Silver Pen, an IRS recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, encourages and fosters creative writing careers by providing peer review workshops and discussion forums.
The mission of Silver Pen is to assist writers of all ages in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction to produce and publish quality work, and to develop successful writing careers.
- To promote and provide assistance to creative writers through peer review, outreach programs, writers workshops, surveys, conferences, symposiums, blogs, internet tools, and forums;
- To support the growth of creative writing skills among the membership of Silver Pen, young aspiring writers, and the public at large;
- To provide a free Internet peer review process for works created by members of Silver Pen;
- To publish and assist in the publication of works created by members of Silver Pen and the public at large;
- To empower and engage people around the world to develop public domain creative writing educational content and to disseminate it effectively and globally;
- To keep useful tools and information resulting from Silver Pen endeavors available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity;
- To establish and encourage Standards of Professional Conduct among Silver Pen members;
- To publish and distribute books, periodicals, and articles supportive of the activities and purposes of Silver Pen.
The Silver Pen website combines good reviewing and editing features with a private workshop area in which members can review and critique each other’s stories. Simple forums lack the structure and rigor that makes finding stories, commenting, discussing, and reviewing easy. Some of the features at Silver Pen include the personal atmosphere of an office, which allows for open reviews and reciprocations, and a top quality review system that makes finding and reviewing stories easy. In addition, the ability to upload standard word-processing documents, such as Microsoft Word files, allows members to use WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editing as well as edit tracking and other features of Word files. Silver Pen also involves published writers, editors, and publishers in its online review process, and encourages the active involvement of all members in its overall writing community.
In 2008, Karl Rademacher started the basic framework that is today Silver Pen. Many of the original members of Silver Pen had extensive experience with other writing sites, and Mr. Rademacher, along with the original members of the Board of Directors, wanted to combine the good reviewing and editing features found at some of these sites with a private workshop area where members can review and critique each other’s stories.
The Silver Pen Writers' Association received IRS recognition as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2009.
Silver Pen Magazines
Silver Pen magazines are independently managed, but have several things in common. They all strive for extraordinary stories, poems, and flash fiction, insisting on strict editing standards. All of the magazines pay the same rates – token rates (less than 1 US cent per work, based on the definition of token rates at Duotrope.com) for stories and flash, semi-pro rates (from 1 US cent to 4.9 US cents) for poems. They accept both previously unpublished work, and well as previously published work.
Silver Blade: Cutting-edge science fiction, slipstream, classic and modern fantasy (www.silverblade.net) Silver Blade is the granddaddy of the Silver Pen magazines. Karl Rademacher started it in 2008 and continues today as its publisher. Silver Blade originally published classic fantasy stories and poetry, but has expanded to include a wider range of fantasy, as well as science fiction, and now includes longer stories and novellas that are published as serials. Its poetry now emphasizes well crafted poetry of all types and genres. The fiction editor for Silver Blade is Lyn Gerry and the poetry editor is John C. Mannone.
Liquid Imagination: Where fantasy and reality blur (liquidimagination.silverpen.org) Liquid Imagination started as a dream that its founding publisher, John Arthur Miller, had. He published the first issue in the fall of 2008. The magazine featured urban fantasy stories and poetry. Liquid Imagination has re-invented itself several times over the years, particularly when Mr. Miller had to step down as publisher in the spring of 2012 due to outside commitments. Sue Babcock became its publisher and managing editor. Through all the changes, the fiction editor, Kevin Wallis, and poetry editor, Chrissy Davis, have continued to select high quality horror and fantasy fiction and a wide range of poetry genres. Brandon Rucker was added as the flash editor in 2012. Bob Eccles is the voice of Liquid Imagination and has narrated dozens of stories, starting in November 2010.
Fabula Argentea: the venue or good writing (www.fabulaargentea.com) Fabula Argentea is a quarterly online magazine open to all genres and literary fiction and which seeks to publish well-written, memorable, and evocative stories that sometimes fall outside the box and often surprise the reader. Rick Taubold is the publisher and editor. He is assisted by his wife, Rose Taubold, who also serves as the art director. Fabula Argentea published its first issue in October 2012 and publishes at the beginning of the month in January, April, July, and October.
Youth Imagination: write, discuss, publish (www.youthimagination.org) Youth Imagination Magazine encourages and fosters creative writing, especially writing by younger authors - teens, preteens, and young adults. Youth Imagination is an outgrowth of Kids’Magination (kidsmagination.com), which was for younger readers. However, research indicated that the target market of 3rd through 5th graders was not being reached due to the limited number of children of that age online. The Board of Directors of Silver Pen decided to aim for a slightly older audience, and Sue Babcock started Youth Imagination in 2012. The fiction editor for Youth Imagination is Kellee Kranendonk.