I wanted to put this out there for anyone who has dealt with or was thinking about dealing with Forgotten Worlds, a UK-based, monthly speculative fiction magazine that began publishing last year.
I had a story in issue #7 (released December 7, 2006) that I have not been paid for, nor have two other writers from the issue with whom I've been in touch. Payment was supposed to be upon publication, via PayPal.
The magazine has not updated its website in over a month nor made issue #7 available for purchase. The only reason I found it was even released was because, on another site I belong to, someone received his subscription copy, which he said was postmarked first half of December.
Me and the two other writers I've been in touch with sent multiple emails to the editor without response until today. One author said his reply was similar to mine, which was:
But then the other author received this:I am sorry for the delay in the release of issue 7. We have been experiencing problems receiving sufficient funds to pay the writers and printing costs. We were expecting a financial injection at the begining of December but that was continually delayed and now we face the possibility that it will be delayed until late February or March. As soon as we can give you more information we will.
All of what you have said is true, well almost. We have been trying very hard over the last two months to secure financial backing to continue the publication of Forgotten Worlds. It would seem that each injection was dependant upon another being in place first. One big vicious circle. This is now reached the stage that we were spending more time chasing cash than publishing a magazine. We are going to be having a final meeting early February where our future will be decided.
We kept putting of the release of issue 7 becuase of this and so that we would not accrue further debts, but unfortunately the subscription issues were sent out. Thus it was published. We will send you your payment on monday and, although not in the contract, a contributor's copy by way of a bribe, apology.
So they offer to "bribe" one author (probably because she threatened legal action) but try to blow the others off for a few more months. Needless to say, the editor has received a far-less-than-happy e-mail from me on this matter.