On Hiatus

Greetings all,

This isn’t bad news, but it’s not good news either. Urban Fantasy Magazine is taking a three month hiatus to re-tool and re-launch on a third party subscription and distribution service, which we will announce shortly. At that time, we will also launch a mobile version of the magazine that will be available on iOS and Android.

Why are we doing this?

First, both our subscription and submission systems were written in-house and they had bugs. By moving those to an outside service, we’ll hopefully streamline both of them and make the magazine a more pleasant reading experience.

Second, as previously announced, Katrina S. Forest is stepping down as editor and, while Camille Gooderham Campbell (Every Day Fiction) has agreed to come on board, she needs some time to sort through the submission pile for great work that we can publish in the magazine. Also, under Ms. Forest the direction of the magazine had shifted to focus more on new voices in fiction rather than established names. We’ll be shifting the focus back to having one big name and one new voice in every issue. Securing stories from those big names also takes time.

What happens now?

We will be cancelling the subscription of anyone currently subscribed to the magazine. When we resume our operations, those subscriptions will resume at no charge. Ever. That includes our lifetime subscriber.

We apologize for this temporary interruption in your scheduled service and we thank you sincerely for your continued support.

We’ll see you in three months.

Jordan Ellinger

Executive Editor, UFM.

2 thoughts on “On Hiatus

  • June 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I’m sorry. The project I undertook to fix the issues at UFM quickly became “the project I undertoook” to fix the issues with the short fiction market in general.

    I’ve been working on http://www.bookbison.com, which is a market list, but also a way for short fiction editors to manage/read their submissions, similar to Submittable, but free. It will also allow publishers to sell their magazines, but also offer paid subscriptions that will be delivered automatically.

    I still want to come back to UFM, and once http://www.bookbison launches, hopefully the revenue issues we suffered will be smaller and more manageable.


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