Origins of a Triptych

A traditional triptych is a work of art spread over three panels. It usually tells a story, or at least illustrates one. When we were discussing the kind of magazine we wanted to produce, we found we kept speaking of things in groups of three. Hence Triptych Tales.

We publish three kinds of stories: science fiction, fantasy, and non-genre. We are looking for stories that take place in our world, our world with a twist, or our world as it could be in the very near future. There will always be three stories on our site which you can read for free and without strings attached--no cookies, no log in, no charge.

It's difficult to categorize the kinds of stories we're publishing but it's quite easy to say what we don't want--not that we have anything against that type of story, but we feel they're well represented elsewhere. Even then, if a writer can cast new light on our world or how we perceive it in a zombie story or a cosy mystery, we encourage them to send it to us. The worst that can happen is a Thanks but no thanks. And with these three paragraphs, we hope it's enough about us to get you reading Triptych Tales

The Team

Melanie Fogel has spent over thirty years in and around publishing. She edited Storyteller, Canada's Short Story Magazine during the fifteen years of its existence. A short-story lover since childhood, she has always preferred the kind of story that takes her where she hasn't been before.


Kevin Quirt holds a psychology degree from Carleton University. He publishes Triptych Tales as his contribution to the type of literature that combines his loves of science, psychology and speculative fiction.


Pat French has been editing and writing for more than 25 years, and she's been a fan of speculative fiction for much longer. Given her degree in biology, her favorite subgenre is When Science Goes Awry, but she's also partial to Twilight Zone-ish stories (as long as her glasses don't break).


Illustrator Wendy Quirt is a career wildlife artist. When not in the studio or in the field, she visits local elementary classrooms, sharing her experiences and teaching children about Canadian wildlife. You can discover more of Wendy's work here.