The Writer Magazine Saved At The Eleventh Hour

The Writer Magazine Saved At The Eleventh Hour

When last we saw the intrepid crew of The Writer Magazine, they were going on hiatus after 125 years of continuous publication and searching for a Hail Mary buyer. Things looked bleak for the magazine, which over the years has hosted writers such as Ray Bradbury, Patricia Cornwell, Jonathan Franzen, Gail Godwin, Pete Hamill, Stephen King, Sinclair Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, Terry McMillan, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Perry, May Sarton, John Updike, and so many others.

Just when it seemed the October issue would be the last, the mag hit upon a streak of unforeseen luck...a buyer! Madavor Media acquired The Writer from Kalmbach Publishing, which has owned the publication since 2000. Boston-based Madavor Media will bring the magazine back to the city where it was independently operated from 1887 until 2000. Terms of the acquisition are hush-hush, but VP/Group Publisher Susan Fitzgerald promises to take The Writer to "new and engaging places" and a Best Of The Writer anthology is planned before the end of the year. Madavor simultaneously purchased BirdWatching magazine, so the concerned ornithologists among you can also rest easy.

Does the magazine's second chance make you more likely to subscribe or otherwise support it?

Kimberly Turner

News by Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is an internet entrepreneur, DJ, editor, beekeeper, linguist, traveler, and writer. This either makes her exceptionally well-rounded or slightly crazy; it’s hard to say which. She spent a decade as a journalist and magazine editor in Australia and the U.S. and is now working (very, very slowly) on her first novel. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two cats, ten fish, and roughly 60,000 bees.

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Jack Campbell Jr.'s picture
Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 29, 2012 - 9:02am

I already subscribe. I'm glad to know it is saved because I was wondering what was going to happen to my 2 year subscription.

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CharlieKilo from Kentucky is reading Chew August 29, 2012 - 9:53am

They would have given you a free 2 year subscription to Cat Fancy instead. 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig August 29, 2012 - 12:42pm

I never subscribed, but bought semi-regularly (I browse the writing mags for stories that capture me, The Writer had a lot of those). I am looking forward to seeing how they take it to "new and engaging places", depending on how that is accomplished, I may start subscribing.

Glad to see it isn't going away though.

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Kimber from Atlanta is reading The Every by Dave Eggers August 30, 2012 - 9:48am

@Jack I remembered that and thought of you as I was writing this. Excellent news.

@CharlieKilo Don't knock Cat Fancy. The centerfolds are amazing.