Hello out there!
First and foremost, I am excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our upcoming sixth issue. The deadline for this submission period will be April 6th, 2020. As always, please send us your newest and strangest work to firstname.lastname@example.org, while being sure to read and abide by the submission guidelines (which can be accessed here). We are very much looking forward to reading your wonderful work, and we’re excited to make this upcoming issue one for the ages.
Secondly – it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that this upcoming issue of Trouble Among The Stars will be the final one. This was, of course, not a decision that was made lightly – and indeed, the plan from the outset was always to continue the magazine in a much longer term then will end up being the case. However, after roughly a month and a half of serious reflection, I have come to the conclusion that I am not in a position to continue running a magazine by myself (for both financial and health-related reasons), and that it would not be fair to me, nor would it be fair to the speculative community, if I were to continue running a journal that I did not have full confidence in. I am and will always be incredibly, profoundly proud of what TATS has accomplished, and I remain infinitely grateful to the contributors who have trusted the journal with their work. This sixth and final issue will be truly excellent, and I am also happy to announce that I have a very fitting capstone to the project in store as well –
as a celebration of the Trouble Among The Stars project, I will be publishing a physical chapbook featuring two brand new short stories by acclaimed writers (and past TATS contributors) Charlotte Platt and Amy LeBlanc. The book is called Two Hauntings, and the stories within work to explore, play with and subvert the idea of something (or someone) being haunted. I cannot overstate how excited I am about this chapbook, and I truly believe that it will be a wholly fitting physical expression of this magazine. I’ve created a standalone page for the chapbook (you can access it here, or on the top menu bar), and will be posting more information about the project there in time.
Again, I’d like to extend my deepest thanks to everyone who has contributed, submitted, or read the magazine – it has been a dream come true to work with all of you on something which I truly believe in. If anyone reading this would like to talk with me more about my decision making process vis a vis ending the journal, I’d like to encourage them to send me an email. I’m wishing you all the best – stay tuned, and always watch the skies.