I could start with some long winded back story, and delay the announcement in a effort to get you to read all the way to the end. But I don’t have time for that, and I am too excited, to hold this all in. Besides, great news deserves to be announced.
Factor Four Magazine is returning in January 2022.
Several things are aligning both mentally and financially to make this all come back together again. First, and foremost we have a solid financial profile to ensure we can afford this long term. Second, I’ve aligned myself with my passions recently to discover that publishing isn’t just something I enjoy doing. It is something I have to do for my mental health. And third, I haven’t given up my love for Flash Fiction.
There is still a lot to be ironed out in terms of the details, but I know a few things off the bat that I can share.
For the writers:
What I already know: Submissions will open in late September or early October 2021. Our pay rate will be professional level.
Things I don’t know yet: Maximum Word Count, Contract Terms, submission requirements, and total number of stories each issue.
For the Readers:
What I already know: We will offer the ability to read our stories free online. We will have an annual print anthology of all stories for the year.
What I don’t know: Issue release frequency, issue release format (other than online), and our cover art styles.
There is still a lot to do. We have to update the website, gather some editors, and start the submissions. We also need to get a contract together that is good for authors and us.
One of the big things is that I’d like to create a collaborative effort in this magazine with a team of fellow volunteers. I am having a meeting with some people that are interested in volunteering on July 7th. If you are interested in taking part, let me know on Twitter and you can join us for a quick meeting. I am looking for people to assist with several aspects of the magazine. While there will be some time commitment, I understand that the positions are volunteer. So we can talk out what you want to do and how much time you can share.