As you will know from our editorial in the previous issue, ALS has been forced this year to deal with a serious shortfall in funding. We have treated 1997 as a year in which some interim measures had to be taken so as to buy time for long-term plans. The shortfall due to the cessation of Literature Fund support was $10,000. The University of Queensland has agreed to meet half of this (for 1997 only) and our publisher, the University of Queensland Press, hopes to raise the remaining $5000 from the writing community, who value the role of ALS as much as scholars and students.
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