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August 2001 Editorial

Changes on the Horizon:

Deborah Ranchuk

We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed assembling it. As Carole Roy is on a leave-of-absence, some of you have received confusing email as we sorted through the backlog, and I thank you for your patience. I think we've found everything now.

Our quest for back issues of the CWJ is coming along quite nicely, and we'd like to thank Glynis Belec for adding to our store of knowledge. Don't worry Glynis, we'll take good care of them. There's a few more to go, especially from the first years of the CWJ, so keeping looking in those boxes.

Forecasting the future of the Canadian Writer's Journal has lead us to analyse the past history, and current state of affairs. With a little reluctance we now announce that effective January 2002, the price of the CWJ will rise from $4 per issue to $6.50 per issue.There shouldn't be a need for any further increases for quite some time. Changing over all the Web sites, library providers, brochures once in a long while will be quite enough work.

When we reviewed back copies of the Canadian Writer's Journal we found that the $4 per issue pricing on the CWJ has existed since 1989 when the magazine was between 40 and 48 pages long, with a self-cover instead of a true cover. Paper prices, printing, postage and everything else have gone up over the last twelve years. Postage alone has risen 600% in the past five years I've had the magazine. If we wanted to increase the payment for contributors, we would have to find more advertising money, and/or increase the subscription price. We will do both, but I wanted to alert our long- time friends well in advance that the price is going to be on the move, so if they want to renew or extend their current subscription, they will have a few months in which to do so.

Having said that, contributors' payments will also increase at that time as well. The rates will rise from $5 per printed page (approximately 450 words) to approximately $7.50 per printed page.

The Short Fiction Contest attracted ninety-six entries for the March deadline, and we have already received twenty entries for the September 30th deadline, so it promises to be a healthy competition.

Actually, it's turning out to be a very good year. Have a great summer.

Deborah Ranchuk.