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The Newsletter of
The Council for the Literature of the Fantastic

Volume 1, Number 1 (Fall 1995)
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CLF in a Nutshell

by Daniel Pearlman
Copyright © 1995, Daniel Pearlman

As editor of the CLF Newsletter, I view this publication as an opportunity for those of us interested in literate and literary forms of "fantastic" literature to take direct action in promoting the fine work in the field that often goes unrecognized because of rigid marketplace conditions and long-standing editorial prejudices. I offer this newsletter as a public forum in which the best minds engaged in the creation, dissemination, criticism and consumption of LF, the Literature of the Fantastic, will be able to confront the question of values, will be able to put forth informed judgments, and attempt to separate living from dead in this vast field of publishing activity where the worthy and the worthless sink to oblivion together after a very few weeks on some indifferent bookstore shelf.

Whereas the Newsletter will do its best to present all your intelligent discriminations, the staff of CLF itself, the Council for the Literature of the Fantastic, will assist publishers (especially small-press publishers) to market their magazines and books to bookstores, book distributors, and the general reading public by offering trial "package deals" at attractive prices. We will directly assist writers, not only by reviewing work that exIs [WWWmaster NOTE: There is missing text here--under reconstruction] our enthusiasm, but by scouting out fresh market news to help them place their work.

The staff of CLF, working out of our base at the University of Rhode Island , consists of a handful of dedicated undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. We have received start-up funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the URI College of Arts and Sciences. At least two issues of the Newsletter, which will strive to be quarterly, will be distributed gratis in hardcopy to the 2,500 members of our mailing list. A four-issue subscription--beginning after your last free issue--comes with your membership in CLF. You will also be able to access a version of this Newsletter on our Web site . Market news, however, available in the hardcopy newsletter, will not be accessible to non-members cruising our Web site after the second free issue is published. CLF is a not-for-profit venture. Unable to depend on future grants, we can become self-sustaining only through subscriptions.

[Ed Note: We have now moved to a purely online format. Consequently, subcriptions to the CLF Newsletter are no longer available.]

NOTE TO POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTORS: Send us your comments, articles, and content or format suggestions. If you wish to write reviews for CLF, please send us your relevant credits and a brief sample of your published reviews. Articles, reviews, and interviews will not exceed 1,000 words, except by arrangement with the editor. Our next issue is scheduled for December, 1995. Please e-mail me at dpearl@uriacc.uri.edu or write to Daniel Pearlman / CLF Coordinator/ English, URI / Kingston, RI 02881.

NOTE TO PUBLISHERS: We invite you (1) to send us items for review in the CLF Newsletter -- two copies of each publication, please--and (2) to provide us with detailed guidelines for the kind of submissions you would prefer to see (or not see) in the field of the "fantastic," guidelines we would like to publish in the Market section of future Newsletters for the use of the more than two thousand writers--among others--who will be receiving the first two issues free.


The Council for the Literature of the Fantastic is based at the Department of English of the University of Rhode Island. We thank the University and the Department for their support.

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