After six years of publishing two stories every two weeks – 288 stories across 144 issues – Review of Australian Fiction is going to cease publication of new issues, step back, catch our breath, and take stock of what RAF was, and perhaps re-imagine what RAF may become.
RAF has never been reliant on government arts funding. RAF has always survived, in large part, on the ongoing financial support and donated time of the RAF Manager and Editor, and, increasingly, on sales and subscriptions. We have, perhaps unsurprisingly, however, found the current model to be unsustainable.
We will, however, continue to offer our current list of titles for sale and we will shortly be rolling out our complete set of 24 omnibus editions (12 stories each). So there will still be plenty of reasons for readers to drop by our website and have a browse of our list of authors.
If you haven’t yet read any or all of RAF, then please do so. And please encourage all your friends to dip in and purchase a back issue.
As always, RAF pays authors on a royalty basis, so all ongoing sales will still contribute toward supporting Australian authors.
We want to thank each and every Australian writer who has been published in RAF for taking a chance on us over the years, and allowing us to bring your short fiction into the world.
We want to thank everybody who bought a single issue, or several issue, and especially all those who have subscribed at one time or another over the past six years.
We also want to acknowledge the work of our brilliant copy-editor, Anica Boulanger-Mashberg, and our cover designer, Peter Duffy, for their ongoing assistance in making each issue of RAF match the quality of its content.
On a final note, we would like to urge you all to continue supporting Australian writing by subscribing to one of the many fine literary magazines published in Australia which continue to provide a home for quality work.
Phil Crowley, RAF Manager
& Matthew Lamb, RAF Editor