Plunge Magazine is an ezine publishing in January, May, and September, though the magazine will only publish in February and August in year one. While each issue of Plunge has its own theme, every issue will publish quality genre literature, poetry, and essays about queer women. The first issue went online in February 2013. If reading stories about awesome queer women in fairy tales, space ships, old west saloons, hooped-skirt gowns, and pirate ships sounds like something you would enjoy, then this may just be the ezine for you.
When I first thought about doing an ezine in 2011, I considered one named "Plunge" for "Plunge into words." When I started this ezine, that was the first title to come to mind. Plunge was initially suppoed to be working title, but then it stuck. Each issue will plunge into different genres and themes. And, a bit less directly, the letter V is a plunge in a straight line and V is both a feminine letter and an upside down lambda.
The Back Story
Plunge began, as many things in my life (e.g., taking Japanese in college (leading to majoring in the language and spending two years in Japan), applying for a certain grad school (leading to attending and now doing the work I do), on a whim. After having trouble finding some new f/f fairy tales online to read, I posted on my personal journal about how I thought it'd be nice if an ezine existed. One person showed interest; and my brain wouldn't let the idea go.
I read articles on starting zines and ezines. I learned about getting barcodes, ISSNs, print sizes, binding types, market prices, and more. On the fifth, two days after my initial "wouldn't it be cool" post, I posted that if I did it, I would~~. This is not the first time I've shared how I'd go about doing something. Posting 'if' is no guarantee of doing, but the idea was growing more feasible. I kept researching. Things moved fast.
I was on the verge of hiring Elizabeth Barrette as a line editor when the full realization of what I was proposing to do hit me. I questioned my right as a mostly-straight girl to create zine about queer women. I questioned my capability, available time, and sanity. Was I really going to do this? Finally, on the eighth, I decided that I was. I started a Kickstarter campaign. Forty-five days later, Plunge was 105% funded. You can see many of the names of people who helped reach that percentage under the 'Support' tab above. We are currently in Year One of Plunge. The second issue has just gone live and we are currently accepting submissions for issue three.