As we move into our sixth year of publication, we’re going to introduce each new issue. Fabula Argentea’s mission at the outset was to bring quality stories of all types to our readers. To that end, we are extremely particular in what we publish, and we never have a required number of stories per issue. Unlike some magazines, we don’t put each quarter’s submission in a slush pile then decide which ones to pick as the issue draws near. Instead, we decide yes or no as we read them.
This means that the number of pieces per issue will vary. Prior to this issue, the fewest we had in an issue was six and the most was nine (we’ve currently set ten as our upper limit, but haven’t reached that number to date. For this issue, despite many good submissions, we only found five that we really caught our attention. Three are from authors submitting to us for the first time.
How do you catch our attention? Challenge your creativity. Show us something we’ve not seen before, tell the story in a new and different way, show it from a fresh point of view or voice, add an element or elements the reader is not expecting. Every story in this issue includes one of these, and most have more than one.
We hope you enjoy this issue.