We are sorry to say that the after 7 years of our editors and readers working in their spare time between full time jobs, family, school, and their own writing, we have come to the decision to dedicate our time and focus to other areas. The March issue of the Whistling Fire sadly marks our last issue. We want to thank all of those who have helped us along the way, our staff of readers and guest editors over the years who volunteered their time for nothing in return. To our contributors whose work shocked, inspired, and captivated us. And of course to all those who have read and enjoyed the work we’ve published these last 7 years. Thank you!
Work published on The Whistling Fire will remain up until January 2016 when our domain expires, at that time the url will change. After that we will be making the site private so that it cannot be viewed. The work that appears on The Whistling Fire as always belongs to the authors, if you wish to preserve your work we ask that you please copy your work off the site before 2016. While we could leave the site up permanently, due to the fact authors periodically need their work removed for business purposes, we have decided to remove the site completely as there will be no one to maintain the site going forward to satisfy these requests. If you have questions you may email firstname.lastname@example.org but please note that this email will from now on only be periodically monitored so please be patient awaiting a reply.
To our readers who may miss The Whistling Fire as part of their literary routine we wish to leave you with some recommendations to fill our absence. The Literary Disco is a podcast hosted by our friend Tod Goldberg along with Julia Pistell and Rider Strong; it’s like sitting down with your own book club if your book club is made up of incredibly funny and insightful writers. Dirty Laundry Lit, created by our former reader Natashia Deon, is a quarterly reading series that blends live music and literature in an underground club setting while bringing together diverse writers from all over the nation, attend literary readings and feel like a rock star at the same time. If you like live readings, Southern California residents should also check out the Shades & Shadows Reading Series, it’s literature but with Monsters. They are the only LA reading series that focuses exclusively on dark fiction; dark fantasy, horror, science fiction, noir, you name it. Another former reader and later guest editor, Lindsey Lewis Smithson, also has something to offer our poetry fans, Straight Forward Poetry is a magazine and blog about all things poetry. Read, enjoy, and submit to be featured. Check out a new column at the Ploughshares’ Blog called Do-Overs by Heather Scott Partington. If you want a bit of everything we recommend DUM DUM Zine, an online and print zine that has flash fiction, interviews, photo essays, even radio plays. And of course The Whistling Fire would never have been born had it not been for the writing program that first brought our editors together. The UC Riverside Palm Desert MFA program known as the “hottest MFA”, is a 21st century approach to a Masters in Creative Writing which focuses on getting your writing out of the classroom and into the real world. Students from all over the world attend to enjoy a plush resort campus in funky Palm Springs working with a faculty of award-winning writers and visits from top industry professionals in publishing, television, and film. If you have been thinking about taking your writing to the next level, this might be just what you are looking for.
We hope all of these suggestions will allow you to continue enjoying literature and some of the spirit we hoped to have brought you over the years. Thank you again for seven strong years.