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Editor’s Letter - July 2023
This month marks eighteen months of The Sunday Morning Transport — which means that we’ve shared over seventy short stories with the world so far, and that makes us feel like celebrating our outstanding authors and their stories, as well as the fact that we’ve kept all the wheels and moving parts attached to the transport so far, and plan to do so for a whole lot longer! We are excited about the work the Transport is doing, and we’re so glad that you are as well.
As was true last July, it’s Fran’s birthday this month, and since the Transport is celebrating a milestone, we’ve decided to hand out presents.
1. All four stories for July will be free to read for all levels of readers, supporters and free — tell your friends, spread the word!
2. We’re discounting membership fees — if you’d like to help us bring new fiction into the world, we’d love to have you join us. (Paying subscribers will get to take part in the “best of Sunday Morning Transport” poll at years’ end.) To get us started, here’s a link to July’s 20% off subscription sale.
3. A new author interview posted last week, with Malka Older, and the next one is right around the corner, and subscribers get to join the conversation — send your questions for Annalee Newitz to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. This coming Sunday, July 9th, we’re going to announce some exciting new things, including the 2022 Selected Sunday Morning Transport Collection — which our subscribers helped select — and some gorgeous new swag you can get your hands on when you meet us at an upcoming convention (hint: look for social media manager Devin Singer at Readercon next week!).
Lastly, we’d like to take this opportunity to appreciate our long-time proofreader, Delia Davis, who is stepping back, and to welcome Christine Ma and Ryan T. Jenkins to the Transport staff — they’re already excited about several upcoming stories that you’ll get to read soon.
With that said, we’ve got four great (FREE to read and share!) stories for you for the month of July.
First up, on July 2, Moses Ose Utomi’s “My Little Time Demon,” won our hearts across all time and space (if you haven’t read it yet, definitely do). On July 16, Nino Cipri’s “Ain’t Houses, Ain’t Names,” will wind its way into your thespian souls. Sara Ryan’s “RE: Request for Prophecies and Quest Funding Application Guidelines,” will reveal exactly why the wording in an RFP is that specific on July 23. Finally, on July 30, Cadwell Turnbull’s “A Tech Mage Comes to Visit” introduces you to a stunning new world, and characters who have strange powers over the machines there.
We hope you’ll join us in the conversation about short fiction, storytelling, and more this month — And that you’ll share how much you love the transport with others!
We look forward to having you along for the ride on this month’s journey. As always, we’d love to hear from you. You can reach us at email@example.com.
Julian Yap, Editor in Chief & Fran Wilde, Managing Editor