July 20, 2012

Our 5th Issue


Here's where you can get your free download of Thrice Fiction. And things are going quite well there, thank you for asking. The publication, I feel, has grown up a lot in the year and 2/3 it has been in existence, and it is exciting to see independent reviews of our work being published out there without us having to prompt anybody.

The amount of readers we're collecting is kind of astonishing to both Dave and I. Around 5,000 independent downloads of the last issue (#4) took us both by surprise. But that's why we are both committed to keeping the downloads FREE.

Equally astonishing is the location of readers and contributors. In just over a year we have been read in numerous countries and hosted writers from Ireland, Germany, Wales and - by the look of some of them - the Moon. Plus much more.

There's a lot going on in issue #5, not the least of which is a showing for an art form known as "micro fiction." Micro Fiction is pretty cool because it's a story told in the barest possible amount of words. The idea is to generate a reaction in the mind of the reader to where they are filling the "blank space" with things left unsaid on their own. It distills a story to maybe three sentences and the main thing is evocation. Really good micro fiction evokes a reaction in the mind of the reader. Really BAD micro fiction is a real hot mess. It is NOT easy to create, but when it is done well - well, why not take a look at the samples we have in #5 and see for yourself what I mean.

I truly believe the artwork is getting better and better with each passing issue. Dave Simmer has a very good article on his blog about the background and idea to the art work in #5 here.

And in just a few days the submissions will come open for issue #6 due out in November. With each passing issue the amount of submissions increases remarkably. And that's a good thing. I get to pick only the best of what we have been given. It's a great job for a picky sumbitch like me.

But that happens August 1 - so there's still some time for a few cocktails...

5 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

Gave it a quick read this morning and it was my favorite issue yet. I'll give it a second read this weekend with a pot of coffee. I love Saturday mornings when a new Thrice comes out!

sligo said...

I don't know how to put this without sounding moppy or overthetop, but the mag's growing readership is really a tribute to you and Dave, especially based on your "let's tell a few friends and just put this sucker out there" publishing model. We all know the writers and material are out here, but you guys have really put together a great package for your contributors and followers. Nice.

Dave2 said...

Just be sure you're sober before reporting for duty! I, on the other hand, fully anticipate being plastered for my tasks... because I am an ARTISTE and that's what we do!

But, in all seriousness, I could not possibly be more thrilled with the writing you managed to find for this issue. THRICE is always a joy to put together, and it's the brilliant works you hand me that make it so.

sybil law said...

I Can't wait until I have the actual TIME to read it. It's always stellar!

Avitable said...

I'm so glad I got a submission in early - I don't think I'd make the cut anymore, given the amazing quality of your submissions. I love what both of you are doing here.