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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close May 31

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards close next week, Thursday May 31. The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen by open nominations. In the past three years, BCS has been a finalist for seven WFAs and won the 2013 WFA for Short Fiction.

For readers interested in nominating, here are details on how to do it, links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year, and a full list of all eligible BCS stories and which World Fantasy Award category they fit in. (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas.)

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2017, San Antonio TX) or the year before (2016, Columbus OH) or are a member this year (2018, Baltimore MD), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes MAY 31, 2018.

How to Nominate:
The WF Nominations page of the WFC 2018 website has a link to a PDF ballot that can be submitted by paper mail or by email to rturner@arctera.com.

Unlike in past years, no email ballot seems to have been emailed to attendees of recent World Fantasy conventions.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2017, which is BCS #216 through BCS #241, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2017 and which WFA category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

Short Fiction (pieces up to 10,000 words):

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) (Nebula Award finalist, Hugo Award finalist)

Every Black Tree,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #236)

Suddenwall,” Sara Saab (BCS #220)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power,” Rose Lemberg (BCS #229 & #230)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this old WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for considering our stories!

 

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

This is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards, and what WFA category they fit in (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas).

Short Fiction (up to 10,000 words):

Low Bridge! Or The Dark Obstructions,” M. Bennardo (BCS #240)

The Mouth of the Oyster,” Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (BCS #239)

Woe and Other Remedies,” Michael Anthony Ashley (BCS #239)

The Şiret Mask,” Marie Brennan (BCS #238) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

His Wife and Serpent Mistress,” Gillian Daniels (BCS #238)

The Influence of the Iron Range,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #237)

Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” Bennett North (BCS #237)

Every Black Tree,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #236)

 

On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” Richard Parks (BCS #235) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Fisherman and the Pig,” Kameron Hurley (BCS #235) (first published by the author as a Patreon reward, Jan. 2017)

The Fall of the Mundaneum,” Rebecca Campbell (BCS #235)

Dire Wolf,” Michael J. DeLuca (BCS #234)

 

Corpus Grace,” William Broom (BCS #234)

Across Pack Ice, a Fire,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #233)

Gallows Girl,” Mel Kassel (BCS #233)

Red Bark and Ambergris,” Kate Marshall (BCS #232)

 

No Pearls as Blue as These,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #232)

The Broken Karwaneer,” Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis (BCS #231)

Rivers Run Free,” Charles Payseur (BCS #230)

Of Letters They Are Made,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #228)

 

A Late Quintessence,” Justin Howe (BCS #228)

After Burning,” Wren Wallis (BCS #227)

Two Bodies in Basting Stitch,” Allison Jamieson-Lucy (BCS #227)

In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” Richard Parks (BCS #226) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Whatever Knight Comes,” Ryan Row (BCS #226)

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

A Place to Grow,” A.T. Greenblatt (BCS #225)

That Lingering Sweetness,” Tony Pi (BCS #224:

 

A Marvelous Deal,” Kate Dollarhyde (BCS #224)

I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” Carrie Vaughn (BCS #223) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

When We Go,” Evan Dicken (BCS #223)

The Shark God’s Child,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #222)

 

Nightshade,” J.W. Halicks (BCS #222)

In the Shade of the Pixie Tree,” Rodello Santos (BCS #221)

Crescendo,” J.S. Veter (BCS #221)

Suddenwall,” Sara Saab (BCS #220)

 

Ghosts of Amarana,” Kurt Hunt (BCS #220)

The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County,” Jeremy Sim (BCS #219)

Out of the Woods,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #218)

Men of the Ashen Morrow,” Margaret Killjoy (BCS #218)

 

Proteus Lost,” Tony Pi (BCS #217)

Requiem for the Unchained,” Cae Hawksmoor (BCS #217)

Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves,” Claire Humphrey (BCS #216)

Think Of Winter,” Eleanna Castroianni (BCS #216)

 

Trette’s Bones,” Grace Seybold from BCS #241)

Forever Night,” Dana Beehr from BCS #241)

And the Village Breathes,” Emily B. Cataneo (BCS #236)

Grassland,” T. S. McAdams (BCS #235)

 

Ora et Labora,” Theodore McCombs (BCS #229)

That Lingering Sweetness,” Tony Pi (BCS #224)

Gravity’s Exile,” Grace Seybold (BCS #219)

 

Novella:

The Wind’s Departure,” Stephen Case from BCS #240)

Deathspeaker,” Stephen Case (BCS #231)

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power,” Rose Lemberg (BCS #229 & #230)

 

Thank you for considering our stories!


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BCS #249 – Kanakia, Rixon, Guest-Narrated Podcast, Cahill Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #249 is out today!

Rahul Kanakia (“The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” in BCS #141) returns to BCS with “Weft,” a story of an odd and intense protagonist fired by drive, and Joanne Rixon offers “Fireskin,” a story likewise of fire and drive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 215: Weft, the Rahul Kanakia story, guest-narrated by David D. Levine.

From the Archives with BCS #249 is “A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain” by Martin Cahill from in BCS #210, a story likewise of intense drive.


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“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim a Finalist for the Hugo Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, in BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196, has been voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Congratulations, Caroline! “Carnival Nine” is a great story of life, family, duty, and loss, in a tactile and simple yet powerful fantasy setting. Read it or listen to the podcast guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, if you haven’t already.

Carnival Nine” is joined on the Hugo ballot by work by a bunch of BCS authors, in categories ranging from Best Novel to Best Novelette to Best Graphic Story and Best Fan Writer. Congratulations to Caroline for “Carnival Nine” and all the other BCS authors and other finalists.


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BCS #248 – Khaw, Fray, Khaw Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #248 is out today!

Cassandra Khaw offers “She Who Hungers, She Who Waits,” a story of drive, and Talisen Fray offers “Cry of Desire in a Shrouded Land,” a story likewise of drive .

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 214: She Who Hungers, She Who Waits, the Cassandra Khaw story, guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 212: Gennesaret by Phoenix Alexander from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4, BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello by Tamara Vardomskaya, and BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson.

From the Archives with BCS #248 is “Two to Leave” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #174 and podcast BCS 151.


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BCS #247 – Carroll, Alden, Alden Podcast, New Cover Art

Posted in: Cover Art, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #247 is out, featuring stories of remembrance through different aspects of culture.

Siobhan Carroll (“The Year of Silent Birds” in BCS #138, “In the Gardens of the Night” in BCS #74) returns to BCS with “The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” a story of the course of a war and its participants and remembrance via cuisine.

J.W. Alden offers “Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane,” where the remembrance takes the form of faith and kindness.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 213: Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane, the Alden story of kindness and faith and the hope that they can conquer a small part of the war.

From the Archives with BCS #247 is “By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss, from BCS #155, a story similarly of remembrance and culture via a vivid fantasy cuisine and the people who craft it.

All behind new cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Island Outpost” by Stephan Meisl, the artist of “Ruins,” our cover art from winter 2012.


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BCS #246, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Pinsker, Sanford, Alexander, Alexander Podcast

Posted in: New Issues, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #246 is out, the third special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4. So much science-fantasy that Science-Fantasy Month is six weeks long!

Sarah Pinsker (“The Mountains His Crown” in BCS #195 Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 171) returns to BCS with “Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing,” a story of duty and sibling rivalry among famine.

Jason Sanford (“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” in BCS #195 Science-Fantasy Month 3) offers “The Emotionless, in Love,” a stand-alone sequel to “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” focused on one of its ancillary characters, taken in by a band of survivors, who struggles with the strange powerful being he encounters and his own inner wounds.

Phoenix Alexander offers “Gennesaret,” a tale of flight, determination, and principle.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast with BCS #246 is BCS 212: Gennesaret, the Phoenix Alexander story of flight. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello by Tamara Vardomskaya, BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, and BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #246 is “The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife” by Chris Willrich, from BCS #90 Science-Fantasy Month 1 and podcast BCS 077, a tale of struggling with present and past wounds but with a different tone than “The Emotionless, in Love.”

All behind a new, final crop of our special science-fantasy cover art: “Ugg” by Florent Llamas.


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“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim a Finalist for the Nebula Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, in BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196, is a finalist for the Nebula Award for Short story.

Congratulations, Caroline! “Carnival Nine” is a great story of life, family, duty, and loss, in a tactile and simple yet powerful fantasy setting. Read it or  listen to the podcast guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, if you haven’t already.


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BCS #245, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Larson, Held, Fowler, Pearce

Posted in: New Issues, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #245 is out, a second special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4!

Rich Larson (“The Delusive Cartographer” in BCS #187, “The King in the Cathedral” in BCS #166 and podcast BCS 144, “The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119) returns to BCS with “Penitents,” a story of battling compulsion from an immense alien presence.

R.Z. Held offers “Red Dreams,” where a character and her mission partner must survive a post-apocalyptic woodland and her own deadly magic.

Milo James Fowler offers “The Last Human Child,” another tale of post-apocalyptic survival, and Josh PearceSuch Were the Faces of the Living Creatures,” a strange vision of a post-apocalyptic world and its people.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #245 is BCS 211: Penitents, the Rich Larson story of compulsion from an alien presence. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS podcasts, including the science-fantasy stories BCS 122: The River Does Not Run by Rachel Sobel in BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, and BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #195 – Science-Fantasy Month 3, March

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #245 is “Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, from BCS #27; not in from of our Science-Fantasy Months but still with a post-apocalyptic feel not unlike “Red Dreams” or “The Last Human Child” or “Such Were the Faces of the Living Creatures.”

All behind a new crop of our special science-fantasy cover art: “Ugg” by Florent Llamas.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will continue for four more weeks, with a third issue (so much science-fantasy that BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will last a month and a half!), including stories by Jason Sanford and Sarah Pinsker!


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BCS Stories on Locus 2017 Recommended Reading List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Several works from BCS made the 2017 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan, Rich Horton, Ellen Datlow, Charles Payseur, A.C. Wise, and many others.

The BCS pieces named to the list:

Short Story:

The Şiret Mask,” Marie Brennan (BCS #238)(our 500th story!)

On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” Richard Parks (BCS #235)

In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” Richard Parks (BCS #226)

I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” Carrie Vaughn (BCS #223)

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) 

These alongside many other BCS authors for stories appearing in other magazines and anthologies. Congratulations, all!


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