It seems that Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine is not dead after all. The reasons are diverse and complicated, but basically have to do with the fact that killing a non-profit is easier said than done.
Exhaustion and the fact that my husband and I have survived the economic downtown in good shape (and plan to stay that way), forced me into the decision to close the magazine. Yet, it seems that even if I wish to give EC away to another non-profit, it should it least have a pulse.
That being said, I never really wanted to leave EC completely, I just couldn't figure out how to run it without draining myself dry. I still love fairy tales and I still love working with the utterly brilliant people whose work has graced this 'zine.
So EC will continue, but in dramatically different form. But first, I have to get the LRRH issue out, which I will, no later than December 31.
Here's how things stand right now: EC will hold a monthly contest. Two winners will be chosen, with each receiving $25 gift certificates. Other sporadic contests will also happen, when I have time and money.
The guest blogging program will continue. That, of course, has always been unpaid.
I know some talented people (Tahlia Merrill's Timeless Tales comes to mind), who have been starting other magazines. I plan to promote the heck out of those sites!
Please do not submit anything for the future until I announce deadlines, themes, standards, etc.
I realize that all of this backing and forthing will lose me the goodwill and interest of some talented people, but I do hope people will stay. In the future, a great deal of effort will be put into promoting fairy tales and their makers in every form, here at EC.
Editor Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine