Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shimmer Magazine changes its publishing format

Ever since I discovered it a couple of years ago Shimmer Magazine has become one of my favorite speculative fiction periodicals. Providing excellent short stories with each issue and a medium for discovering new writing talents I become fonder of Shimmer with its every single appearance. After 18 issues, released since 2005 in both print and digital format, Shimmer Magazine takes a step forward nowadays and changes its publishing model. Starting with the 19th issue, Shimmer will have a new 4 story appearance every other month, in digital format. Each issue will be delivered to the subscribers of the magazine in convenient DRM-free digital formats at the beginning of every month when Shimmer is published, while for the readers who enjoy their fiction free the 4 stories of each issue will be made available on Shimmer’s website one every two weeks. This year Shimmer plans four such appearances, on May, July, September and November. It doesn’t mean that Shimmer will renounce its print appearance completely, the stories published during a year will be collected in an annual print anthology released in early December. The table of contents for the 19th issue is already available and the readers can expect the following stories:

“The Earth & Everything Under” by K.M. Ferebee (available on website from May 6)
“Methods of Divination” by Tara Isabella Burton (available on website from May 20)
“Jane” by Margaret Dunlap (available on website from June 3)
“Lists of Items Found in Valise on Welby Crescent” by Rachael Acks (available on website from June 17)

To celebrate the change of format Shimmer Magazine is also holding a giveaway for 3 subscriptions. Anyone helping to spread the word of this change on Twitter, linking to the Shimmer website and using the hashtag #NewShimmer, enters in a contest for a chance to win a 6-issue subscription. The winners will be announced on Friday, April 18th, at noon, MT.

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