grade So Long … And Thanks For All The Fish!

After 28 years, 297 issues, a half-dozen managing editors, and 2,500+ published pieces of poetry, fiction, author interviews and more …. Pif Magazine has closed its virtual doors.

What started as a public BBS hosted on a crappy little computer under a desk in my bedroom quickly found an audience of passionate writers and readers when Issue #1 moved online in 1995. At the time there were few tools for online publishing. I “coded” all of the HTML by hand and created all of the early imagery using amazing software that today we’d view as just a fancy font-maker. But it worked. Check out “A Visual History of Pif” if you want to see the results of those early efforts.

I think we collectively created something very unique and beautiful along the way. I am very proud of and humbled by the results.

It has been one of the greatest joys of my life publishing Pif all of these years. To all of the readers, the writers, the artists, the dreamers, and even the critics I’ve met over the years: I can not begin to express how much it has meant to me to have had all of you along for this crazy ride.

Thank you!

I’ve taken steps to ensure our archives will stay online and readable at for at least the next five years. If you’d like to help extend that timeline, our donations page will remain open.

Happy reading,

Richard Luck, Publisher