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BCS Circulation Totals for 2016

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2016 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.

In 2016, BCS published 26 issues, containing 56 pieces of fiction (37 stories, 18 novelettes, all originals; and one reprint). We also released 29 podcast episodes (23 originals and 6 episodes of The BCS Audio Vault), and our seventh Best of BCS ebook anthology.

BCS averaged 37,500 unique web visitors per month in 2016, compared to 37,000 in 2015.

The BCS podcast averaged 10,000 downloads per episode, up from 6700 per episode in 2015. Many episodes from past years continued to receive 3000-6000 new downloads in 2016.

Highlights of 2016 included a fourth Hugo Award finalist for Best Semiprozine, a sixth World Fantasy Award finalist, over thirty stories named to the Tangent Recommended Reading List, and stories named finalists for the Nebula and Parsec Awards. Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “In Skander, for a Boy” by Chaz Brenchley, “Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson, “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, “A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard, and “Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee.

Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS, especially for the BCS podcasts. Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2017!


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BCS a 2016 Hugo Award Finalist!

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

The 2016 Hugo Award nominees were announced this week, and BCS is again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist for the fourth time, as we near our 200th issue, because this honor is for the whole magazine; all our authors and fiction.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped keep BCS this year what it has become, especially Editorial Assistant Nicole Lavigne, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, our ebook subscribers, and every one of our readers and fans.


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BCS Circulation Totals for 2015

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2015 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.

In 2015, BCS published 26 issues, containing 54 pieces of original fiction (37 stories and 17 novelettes) plus one reprint and one novel excerpt. We also released 31 podcast episodes (23 originals and 8 episodes of The BCS Audio Vault), our second theme ebook anthology (Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies), and our sixth Best of BCS ebook anthology.

BCS averaged 37,000 unique web visitors per month in 2015, compared to 38,000 in 2014.

The BCS podcast averaged 6700 downloads per episode, up from 6500 in 2014. Many episodes from past years continued to receive 2000-5000 new downloads in 2015.

Highlights of 2015 included a third Hugo finalist for Best Semiprozine, a fifth World Fantasy Award finalist, and stories named finalists for the Nebula, Aurora, and Parsec Awards. Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee, “The King in the Cathedral” by Rich Larson, “Unearthly Landscape by a Lady” by Rebecca Campbell, and “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg.

Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS! Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2016!


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An Interview with Scott About BCS

Posted in: About BCS, Magazine Publishing by Scott H. Andrews

I was recently interviewed about Beneath Ceaseless Skies at Scy-Fy: the blog of S. C. Flynn, on topics such as the behind-the-scenes work that happens at BCS, what I think may be the major future challenges for SFF magazines, pitfalls in SFF zining, tips for writers, and much more. 

You can check out the interview here. Thanks very much to S.C. Flynn for the interest and great questions.


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BCS a 2015 Hugo Award Finalist!

Posted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The 2015 Hugo Award nominees were announced over the weekend, and BCS is again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist for the third time, especially because this honor is for the whole magazine; all our authors and fiction.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped keep BCS this year what it has become, including Editorial Assistant Nicole Lavigne, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, our ebook subscribers, our donors, and every one of our readers and fans.

Congratulations also to the BCS authors who had other work named finalists:

 


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BCS Circulation Totals for 2014

Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2014 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.

In 2014, BCS published 26 issues, containing 58 pieces of fiction (37 stories, 20 novelettes, and one novella; all originals). We also released 36 podcast episodes (24 originals and 12 episodes of The BCS Audio Vault), and our fifth Best of BCS ebook anthology.

BCS averaged 38,000 unique web visitors per month in 2014, up from 32,000 in 2013.

The BCS podcast averaged 6500 downloads per episode, up from 5500 in 2013. Many episodes from past years continued to receive 2000-5000 new downloads in 2014.

Highlights of 2014 included a second Hugo nomination for Best Semiprozine, a fourth World Fantasy Award nomination, and stories named BSFA and Aurealis Award finalists.

Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS! Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2015!


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Consider Supporting BCS

Posted in: About BCS, Support BCS by Scott H. Andrews

As we posted, BCS has raised our pay rate to 6 cents/word, which is the new ‘pro’ rate set by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

We have received many emails from readers concerned about the impact this higher rate will have on BCS.  Thank you for your concern! We do publish more stories than most all online magazines–55 full-length pieces in 2013, all originals. And we publish more longer stories than most all online magazines–14 novelettes in 2013, out of those 55 total.

This pay increase is an opportunity to remind our readers, authors, and fans that BCS is supported primarily by donations. 

If you would like to join the BCS readers and fans who have made a donation to help us meet the cost of this pay rate increase, we would be delighted to have your supportClick here for donation information.

Because we are a non-profit organization, granted tax-exempt 501c3 status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, donations are tax-deductible (consult a tax professional). We will proudly list your name on our Donors page (or keep your name anonymous, as you wish). 

If you would like to buy our ebooks, that too is a great way to support us. Our BCS anthologies are available on Kindle, B&N Nook, Kobo, and at Weightless BooksOur single issues are available on Kindle and at Weightless Books, and the BCS ebook subscription–26 issues, a whole year, for only $13.99–is available at Weightless Books. Ebooks go on sale a week before the issue appears on the website, and ebook subscribers get new issues a week early.

All donations and ebook proceeds go directly to pay our authors and artists for their work.

Thank you to our readers and donors for your concern for us regarding this rate increase, and thank you to all our readers, authors, and fans for your support!


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BCS Raises Pay Rate to 6 Cents/Word

Posted in: About BCS, Editorials, For Writers, Guidelines Questions by Scott H. Andrews

Effective May 31, 2014, Beneath Ceaseless Skies has raised our pay rate to 6 cents/word.

This higher pay rate will meet the new qualifying pay rate for short fiction set by SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which goes into effect July 1, 2014.

From our debut in 2008, BCS has taken great pride in being a ‘pro rate’ market, and a pro-rate market that is accessible to new writers. All writers deserve professional pay for their work. New writers deserve markets that will help them to establish themselves as short fiction authors and as members of the F/SF field.

Over our six years of publishing, we have heard from many of our newer authors that their sale to BCS was their first ‘pro’ SFWA-qualifying sale, allowing them to join SFWA as an associate member, or was their third ‘pro’ sale, allowing them to join as a full member. We are delighted that our dedication to earning and maintaining SFWA pro status has facilitated those opportunities for them and their work.

Our Submission Guidelines have been updated to reflect this new pay rate. We look forward to continuing to support new writers and continuing to showcase great fiction from writers both new and established.


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For Our 300th Story, a BCS Ebook Subscription Sale!

Posted in: About BCS, Ebook Sale by Scott H. Andrews

In celebration of the 300th story to appear in BCS –“The Lighthouse Keepers” by Nicole M. Taylor, in BCS #146–we’re having a sale on BCS ebook subscriptions!

For the fortnight that “The Lighthouse Keepers” and BCS #146 are the current issue on our website, the BCS ebook subscriptions –which are available through WeightlessBooks.com–are on sale for 300 cents off!

BCS ebook subscriptions at regular price are only $13.99 for a whole year/26 issues. (That’s 25 cents per story!) During this sale for our 300th story, from now until Wed. night May 14 they are only $10.99 for a whole year.

Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone (any device with an email address), and they get new issues a week early, before the website. Ebook subscriptions are also a great way to support BCS–all proceeds go to pay our artists and authors.

Current subscribers can renew their existing subscription at this sale price, regardless of when their subscription expires.

Join us in celebrating our 300th story and get a great price on a BCS ebook subscription today!


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