The New Argosy
Argosy is a revival of the classic pulp format for the digital age, publishing low-cost, quality pulp fiction in ebook format.
Argosy is a digital all-fiction publication of modern pulp, horror, fantasy and science fiction, as well as reprints of famous classics, updating the format of the Argosy for the modern day but remaining true to its roots. It is available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad and many other ereader devices through Smashwords and Amazon.
Further, the Argosy blog on this website will feature advice for writers as well reviews, interviews and articles on science fiction and fantasy culture.
To request more information as a fiction writer, subscriber or product reviewer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always looking for new writers as well as artists for covers and illustrations. Please send all queries to the above address.
The name Argosy has a long history. The first magazine to go by that name was founded here in Britain in 1865. The more famous American version followed in 1882 under the stewardship of the pioneering Frank Munsey. It is from him that we take our greatest influence, but as a British company it is the original Argosy and its 1926 revival in whose footsteps we follow. There have been many iterations of the Argosy under many owners and editors, each inspired by but unrelated to those before. With this revival of the concept, we want to go back to the Argosy’s roots.
Frank Munsey is known as the inventor of the “pulp magazine”. He used the most advanced printing technologies of his time to produce a low-cost short story magazine on uncut “pulp” paper. He followed this up by building an empire on various affordable magazines, and others soon borrowed his technique. A revolution in short fiction began.
In the 1970s, advances in television dealt a near-death blow to the short fiction industry. Both the UK and US Argosy ceased publication in that decade, and a number of fantasy, science fiction and horror journals died with them. Only a few journals managed to hobble on with diminished markets, and even today short story writers find themselves with few options.
Short stories are a wonderful, meaningful art form. In taking up the Argosy banner, we aim to continue Frank Munsey’s industrial heritage, using today’s most advanced publishing technologies to pioneer a revival of the pulp short story. We can’t claim to have invented the e-book as Frank Munsey invented the low-cost pulp magazine, but we can follow his example and use e-book technology to distribute our short story collections. But where Frank Munsey had to limit himself to selling only the magazine that was being printed that week, e-publishing allows us to keep each volume available for sale indefinitely. E-books also allow for quicker editing and typesetting, and modern technology allows us to accept submissions from authors all around the world and distribute to readers everywhere. We may be repeating history, but let us not limit ourselves to mere imitation. Let us be pioneers.
Vote for your favorite story in each volume of Argosy to nominate them for an Argonaut award.