Here’s a sad piece of news, Gamut Magazine will be shuttering after 2017. Here’s what Richard Thomas had to say:
“Unfortunately I have some bad news—there will not be a year two of Gamut. I was going to post a long essay on my blog but basically it boils down to this—we didn’t have enough support, interest, or subscriptions. We needed to double our base, and only got about 30% (about 200 in total). And I take full responsibility for all of this—this is MY failure. While the Kickstarter was a resounding success, most everything else we tried did not work out well—advertising, our referral program, editing services, the film series, etc. The Day of Reckoning classes and the Gamut retreat both DID go well, but it wasn’t enough. Of the 805 backers, about 600 had subscriptions, some 200 never even logging in, about 300 stopping by in the past six months. So even if all 600 renewed, it wouldn’t be enough. If we published your work, I want to say thank you—that’s ONE THING, that I’m definitely proud of, the quality of work we published this year. Amazing stories, poetry, essays, and artwork. Special thank you to my staff—especially Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Dino Parenti, Casey Frechette, Heather Foster (couldn’t have done it without you), but also thanks to Bob Crum, Whittney Jones, Hillary Raque Dodge, Fred Venturini, Kya Aliana Shore, Mackenzie Cox, Lori Michelle, and my columnists, Max Booth III, Diddle Knabb, and Keith Rawson. And of course, special recognition must go to Luke Spooner for all of his fantastic illustrations, which really helped to define us. To everyone that supported this project, thank you. It was a wonderful year. I’ve spent the last six years working on Dark House Press and Gamut, and it’s time I got back to my own writing. I’ll end with this last thought—if you see a new (or small) publication, and you want it to last, spend some money. I don’t subscribe to every publication out there, not even every magazine I want to BE IN, but over the years I have bought copies of just about every genre publication out there, tons of small press books, and many literary journals. Best of luck out there, everyone. Keep dreaming big. We have to take our shots, have to swing for the fences. Onward and upward.”
Long story short, babies, it’s a pain in the ass to operate a lit journal. I will say I’m incredibly proud of the work I did with Gamut, and I hope it’s regular readers enjoyed the magazine and all of the great stories, poems, and essays it published.