about eclecticism e-zine
The story so far...
Eclecticism E-zine was born out of free time, and perhaps a bowl of ideas. In 2007, Editor Craig Bezant used his spare minutes as a stay-at-home dad, whist temporarily residing in wonderful Melbourne, to put together something he had always dreamed about - a magazine-slash-journal. Gone were the days of his childhood, though, and said magazine could no longer be made from a Superman-stickered carbon press. Combining his love for all things visual and written, an online magazine felt like a natural step.
Eclecticism E-zine always aims to expose the talent of first-time and emerging writers and artists, along with those who are established in their field. There have been a huge range of contributors over the years, from all corners of the globe.
Since spreading like a virus onto the virtual magazine racks, Eclecticism E-zine has been shortlisted for 2008 and 2009 Tin Duck Awards, a great honour in recognition of local work (Western Australia). It was also recognised by the National Library of Australia and each issue is now archived in its Pandora Archive (updated annually), forever preserved for the dissection of future university students.
The first print anthology, 'An Eclectic Slice of Life: intriguing tales of prose and poetry', represents the best work and writers from the first two years of the e-zine. You can order the limited edition through Eclecticism's big brother, Dark Prints Press.
- To read our library of issues, click here.
- To see upcoming themes for the zine, click here.
- To subscribe to the zine (free), click here.
- To check out our submission detais, click here.
- For links to past contributors and writing/reading sites, click here.
about the editor
Craig Bezant has short stories and articles published in Australian and online zines, but largely focuses his writing energy on crafting novels that someone will eventually read. He is an Associate Editor/Reviewer for the award-winning HorrorScope news and review zine and their affiliated ‘Black: Australian Dark Culture' magazine (now defunct), to which he was shortlisted for a 2009 Ditmar Award (Best Fan Writer). He is a member of the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) and was chosen to be a judge for their 2009 and 2010 Australian Shadows Award. He loves to read and write most genres, but his heart will always be with dark fiction. He tries to offset this taste with comedy and a teaching career (as well as trying to be a ‘normal' member of a wonderful family).
You can read his rants at: http://craigbezant.blogspot.com
Or view his 'official' website at: http://members.westnet.com.au/accbezant
frequently asked questions
Below is a list of the most common questions received about the Eclecticism e-zine. I hope they quell any concern.
Is there a print version of the e-zine?
For the moment, no - each issue is not printed. The image and text combination works very nicely on the internet, and it's saving a whole lot of trees and dyes. However, there is a printed collection, 'An Eclectic Slice of Life', out from Dark Prints Press, and this more than makes up for the lack of printed zines.
Is there a text-only version? I can't print out all of these pictures.
Firstly, the e-zine is designed to be read over electronic devices, such as a computer monitor. Secondly, for four issues, text-only versions of the e-zine were developed and published, but it took extra time (that could have been spent on the full version) for minimal downloads – in other words, not enough people were downloading the text-only version and so it wasn't worth it. I apologise to those who were downloading this version – if you read the note above, you will see that a printed anthology is in the pipeline.
Do contributors get paid for their work?
Currently, no. Contributors retain the copyright of their work (see Copyright Information) and their work is archived in the National Library of Australia's Pandora Archive (preserved for the ages). The work is also archived in the Back Issues section of this website, but can be pulled out at the contributor's discretion.
*** To add to this last point, this zine currently receives no funding, nor does it charge a cover price to read - it is free. It is non-profit. Hence the unfortunate dilemma of not being able to pay contributors. It is not because the editor is a blood-sucking miser, hording his five dollar bills in a run-down castle. He's not old enough to do that yet. ***