All the stock imagery we have around here is nice and all, but we would really like to feature some original artwork to accompany the excellent stories we have lined up for you all.
Specifically, we are looking for cover art for our first issue, to be featured on our website here and on the e-book version. In terms of style, we are considering all options, from photography to comic art to digital painting. In terms of subject matter, we are looking for a fantasy landscape with few (if any) people being featured.
Are you an artist or do you know someone who fits the bill? Hit us up here and let's chat!
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I first became aware of Stephen Case’s writing when he submitted a short story to Farstrider for our premier issue. His witty dialogue, quick pacing, and wild imagination on display in his story, “Three Strings” marked him as a writer to watch. Naturally, when he asked me to read and review his novel, First Fleet, it didn’t take a lot of convincing.
Published by Retrofit Publishing, First Fleet is actually a collection of serialized novellas (the first of which can be read for free here). Case has described the book as a cross between “Battlestar Galactica” and the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft. This is almost exactly spot-on, but I actually think he is selling himself a little short here. While First Fleet may share some of the action/adventure vibes (and even some of the social commentary) from “Battlestar,” Case’s novel features some original technological inventions that are more clever than anything in “Battlestar” than I can recall.
It's been a long wait, but we are finally ready to announce our short story lineup for issue one!
We are very proud of each and every one of these stories, and it has been an honor and a privilege working with each of these authors to help their stories find new readers:
We are now officially closed for submissions!
Thank you all so much for submitting your stories to us. We are truly humbled by the response we have gotten. We will be in touch with all authors by Monday, 9/7/15 with a decision on your story.
9/8/15 UPDATE: It is taking a bit longer than anticipated to make some of the final decisions here towards the end, and as a result some of you are still waiting to hear back from us. For any of you waiting to hear back from us, please know that we will get back to you as soon as possible. Feel free to query if you are in need of a more immediate response.
This is a final reminder that after today we will be closed for submissions until early 2016. If you are a writer with a penchant for procrastination, now is the time to take action!
For anyone still waiting to hear back from us: We will be making our final decisions by next Monday, 9/7/15. The number of submissions we have received has far exceeded our expectations, and we appreciate everyone's patience as you all wait to hear back from us.
When we opened up our doors for submissions back in the beginning of the month we didn't have any idea what to expect. I mean, would anyone even consider submitting a story to a brand new website calling itself a fiction magazine with no established names on the masthead? As it turns out, the answer is YEP.
It's been a little over two weeks now, and we have received nearly one hundred submissions. That number might not be impressive to The Paris Review, but for our little zine I was blown away by the response. The best part has not been the quantity of submissions that we have gotten, though, it's the quality. There are so many fantastic writers out there in the world, and it is very humbling that so many of these talented people have chosen to share their stories with us.
In fact, the stories we have received so far have been of such high caliber that we are already approaching our budgeted word count for our first issue. It has been a lot of fun reading all of these stories, but it is with a bit of sadness that I must announce that the last day we will accept submissions for our January issue will be August 31, 2015.
Hopefully that date is far enough away that any of you who are currently polishing a manuscript will have enough time to get it in. But if not, don't fret - before you know it we'll be back and taking submissions for our second issue. If you have any questions on our submissions policy, you know where to find me.
We were vey happy to learn last week that we were now posted on Duotrope (you can view the listing here). Then, an astute reader contacted us and pointed out that they erroneously had us listed as a print-only magazine that publishes only once per year. This was really our fault, not Duotrope's, because we realized that we didn't make it very clear on our website when or how we would be publishing.
Let's fix that, shall we?
About darn time, am I right?
If you have an awesome story that you're itching to put out into the world, go ahead and review our submissions policy and then send it on in!
Can you believe it? We are less than a week away from being to accept submissions here at Farstrider HQ! Since the time is nearly upon us, I thought it would be helpful to go into a bit of detail on the types of stories that we are looking for.
Boston Comic Con is this Friday through Sunday, and we'll be there!
"Sweet! What panels will you be on?" Well... none, actually.
"Okay, then. Where will your booth be located?" Um... we don't have a booth either.
BUT! We will be walking the convention floor all weekend! If any fellow New Englanders are going to this event, we'd love to meet you. If you are a writer considering submitting a story to us, go ahead and bring a hard copy to the event and you can tell us all about it!
Just hit us up on Twitter (@farstridermag) once you're at the convention and we'll find a way to meet up!