Since 1999, Irreantum has been committed to publishing the very best in Mormon literature. Over the years, a number of editors and editorial board members have volunteered their time to discover, polish, and publish this literature, passionate in their conviction that promoting and preserving LDS voices is a communal responsibility. Christopher Bigelow founded the magazine, and at the end of his editorial tenure new editors stepped forward. Laraine Wilkins, Valerie Holladay, Scott Hatch, and Angela Hallstrom all served as editors-in-chief over the magazine’s 13-year lifetime. I took over editorial duties in 2010, and was joined by co-editor Josh Allen in 2011.
Josh and I have both committed to helming Irreantum through 2013, and our 2012 contest winners have provided us with plenty of excellent material to produce two more strong issues of the magazine. However, we find ourselves at a crossroads regarding Irreantum’s future in 2014 and beyond. If the magazine is to continue, a new editor or editors must be found. The journal’s future financial viability is also a concern. As has been the case with many print magazines, Irreantum’s subscription rates have continued to decline as the cost of producing the journal has increased. Willing volunteers have also been few and far between, and the Association for Mormon Letters, whose membership helps sustain the journal, has seen similar declines in membership and willing volunteers.
Irreantum has found itself at the brink of extinction a number of times in its short history, and each time a handful of dedicated volunteers have stepped forward to ensure its future. It is our hope that this might happen again. As things stand today, Irreantum is committed to publishing two issues in 2013. However, with Josh’s and my departure, Angela Hallstrom has also stepped down as Irreantum’s contest coordinator, and Irreantum’s 2013 literary contests have been suspended, unless and until specific plans for Irreantum’s future can be made.
We hold out hope that Irreantum can continue, either as a print magazine or as a digital journal, but if this to happen volunteers must step forward. Most important, an editor-in-chief (or co-editors-in-chief) must be found.
If you are interested in this position, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The request will then be taken to the AML board, where Irreantum’s future can be discussed more fully.
We appreciate the support of Irreantum’s loyal readership, and hope we can count on this support in 2013 and beyond.