Issue 31 will be the final issue.
I write this with a heart as heavy as a monolith. The final issues of Halcyon Days and Founder's Favourites will end in the autumn of '23. I have volunteered my skills, time, and money (while earning $400 less than the poverty line) over two decades to create outstanding publications where readers can unwind through words and images. Creating these publications has always brought me joy. The covers on this page https://issuu.com/moniqueberry don't even cover a fraction of all of my magazines.
I appreciate the compliments, but they are insufficient. Recent submissions have been sparse, and with everything else going on (my recent six weeks of radiation treatment and recovery), it has left me feeling noticeably depressed. These are shelf quality publications and yet I remain in the same place as I did twenty years ago. Lining the shelves of my home is not what I had in mind.
The photo contracts are ending in the fall—that's why I am waiting until October. I've worked so hard to continue publishing my beautiful magazines, doing everything myself, including designing the layouts, cover, and embedding the entire magazine online for contributors to view for free, as well as attempting to come up with new ways to inspire writers, going above and beyond to produce these one-of-a-kind literary works, but I cannot do so for free or with four, five, or six contributors. Advertisers and marketers would have done a world of good but to no avail.
Thank you to ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS who bought print versions and subscriptions. I am very grateful beyond words.
If you wish to be included in one or more final issues, please review the submission guidelines to determine where to submit your submissions.
PS: I am selling all my extra issues for a discounted price—these are magazines from people who asked me to order from the printer but couldn't pay. Details for Halcyon Days copies are under the 'store' link.