Archive for January, 2011

Preditors & Editors Readers’ Poll

The folks over at have yet again graciously hosted the voting form for the Preditors & Editors‘ annual Reader’s Poll. Here’s your chance to vote for your favorite speculative fiction related subjects including stories, writers, art, magazines, review sites, etc.

Port Iris Magazine is up for a few awards, so please follow the links below to vote for us:

Best Fiction Magazine/e-zine: Port Iris

Best Fiction Magazine/e-zine Cover Art: Port Iris Magazine #3 – Scientific Experiments

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story: The Father of the Riverborn by Megan Arkenberg

Polls close on Jan. 26, 2011.


Port Iris Magazine Gets a New Assistant Editor

I’m happy to announce that I have decided to extend an invitation to someone to act as assistant editor at Port Iris Magazine and she has enthusiastically accepted the position.

Sarah Hendrix is a writer of speculative fiction and has acted in a variety of positions within the publication industry, including three years at a print newspaper. She currently acts for Dagan Books as slush reader and for Apex Books as eBook assistant and head of their streat team, The Buzz.

Sarah keeps an active blog at, where you can find more about her. As @shadowflame1974, Sarah co-moderates #UFchat for urban fantasy writers on Twitter as well as helps out with #sffwrtcht (SF writer chat) and #zinechat. (SF publishing).

Sarah will officially start contributing to the magazine with Issue #5. We’re certainly happy to have her on board.


State of the Magazine

Happy New Year Everyone.

Because I don’t believe that blogs should an output for all of ones personal problems and I don’t want to bring in the New Year by sharing mine, I won’t go into detail with everything that has happened here except to say that it has effected my ability to produce Issue #4 of Port Iris Magazine on time. For that, I sincerely apologize. An official announcement for the pending release is up at

However, I will share my good news.

Although I lost the licenses to all my Adobe products, which I rely heavily on to produce Port Iris Magazine, I have arranged access to a CS5 upgrade, so there are no worries there. This is the second time that I have lost the use of Adobe to the detriment of the magazine, so one of this year’s goals is to switch to open source alternatives of InDesign and Acrobat before I permanently loose these products when I graduate.

My pending graduation is good news #2. I am now in my last year of my dissertation research and on track to be Dr. Seda by December. However, I will certainly need more help in producing Port Iris Magazine for the next year. I am actively looking for someone to act as assistant editor or even co-editor. More information for what I’m looking for can be found here. I have yet to receive any contacts about the position.

Luckily, I may already have a job lined up after graduation. I have been personally invited to apply for a post-doctorial research fellowship in a government lab. So some of the current unexpected activity is due to trying to put together an application packet and an additional research proposal unrelated to my own research. I will no longer be on a graduate student income (For just how pathetic this amount is, click here and realize that mine is below the average.) A real job will mean an expansion in the pay rate and/or number of stories in Port Iris Magazine.

One more goal for 2011 is for me to maintain a more active blog, so I will do so at my new personal blog,

Despite the setbacks last year, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything, and this year is already looking up. Good luck to everyone in 2011.

Casey Seda