Special Announcement from the Editor

Hello Friends,

I have some special news to share with you all. I’ll share the stories that are eligible for awards in 2023 along with our 2022 stats for this year in a follow-up post.  

GigaNotoSaurus was initially founded by Ann Leckie in November 2011. Her run of the magazine included wonderful stories such as “Sauerkraut Station” by Ferrett Steinmetz and “All the Flavors” by Ken Liu. She then brought on editors such as Rashida Smith, and later, me, to do the acquiring and publishing of the stories while she stepped back to handle the finances and background administrative work. 

As of this November 2022, Ann has stepped down completely from GigaNotoSaurus. This means the administration, financing, and future of GigaNotoSaurus now belongs to…well…me.

When I stepped into this position in 2019, I never thought I would actually own this online magazine. But I learned a lot over the past three years. I’ve truly enjoyed the stories that I’ve acquired, and I put together a wonderful slush team. And now, officially, I’m an editor and a publisher. Am I scared? Oh, you betcha. But at the same time though, I’m deliriously excited. Because for the first time, my team and I can do things with the magazine that we’ve been dreaming about for a while. 

For instance, effective January 1, 2023, our publishing rates will increase to $200 per story. This is something that has been in our hearts for a while, so we’re excited to bring this about. We’re also looking to expand our slushreader team, so look for the official call in the next few weeks.

With that said, we have enough funds for a full year of stories. But in order to continue, we would need to bring more funds in. I am committed to not having a paywall, but at the same time, we will need to start looking into bringing more funds if we want to keep paying our authors. For the moment, as readers, you can help us out by clicking on the “Donate button” at the bottom of our Home page. I am also looking into income generation such as Kickstarters and subscription services like Patreon; I’ll have more information about that in 2023.

I want to thank all of you who have enjoyed our stories. Thank you, Ann, for all the care you put into the magazine over the years. Love willing, we will continue to bring wonderful, thought-provoking stories. I can’t wait to see what the shape of GigaNotoSaurus will look like over the next year. I hope you’re eager to see it, too.

About the Author

LaShawn M. Wanak, Editor

LaShawn M. Wanak is the editor of GigaNotoSaurus. She also writes stories. Stories keep her sane. Also, pie.

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