March 1st marks the official start of Dark Futures’ third year. Before I get down to business, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for the support they have given us thus far. Every interaction on Facebook or Twitter, every comment here on the site, and every purchase of a book on Amazon means so much to us. Even every time you spend a part of your day reading something we’ve published online, it’s greatly appreciated. We thank you and look forward to your continued support.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, welcome to year three! We have a lot of great stuff in store for you this year and, hopefully, into the future. I have a lot to cover in this update but it’s worth reading the entire thing is you want to know what’s going on and what is coming your way.
If you were not yet aware, we launched a proper quarterly e-zine back in January. It’s called Phase 2 and you can buy the first issue from Amazon. You can also find Phase 2 on Facebook and Twitter. The second issue will be available in early April.
You can still get Dark Futures Annual 1 from Amazon. As our second year was a slow one for us, we will be skipping a year in our annual collections. The second will be released in 2016, containing stories selected from the first year of Phase 2 and much more.
We are currently running a writing challenge and, as of the time of this posting, there’s still time to enter. Adam Gaylord, a name you may recognize from Dark Futures Annual 1 and the first issue of Phase 2, is our guest judge. The winner gets a $15 prize an their story will be published on the Dark Futures website as well as in the second issue of Phase 2.
Now for what you can expect from us this year. Every month will open with a post much like this on the 1st. I will give an update about what is currently going on, talk a little about what happened the previous month, and give you an idea of what is coming.
We will be back to posting every Sunday. If the 1st of the month happens to fall on a Sunday, it doesn’t count toward our regular routine. The first and third Sunday of each month, we will be posting another episode/day from The Greenland Diaries, written by Patrick Marsh. You can already but the first 100 days in Kindle or paperback format from Amazon or you can wait to sample it here first. Each other Sunday of the month, we will be posting other content. This will mostly be author interviews and book reviews, though we may drop the occasional story in there as well. From time to time, we will likely be posting things on days other than Sunday, though those posts will be less regular.
For the writers out there, we will soon be updating our submissions guidelines. What you see on the site right now is a bit outdated. We now pay a flat $5 to all prose we accept, regardless of if it has been previously published or not. We are also still accepting submissions of poetry, though we are not likely to accept it unless it’s a perfect fit for us.