Abandoned Towers, dubbed “the reader’s magazine”, is a market for fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Since the beginning, Abandoned Towers has been both an online source for reading material and a print magazine, featuring content not previously available through the website. To this point, there has been a strict divide between the online and the print editions of Abandoned Towers, and we expect that to largely continue, although we do have some thoughts we’re mulling over which may blur those lines a bit.
Abandoned Towers is all about the content. We strive to provide high quality content, both online and in print, although there’s something about the print pieces which we thought made them even more special.
The 3 original reasons for the creation of Abandoned Towers, still apply::
- Expand reading horizons - There are countless amazing authors out there producing wonderful stuff, and Abandoned Towers serves as a hub for finding it.
- Expand the publishing market for authors. Abandoned Towers is a non-traditional market which brings you stories traditional magazines, markets or publishing can’t bring you. We do this by being an additional market that authors can submit to, and although we’re not a lucrative market, we do have bigger aspirations and eyeballs which will read your work. As much as wealth and fame would be nice, storytelling for many of us is about sharing the story, and we can help!
- Author development - We provide a place for new, unpublished writers to learn and grow into polished, professional authors who can get acceptances from the publications that pay several hundred dollars for a story or article. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to get an acceptance, but it does mean that we look deeper into the submissions for the brilliance that wants out, and we try whenever possible to send back a request for revision instead of a rejection. We also try to send back copious amounts of feedback so that an author who is being asked to revise knows exactly what we feel the problems are (although sometimes submission volume or response time limits our ability to do this).
We try our best to avoid form letters, but again, sometimes submission volume makes this difficult. We do our best to acknowledge every submission within 7 business days. We endeavour to be transparent as to response times and submission volume. We also encourage authors to contact us if they have questions, want a status update on their submission or have concerns. We’re authors too and we like to be treated with respect, so we make a point of treating you that way too.
We are always open for submissions (unless we tell you otherwise somewhere else), but we beg and plead with you to carefully review our submission guidelines before submitting your work. In 2012, we hope to move to an eSubmissions model which should improve the experience for both us and you.
Our contact address for submissions is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abandoned Towers was founded in 2008 by Crystalwizard, and the torch was passed to the current managing editor (K.E. Abel) in October 2011. Since that hand-off, the technology behind Abandoned Towers has been substantially redesigned, which we hope improves your overall experience. As we achieve more of our goals, we hope to flesh out this section… wish us luck!