#1 | Why Should You Buy This Magazine?
Because tomorrow isn’t as bad as it seems.
From TV and Movies to Social Media, from the never-ending News Cycle to Dystopian Fiction, the defining spirit of our moment in history is bleak and may grow bleaker still.
At DreamForge, we know this self-fulfilling vision of apocalyptic culture shall not stand.
- The course of history is clear. The dreams that have opened the universe to us live longer than the nightmares which test our resolve.
- While the universe is a dangerous place and we, as a species, often add to that danger by becoming our own worst enemies – at DreamForge we do not subscribe to hopelessness or futility as a vision of the future or of any setting or situation.
- You need to be a part of DreamForge Magazine; if for no other reason than because we believe in you. As compelling as tales of darkness and devastation may be, you want more. More than stories of lone heroes struggling against tyrannical empires. More than visions of worlds put to ruin by the darker impulses of mankind.
Our theme is hope. In all worlds and times, our tales revolve around those communities and individuals who bring meaning and value to the world, whose actions are of consequence, and whose dreams are the vanguard of things to come.
In addition to our sanguine attitude, our mission is to create an outstanding publication, a periodical that is illustrated, readable, serious, and fun. Our print issues are designed for both visual and haptic appeal, delivering at last a beautiful, satisfying object to hold and enjoy, a magazine that is readable from the beach to the bedroom.
We need heroes to support our efforts and help us develop a new vision of the possible.
#2 | What Types of Stories does DreamForge Publish?
DreamForge Magazine is a publication of fantasy and science fiction.
Our stories of Science Fiction are based in worlds where the core theory of physics holds sway and technology, science, and scientific thinking are critical aspects of solving challenges and securing a better future. (Presenting science as a key human endeavor takes precedence over delivering “hard” or factually accurate science.)
Our stories of Fantasy are based in worlds where the author’s own imagination sets the rules, but where the rules are coherent and understandable, and where critical thinking and inventive approaches win out.
We prefer basic, traditional storytelling.
An empathetic protagonist (or group of characters) faces a difficult challenge. Engaging with the challenge reveals further difficulties, the consequences of which could be catastrophic for the character, their loved ones, or their community.
By putting themselves at risk and proceeding with perseverance, integrity, and intelligence, the character brings the evolving crisis to a conclusion.
The challenge could be physical, moral, existential, or psychological. The protagonist need not be human, only humane. The conclusion need not be an ultimate one (the world is saved), nor a happy one, nor one in which the character survives. Only hope, compassion, love, and another chance at a better future must endure.
With those parameters in mind, we expect to publish a little of everything, including space opera and urban fantasy, steampunk and high adventure. We hope to provide a fertile playground for the imaginations of authors from across the spectrum of speculative fiction.
#3 | Where Will You Get Your Stories?
Our tagline “Connecting Dreamers – Past and Future” has several levels of meaning. On one plane it refers to our goal of publishing old hands and established authors alongside new and inclusive voices.
At DreamForge Magazine, we seek contributions from people with wide ranging and diverse experiences in life. There are many possible futures and many more worlds of the imagination. We would be poor indeed to imagine only one wearisome and uniform reality.
The publishers of DreamForge Magazine are eclectic readers. We find delight in exploring new worlds, especially those reflecting the experience of authors whose life stories brings with them perceptions, discernments, and values worthy of being shared.
We acquire our stories from:
- The DreamForge Team, as we seek to explore the limits and potentials of our vision.
- Solicited Works, as we reach out to established authors with the skills to advance our dreams further still.
- Unsolicited Submissions, where we can drink from an ever-freshening fount of unexpected treasures.
To keep updated on when DreamForge opens up to general submissions, sign up for our newsletter today. Newsletter Page.
#4 | Should We Expect Happily Ever After Endings?
No, not necessarily. We hope to tread unusual ground. While it is easy to appear serious in creating grim and dark adventures, it is equally likely to come across as banal and hackneyed when crafting falsely upbeat tales.
Our goal is to publish fiction and commentary that embody, in one way or another. these essential principles: integrity and decency, compassion and creativity, intelligence and inventiveness, the rule of law and liberty under the law; the dignity of the individual, and the power of synergy to unleash the potential of disparate individuals and communities for the betterment of all.
Instead of heroes whose trials save the world, we prefer tales of exploration and discovery, narratives where individuals struggle for the ascendency of humane values and communities work together to overcome dire challenges. That is the world of the imagination with which we should concern ourselves. That is the future that has been given to us, across multiple generations of science and fantasy fiction fans, to build.
#5 | How Will You Engage with Your Audience?
More than a message, DreamForge is a conversation. You’ll see us on Social Media, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. We plan to introduce surveys, contests, interviews, podcasts, and giveaways.
Ours is not to preach but to encourage. The human adventure is about more the divisive politics, cut-throat competition, and the ascendency of greed and power. You know it, and we believe in you.
#6 | How Can I Help?
Are you a dreamer too? There are a number of ways to support our efforts – over an above a subscription.
DreamForge is a project of Scot and Jane Noel, lifelong geeks and fans of fantasy and science fiction. Disenchanted with today’s emphasis on grim, apocalyptic tales in speculative fiction, we decided to tell tales of hope in the universe, where reason and humane values survive and occasionally triumph.
We hope you’ll join us as we connect dreamers, past and future, to rekindle that spirit of science and fantasy – the hope and belief that we can work together to build a better world.
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#7 | Will There Be an Online Version?
Yes. You can subscribe to our online version for a phone & tablet friendly, web-based form of each issue.
In addition to traditional eBook formats, we are building our own cloud-based Subscriber Portal and Interface for you to keep track of your purchases, read and rate magazine and stories, and even share stories with friends.
We hope to beta test our subscriber portal in November, 2018.
For DreamForge readers who cannot afford to support our publication efforts, our website www.DreamForgeMagazine.com will continue to grow and present a variety of stories, articles, reviews, and posts over time, including select pieces from the paid version.
#8 | How Often Do You Publish?
DreamForge Magazine is a quarterly electronic and print science and fantasy fiction magazine.
Our current schedule projection is:
- 2/14/18 | Issue 0 (Founder’s Issue)
- 5/14/18 | Issue 1 (Premiere Issue)
- 8/14/18 | Issue 2
- 11/14/18 Issue 3
Between issues, look for a variety of posts, including book reviews, articles, and editorials. We also plan to have podcasts, novellas, short stories, and even novels available at times. Some will be freely available to everyone, some delivered only to subscribers, and a few premium pieces at stand-alone prices.
#9 | When Will You Accept Submissions?
DreamForge Magazine opens for general submissions sometime in the first quarter of 2019.
Right now, we are open for themed submissions for short works in the range of (but not exclusively) flash fiction. You can lean more on our Future Best Submissions page.
For our first couple of issues, we are relying on our network of writers and their friends to provide us with stories for consideration. This, in large part, is due simply to the idea that we are budgeting a great deal of our time to building a foundation and infrastructure for the magazine. Therefore we have limited time to review stories.
Part of the infrastructure we are building is an online submissions and submission management system which will allow us to handle a volume of incoming stories efficiently.
In general, it is likely that DreamForge will announce specific “open reading periods” for general submissions.
Want to keep informed about submitting your stories to DreamForge Magazine? Sign up for our Newsletter right now!
#10 | What Rates Are You Paying?
DreamForge Magazine pays $0.06 to $0.08/word for stories and articles accepted for publication, depending on length and quality.
We are considering a slightly lower rate, perhaps $0.04/word for selected reprints.
We pay on acceptance and our author’s contract is substantially based on the model contract provided by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA). Publisher Scot Noel is an Associate Member of the SFWA.
At DreamForge Magazine, our goal is to build more than to profit. We are a family owned, team supported enterprise and we will do right by our contributors as long as we stand.
#11 | When Will You Accept Subscriptions?
Now! We’re open for subscriptions. We offer three levels Firekeeper (online access), Farrier (print), and Forge Master (print and online).
Firekeeper | $19.99/year or $2.25/monthSubscribe as Firekeeper
Online Only Annual Subscription, with annual or monthly payments.
- Receive the DF monthly e-newsletter and our Quarterly Online Subscription
- Also includes exclusive content monthly
- Free e-book – Stellar Glory
- Founder recognition if you subscribe before 2/28/19.
Farriers | $39.99/yearSubscribe as Farrier
Print Only Annual Subscription
- 4 Issues of our Quarterly Print Magazine
Forge Masters | $39.99/year or $3.75/monthSubscribe as Forge Master
Print AND Online Annual Subscription, with annual or monthly payments.
- Receive BOTH the 4 issues of our Quarterly Print and Online versions of the magazine.
- Also includes exclusive content monthly
- Free e-book – Stellar Glory
- Founder recognition if you subscribe before 2/28/19.
Options to buy individual issues and even individual stories will be built in to our online Subscriber’s Portal.
#12 | Who Is Publishing DreamForge Magazine?
In 2018, DreamForge Press was formed by the husband and wife team of Scot Noel and Jane Noel.
Scot and Jane are life-long science fiction and fantasy fans who have worked together since the 1990s, starting at DreamForge Intertainment, one of the pioneering companies in the early days of computer game development.
Joining us on this adventure are a core team of colleagues and friends, including:
- Renowned Science and Fantasy Fiction Author Jane Lindskold, best known for her Firekeeper Saga and collaborations in David Weber’s Honorverse.
- The House of Zing, home of visual artist Mark A. Zingarelli, known as a creator of high quality illustration, cartoons, and comics for publication and industry.
- Leah Segal, Social Media Manager for Popular Pittsburgh, student at Washington & Jefferson, and bearer of sufficient energy and enthusiasm build a better world all on her own.
Keep up with the team at DreamForge Magazine. To be a part of the DreamForge Adventure, Subscribe Now – or sign up for our Newsletter and help build a more positive science and fantasy fiction community.
#13 | What is your Worldview?
At DreamForge Magazine, we believe the core tool kit for human advancement is comprised of science and medicine, technology and artistic expression, an adherence to irrefutable and objective truth, universal education, exploration, and the free and equitable commerce of goods and ideas.
While the universe is a dangerous place and we, as a species, often add to that danger by becoming our own worst enemies – at DreamForge we do not subscribe to hopelessness or futility as a vision of the future or of any setting or situation.
Even so, we see no value in demonizing any of the forces that work against our ideals, including the powers of oppression and of discord and divisiveness. We are all human, and the best stories embrace the many facets of our long-troubled species while holding firm to the better angels of our nature.
The key to changing the argument may not be to argue at all. We encourage those who embrace in their daily lives the principles of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.
Want to see if we can develop a cohesive and honorable worldview that unites more than it divides? Join our community Newsletter and stay tuned. To be a part of the DreamForge Adventure, Subscribe Now.
#14 | Will You Do Kickstarter and Patreon Campaigns?
Yes. We believe crowd-source funding will be important to the success of DreamForge Magazine. We’re already at work devising campaigns and reward levels.
Our Patreon Campaign is Online Now.
Our Kickstarter Campaign is currently slated for January.
If you want to help support and Kickstart DreamForge Magazine, subscribe to our Newsletter and get the announcement the moment we launch our Kickstarter campaign!
#15 | Will You Publish More than DreamForge Magazine?
If we’re going to dream, we’re going to dream big. The company we founded is called DreamForge Press.
Our first publication is DreamForge Magazine.
After that, who knows. Our sails are set. We’ll go where the winds take us. Whether that is to our credit or our doom, only time will tell.
In the words of Tennyson, from his poem Ulysses:
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
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At DreamForge, skill, integrity, and civility define our business, our vision, and our community. Our goal is neither controversy nor confrontation, rather ours to speak of indomitable human and humane values; to imagine the possibilities for a greater tomorrow, engage the hopeful spirits of today, and inspire the strong and the willing among us to make a difference.
The arc by which fiction changes the world is long and subtle; we hope you will join us in playing a small part with DreamForge Magazine.