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The Mission

Dear Reader,

I noticed as I was surfing the web one day that the amount of contemporary fantasy out there in magazines—well—a lot of it really doesn't interest me. In fact, I noticed the same stuff over and over again. These formulaic stories that were written to fit the magazine they were being submitted to.

You know what? That's sort of stupid. In an age of innovation, the world of writing is falling behind. It's up to us to be the innovators, to change things. To take the rules of grammar and break them into tiny pieces. We are the Picassos of the writing world.

Look back on our forefathers, those brilliant men and women of classic literature, the grandaddies of fantasy. You know, Tolkien and Stevenson, Poe and Verne. Now, look at those amazing authors out there right now. People like Jim Butcher, and Tanya Huff, C.E. Murphy, Rick Riordan, and so many more. People that bring all of the realism, and grit of real life and breathe magic into it.

We have a chance to make up for the all the terrible fantasy novels that have been written. The serials that just get longer and longer—and worse and worse as the go. We have a chance to change the way people look at fantasy. Fantasy is not just some genre that is read by a select few. It is not lesser than literature. It is no less important than those high and mighty works of fiction and prose that rise to the best-seller lists, or go on book club lists.

We in the fantasy writing community are unique in that we must be better. If the characters suck, the story falls apart. It's flat, it's boring. If the world isn't real enough, it comes off fake. The magic seems forced and worst of all—no one wants to read it. When writing fiction, you get to use the world you see everyday. Those of us in fantasy know that you have to look beyond that. Look to what we cannot see. Look into a world entirely of creation.

We build cities, we create planets and races. We have to be the Gods of our own creations. And yeah, that makes us sound like egotistical jerk-offs, but we deal. Our friends and family deal when we go on for hours about people that aren't real. They deal when we attack the couch with a broom pretending it's a troll to get that fight scene down pat. They deal when we reenact things, when we talk to ourselves, and when we research the most bizarre things imaginable on the internet, because we're writers. It's what we do. It's what we breathe for. What we dream. I can't go a day without someone else's life in my head, and that's okay with me. If you find yourself agreeing with this, then maybe you might like to listen to my proposal:

A new kind of fantasy literature magazine. One that celebrates the innovations and strides we have made. One that isn't concerned about the cookie cutter story, or the story that will sell, but the story that actually means something. The story that people don't want to read, the one they have to read.

This is the CFM, and we believe in fairies, trolls and unicorns, but we also believe in the down-trodden alcoholic magician that lives over a Chinese restaurant, the kid that rose the lab frogs from the dead, and the elf trapped in Central Park.

~ A. K. Alexander

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1. Fiction. Stories should be submitted in no longer than 4,000 word segments. Longer stories are fine, in segments. No more than five segments of one story will be accepted.

Fantasy of all genres is welcome. Included in this are high fantasy, alternate earth, urban fantasy, and any and all stories that involve elves, magicians, mages, dragons, spells, curses, gods, goddesses, spirits, ghosts, and the like, regardless of the setting. We will even consider science fiction from time to time, if it has a slant to the fantastic.

This also includes horror fantasy.

2. Nonfiction. Nonfiction pieces should examine an element of fantasy literature. Reviews of books and movies within the genre are also welcome.

3. Poetry. See guidelines for fiction.

Now, isn't that easy? We will also accept some artwork, so long as it is A) In the realm of the fantastic or B) Tells a story in the realm of the fantastic (IE, it's a story illustration, book cover, etc)

For Submission Guidelines to the Magazine see the website: contemporaryfantasy.blogspot.c…

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slycooperfan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Writer
I'm wondering...where does the Fantasy Fiction go? In which folder, I mean? ^^''
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alice-time Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
There should be a plain old writing or fiction folder, but if in doubt, just submit to featured and we'll get it situated.
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SinePerrell Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can go ahead and stick it in either the general gallery, or in with the short stories.
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superchaoticboom Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Thank you so very much for the acceptance! ^_^
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you take fantasy horror lit? :D
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SinePerrell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
As long as there is a fantasy element, we will take it--but do double check the submission guidelines, since we tend to avoid anything overly graphic. We like to keep things as PG-13 as possible. :)
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alice-time Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
What's PG-13?
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alice-time Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yup. :juggle:

Our only real requirement is that it have elements of the fantastic.

Well, that and it's well written.

Now, for magazine submissions, we're currently taking Steampunk only, but our May Issue is going to be Horror.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, awesome :D as it so happens, I have a steampunk story uploaded here.
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alice-time Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ooh...
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