Issue 5 Going Out to Backers – Submissions Pre-Announcement

Issue 5 has been sent to all backers who’ve backed for physical copies (minus those still getting their surveys in).

Plan is still for the ebook version to go live on the 31st. If you missed the Kickstarter, you can still pre-order here:

If you want to get in on next year’s Cirsova, get writing and get editing. We WILL have a very brief open submissions period from June to July. Space will be very limited, so I recommend writing shorter pieces (5000-7500 words). I’ll post more specific guidelines closer to when we’re ready to open, but for now the following should suffice:

Do Send:

  • action driven stories
  • stuff with space ships
  • stuff with swords
  • stuff with rayguns
  • stuff with dashing heroes
  • stuff with daring dames

Don’t Send:

  • thinky stories where nothing happens
  • math problems or engineering troubleshooting disguised as fiction*
  • stuff with elves

We pay semi-pro rates of 1 cent per word with a bonus of an additional 1 cent per word on the first 2500 words. Payment is on acceptance for exclusive rights for one calendar year from the date of the publication.

*:we do accept “Hard” Science Fiction, just make sure that it’s something like Karl Gallagher’s Torchship or Paul Ernst’s Raid on the Termites (.

Couple of Interviews! (Schuyler Hernstrom & Me)

I was going to write up a debriefing of my session running Raiders of the Second Moon, but Jeffro asked if I could post that at Castalia House, so it’ll be going up there Friday after next.

Instead, check out these two interviews! Yesterday, Scott Cole did an awesome interview with Schuyler Hernstom, which you can read here.

I also answered some questions about the design and art aspects of Cirsova at Nya Designs.

Cirsova Merch Store Test

Stickied Post

We are trying a thing.

We’ve set up a small merch store through Teepublic.

Teepublic is substantially cheaper to buyers than CafePress and has a reputation for better quality prints. While it’s not quite the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink product approach that CafePress offers, T-Shirts and Coffee mugs tend to suffice.

Right now, the Issue #2 variant cover art and our logo are the only two designs available. If things work out, we may expand the product line to include some other designs.

Until 11 CST, T-Shirts are only $14.

Rumor has it, if you buy soon, you will get it in time for Christmas.

Kickstarter for Cirsova #3 & 4

Okay, this is it, the big one: the Kickstarter that will take Cirsova through the rest of 2016 and hopefully into 2017.

Running a Kickstarter for every issue is ultimately untenable. It is, however, a potentially valuable tool for selling subscriptions. With our content finished and paid for through the rest of 2016, we can offer with certainty the remaining content we have planned to our backers via a single Kickstarter and maintain our planned release schedule.

Backers of this Kickstarter may back for our Fall Issue (Issue 3), our Jumbo-sized Winter Issue (Issue 4), or both. It’s, uh… almost like a subscription!

This is probably THE most important Kickstarter that Cirsova will ever launch. The first two were just to spread the word, prove that we were what we said we were and could do what we said we’d do, and partially defray some of the enormous overhead of putting together 5 magazines worth of content, making certain everything was done and paid for well before taking pre-orders. This Kickstarter will determine how much content we will be able to acquire for 2017 and when. Ideally, we would like to be able to acquire an entire year’s worth of content so that following the release of our Winter issue we can begin selling subscriptions for 2017. We want to be a quarterly magazine, but we also want to keep paying our contributors at our current rates. We need money in our coffers to make sure that can happen.
So, what are we offering?
Issue 3 – A Pirate Issue with stories of Caribbean pirates, space pirates and other assorted brigands and mercenaries.
  • The Wooing of Etroklos, by J. Comer
Short Stories
  • War in a Way that Suits You, by Michael A. Michaels
  • The Lion’s Share, by J.D. Brink
  • Blood and Bones: Caribbean 1645, by Jim Breyfogle
  • The Mad God’s Scepter, by Edward McDermott
  • The End of the Golden Age, by Tyler Young
  • Othan, Liberator, by Kurt Magnus
  • Clock’s Watch, by Michael Reyes


  • Retrospective: The Best of C.L. Moore, by Jeffro Johnson


  • Blood and Bones: Caribbean 1645, by Jabari Weathers


Issue 4 – A double-stuffed jumbo issue just in time for Christmas that will feature several tales of dark fantasy, action packed science fiction, adventure and Raygun Romance. Remember that call-out I made for unironic Lovecraft inspired stories? It paid off in spades!
  • The Vault of Phalos, by Jeffery Scott Sims
  • Shadow Vision, by Preston Dennet

Short Stories

  • The Lady of the Amorous City, by Edward M. Erdelac
  • A Suit of Haidrah Skin, by Rob Lang
  • …Where There Is No Sanctuary, by Howie K. Bentley
  • The Last Dues Owed, by Christine Lucas
  • The Witch of Elrica, by Jennifer Povey
  • The Bubbcat, by Sean Monaghan
  • Wall Wardens, by Lynn Rushlau
  • Lost Men, by Eugene L. Morgulis
  • The Unfolding of the World, by Harold R. Thompson
  • The Sands of Rubal-Khali, by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • The Priests of Shalaz, by Jay Barnson
  • Dust of Truth, by Joyce Frohn
  • The Ride, by Edward McDermott
  • The Phantom Sands of Calavass, by S.H. Mansouri
  • The Feminine Force Awakens, by Liana Kerzner


  • The Lady of the Amorous City, by Jabari Weathers
Several people have asked how they can get their hands on the hardbound copies of our first issue. Originally, these were exclusive to the 1st Kickstarter, but so as not to punish people who are saying “take my money already!” who missed the original kickstarter but want a “complete” set, we will be offering reprints of the 1st and 2nd issue as add-ons.  Just add $35 to your pledge for each volume; no additional shipping will be required anywhere in the world.  These will ship out at the same time as hardcover copies of issue 3 and will be bundled with them.
From Issue 3 and going forward, we will keep hardcovers in print, though Kickstarter will be the cheapest way to get them.

We’ve managed to run two successful kickstarters for Cirsova without any real hitches. The biggest challenge this go around is that we are doing things slightly different in that we are offering two issues instead of one. Copies of issue 3 will fulfill in late September/early Oct and copies of issue 4 will fulfill in late November/early December.

As of right now, Issue 3 is “done”, merely undergoing some final rounds of copy edits. Issue 4, all of the stories are paid for, preliminary layout is completed and will be ready to undergo secondary edits soon. We expect to have the artwork done not long after Issue 3 goes out. Jabari Weathers does excellent work and has always gotten work turned promptly, so we absolutely do not anticipate any issues with the artwork.

Filling adspace has always been the hardest part, and it’s looking like Kickstarter is not the best way to do it (especially when trying to do multiple issues). One great way to support us would be to buy adspace, as that will greatly defray our costs, but offering it as a kickstarter reward just isn’t the answer. We have significantly lowered our cost threshold for advertising.