DreamForge Magazine has been an important part of my writing journey. I still pinch myself when I think back to how it all started for me. I had somehow caught on to the genesis of this publication and I was immediately drawn to the prospect of a professional-level speculative fiction magazine with a theme of hope. The publishers, Scot and Jane Noel, seemed like decent people with an enthusiastic approach to a noble concept. That’s where DreamForge and I joined forces, back around mid-2018, before their first issue.
I saw mention of the emerging magazine somewhere, I don’t know where exactly – it’s possibly a dream. I followed them on social media. I was their first Patreon supporter (I have the plaque to prove it). I coaxed my family into individually supporting them. I hijacked my dear wife’s Facebook account at the precise moment and made her their 2000th follower. I became a Kickstarter supporter. But then one day I saw a call for slush readers for another great magazine, and in fact, the first one to publish a short story of mine (Crows and Galahs) – The Colored Lens – and I thought it was time to give slush reading a go. However, I had a better idea, and went out on a limb and made a direct approach to DreamForge first.
It turns out I asked at a fortuitous time – Scot and Jane were snowed-under in their first submissions call – DreamForge was a popular idea with writers. One thing led to another and I was quickly promoted from First Line Reader to Editorial Assistant. I haven’t looked back!
The pride in supporting a noble-cause publication, the exposure to the amazing submissions from all over the world, the writerly-support from Scot, and in particular, working with a great team of First Line Readers, has made a defining year in my aspiring writing career.
And I have DreamForge Magazine to thank for it all.
DreamForge is one year in – four print and digital issues – with the promise of a full year of publication in 2020. We’ve published stories, poems, and artwork from award-winning artists and those emerging.
We are in the last week of our Kickstarter campaign to fund 2020. If you’re interested in a subscription to DreamForge, or just wish to make a donation, you can jump in.