My wife Ann, the editor at Weird Tales, forwarded me this press release about some pretty cool new developments at the magazine. What this also means is that Ann will be blogging on the new Weird Tales site, as time allows (I think she’s going to talk about the editorial assistants next), along with Paul Guran and Mary Robinette Kowal! Go to the new website and check it out. – JeffV
Several exciting developments mark the start of 2011 for Weird Tales. In addition to launching a 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 magazineâ€™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.
â€œWeird Tales was always known for publishing unclassifiable dark fiction, for publishing new voices alongside old pros, and weâ€™ll continue that tradition,â€ VanderMeer says. â€œOur website updates those traditions by posting video flash fictions and news of the bizarre.â€ 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 Kingdomsâ€™ N.K. Jemisin with â€œThe Trojan Girlâ€, Swedish newcomer Karin Tidbeckâ€™s ingenious and unsettling inversion of faerie and critically acclaimed J. Robert Lennon with â€œPortal,â€ 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.