After 15 years, a new dawn for Penumbric
For a few years in the early 2000s, there was an edgy little speculative fiction magazine called Penumbric Speculative Fiction Magazine. It published fiction, art, poetry, graphic narratives ... and online, yet! But then it got a little too hubristic, and it tried to be a print magazine, too (I mean, you couldn't just be online, could you?) ... and the magazine sank.
It's time to rise again. Reincarnate. Find the edge in this time of new media but old troubles, be a conduit (even a small one) for the voices that speak along that edge, help in some way those voices to move the world forward ...
... I realize that I'm doing everything but blaring the trumpets and calling for there to be a parade, but it's not because I think Penumbric is the most important thing since the invention of the Internet. I'm just really excited to begin this adventure again, to read and be enthused by writing and art of all kinds, and to have some small part in getting those works out there. Times have changed, as they do, since a decade and a half ago, and I want to explore just how that has affected stories and poems and artwork and the kinds of things that can be done with relatively high bandwidth and the ever-greater potentials of an online format. So to that end ...
is an online magazine dedicated to riding that ever-changing edge of new and original fiction and art and sound and everything into tomorrow. For the magazine, this edge is best exemplified by two things:
- speculative works that look at our world (or other worlds) in new ways, whether that be peering into the future, a look sideways at an alternative or fantastic past or present, or a hard stare into the face of horror or madness (does that sound like old eps of The Twilight Zone? Well, if that's the comparison, I'm fine with that)
- a diversity of viewpoints, representing not only multiple cultures but subcultures, exploring issues of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and many things I haven't thought of
There's more than just bullet points to this, so please read our full philosophy behind Penumbric
. And of course we're ...
Looking for submissions!
Submission window: We are always open for submissions of art, animation, and music! We are currently open for fiction and poetry submissions.
We are open for fiction and poetry submissions from 15 June to 15 September and from 15 December to 15 March each year.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, sounds like a journey of which you wish to be a part, please submit your work! I would love to see submissions displaying aspects of the true diversity of the world in which we live. As in the old Penumbric
, in terms of genre, I am looking for work that constitutes the ever-moving edge of its kind, as a place between light and dark, consciousness and un, today and tomorrow; work exhibiting the strange, the bizarre, that which is not of the world we know, but more of a twilight realm or even altogether alien place. In short, ideally edgy. Maybe even idealistically edgy. I generally accept submissions in the following categories: fiction, poetry, illustration, graphic narrative, animation--but I'm happy to look at anything that can be displayed to advantage on the web. There is a small payment for accepted works. See Penumbric
's full submission guidelines
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