It has become increasingly evident (and has been so for some time, really) that Popcorn Popping is not going to be revived.
So we’re shuttering the doors on the site. The archives will remain up and will remain in the care of A Motley Vision. The comments forms will be closed. If you really want to get ahold of one of our editors or authors, e-mail popcorn AT motleyvision DOT org.
We’re sad about this and especially apologetic to all those who submitted work that we didn’t get to (all of whom should have already received e-mail notification and apologies). At the same time, we’re very proud of the body of work we did manage to publish — many thanks to all of our submitters, editors, readers and commenters. And we also still think the basic ideas that drove the creation of this site are still sound.
That is: there is a need for more Mormon narrative art to be published — the Mormon magazines/journals just aren’t providing enough opportunities for writers to be published. New writers need a place to be published. Writers who have had some success in the market (a story in Irreantum, a story in Sunstone, a few poems in Dialogues) need a place where they can publish regularly so that they have incentive to increase their output. And it makes sense for all of this to happen online since no one gets paid in the market of Mormon short work anyway. And it makes sense to encompass the entire field of Mormon narrative art — fiction, poetry, film, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, photo essay, illustration, screenplay, stageplay.
Because of that belief, we are still going to think about, discuss and work on some ways to make it happen. Nothing definitive yet. Probably won’t be anything to announce for many months. Probably won’t be quite the same format as Popcorn Popping. But we haven’t given up on that idea, and we hope you haven’t either, and if you are interested in hearing from us when we have something going on (or when somebody we know and trust takes up the torch), please fill out the form below.
And if you are newly arrived to this site, take a look around the archives and if this seems of interest to you, come back to the main page and fill out the form.
William Morris will be collecting your e-mail addresses in a Google docs spreadsheet. He will not share those with anyone, but will e-mail you when either one or more of the Popcorn Popping editors comes up with a new venture or when someone he trusts begins publishing online.
Many thanks to all those who participated in this go round. It was a lot of fun.