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New Series for a New Year!

Happy 2014, Sparkler fans!

2013 was obviously a huge year for us, from announcing this whole shebang, making the trek to TCAF, and running a successful Kickstarter to reprint Off*Beat vol. 1 & 2, to actually launching the magazine over the summer, and then continuing to strive to give you fun new things to read (and listen to!) every month. Your enthusiasm and support has warmed our hearts and kept our hard-working creators working their hardest, even while caring for an infant, in the case of Jen Quick! We’ve got some exciting plans in store for 2014, so we look forward to sharing a whole lot more with you this new year!

Just to be sure we start things off with a bang, this month we bring you a thrilling new light novel, Dusk in Kalevia, by Emily Compton, with illustrations by the amazing Onorobo! I don’t think any of us were expecting to run a Cold War spy drama within our first year of launching this magazine, but Emily totally knocked our socks off with this story, and we think you’re going to love it. Stay tuned on January 31st, when the first chapter goes live for paid subscribers!

In other news, submissions are closed for prose, with some responses still outstanding for comics (ugh, I’m so sorry…), but for audio fans, and we know you’re out there, submissions will be opening up in February 2014! There’s an exciting world of audio dramas out there these days, so if you’ve got an idea to tickle listeners’ eardrums, start planning your submission now! More details here:  http://sparklermonthly.com/submissions-questions/

Also, we hope you stop on by the Sparkler Forums to check out our Winter Fanart Prompt! There are already some amazing pieces up there, but the current contest will go through January and end in a raffle on Feb 1st:

http://sparklermonthly.com/forums/topic/monthly-prompt-challenge-1-december/

Happy New Year!! Whee!