LocusOnline had a link to say that Realms of Fantasy is going to all-electronic submissions. Yet another genre print magazine is going e-sub.
Actually, what the announcement from Douglas Cohen says is:
... that on September 1st Realms of Fantasy will be closing to fiction submissions. This closure is part of our plan to switch over to electronic submissions. When we reopen, RoF will begin accepting electronic submissions for both fiction and poetry. Please note that we’ll be letting the fiction p.o. box expire. The last day it will be open is August 31st. So if you send us a submission with a postmark of August 31st, it won’t reach us. It needs to make it to the p.o. box by no later than August 31st. Please take this into account when submitting your work to us in August. Also, no, I’m afraid we don’t have an exact date yet for when you might expect us to open to electronic subs. When I have more information on this front, I’ll be sure to share it. When we reopen and begin accepting electronic subs, if someone should still need to send us a snail mail submission for some reason, we will have a plan in place to accommodate you (though I imagine most of you will elect to take advantage of the electronic option).
So if you're sending them stuff, take note.
The Changing Reality
I've sent twenty subs out so far this year, a little under my average rate but that's okay. Thing is, nineteen of them have been e-subs. I've only sent one snail mail sub all year. In fact, you have to go back to October 2010 to find my previous postal submission. There was a time, and for me this starts in June of 2002 so we're not talking prehistory here, that all my subs were postal. That it was the odd market or SF contest which took email subs or had some sort of web submission system. Now I have to scramble to find envelopes, stamps, SASEs, etc., I do it so rarely.
There's no question that we're in a different world. Whether it's the future, I can't say. And while we haven't achieved the paperless office by a long shot, I have only had to fire up the HP LaserJet 4ML once this year to print out a disposable manuscript. (grin)