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    Smile Realms of Fantasy magazine NOT closing!!!!!!!!!

    I just found out the news via a post over in the SCBWI forums, and it's confirmed on the Realms of Fantasy Magazine forums as well:

    http://sfscope.com/2009/01/realms-of...y-closing.html

    Breaking news: Realms of Fantasy is closing down following publication of its April 2009 issue. Managing Editor Laura Cleveland told SFScope the news came very suddenly, indeed, even Editor Shawna McCarthy (currently on vacation in Italy) hadn't been informed yet. The only reason we got the story is that rumors broke through the blogosphere today.

    Cleveland said the April issue is currently at the printer, and will be published. The reasons she was given for the closure were plummeting newsstand sales. "Subscriptions are good, and advertising, until very recently, was fine." She blamed the economic downturn and newsstand distribution for the closure.

    Publisher Sovereign Media first got into sf magazine publishing with Science Fiction Age, which Scott Edelman edited through its eight-year life. SFAge was closed while still profitable to make room for an even more profitable wrestling magazine. Realms of Fantasy has been with us for fifteen years and "was coming up on its 100th issue," Cleveland said. "We were excited about the special Halloween issue we'd been planning, which would have been our first."

    The staff is obviously harried by the news, and that it's become public so quickly. Cleveland had been hoping to tell the authors and artists the news before it broke publicly. The magazine wasn't carrying a large inventory, she said, although she did note that they'd recently purchased a number of stories which now won't be published.

    More news as we learn it.
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    Wow! That is a sad surprise.
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    Nooooo! No nononononono no! I love that magazine, and now they're stopping it! Aaagghhh! One of my dreams was to get into that magazine as a writer. Crap!
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    What's Realms of Fantasy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by l33t fl33t View Post
    What's Realms of Fantasy?
    If you believe in Wikipedia, then --

    Realms of Fantasy is a bimonthly fantasy magazine published by Sovereign Media which specializes in fantasy-related fiction, nonfiction, and art. The magazine has published short stories by some of the genre's most popular and most prominent authors.
    The ROF tagline put it more plainly: "The largest magazine in the world devoted to fantasy"

    Locus magazine had a short post about the ROF shutdown, too:
    http://www.locusmag.com/News/2009/01...y-closing.html

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    wow, that's shitty! and surprising!
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    Some updates on the RoF magazine closing...and a possible last minute buyer?

    Different people react differently to death, and the death of Realms of Fantasy has elicited several different responses. The magazine's Assistant Editor, Douglas Cohen, gave us some historical perspective on the magazine, while one of the magazine's readers, Hannah Strom-Martin, offers a reader's hopeful outlook.
    Cohen writes: As you might imagine, I'm pretty bummed right now. But I guess I'm supposed to be. I really enjoyed my work. As to the historical aspects of RoF, if you include the upcoming and final April 2009 issue, we would have been 11 issues away from issue 100. Our 100th issue would've been the February 2011 issue. I brought this up to Shawna [McCarthy] a few months ago and suggested some things we might do to mark the occasion, such as resurrecting her old editorial column and the letters page for one issue. For the letters page, we were going to solicit "fan mail" from some of the successful writers RoF has produced over the years. It would've been nice.

    Strom-Martin writes about a new Facebook group:
    Dear fellow fantasists and fantasy lovers,

    As many of you know, the landmark magazine, Realms of Fantasy, has been scheduled to be shut down in April, 2009. Realms' website has already been closed and the world seems to be out one seriously cool and influential magazine—a place where many of our best fantasy writers and artists have found a home since the mag's inception in 1994.

    This is a group made for and by members of the speculative fiction community (writers, artists, fan girls and boys of all ages—anyone who loves fantasy or spec-fic) in order to show our support for Realms and possibly reverse the decision to shut it down.

    I am working with several other people on this and we should have more information and helpful links available shortly. For now the idea is to get together en mass to show our support and to discuss ideas for how to rescue Realms from the teeth of the recession.

    The fantasy/spec-fic community is a huge and formidable network of established authors, up-and-coming writers, professional and aspiring artists and fans—and we are not without resources. Let's not let Realms go down without a fight.

    More to follow.…

    Hannah Strom-Martin
    Realms reader since 1994
    Link to "Save Realms of Fantasy Magazine" Facebook group:
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45939074705

    Following the announced shut-down of Realms of Fantasy magazine (see this article, where we first broke the news), rumors have been circulating that death might not be so permanent for the fifteen-year-old, full-size, full-color magazine. Sources indicate that there are up to a handful of bidders lining up to take over the magazine, though no details of the actual bids are available.

    The magazine is owned by Sovereign Media, and Sovereign's head, Mark Hintz, told SFScope that the magazine has been profitable in every one of its fifteen years, including the most recent. The closure comes not, he said, due to business failings, but rather because of the economy and economic uncertainty about the future. He expressed the need to focus corporate efforts on their most profitable publications.
    Links to above articles:
    http://sfscope.com/2009/01/more-on-t...realms-of.html
    http://sfscope.com/2009/02/rumor-con...ng-realms.html

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    I got this magazine subscription for free randomly. It's pretty poor in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Kobrin View Post
    I got this magazine subscription for free randomly. It's pretty poor in my opinion.
    What didn't you like about it? The art? The writing? It couldn't have been the cost since you were getting it for free.

    If they do find a buyer, and you have specific suggestions that would improve the quality of the magazine since you are/were a reader (if not a subscriber), you should let them know! Although their forum and website has been taken down, you could probably post your ideas for improvement in the Facebook group I mentioned in the previous post.

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    Yeah the art, the writing, the layout, etc. The whole thing felt very amateurish to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Kobrin View Post
    Yeah the art, the writing, the layout, etc. The whole thing felt very amateurish to me.
    Any magazine recommendations or examples for comparison? That focus on the same genre or somewhat similar, but that have a more professional feel in your opinion? And better artists/writers than the usual crowd in RoF?

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    Jake, not every magazine can be Kerrang!

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