Among the recent crop of short fiction startup magazines, Cirsova holds a special place in my heart. The editor’s determination to produce old school short fiction – the sort of thing that had become as rare as hen’s teeth in today’s market – inspired me to pick up the pen myself. Such a fan am I, that I’ve studiously avoided submitting work to this fine periodical specifically so that I can count myself as a fan with no financial stake in it. Every glowing review, and those rare criticisms, that I’ve levelled at it come from a desire to see it’s success grow as a fan first and a writer second.
If you haven’t yet, take a moment throw a few dollars Cirsova’s way. Although it reached 100% funding yesterday, you still have a few hours to push that number up a little higher, particularly the ‘number of backers’. It might not seem like much, but even a couple of dollars here and there mean more people voting for these sorts of projects, and the algorithms and people watching really do notice when a crowd forms. More people backing leads to more people on the next one, and it is through this sort of incremental growth that the hot blooded newcomers to the world of sf/f literature will deconverge the whole industry.