is an online magazine dedicated to riding that ever-changing edge of new and original fiction and art and sound and everything into tomorrow. To us, 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
These things can be presented in many ways, and thus I am willing to accept pretty much any format or type of work (provided, of course, that we can give it a proper showing in an online environment). If that be fiction, great. Poetry, great. Art, music, great. We are all explorers here, looking to learn about new things, new ways, new arts, new combinations.
I am also sick of the corporatization of the internet, of the hungry data-gathering monsters and sites whose content is overwhelmed by advertising. Penumbric
will never contain ads. It will not try to gather your data wholesale. The online version will be totally free. (We may present some kind of print anthology through print-on-demand, which will cost some money, but again will not contain advertising, and profits from that will go back to the contributors and to keep the magazine running.) Donations will be appreciated, but not required.
That said, I feel that authors should be paid something, even if I can't afford much, so contributors will always be paid, even if it's only $10 per piece (which it is, currently). And I'm tired of form letter rejections that say nothing about the whys and wherefores, so I will always be willing to explain why a piece was turned away.
And, finally, I just want to put out a great magazine, so any suggestions or comments will be welcomed!
To all our tomorrows, todays, yesterdays, and the bits between,