convinced yet, we’ll be posting endorsements here from our readers and friends prodding you from different directions.

If you want to tell the world why you subscribe to TNI, send your words, pictures, video, whatever to [email protected] and you could find yourself featured on TNI.

Help us reach our goal by December 20th and subscribe today.

You can also purchase a one year gift subscription by clicking the below graphic:



Help us spread the word and tell the world why you subscribe to TNI! Please send your words, pictures, video, or whatever to [email protected] and you could find yourself featured on this page.

My Drunk Kitchen's Hannah Hart's video with TNI founder-in-chief Rachel Rosenfelt:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Artist, author and performer, Nic Rad:

Rad, Nic. "I Like the New Inquiry and the New Inquiry Likes Me," .gif file (2012)

TNI Contributor Jenna Brager:

Brager, Jenna. "What's The Worst That Could Happen?" (2012)

TNI contributor Freddie deBoer:

Artist Sherry Mills:

Mills, Sherry. "The New Inquiry Box," a box (2012)

Friend, Charles Yao:

Yao, Charles. "What's $2?" collage (2012)

TNI Editor at Large, Laurie Penny:

TNI contributing artist and friend Molly Crabapple:

TNI contributors Cecilia Aldarondo and Miranda Trimmier:

Our dear friends and colleagues at Cluster Mag:

Dir. by Sam Dwyer (2012)


Neil Dvorak, the writer and illustrator of Easy Pieces.