We sure had a busy Halloween season this year. We had way more submissions than we expected, and I just wanted to thank all the awesome writers who submitted. I also wanted to give a big thanks to all the readers who showed us love. You folks rock!
As many of you have noticed (and we appreciate all the wonderful emails), we upgraded the site during October. We changed the site layout, made it more reader friendly, and switched up the logo. We think the upgrade better suits the aesthetic we originally had in mind.
Since this past submission period went so well, we decided we’re going to expand our submission seasons. While we always have a fall and spring period, we will now have a winter and summer, too. We will open up the winter submissions right after the New Year. Let’s make 2019 a great year for writing!
We’ve also been tinkering with a few ideas that we think you’ll like:
First, we will be starting up the DPW podcast. We have a bunch of episodes recorded but have been waiting to get a good deal on a pod hosting platform. We’re hoping to get a decent subscription deal during Black Friday weekend. That way we don’t have to charge you folks to read our stuff.
Second, and this is the one you’ll really enjoy, we’re planning on putting together an annual DPW anthology. We’ll be looking for writer submissions when the time comes. This will be a print book and any sales we make from it will be used to cover the site and podcast costs.
Finally, if the anthology does well we, would like to grow it into a tri-monthly literary magazine. Our goal is to raise enough money to pay writers a respectable wage for their contributions to the magazine. We’ve been toying with a few ways to do this: set up a Patreon page, do a Kickstarter campaign, or have submissions fees for the magazine.
Of course, we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. The first step is to take the podcast live. Then put together the anthology. We have a small crew here, so this will keep us plenty busy. But if things go well, we’ll be able to bring in a lot of awesome writers. Wish us luck!
Caleb James K.