Fantastic Stories of the Imagination is now in its third year of publication. We’ve published fifteen issues of great fiction, reviews, and articles such as Nisi Shawl’s widely-read History of Black Science Fiction. We’ve paid our writers one of the highest rates in the genre and our readership has grown with every issue.
We have thousands of readers—but the magazine is not yet profitable. We’ve tried various ways to bring in revenue, but the results have not been what we hoped for. FSI exists because Wilder Publications, and our publisher, Warren Lapine, believes in the importance of short fiction. We’re proud of our work and want to continue to build our readership, but a recent downturn in book sales means Wilder can’t continue publishing the magazine at the current burn rate.
Wilder will continue to fund the magazine, but only if the community can bear some of the cost of maintaining a free-to-read, SFWA qualifying, professional-paying, always-open short fiction market.
To this end we’ve created a Patreon page. If Fantastic Stories can reach $1,000 per month in Patreon donations in the next few months, Wilder Publications will underwrite the remainder of the costs of the magazine indefinitely while we develop new revenue models.
So it’s up to the community. If you want Fantastic Stories to continue, please contribute. We love doing this work and we think its worth the effort. We hope our readers think so too.