Not a great piece of news to report, but unfortunately news is rarely happy.
If you didn’t know, there was a little e-mag called Fiction Vortex. I submitted once and was rejected, though I made a few critical mistakes so I don’t hold it against them. This is the third fantasy e-publication I’ve seen go out of business, after Black Gate and a smaller one whose name escapes me now (they only ever printed 2 editions but they’re gone)
“All stories come to an end, and it seems that despite our best efforts, we can no longer prolong the story that is Fiction Vortex.
As of right now, Fiction Vortex is on an indefinite hiatus.
We’re incredibly sad about this, as we imagine many of you are. We are exceedingly proud of the stories we have published and the authors we have featured. It has been a wonderful journey, and we have you to thank for it.
As you may recall, we lost our main sponsor a while ago and things have gotten a little tight around here since then. While we’ve tried a few different options, most notably the Patreon campaign that many of you generously subscribed to, it was too little too late and we’ve finally had to accept that the gears of our little literary contraption must finally come to a halt.
Don’t despair too much, for Fiction Vortex may yet rise from the dust. A couple parties (of the business kind, not the streamers and clowns kind, though it’s hard to tell which is worse) have expressed interest in Fiction Vortex. It’s entirely conceivable that it will be pulled from the ashes, resplendent and renewed, sometime in the near future. But even if it isn’t, you’ll still be able to enjoy the stories. The site will remain live for the foreseeable future, and all stories will be available to anyone who cares to visit. In fact, we’re hoping you will revisit the “Best of” compilations for 2013and 2014 regularly. They’re well worth it.
As you might imagine, all submissions are now closed, and email submissions will be deleted unread. Oh, and the Patreon campaign has been put on hiatus, so if you subscribed you will no longer be charged monthly.
Finally, thank you again for being part of the voyage of the good ship Fiction Vortex. Speculative fiction opens up worlds of possibilities, and that’s exactly what Fiction Vortex has done for us.
Mike Cluff — Editor in Chief
Dan Hope — Managing Editor
What I wonder is, was the problem that people don’t want to pay for fantasy, that small e-publications just can’t compete with the “big boys”, or what?