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Dear readers, writers, family and friends:
In 2019, Midwestern Gothic/MG Press will be taking a temporary hiatus from accepting new book projects as well as publishing new issues of the journal.
Please know, we are not permanently closing our doors. We love what we do at MG, but a short hiatus will allow us time to re-prioritize our focus, reconsider our best practices, and work on projects that have fallen by the wayside.
What does this mean for you? During this hiatus, the catalog will still be active and available for sale—back issues of the journal, as well as MG Press books. We will continue marketing our issues and books through social media, and will remain active in the literary community. This hiatus is only meant to enable us to evaluate everything we’re doing, see where we can grow and strengthen, and come back smarter and better.
In 2018, we will be publishing two issues of Midwestern Gothic (including the Winter 2018 issue just released), and we have a new novel we’ll be publishing in June from acclaimed writer Kali VanBaale (more info coming soon). Beyond this, the only change you’ll notice during this hiatus is that we won’t be producing new content. Otherwise, we’ll be responding to email and inquiries and we’ll, generally, be around.
We also want to take a moment to say thank you. We would not be here if it wasn’t for you and your support of us over the years. With absolutely no external funding, we have published consistently since 2011, and we have loved doing it. However, this small break is necessary so we can continue moving forward and delivering the best content possible. Please know that this hiatus will not dampen our commitment to the literary community, celebrating diverse voices, or promoting yours. This is crucial to who we are, and no matter what, we will be here for you.
Finally, we will be attending the 2018 AWP Conference and Bookfair in Tampa, Florida this year, from March 7-10, where we’ll have copies of our newest issue, Winter 2018, for sale. If you’ll be there, do stop by and say hi.
Thank you for understanding, thank you for all of your support.
—Jeff Pfaller and Robert James Russell