by Joe Stech
We released the first issue of Compelling Science Fiction in April 2016, nearly 3.5 years ago. In that time we've published 69 high-quality short stories by 62 brilliant authors. I'm very proud of helping bring these stories to readers, but this particular project has run its course. The next issue, which is coming out Dec 1 (issue 14, winter 2019) will be the last issue of Compelling Science Fiction magazine. I will continue to be involved in supporting the creation of science fiction, just not in the capacity of magazine publisher.
The reason for halting publication is one of time. With my actual (paid) work, a baby to take care of, and some writing projects of my own, I can't prioritize reading through the 500+ stories/month I receive when submissions are open (we have volunteers to help, but I'm still responsible for over 90% of submissions). I also haven't been able to find the additional readership required to make the magazine financially viable without me.
It's been a fun three and a half years. Here are some of my favorite moments:
As my last act as magazine publisher, I'll be making issues 13 and 14 freely readable online, joining the first 12 issues up on the website. These stories will remain online throughout my lifetime at least, unless individual authors request that I take them down.
Finally, we still have copies of our magnificent print anthology available! I'm dropping the price to $15 with free shipping in the continental US until we run out.
To those of you who supported the magazine, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have an insane conviction that these types of projects are good for the world.
Keep supporting science fiction, and come back December 1st to read our final issue!