Oct 7, 2015 | announcement

Issue 28 — From the Editor

Hello and welcome to Year 4 of Fireside! This is the first issue we funded under our summer subscription drive. Right now, we have enough money to bring you 6,000 words a month, about one short story and two pieces of flash fiction. We want to keep climbing toward our goal of 10,000 words a month. If you’re already a Year 4 subscriber, thanks so much! If you’re not, please consider going over to our Year 4 page and picking up a Year 4 subscription or backing our Patreon. And please, tell people about us and share stories that you enjoyed! It helps a lot.

This month we have flash fiction by José Iriarte and JY Yang, and a short story by Caroline Yoachim, who is making her second appearance in Fireside. (She also has a flash story coming up later in Year 4.) Caroline’s story this month has a gorgeous illustration by Galen Dara.

It’s been a busy month at Fireside. We accepted both flash and short story submissions in September, and we got 1,133 stories, by far the most ever in a submissions period for us! We’re digging through those now to find the next few months of Year 4.

We also have our next novel out on Oct. 6, Take On Me by Minerva Zimmerman. You can visit the book’s page to find out more, read the first five chapters, and order it.

Finally, we’re taking next month off from the magazine. We need to reorganize a few things, but we’ll be back in December! (If you’re a Patreon backer, you won’t be charged next month.)

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Brian J. White

About the author

Brian J. White

Brian started Fireside Fiction Company in 2012 as an experiment in crowdfunding and paying speculative fiction writers well above the accepted professional rate at the time. It worked! Thanks, have a great day!

Brian has been informed he has to write more in his bio. Fine! Brian took that experiment through five Kickstarters (and did not die!) and into a subscription model. During his tenure, Fireside published 150 stories, five novels, and one novella, and also published the first #BlackSpecFic report, which examined the massive under-representation of Black short-story writers in the field, prompting conversation, reflection, and change in the speculative fiction community. It remains one of the most important things he has worked on in his adult life. Brian was a 2017 World Fantasy Award finalist in the Special Award, Non-Professional category for Fireside, and Fireside has been nominated for multiple Hugo Awards.

Facing the burnout that is all too common among people who work at small presses, Brian stepped down as editor and publisher in 2017 to regroup and recharge mentally. He returned as interim editorial director in 2020 and resumed full ownership of the company in June 2021 with a great team you can read about below.

In the wider world, Brian is a former journalist who worked as an editor at The Courier-Journal in Louisville from 2006–2010 and at the Boston Globe from 2010–2018, where he was part of the staff that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2014 for the newspaper’s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2014. He still lives around Boston, where he works as an editor for a private company and takes photographs, paints miniatures, and spends time with his amazing wife and various cats.