Attn: Citizens of Space and Time—
First off, congratulations to the authors selected for the next issue of Space and Time magazine! These stories will appear in the Spring #136 issue due out March 19.
This was a particularly difficult choosing. There were so many good stories, such interesting and unique stories, it was painful to let many of them go. Sadly, we are limited by the magazine’s budget and only have so much paper to work with before we dip into grocery money. Speaking of money…
We’ve finally caught up with the times and have established a Patreon for the magazine. While we did raise prices to a sustainable level (thank you for not burning down the corporate offices) we still lose money every issue to keep the magazine going.
I’m writing up a disclosure for transparency next week of exactly what we spend each quarter to get the poetry, prose and art out. Why? It was mentioned to me the other day how the magazine was doing so well and we must be “rolling in it.” It seemed like a good post to show exactly what it’s like to run a magazine, not just for us, but for small press publishing in general.
Our sunnier spec fiction cousin Dreamforge Magazine is going to throw in their numbers as well so a full picture can be had. Personally, I think the scariest story in a speculative fiction magazine is the true one behind the scenes. Standing at the post offices with 300+ magazines to mail and watching the receipt print out by the foot certainly gets my heart beating. Look for that post soon. For now, feel free to peruse our new Patreon page.
Despite the difficulties and cost, let me assure you there is nothing I would rather do than be behind the scenes at Space and Time. The magazine has become part and parcel with our daily life and has enriched it with purpose. Every name I put in ink makes every second worth it. It is an honor to steer this ship.
In other news, we have a new website and a new, shorter url address. The old .com address will work as well, but if you want to save your fingers some typing we now have SpaceandTime.net. The new website isn’t too different from the old one. We just outgrew the old new website and had to upgrade to a new new site.
One of the biggest changes to notice will be in the submissions. Your requests (and gripes!) have been heard! Individual notifications will be sent as to the status of submissions once again. It’s been a lot of figuring to see how we could send individual notices and lessen the work load for our volunteer readers, but we did it. This will be in place for the #137 submission period that opens on March 20.
That’s it for all the latest from the ink stained trenches of Space and Time. Until next time, rise up and read! Our future depends on it.