Big changes coming to Shadows & Tall Trees. Here’s part of my editorial forthcoming in issue 5 this summer.
When I started publishing Shadows & Tall Trees I told myself I’d publish 5 issues and then re-evaluate its status. Thus, issue 5, which you hold in your hands, is the last issue to be printed in its present incarnation. Instead, from issue 6 onward, the format will change to a yearly trade-paperback anthology and eBook.
There are myriad reasons for this change.
When reading submissions, there are always a number of excellent stories that I have to turn down because they don’t quite fit the journal’s aesthetic. By widening the journal’s purview, I can include some of these excellent stories. My focus will still be the weird and dark, but I’ll be able to publish some of the odd, unclassifiable stories that come my way. As well, I’d like to include more non-fiction; specifically essays, criticism, and interviews.
I’d envisioned the magazine as an old-school literary journal. A niche, craft product. In that regard, an eBook wasn’t in my plans. A change to a yearly anthology necessitates some new thinking. So, for those who were asking, I will make it available in digital form.
With this change, subscriptions to the journal will cease. Postage rates have made the subscription model impossible to sustain. Economically, a yearly anthology is much more viable and feasible.
So, future volumes of Shadows & Tall Trees promise to be bigger and better than ever.
Many thanks for your continued support.