Sad to hear via Jonathan Pinnock, (another Greyling Bay devotee) that the short story magazine Cadenza is no more. I’ve followed Cadenza since I started out in writing, knowing that it had exacting standards for literary short stories. Having submitted several times I was pretty pleased to make even a long list. The previous editor (who passed by here not so long ago) had some great advice for writers, and the current editor, Zoe King, once accept a story of mine for the Buzzwords magazine. As a result these people feel like friends.
Of course, the truth is that I only once bought a copy of Cadenza (in the form of a chunky .pdf file) which I found excellent value as well and highly educational in terms of what was expected of a good short story. If only I had taken out a subscription, and if only more of us did take out subs to the magazines we admire, Cadenza and others might still be with us.
Still, never let it be said I don’t learn from my mistakes. I’m off to take out a sub to The Yellow Room. How awful if it should fold before I make it into print!
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It’s sad that Cadenza is closing: I always thought it was good, especially after I won a small prize from the magazine a few years ago.
I’m glad you like Greyling Bay so much: I could do with a few more submissions, so if you could spread the word I’d be grateful.
I have tried to drum you up a bit of business, though don’t know if it will bear fruit. I agree with your observation abut ‘lightening up’ the bay – always a problem in flash or short story territory.
It;s always sad when good magazines go to the wall but unfortunately when I gave up meaningful employment, I had to stop subscribing to most of the magazines I once supported, inclusing Cadenza. It was a difficult decision.
The Yellow Room will keep going, I hope, as long as people subscribe and become more active. A little bird tells me that the editor is short on feedback about ther stories in issue one.
Hi Sally – I did send Jo some feedback on Issue 1 (some v. enjoyable stories, including yours!) and I’ve been trying to publicise wherever I can. Fingers crossed!