Please Help Our Kickstarter Campaign!
Fantasy Scroll Magazine’s Kickstarter campaign is well underway and doing okay, but we still need your help. Our first issue is due for arrival the week of April 14, but we wanted to entice you ahead of time with a couple of our beautiful stories, linked below. Please enjoy them, and if you want to read more, we hope you can contribute to our Kickstarter campaign.
Fantasy Scroll Mag is a quarterly publication featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short-fiction. We are a brand new publication and our mission is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. We plan to publish our first issue in the first half of 2014 and we are now in the process of collecting stories.
To submit your story please see our submission guidelines.
Fantasy Scroll Mag is looking for first readers. Apply here.
Why Another Online Magazine?
Let me be coy and answer with a question: are there ever enough?
If you are an avid reader and a fan of the short-story art form, including microfiction, you probably know that there are thousands of online magazines. Duotrope is currently tracking about 4,800 of them.
Is this overall market enough to fill the needs of all readers and all writers? Given that 320,000 writers participated in the last National Writing Month, I’d say that even though 5,000 magazines sounds like a lot, it is still not enough.
Of course, in the sea of magazines, only a portion deals with speculative fiction, and a very small portion of that fraction is represented by prestigious magazines (as you can see the SFWA qualifying markets literally fit on one page). Those are the magazines the readers love to read and the writers are trying to break in. But it’s hard.
On top of that, the market gets even tighter when you are talking about very short fiction, such as below 3,000 words.
So, our magazine’s idea is to give an easier entry to market to less known authors who write short speculative fiction. Sounds like we are cornering ourselves into a narrow niche, but I beg to differ. Our mission here is to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking short speculative fiction and I am positive there are dozens if not hundreds of authors out there who have material ready to publish.
But what does our mission really mean?
Do we publish everything? Certainly not. It’s a misconception that a new publication will have lower standards just to get started. Our mindset could not be further from the truth.
- High Quality – we are looking for well written speculative fiction. In other words we are looking for a great story.
- Entertaining – We want the readers to enjoy your stories. They should be taken on a journey to places they have never imagined and return to reality filled with satisfaction.
- Thought-Provoking – Last, but not least, we are also looking to publish stories that give a different perspective on various aspects of life, stories that make the readers raise a brow and go ‘Hmmm… that’s an interesting thought.‘
How Are We Going To Accomplish This?
Abiding to the old “show, don’t tell” rule for writers, we decided it’s best if we show you what our magazine will be like, by creating an Issue Zero, or an introductory issue. In this way, you will get to experience first hand how our future issues will look like and what you can expect from this magazine.
We love the writing community and we love to hear from you, the writers. Tell us what you like and dislike and tell us what you’d prefer to see us do differently.
And now, without further ado, please enjoy our Introductory Issue, Issue #0
Throughout the editorial articles in this demo issue, you will learn more about our goals for this magazine, about what are we looking for, and what the writers should expect.
And since we are all hot for science and partly nerdy, we leave you with some amazing images from space and time. Could your stories take us there?