Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A lit magazine featuring decolonized science fiction and fantasy stories, poetry, and art.
A lit magazine featuring decolonized science fiction and fantasy stories, poetry, and art.
129 backers pledged $5,191 to help bring this project to life.
Last updated

About

Retcon: Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound
  • Off
    • English

Retcon: Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine

$5,191

129

⚡️BONUS REWARD:

Thinking about raising your pledge? That's a great idea! As a bonus reward, anyone who gives at the Cover Print level and above will also receive:

⚡️A limited edition RETCON bookmark!

It's not too late to adjust your pledge to get access to this and other limited rewards!


UPDATE: 48 HOURS LEFT!

The very first issue of RETCON Magazine is funded BUT the work isn't done. One issue of RETCON isn't enough. I want to keep bringing you the decolonized SFF you've shown such support for. I want to pull more amazing underrepresented writers and artists into the spotlight.

We have less than 48 HOURS left. And we're SO CLOSE to a second issue!

Thank you to everyone who pledged, and for those yet to: I hope you'll decide to be part of this magic.

⚡️Stretch Goals⚡️

⚡️$5,500: A second issue of RETCON Magazine! (68% funded!)

⚡️$7,500: A third issue of RETCON Magazine!

⚡️$9,500: A fourth issue of RETCON Magazine! That's a full year of RETCON!

What is RETCON?

I want to build a quarterly magazine to publish works of science fiction and fantasy. Each issue will feature a mix of short stories, poetry, and art focusing on decolonized fiction.

The magazine will aim to return power to the stories of PoC communities who have historically been edited, overwritten, and erased. RETCON will pride itself on centering #ownvoices authors and artists, which serves the dual purpose of lending a platform to underrepresented voices and offering readers access to authenticity. Everyone deserves a glimpse at a world untainted by colonial interference. Fiction in this magazine will build on a foundation of hope, exploring the worlds, magic, and technology that might have been (and still could be).

Through this lens, RETCON hopes to offer a worthy contribution to the ancient and transformative tradition of speculative fiction.

Want to stay connected?


How does this work?

RETCON will be a digital magazine, with content available to read on the website www.retconmag.com. Anyone pledging at the "Play for Keeps" level and above will get an ebook copy (PDF, MOBI, EPUB) of the magazine for the convenience of reading on your personal devices! Issues will be released quarterly (funding willing).

The magazine will be open to submissions during limited windows throughout the year. During these submission windows,  #ownvoices authors will be able to submit their work for consideration. New and established voices are welcome to submit.


How will funding be used?

The funding goal of this Kickstarter ($3500) will be used to launch RETCON Magazine and its FIRST issue.  Additional funding will go toward additional issues.

 Each issue will include:

  • 18,000 words of new fiction (approximately 9 short stories, depending on length)
  • 3 new poems
  • an art piece for the cover

Upon acceptance, writers will be paid $0.08/word for short stories and $1.00/line for poems. Artists will be paid $100 for reprinted pieces, and up to $500 for original commissions.

The budget will also allow for general administrative upkeep, including:

  • website hosting and maintenance
  • Kickstarter rewards and shipping
  • Kickstarter fees and taxes

Rewards Details

  • Limited Edition Enamel Pin - "Rewind and Re-record"
(design not final)
(design not final)
  • Limited Edition Shirt - "Retcon: Like it never happened"
(design not final)
(design not final)

Who am I?

I'm Jes Negrón (follow me on twitter @JesNx)! I have worked in media my entire career, in the book and video game industries. I got my start as an agent, representing authors and managing their careers. When I moved to video games, I acted as editorial lead for the North American office of a large video game publisher. In 2017, I returned to the book world as editor at a small publisher, where I acquire children’s books with an eye for more diverse representation in kidlit.

Risks and challenges

As with any publication, deadlines are the biggest risk factor. Though I'm just one person, I've planned the submission windows, issue sizes, and release cadence in a way that I feel confident I can manage. Throughout my career, I've been successful in managing editorial schedules with MUCH more demanding timelines and heavier content demands. You will definitely get the first issue of RETCON Magazine -- subsequent issues will depend on how much funding we get!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    Thank you!

    As a thank you for your support, your name will appear on a special backer page in the funded issues, as well as listed as a backer on our website.

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    9 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Desktop Background

    Previous reward levels PLUS Get the warm, fuzzy feelings of having supported us every time you look at your computer with this special version of the Issue #1 cover to download for your desktop!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    Sneak Peek!

    Previous reward levels PLUS Get early access to each RETCON issue! Any issues funded by this campaign will be released to you a whole week before non-backers see them!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    25 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Play for Keeps

    Previous reward levels PLUS Get an ebook (PDF, MOB, or EPUB) copy of the magazine to read and keep on your own devices!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    • Play for Keeps
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    40 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 35 or more About US$ 35

    Cover Print

    Previous reward levels PLUS Celebrate RETCON's inaugural issue with a 5"x7" print of the cover that you can display for the world to see!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    • Play for Keeps
    • Cover Print
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 12 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 45 or more About US$ 45

    Limited Edition Enamel Pin

    Previous reward levels PLUS Show off your support of the very first RETCON issue with a limited edition enamel pin! This pin will never be available again!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    • Play for Keeps
    • Cover Print
    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 7 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 65 or more About US$ 65

    Limited Edition Shirt

    Previous reward levels PLUS Show your support of RETCON's very first issue everywhere you go while you're wearing this limited edition shirt design, featuring RETCON's name and tag line. No one will ever be able to get this design again!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    • Play for Keeps
    • Cover Print
    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
    • Limited Edition Shirt
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 6 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 85 or more About US$ 85

    Writer's Bundle!

    Rewards at the $65 level and below PLUS Choose between a FAST PASS or STORY FEEDBACK (indicate which one you want when you pledge).

    FAST PASS: If you submit a story to RETCON Magazine, it will be evaluated before non-backers -- skip the long wait to hear a decision on your story!
    (This is not a pay-to-win magazine. Your story will be read faster, not with special favor)

    OR

    STORY FEEDBACK: You will receive feedback on one short SFF story (maximum 2000 words).
    (This is not a pay-to-win magazine. Any story submitted for feedback will be ineligible for submission to RETCON Magazine, but we hope the feedback helps you get that story placed elsewhere!)

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    • Play for Keeps
    • Cover Print
    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
    • Limited Edition Shirt
    • Fast Pass OR Story Feedback
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 85 or more About US$ 85

    Reader's Bundle!

    Rewards at the $65 level and below PLUS Satiate your desire to read more amazing SFF with a BONUS MINI ISSUE of RETCON Magazine featuring SFF poetry a whole 2 months before non-backers get to see it!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    • Play for Keeps
    • Cover Print
    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
    • Limited Edition Shirt
    • Bonus Poetry Issue
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Why Not Both?

    A Writer's Bundle and Reader's Bundle COMBO! Get all rewards from the $65 level and below PLUS your choice of either FAST PASS or STORY FEEDBACK (indicate which one you want when you pledge) PLUS access to the BONUS POETRY ISSUE a full 2 months before non-backers get to see it!

    Includes:
    • Thank you!
    • Desktop Background
    • Sneak Peek!
    • Play for Keeps
    • Cover Print
    • Limited Edition Enamel Pin
    • Limited Edition Shirt
    • Fast Pass OR Story Feedback
    • Bonus Poetry Issue
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 12 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)