Guest Blog Post – New Edge Sword & Sorcery Magazine by Oliver Brakenbury

Made with love for the classics and an inclusive, boundary-pushing approach to storytelling, New Edge Sword & Sorcery magazine features new S&S short stories as well as intriguing non-fiction related to the genre’s past, present, and future! Issue #0 is currently available for free in digital formats and priced as low as possible in soft & hardcover on Amazon.

Begun in Fall 2022 with issue #0, short fiction & non-fiction magazine New Edge Sword & Sorcery is entering the back end of a thirty-day crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to produce issues #1&2. These will be released in the Fall of 2023.

Each issue will feature seven original stories and four works of non-fiction: one book review, one essay, one in-depth interview, and one historical literary profile of figures like Charles Saunders or Cele Goldsmith. All stories, essays, and the profiles will be paired with at least one original B&W illustration.

            “At least” one, because the Kickstarter’s stretch goals are focused on three things – enhancing the book, beginning by doubling the number of illustrations, making the book more affordable outside North America by discounting international shipping, and paying contributors as much as possible. Starting at semi-pro rates, the majority of the stretch goals are alternating pay raises for authors & artists.

Some cool stuff about the two issues we’re trying to fund includes:

  • A commitment for a new, original story from S&S legend Michael Moorcock! Gosh, it still feels wild to say that. He joins twenty other fiction & non-fiction authors, such as Canadian horror master Gemma Files, Margaret Killjoy, David C. Smith, Hugo Award-winner Cora Buhlert, Milton Davis, and more.
  • One of our stories comes to us from the vibrant Spanish language S&S scene south of the border – the U.S. border, that is (I’m a Canuck). It’ll be translated into English, and if we hit our top stretch goal then we’ll be translating all of our English stories for a Spanish ePub edition of our magazine’s new issues.

    As far as I know, we’re the only S&S magazine publishing translated fiction.
  • Also as far as I know, we’re the only S&S magazine with an intentional approach to inclusion, trying to make the genre’s fandom and pool of published creators not only larger, but more diverse.
  • Most of our stretch goals are pay raises for contributors. We believe strongly in paying creatives!
  • We are the only S&S magazine publishing in luxurious hardcover format, as well as softcover and digital.

We’re spoiled for high quality artists. Here’s some samples from just a few of the artists who’ve committed to the project.

Further samples of the various artists’ work are available on the Kickstarter campaign page, while also being shared across the magazine’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. If the Kickstarter succeeds, we have plans for publishing further issues, themed special issues, and eventually expanding into books, with a line of anthologies & novellas. It all starts here with funding issues 1&2!

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