A screenshot of The PortalOver the past month or so, you’ve likely noticed the increase in Short Fiction coverage on A Dribble of Ink. This has been a deliberate move on my part, to fill a gaping hole in my knowledge of the genre. I’ve been doing my damnedest to catch up on some of the classic and contemporary stories published by some of my favourite authors.

Fittingly, a new online magazine called The Portal has recently opened and is looking to add to their review staff:

The Portal is an online review of short-form science fiction, fantasy, and horror that will launch at World Fantasy in October 2010. Although we do intend to review work in English, we will give equal emphasis to providing English-language coverage of short fiction markets, anthologies, and genre literary activities in many language communities around the world. Our goal is to publish at least one article from each region or language for which we have a bureau head in each monthly issue; bureau heads will write these pieces themselves or delegate them to fellow critics in their area. For regions with less activity, we’ll take quarterly or yearly reports from our coordinators. If you are interested in working with us, please send an inquiry letter and writing sample to thesffportal at gmail dot com.

There’s no content yet, but it promises to be an interested resource for those looking to gain a wider appreciation of the genre. Doubly so for their interest in covering SFF short fiction from every region on the planet, rather than focussing on the English-speaking countries. You can be sure I’ll be sending in an application and some samples of my own reviews, in hopes of joining their ranks.

In the meantime, if you’re a reviewer, or a reader looking to jump into the reviewing scene, send them a line and show them what you’ve got!