Among the many lay-offs, early retirement packages, and re-organizing announcements coming out of the economic stress facing publishing (and everything else), my friends list was crowded yesterday with the announcement of Realms of Fantasy declaring its last issue will be April 2009 (as reported here among other sources). Many of my clients short stories have graced the pages of this magazine over the last several years. It’s hard to say how many of their paths would have been different without this venue.
Here’s an example:
Ken Scholes’ story “Of Metal Men and Scarlet Thread and Dancing with the Sunrise,” was published in the August 2006 issue. Later that same year, through the auspices of Jay Lake, I was introduced to Ken at the World Fantasy Convention. He had, at that time, just finished the draft of a novel based on that story. He handed me that same issue of the magazine and I read his story on the way home from the conference on the plane. And I was hooked. And that was the beginning of my part in the journey that resulted in Ken’s novel, Lamentation, the first of five in the Psalms of Isaak series, finding an agent (me) and a publisher (Tor — the book comes out officially on February 17th).
I don’t often have time to read a lot of short fiction in between the queries and the manuscripts. But I do try to keep my eye on it. So, where do you go for your short fiction? What sites or magazines would you highly recommend? And who are your favorite writers that you hope to see a novel from someday?