by Joe Stech
I'm proud that over the last three years we've released 63 phenomenal stories and paid professional rates to 57 wonderful authors. However, over the last three years I've also spent a significant amount of money keeping the magazine afloat. Year one I spent a lot, and years two and three leveled out to almost break-even (but revenue stopped growing). Based on these numbers, I've decided that I need to go to a paid subscription model to keep the magazine strong and growing.
Two things motivated this decision:
Thus, the next issue of Compelling Science Fiction will not be posted for free on the website -- you can go here to purchase a subscription. If you've been supporting the magazine on Patreon or buying individual issues through Amazon already, nothing will change for you (other than the stories not being posted on the open internet). All the stories that are already readable for free on the site will continue to be readable for free on the site.
This was a tough decision, but I think that stabilizing the business will result in better outcomes for both readers and authors.
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