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!