Fireside is a multigenre fiction magazine. We published three issues last year, each funded by its own Kickstarter. That wasn’t really a sustainable way to make a magazine, and we want to create more certainty for our readers and for the magazine.
So we came up with a new plan for Year Two and funded it on Kickstarter: a monthly subscription website and ebook (epub, mobi, and PDF). Each issue in Year Two will have two pieces of flash fiction (1,000 words or less), one short story, and one of 12 episodes of a serial fiction experiment by Chuck Wendig. Each issue will also have artwork by Galen Dara. We plan to begin the publishing the monthly magazine on July 1.
The website is being rethought by Pablo Defendini and will be brand new. It is being designed responsively, which means it will adjust to display an optimum reading experience on screens of any size, from smartphones up through giant monitors. We are aiming to provide a clean, simple way to read our stories without any clutter or distractions, just the words and the artwork.
Part of the inspiration for Fireside was the “Stories” anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio that came out in 2011. In the introduction, Gaiman writes of his response to a question about what quote he would want inscribed on the wall of the kids’ section in a public library. He captured the reason why we love good stories in his response:
I’m not sure I’d put a quote up, if it was me, and I had a library wall to deface. I think I’d just remind people of the power of stories, of why they exist in the first place. I’d put up the four words that anyone telling a story wants to hear. The ones that show it’s working, and that pages will be turned:
“… and then what happened?”
Fireside Issues 1-3 are available in several ebook formats. The stories from Issues One and Two are also available for free online.
About the editor
Brian White’s day job – well it’s really a night job – is as a newspaper copy editor. He has a healthy obsession with bourbon and fedoras. Brian lives in the Boston area with his wife, Lauren, and two cats: Bast and Peep. He tweets @talkwordy. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fireside logo was created by Patrick Garvin.