Hello, Weirdies!!! Here at Weird Tales Central we’ve been working on a few surprises for our fans. Every one of these changes is aimed at improving the magazine while continuing its storied tradition—whether by providing more content for readers or making it easier for writers to submit work while paying them more.
This is my first post on the new Weird Tales blog, and I’m thrilled to have the chance to tell you about all things weird, now and in the future. Please feel free to spread this link to anyone else you know who loves weird fiction, and thanks for your support!
What are the changes? Here’s the official Press Release:
WEIRD TALES: New Website, New Submission Portal, Pay Rate Increase
The World’s Oldest Fantasy Magazine Re-invents Itself for a New Decade
Several exciting developments mark the start of 2011 for Weird Tales. In addition to launching this new website, editor-in-chief Ann VanderMeer and publisher John Betancourt have raised the pay rate to 5 cents per word and implemented a new submissions portal for potential contributors.
These changes come on the heels of the news last year that VanderMeer would be taking over as editor-in-chief, with Paula Guran retained as nonfiction editor and Mary Robinette Kowal named as art director. This is the first time in the magazine’s 88-year history that Weird Tales has had an all-female editorial/management staff. Dominik Parisien and Alan Swirsky join Tessa Kum as editorial assistants on the Weird Tales team.
“Weird Tales was always known for publishing unclassifiable dark fiction, for publishing new voices alongside old pros, and we’ll continue that tradition,” VanderMeer says. “Our website updates those traditions by posting video flash fictions and news of the bizarre.” The new site also features a blog, through which VanderMeer and the rest of the Weird Tales team will discuss fiction and topics related to the revamped magazine.
This month marks the publication of the 357 issue of the magazine, featuring exceptionally strong short fiction. Contributors include Hundred Thousand Kingdoms’ N.K. Jemisin with “The Trojan Girl”, Swedish newcomer Karin Tidbeck’s ingenious and unsettling inversion of faerie and critically acclaimed J. Robert Lennon with “Portal,” a disturbing Shirley-Jackson-esque horror story. Weird Tales will return to its normal quarterly schedule this year, with future issues slated for May, August, and November.
Thanks to Matt Kressel for the new website and Neil Clarke for the submissions portal.