RIP Realms of Fantasy
According to owner Warren Lapine, Realms of Fantasy is going away again. (Though he’s offering to sell the magazine if anyone’s interested.)
Realms of Fantasy was a big, shiny goalpost for me when I was trying to break in. Finally selling “Deliverance” to Shawna McCarthy was almost as exciting as selling my first book. I sold her a second story a year later — that was “Sister of the Hedge,” a precursor to my princess books. Then she bought “Ours to Fight For,” another story I’m still incredibly proud of.
Their sometimes questionable taste in cover art aside, it was a beautiful magazine, particularly the interior artwork.
I had issues with a few of Lapine’s choices when he bought the magazine, but I appreciate him trying to resurrect it, and I’m sorry to see it go. Again.
October 18, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
I’ve had a story with them since February. I guess I can officially start trying to sell it somewhere else. Oh, well. It’s a shame to see a good market disappear.
Jim C. Hines
October 18, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
In case there was any doubt, Doug mentions in his blog that all stories are officially released back to the authors. http://douglascohen.livejournal.com/260597.html
October 18, 2010 @ 10:57 pm
Sad news. The market for short spec fic continues to dwindle. I was finishing up a story to submit to them, too. Bummer. Thanks for the heads-up though, Jim.