Mar 7, 2015 | announcement

Issue 21 — From the Editor

And here we are, already at the halfway point of Year 3! Fireside has a lot going on. We’ve got Andrea Phillips’ novel Revisioncoming out on May 5. And we’re opening to flash fiction submissions on March 15 to fill out the rest of the Year 3 issues.

It’s also time to start thinking about Year 4 and beyond. Year 3 is fully paid for, but our plan for this year has always been to try to make our funding more sustainable than coming to Kickstarter once a year. There may be six issues left in Year 3, but we have to start thinking about Year 4 now, so we can keep buying stories and making plans. Fireside costs about $1,500 a month to produce, almost all of which pays for stories and art. We’ve got a few ways you can help, including joining us on Patreon, where we’re currently taking in about $135 a month and giving out rewards like digital wallpapers, postcards, and prints of Galen Dara’s monthly art. You can also set up a recurring monthly pledge (or a one-time pledge) via Paypal or Amazon on our Support Us page.

Thanks, as always, for your support.

On to Issue 21!

Our short story this month is Zanders the Magnificent by Annie Neugebauer, a dark look behind the curtain as a master illusionist is crafted by a mother with a singular focus. In flash fiction, we have Aidan Doyle’s Pride and Profanity, which takes us into a twisted, whimsical world of words, and Rebecca Birch’s A Taste of Cinnamon where we follow two young teens as they explore the boundaries of their starship, and of each other. And we have Chapter Six of Lilith Saintcrow’s She Wolf and Cub, Abby is hunting for Geoff, in typical Abby fashion. She’s going to start a fight…

© 2015 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian White started Fireside in 2012 with a Kickstarter and a whole lot of love. Over the next five years as editor and publisher – with the help of his amazing team and of Lauren, his wife and partner in crime – he expanded Fireside from a one-off magazine to a monthly publication to its current form, a site with weekly fiction and occasional nonfiction. Fireside published 150 stories under his tenure, as well as five novels and one novella. He is deeply proud to have had a part in bringing those stories into the world. He was gratified to have proved that writers can be paid more for their work than the industry accepted, and perhaps most proud of the #BlackSpecFic report that Fireside published in 2016. He stepped down as editor and publisher in the summer of 2017, but he remains an equity partner in the company.