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Short science fiction & fantasy every weekday. All we get will go to pay authors for stories that we publish Sept. 2013 to Mar. 2014.
Short science fiction & fantasy every weekday. All we get will go to pay authors for stories that we publish Sept. 2013 to Mar. 2014.
285 backers pledged $9,258 to help bring this project to life.

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NEW: Stretch Goals! What can we provide best as a reward for more funding, but more fiction!

$12,500: We'll add a special Novellette (7,500-15,000 words) on a Saturday to celebrate.

$20,000: Once a month children's tale on a Saturday. (Our nine-year-old daughter has been begging for this.)

Daily Science Fiction (DSF) provides science fiction, fantasy, and slipstream stories via email and on the website every weekday for free to more than 7,000 avid readers. Stories from Monday through Thursday tend to be bite-sized, with full length tales on Fridays for weekend reading.

In the first three years, DSF stories have been named notable stories in the Million Writers award, named finalists for the micro award, made shortlists for the Bram Stoker horror award, and been reprinted by many fine venues.

DSF pays its authors professional rates, and then some, and publishes some of the strongest writers in the field. This kickstarter is one of several ways to make sure Daily Science Fiction will be sustainable for many years to come. It won't take much. Merely $5 per subscriber would be enough to cover the money paid to authors. 

This is where you come in. Please support Daily Science Fiction. Every dollar received will go directly to pay authors for their work for the six months from 9/1/2013-2/28/2014. 

Please visit the website at www.dailysciencefiction.com, follow DSF at facebook.com/dailysf, and/or follow on twitter @DailySF.

Risks and challenges

The publishing industry is inherently a risky one. We hope to attract great writers with a concise and effective style. We hope to reach readers who want the short stories we hope to publish.

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  • We value international readers as much as U.S. readers, of course!
    The foreign book reward is the same $25 for the book, plus $30 international shipping per book. We wish it could be less.

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    Instant Karma! We'll send positive vibes back faster than even email can deliver.

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    Virtual subscription. We thought about what Daily Science Fiction would look like if we had decided to charge for subscriptions. We've paid $29.97 for one year subscriptions to other magazines: no more content (probably less), but the very real difference of tangibility--actual ink and paper. We would have charged $12.50-$15.00. As a bonus, triple karma :-)

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    Both "Not Just Rockets and Robots: Daily Science Fiction Year One" and "Rocket Dragons Ignite: Daily Science Fiction Year Two." With two massive anthologies you have useful bookends and quite a bit of reading.

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    Cat Rambo: Take a class with World-Fantasy-Award-Nominated editor, and distinguished writer of more than 200 published stories, Cat Rambo. Good for an available slot in her one-session online course offerings.
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    Have a longer story? Daily SF author Christopher Kastensmidt will Critique your piece of up to 10,000 words.

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    Your story critiqued by Daily SF author and talented wordsmith Damien A. Walters, author of "A Handful of Glass, A Sky without Stars" and 5 others at DSF as Damien Walters Grintalis.

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    Daily SF author and independent publisher Steven Saus will perform a hand ebook conversion for your book (up to 75,000 words).
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    Eternal gratitude! Plus something cool yet to be determined (and two anthologies, a chocolate bar, and thanks on our website).

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