My story, “A Bowl of Echoes,” is included in the August 2015 issue of New Realm, which just hit the digital magazine racks today.
New Realm’s stunning covers were one of the reasons I chose to submit my story there. They caught my eye, and I figured it would be a trip to have my byline printed alongside such impressive artwork. The magazine’s international distribution was also a draw.
But mostly I was intrigued by the method in which the magazine’s umbrella company, Fiction Magazines, chooses the stories that appear in its seven publications. From their website:
The company focuses on community power to keep the magazines running. The eFiction community of writers and readers volunteer their time and energy to produce the magazines each month. Instead of locking down the production and selection of stories to a chosen few editors, eFiction has flipped magazine publishing on its head. The company allows readers to volunteer to read story submissions and vote on them. The highest voted stories are selected, edited, and then put into the issue.
In addition to New Realm, they publish eFiction, a literary magazine; FIVE Poetry; and four other genre publications, which include Under the Bed, Nebula Rift, Heater, and Romance Magazine.
Individual issues and subscriptions for New Realm are available for purchase in a variety of digital formats at FictionMagazines.com (where you can preview the first page of each story), Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com. I haven’t received my contributor copy yet, but I’m looking forward to checking out the other tales.