The editorial of the first issue of a new publication is usually the opportunity to remind the readers of its goals and stakes. I could thus inflict upon you a variety of long sentences calling for your implication, support or even worship.
But Onirismes, being a webzine dedicated to publishing fiction and poetry, is also intended for a public of inquisitive and involved people, not easily trapped by dogma. I will thus refrain from overzealous preaching. All of the essential information regarding our initiative is available on our home page.
I'd like to devote these lines to some issues I feel are important to dicuss here. If Onirismes is bilingual, available in different formats (web, ebook, audio) and free, it's because our action only has meaning if it reaches as many people as possible. More than anything, we loathe the artificial boundaries that limit the spreading of new voices. Our team is multilingual, multicultural, and international, and we'd like Onirismes to reflect that.
The main constraint we face in this approach is the amount of work needed to publish, in this case, three stories: several hundred submissions to read, three to select and edit, three translations to produce, three interviews (and their translations), six podcasts... and one website to publish them all and on the web bind them.
Our ressources being rather scarce, we rely on a flexible and "when it's done" publication process, rather than a mechanical and tightly scheduled one.
Our non-commercial status has its merits (no need for immediate profitability, nor to publish a given number of stories each month, sometimes at the expense of quality), but the matter of funding still is central to the future of Onirismes. Entirely composed of volunteers, Onirismes has made the choice of paying its authors, and will continue to do so as long as it exists.
It means that though we don't need much funds, we do need some to keep this project alive and, who knows, expand it. A small and unobtrusive Paypal button is placed in the left top corner of each page, and will let you show your support to this adventure.
Starting from a three euros (or equivalent) donation, your Onirismes account will become a "supporter" account 1, shown as such on our forums, something which will let you stand straight and proud of having made a committed choice. Some more advantages may be associated with these accounts in the future...
I'd like to conclude this editorial by mentioning the issue of poetry, strangely absent from this first issue. Fantastic poetry is a selective genre, particularly in French, and we'd like to take time to select and showcase pieces that accurately reflect its soul. While we work on producing our own take on it, we invite English speakers (only, for lack of a French-speaking alternative...) to discover some modern fragments from our friends at Goblin Fruit, Stone Telling or the Endicott Studio.
The only thing left for me to do is to wish you a pleasant reading of this first issue, and to remind you to drop by our forums, if you wish to react to any of the pieces published or communicate with the team, with each other...
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