The loss of another short story outlet: farewell ‘The Yellow Room’

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Sadly, Jo Derrick has decided to bring to an end her literary short story magazine for women, The Yellow Room.  The magazine had been in difficulty for a while, with Jo fighting against rising printing and postage costs, but recently there had been a boost from several well-supported competitions, and the future had looked a little more hopeful.

Jo says the final decision is in part owing to increased competition from online magazines.  On a Facebook post announcing the closure of The Yellow Room, Jo says, “There simply isn’t the customer base for print magazines these days. Times have changed. Self-funded small press journals may soon be a thing of the past.”

I fear she may be right, though I rather hope she isn’t entirely.  I love writing websites, and I think online platforms are a great way for the short story writer to get their work read by a large audience.  But for all the advantages of the whizzy interactive website, there is something special about holding a physical copy of a magazine – and something special about seeing your work on the printed page as opposed to a virtual one.

I wish Jo well concentrating on her own writing now, and thank her for all her hard work on The Yellow Room since 2008.  And if you’re a writer, in particular a short story writer, I urge you to support a wide range of magazines – both of the ‘e’ and print variety.  Unsupported, they will die – and with each death, our range of possible outlets becomes a little smaller.

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    • Very sad trying to go to the website and getting an error message. I feel for Jo – she’d put in so much work on the magazine. But I can understand her decision – at least now she’ll have more time to devote to her own writing. Sad for the rest of us though. And now I’ll never achieve my ambition to get a story in there!

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