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A science fiction and fantasy short story service featuring works from Hugo and Dragon Award nominated authors.
A science fiction and fantasy short story service featuring works from Hugo and Dragon Award nominated authors.
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What is Lyonesse?

Lyonesse is a short fiction subscription service. Here’s what Lyonesse offers for readers:

  • The best science fiction and fantasy short stories, one per week, delivered right to your inbox.
  • Bonus stories throughout the year, frequently but not always on or around holidays.
  • Established names in the genre and new up-and-coming authors.
  • A strong back catalog of previously published stories.
  • A low, low subscription fee – our introductory rate will be $6.99 for the entire year – back catalog included!

That’s right – at least 52 of the best science fiction and fantasy stories throughout the year for less than seven dollars! And not from slouches, either. Our lineup includes stories from Hugo Award nominee Cheah Kai Wai, Dragon Award nominee Declan Finn, and established genre authors such as L. Jagi Lamplighter - and that's just what we have lined up for our first quarter!


Main Goal - $600

Our initial goal is to reach $600. This will allow us to pay each of the authors in our first quarter lineup at least $50 each for their stories. The first $600 will go entirely to the authors.

Stretch Goal - $1500

Our stretch goal is $1500. We'd like to reach this amount so that we can pay each of our initial authors at least $100 each for their stories. This will also leave us enough extra to fund server and software costs for the first 6 months.

Risks and challenges

Lyonesse is not a magazine and operates under a different business model. Two key differences are that we operate on a royalty model and that our model keeps the overhead costs extremely low. This gives two important bonuses: most of the revenue we raise can go straight to the authors, and we don't need a huge subscriber base to maintain a minimal operation.

What it also, means, though, is that we're counting on your subscriptions to pay the authors. Our single biggest risk is that we don't grow large enough to continue attracting strong talent.

At the same time, Lyonesse does have similarities to the magazine business model - and magazines are struggling. Short fiction as a whole is struggling. We believe that our business model can succeed where others have failed, but it's entirely possible that the next one to three years will prove us wrong.

With that said, we have already lined up stories for at least three months worth of content. And EVEN IF THIS KICKSTARTER FAILS, we're committed to keeping this project alive for at least one year out of pocket if we need to.

But we don't think we need to. We think that with your help we can Make Short Fiction Great Again!

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    Pledge $7 or more About $7

    Subscriber

    For the minimum $7 pledge, your subscription to Lyonesse begins on the day the service goes live and lasts for an entire YEAR!

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    EBook Anthology Subscriber

    Get a subscription to Lyonesse or an ENTIRE YEAR, plus:

    Get digital delivery of the quarterly Lyonesse anthologies delivered in DRM-free eBook formats (EPUB, MOBI and PDF).

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    Get a special, limited edition Lyonesse "Making Short Fiction Great Again" backer t-shirt. This design will be avalaible ONLY to our Kickstarter backers!

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    Paperback Anthology Subscriber

    Get a subscription to Lyonesse or an ENTIRE YEAR, plus:

    Get digital delivery of the quarterly Lyonesse anthologies delivered in DRM-free eBook formats (EPUB, MOBI and PDF).

    PLUS: get a print version of the quarterly wrap-up anthologies delivered straight to your home!

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    Eternal Subscriber

    Get a digital subscription to Lyonesse for the rest of your LIFE!

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    Eternal EBook Subscriber

    In addition to a digital subscription to Lyonesse for the rest of your LIFE, you will also receive digital delivery of every quarterly wrap-up anthology in a convenient ebook form. DRM free EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats are all included!

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    Eternal Print Subscriber

    In addition to a digital subscription to Lyonesse for the rest of your LIFE, you will also receive digital delivery of every quarterly wrap-up anthology in a convenient ebook form. DRM free EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats are all included!

    PLUS you'll also receive a paperback version of every quarterly wrap-up anthology!

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