I made the announcement a few months ago that Crime Syndicate would no longer focus on publishing short stories in an anthology format. I won’t rehash my reasoning behind this, other than to say that I felt the Crime Syndicate brand might be better used to support and engage with the crime fiction community, and I  simply did not have the time to read the hundreds of stories submitted for each issue any longer.

I’d already been sinking more and more time into the Crime Syndicate Podcast anyway, which is now six episodes strong. And through that work, I ultimately came upon what I felt would be a better approach for Crime Syndicate.

The new Crime Syndicate

If you’re reading this, then you’ve stumbled onto the result of that discovery. Welcome to the new Crime Syndicate Magazine! With this, the launch of our new website, we are embarking on a new, more journalistic approach.

In the coming weeks, months, and years, we will be bringing you a variety of think pieces, book reviews, articles/essays, and other writing centered around crime fiction. Our goal is to inspire community and interest around the many sub-genres and mediums that comprise crime fiction. These will include television and film in addition to books.

We will also be publishing the occasional online short fiction story (and I do mean occasional). We’ve shifted our submissions approach to a “pitch” format away from direct submissions, in order to save some time which we can then use to focus on creating content.

My hope is that this will become a crowd-sourced endeavor that gives authors a venue to display not just their work, but also their thoughts.

With that in mind, I hope you’ll consider checking out our new submissions page. If you’re an author preparing a blog tour, this is a perfect venue for your thoughts, so be sure and pitch us your idea. Same goes for short stories.

If this all works, Crime Syndicate will become a place where authors can opine and discuss their thoughts about crime fiction. It will also be a place where readers can engage with the genre at a deeper level.

I also still want it to be a place where great short fiction can find exposure to the market. We just won’t make that our only focus anymore.

If you’re a reader, I hope you’ll engage with the writing we publish through the comments section, or on our social media profiles. Discussion is not only welcomed, it’s encouraged.

Most of all, I hope you’ll come along with us as we try to build a new community and forum.

Crime Syndicate Merchandise

While you’re here, consider checking out our store page, where you can pick up various kinds of Crime Syndicate merch. The money goes to supporting and keeping this site online, as well as hopefully helping us to grow our podcast. Thanks for checking us out, stay tuned for much, much more!

Posted by Michael Pool

Michael Pool is Crime Syndicate Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, as well as a crime fiction author of three books:Texas Two-Step, Debt Crusher, and New Alleys For Nothing Men. His next novel, Rose City, will be published by Down and Out Books in April 2019. Find him online at www.michaelpool.net.

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