LitKit is a monthly subscription box that promises to deliver “a section of experimental literature, as well as tools and supplies for writers.” Although each month’s box will be different, the selection may include a variety of pens, journals, post cards, bookmaking kits, archival or repair materials, and other tools. Subscriptions are $37/month, with discounts for multi-month subscriptions.
Opening the box, I was greeted (quite literally) with a sheet of paper and happy brown squiggly paper.
Here’s a look at everything that was in the box. Let’s jump in!
The sheet of paper that greeted me explained what was in this month’s box.
On the back of that sheet was a calendar for March with writing prompts. (I really like this one: describe a color, without naming it!)
Book– A Guide to Bars and Nightlife in the Sacred City by Benjamin Wachs ($12.97): This is an interesting little book of short stories that occur in various cities around the world. I really enjoyed reading the book; each of the stories was short enough to digest in a quick sitting, but each story was also chewy enough to make you really think. These aren’t merely short travelogues. Although the cities provide the backdrops, the stories are complex and made me go “hmm? what?” as I read them. I even re-read a few. My personal favorites were “Feeding Time” and “The High Prices in Venice.”
Postcards: Conceptual Drink Recipes — These were beautiful (and clever) cards with drink “recipes.” According to the LitKit website, they were created by co-founder of LitKit Michael.
Stationery: This is a sheet of stationery with a matching envelope. It is good quality, heavy paper and the design lines up nicely with the travel-ish theme of the Wachs book. I just wish there had been more of it, because it is really nice!
Sealing Wax Kit ($17): What’s inside this brown book-shaped case? A lovely old-fashioned sealing wax kit! How much fun!
The seal is, according to the sheet, an official LitKit “X” letterseal.
Helpfully, on the LitKit website, they have a video explaining how to use the sealing wax kit — which is good, because although I’ve always been fascinated by these, I’ve never had the opportunity to play with them myself. A very interesting item to include — it appealed to my geeky history/literature side, without question, even if I never would have thought to buy one for myself! I will definitely have fun with this, although I feel that I need to write something monumental to be worthy of sealing!
I really liked my first LitKit box. I truly enjoyed the Wachs book – thoughtful and thought-provoking short stories should be read (and written) more often. The stationery and postcards were beautiful. And like I said above, I never knew I needed a sealing wax kit until I finally got one! You really can’t do much better than sending me what I didn’t know I needed all along. Well done, LitKit!
The Description: LitKit is the box for experimental readers and writers. Each month we curate esoteric and exciting literary selections, and pair them with tools and supplies for writers and creators. Products are selected for their ability to inspire creativity in our subscribers, and each box includes writing prompts and postcards that encourage playful creation.
The Price: $37.00 per month