On the 16th of this month, I sent this message to Zaerën via Facebook:
“Hey, I think I’m going to step away from writing for you for a while… I feel like the changes you’ve made to Avenoir don’t really match the reason I applied for a contributor position in the first place.”
I had decided to “resign” from writing more articles for Avenoir Magazine, and here’s why.
It all started with a notification on Facebook saying that the boss had changed the secret Facebook Book/Theatre Department group to just “Avenoir Theatre Department”. That raised a question: Why?
I sent her a message via Facebook asking why that change had been made, and she told me that she had decided to focus on other areas of the magazine– which basically meant decreasing the departments. The Book Department was one of the victims. That meant I was also a victim by default (if you want to get technical here). Zaerën decided that Avenoir wasn’t doing book reviews or current news anymore, which was essentially what my role was as a contributor.
I had enjoyed writing the April Book Releases article, but the possibility of doing something like that again in the future was a no-go. I’d also been in the middle of reading Maya Angelou’s autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which I’d been preparing to review. That became a no-go.
I understand that certain decisions had to be made, but I wasn’t happy with the way they had been enacted. It made sense to resign because I was already struggling to contribute on a regular basis; I would struggle even more to write articles with the limitations put in place, had I decided to stay.
This is no discredit to the work done at Avenoir Magazine; the staff are wonderfully supportive and amazing people, and the contributors are equally wonderful and creative. The changes just didn’t suit me– but maybe that’s for the best.
Have you ever encountered a similar situation before? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
If you’re a writer looking to get your work out there, I run a literary magazine called The Drowning Gull. I’m especially enthusiastic about discovering emerging writers (and will consider just about anything). We’re currently reading for a nature-themed, NONFICTION AND ART ONLY issue– so if you write in those categories, please do send us something!
Zoetic Press, for which I work as an associate editor, is also always seeking submissions related to our issue themes. We’re currently seeking submissions related to L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables”, as well as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. Deadlines will come up quickly, so get your submissions in!
Thanks for reading!