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BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive – Thank You!!!

Posted in: 200th Issue, Forthcoming, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

Subscribe at Weigthless BooksThank you very much to all who bought a BCS ebook subscription during our 200th Issue Subscription Drive! Or a back-issue bundle, or BCS anthologies. We didn’t quite make our second stretch goal, despite a surge on the last day (thank you!), but we blew away our first goal, and our word-count limit for submissions is now 11,000 words. Thank you for making that happen.

Thank you also to all who RT’d or shared or otherwise helped spread word, or bought gift subscriptions for other readers, or tweeted or posted about BCS #200 or stories or podcasts.  That is a great help to us too; reaching readers with our stories and podcasts.

We have many great stories forthcoming this summer and fall, from returning BCS authors and ones new to our pages, including Marie Brennan, Gregory Norman Bossert, Mishell Baker, KJ Kabza, Stephanie Burgis, Walter Dinjos, Tony Pi, A.M. Dellamonica, and Claude Lalumière. We hope you enjoy them!

"Tortoise Caravan" by Marek Hlavaty

“Tortoise Caravan” by Marek Hlavaty

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BCS #200 Double-Issue: Final Stories & Bonus Podcast Live

Posted in: 200th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

The final two stories from and bonus podcast from BCS #200, our celebratory double-issue, are live today!

Catherynne M. Valente offers “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery,” a lushly and wryly voiced tale of a craftsperson driven to ascend in society on their own terms.

Yoon Ha Lee (“Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 & podcast BCS 168, “Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151among many others) returns to BCS with “Shadow’s Weave,” a tale of a mercenary trying to restore her companion’s shadow.

The bonus BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave, the Yoon Ha Lee tale. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes including BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard and BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell.

All four of the stories in BCS #200 were available two weeks ago for BCS ebook subscribers. Subscribers get every issue a week before the website, directly to their e-reader.

Would you like to get BCS issues early, and help us reach our stretch goal to raise our submissions word-count to 12,000 words? Check out our BCS Ebook Subscription Drive at Weightless Books. But do it soon; the Subscription Drive ends Friday!

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BCS Subscription Drive Update: First Goal Unlocked!

Posted in: 200th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

The BCS Subscription Drive has unlocked its first goal!

To celebrate our 200th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive at  (BCS ebook subscriptions are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues, and subscribers get new issues a week before the website.)

Our goal is to get enough new or renewing subscribers that we can raise our word-count limit for submissions.  Our limit, 10,000 words, has always been one of the highest of any online magazine. With your help, we’d like to raise it to 11,000 words, 12,000, or even 15,000.

Yesterday we passed our first goal, 25 new/renewing subscribers. Thank you, all! Effective immediately, BCS has raised our submissions word-count limit to 11,000 words.

Help us raise it even higher! See the BCS 200th Issue Subscription Drive for details on what you get when you subscribe, some of the great new and returning BCS authors forthcoming in the magazine, and how you can help. Thank you for your support!

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BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive!

Posted in: 200th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate our 200th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive!

UPDATE: our first goal is unlocked! BCS has raised our word-count limit to 11,000 words. Subscribe now, and help us raise it to 12,000 or even 15,000!

BCS ebook subscriptions, available exclusively at, are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues. (That’s less than 30 cents a story!) Subscribers can get issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

Forthcoming authors in BCS include Marie Brennan, Gregory Norman Bossert (whose first BCS story “The Telling” won the World Fantasy Award), Mishell Baker, KJ Kabza, Stephanie Burgis, Tony Pi, Catherynne M. Valente, Kameron Hurley, A.M. Dellamonica, Claude Lalumière, and more.

From now until June 3, if you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription (you can renew at any time), you can help unlock our drive goals.

Since BCS #1 in 2008–200 issues, 419 stories!–over a third of our fiction has been novelette-length or longer. Longer stories work great for awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like you’ll find in every issue of BCS. Our word-count limit for submissions, 10,000 words, has always been among the longest if not the longest of pro-rate online magazines.

With your help, we’d like to make it even longer!

  • At 25 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 11,000 words.
  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 12,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 13,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 15,000 words!

Every subscription makes a difference in helping us pay our authors, for their great stories of all lengths.

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Weightless Books also has the annual Best of BCS anthologies and bundles of BCS back issues, including new epic bundles of 100 and all 200 issues! Delivered straight to your Kindle or smart phone. All proceeds go to pay our artists and authors. Thank you for your support of BCS!

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