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We are publishing Issue 18 of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine Devilfish Review.
We are publishing Issue 18 of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine Devilfish Review.
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Devilfish Review is a quarterly online literary magazine founded by Cathy Lopez and Sarah McDonald in 2011. We publish fiction and poetry, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, horror, and anything that might be referred to as speculative. We love magic realism, and fairy tales, and things that are a bit odd. With regards to characters, we believe that representation matters, and we would like to provide a space for those voices that are so often marginalized. Our mission is to be a home for the weird and wonderful. You can always read new issues and our full archives for free on our website www.DevilfishReview.com.

Why a Kickstarter?
We’ve published 17 issues and 131 stories, 72 poems, and 1 nonfiction essay. We’ve gone from non-paying to five dollars to ten dollars a piece, always out of our pockets. (The exceptions are that one time we sold shirts through Teespring, and the Kraken Awards issue, where entry fees paid for about half of the award money.) This isn’t something we can continue to sustain, so we’re turning to the community. Our goal for this Kickstarter is to raise enough money to fully cover one issue’s worth of operating costs. This is $170 to pay for 8 stories, 8 poems, and one nonfiction piece; $60 for Submittable fees; $6.50 for webhosting fees; and $120 to do something unheard of in the literary journal community: we want to pay our slush reader and editors a token $20 in recognition of the many many hours that are put into creating an issue of Devilfish Review. In all, we're shooting for $500 to be sure we cover all Kickstarter fees and fulfillment costs. 

 We are very proud to bring a mix of new writers and familiar faces to Issue 18 of Devilfish Review. You'll find fiction from Andrew Kozma, Bisha K. Ali, H.L. Fullerton, Kara Dennison, James Mapes, Joshua Steely, Jeff Stehman, and Olga Godin; and poetry from Andrea Blythe, Beth Cato, Carol Graser, Lisa Lepovetsky, Mack W. Mani, Rachel Van Sickle, and Rita Feinstein; and non-fiction from Jennifer Fliss. This is issue represents a continuation of the excellence our fans have come to expect from Devilfish Review. 

Who We Are

Cathy Lopez, Founder, Fiction Editor
I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and went on to Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After a not-short-enough stint in the “real world”, including a miserable corporate gig that resulted in nothing more useful than understanding the Six Sigma jokes on 30 Rock, I went back to school at University of Texas- Pan American for my MFA in Creative Writing. There, I met my DFR co-editor, Sarah, who after our first class together, wrapped her arms around me, and told me I was her new best friend and I would never be rid of her. This has proven to be true.

Sarah McDonald, Founder, Fiction Editor
I got a Bachelors of English and Psychology as well as my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Pan American because I was too scared to be more than an hour away from home. I spent most of my childhood on a horse or in a book, either way I was dreaming of being anywhere else. And when I say anywhere else I don’t mean Paris or Zimbabwe, but rather Valdemar, Pern or Middle Earth. Books saved me and I’ve always wanted to add my voice into the chorus. (Weird since I am painfully shy. Don’t listen to Cathy, she lies. (Only some of the time. -C)) But I thought being a writer was a lot like being a rock star, not realistic. So at the age of seven I hid that dream in my heart and told people I was going to be a teacher. I was a really serious child.

Katie Hoerth, Poetry Editor
I was born in rural Wisconsin, near some barns and cows or something. Somehow, I managed to find my way to Deep South Texas and muddle through an MFA program at the University of Texas Pan American. My emphasis was (and still is) poetry. Now, I teach literature, creative writing, feminist rhetoric, and, of course, freshmen composition at UT-RGV. I also do a lot of writing, which means I also do a lot of reading. My interests include formal poetry, revisionist myth, feminisms, and regional literature. If I’m not reading/writing/teaching/pulling out my hair in frustration, then you can bet I’m watching old episodes of Star Trek on Netflix. I have a serious thing for Klingons. And to a lesser extent, Cardassians (they remind me of English professors).

Shannon Connor Winward, Poetry Editor
I’ve been writing and performing all my life. When I was little I put on plays for anyone who would watch, and I knew all the lyrics to Annie by heart. I was an avid and eclectic reader, always with a book in hand – everything from Nancy Drew mysteries to Greek myths to Stephen King. I learned to type poems in the computer lab at school and loved it, the spellcraft of putting thoughts into words in just the right order. I had my first poems published in children’s magazines when I was ten. *Cough* years later, I still write poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, to do lists and grocery lists. I’m a freelance author, a foodie, an autism mom, an advocate, and a supporter of the arts. I live and work in Newark, Delaware. I am a graduate of the University of Delaware, where I studied psychology and anthropology (the human condition). These are fields that still fascinate me.

Minadora Macheret, Poetry Editor
Growing up in a multilingual household taught me the ways in which language slips and slides between tongues, silence, and those in-between spaces. Creativity is something that was woven into my life between art classes, writing, and those long 45-minute piano lessons that seem endless. As I grew up, there are two loves that never left me -writing poetry and reading. I grew up reading books on everything I could get my hands on, but usually found myself seated in the Science Fiction/Fantasy section of a bookstore or constantly reading myth and folklore. Baba Yaga is one bad-ass (No really, she’s not that bad). Currently, I am an MA student at Kansas State pursuing a second master’s degree in English and can be found walking my dog, cooking, or finding new books to read while the stack by my bed grows higher.

Risks and challenges

We are in our sixth year of publishing. We have 17 issues under our belts. The contracts have all been sent out and signed, with the exception of nonfiction. We don't foresee any delays in our planned publishing date of March 31st. That said, the impossible has happened in the past. Should publishing be delayed, it won't be more than a week.

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