Fantasy Magazine Returns, submissions open for short fiction

Fantasy Magazine, a digital short fiction magazine edited by Christie Yant and Arley Sorg, will be relaunching in November 2020.

Fantasy Magazine 2020

Announced earlier this week by Hugo Award-winning editor/publisher John Joseph Adams, the first new issue of Fantasy (#61) will publish in November 2020 and will join sister-magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare under the same publishing umbrella.

Adams has named Arley Sorg and Christie Yant as co-editors-in-chief and will continue in his role as publisher. Yant will also serve as co-publisher of Fantasy – and of the other two magazines.

The publishing company that publishes all three critically-acclaimed magazines will be known as Adamant Press, based on the central coast of California, owned and operated by Adams and Yant.

Fantasy Magazine’s format will differ slightly from its sister-magazines with its inclusion of flash fiction and poetry. 

Like Nightmare and LightspeedFantasy will be publishing each issue in ebook format (and offering subscription options) as well as making the contents of the magazine online for free.

Yant and Sorg’s creative vision includes opening as a welcoming market for new voices in fiction. As part of their commitment to being a welcoming market eager to find new voices, Sorg and Yant are now open to submissions until 7th July and, going forward, will be open the first week of every month (1st – 7th). Visit fantasy-magazine.com/guidelines for more information.

Fantasy Magazine was originally launched in 2005, published by Sean Wallace and edited by a team of Wallace and Paul Tremblay. It started as a print magazine before shifting to digital-only publication in 2007. That shift coincided with an editorial change: Paul Tremblay stepped down and was replaced by Cat Rambo, with Wallace continuing to serve as publisher and co-editor. Rambo and Wallace remained as joint editors of Fantasy until March 2011 when they both stepped down as editors and were replaced by John Joseph Adams. Adams edited Fantasy for the rest of 2011.

Beginning in January 2012, Adams took over as publisher of Fantasy and its sister-magazine, Lightspeed (which he was also already editor of), and merged the two magazines together under the single title of Lightspeed. At that time, Fantasy, as an ongoing publication, went on indefinite hiatus, though it reappeared for single special issues in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The November 2020 issue will be the first new Fantasy issue in four years.

Lightspeed and Nightmare will continue to operate as usual; Lightspeed will still also publish fantasy fiction as well as SF at the same schedule it does currently, and likewise Nightmare will still publish dark fantasy as well as horror.

Christie Yant writes and edits science fiction and fantasy on the central coast of California, where she lives with a dancer, an editor, a dog, and four cats. She worked as an assistant editor for Lightspeed Magazine from its launch in 2010 through 2015, and, in 2014 she edited the Women Destroy Science Fiction! special issue of Lightspeed, which won the British Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.

Christie Yant
Christie Yant

In 2019 she co-edited (with Hugh Howey and Gary Whitta) Resist: Tales From a Future Worth Fighting Against, an anthology benefiting the ACLU, and co-edited The Dystopia Triptych series of anthologies (with Hugh Howey and John Joseph Adams).

She is also a consulting editor for Tor.com’s line of novellas, and her own fiction has appeared in anthologies and magazines including The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2011 (Horton),  Armored, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, io9, and Wired.com, and has received honourable mentions in The Year’s Best Science Fiction (Dozois) and The Best Horror of the Year (Datlow).

Arley Sorg
Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg is an associate editor at Locus Magazine, where he’s been on staff since 2014. He joined the Lightspeed family in 2014 to work on the Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, starting as a slush reader. He eventually worked his way up to associate editor at both Lightspeed and Nightmare.

He also reviews books for LocusLightspeed, and Cascadia Subduction Zone and is an interviewer for Clarkesworld Magazine.

Arley grew up in England, Hawaii, and Colorado, and studied Asian Religions at Pitzer College. He lives in Oakland, and, in non-pandemic times, usually writes in local coffee shops. He is a 2014 Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate.

John Joseph Adams
John Joseph Adams

John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, a science fiction and fantasy imprint from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of more than thirty anthologies, such as Wastelands, The Living Dead, and The Apocalypse Triptych.

He is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Nightmare and the Hugo Award-winning Lightspeed and is a producer for Wired’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

• The first new issue of Fantasy Magazine to be published with Yant and Sorg as co-editors – #61 – will publish 1st November 2020. For more information visit the Fantasy Magazine website

• To pitch stories visit fantasy-magazine.com/guidelines for more information

• While you’re waiting for the title’s triumphant return, why not explore their fiction archives?

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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