I discovered eFiction while browsing arts & entertainment magazines available on my new Kindle. Since each came with a 14-day free trial, I tried out a bunch of them.
Two magazines that have been published for decades surprised me by having a number of lame stories, while eFiction surprised me by ONLY having a couple of lame stories. eFiction's content was on par with some of the best genre mags available, and when I learned that its content is currently all by unpaid writers, developed and polished by volunteer readers and editors, I thought to myself, "Here is a new thing under the sun."
I also kept my subscription. I love good short stories and this has plenty of them. I'm happy to pay $3 or so per issue for the long-established fantasy and science fiction magazines, but I feel even better about the $1.99 for eFiction because I'm supporting something innovative that's interesting in and of itself. The very process by which so much excellent writing emerges from the independent publishing world is fascinating to behold. The community shares news of rising authors and good stories and acts as a new machine to thresh out the chaff and present the reading public with superior work.
I hesitated slightly before choosing how many stars to rank this magazine. Did it deserve five stars? It isn't the absolute best magazine out there, not quite up to snuff with others I'd give five stars. But as my cursor floated over the fourth star a little window popped up saying "I like it." Well, that wasn't strong enough. Over the fifth star the popup said "I love it."
And I do love it. I skip the unrhymed poetry, but the stories and the book reviews are mostly excellent and I even love reading the author bios.
If you're a reader who likes writers, and if you'd like to support or be part of a new kind of publication that nurtures new authors and showcase their best work, eFiction could prove a more exciting and fulfilling experience than anything you've ever bought off a news rack or downloaded to your tablet.