Awards and Accolades
2012 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
Locus Reader Poll Closes SoonApril 09, 2013 - 10:44 amPosted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews
A reminder that the Locus Reader Poll for 2012 closes on Apr. 15. Anyone can vote–you don’t have to be a subscriber to Locus.
BCS has six stories on the Locus Recommended List this year–an all-time high for us, and the second highest of any online magazine in the field. BCS itself is also listed for Best Magazine or Fanzine.
Scott is not listed as one of the default choices in the Best Editor – Pro or Fan category, but if you think he’s worthy, you can cast a write-in vote for him.
You can also write-in any other story or magazine you feel worthy. Here are some of the best-reviewed BCS stories from 2012, and which official category they fit in (short story, novelette, etc).
The poll covers a lot more than just short fiction–also novels, first novels, artists, and more. Check out the poll listings and show your support for the authors and works that moved you.
BCS a Hugo Award Finalist!April 01, 2013 - 08:54 amPosted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews
The Hugo Award nominees were announced over the weekend, and BCS is a finalist for Best Semiprozine!
Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! The Hugos are the oldest and most prestigious award in the field, and Best Semiprozine is an honor for the whole magazine overall, so we’re very proud to be thusly recognized.
Thank you very much to everyone who has helped make BCS what it has become, including Assistant Editor Kate Marshall, all our authors and artists, and of course every one of our readers and fans.
Congratulations also to the BCS authors who had other work named finalists:
- Aliette de Bodard, both in Best Novella for On a Red Station, Drifting and Best Short Story for “Immersion”
Voting in the Locus Reader Poll for 2012 is open!
BCS has six stories on the Locus Recommended List this year–an all-time high for us, and the second highest number of any online magazine in the field.
BCS itself is also listed for Best Magazine or Fanzine.
And you can write-in any other story or magazine you feel worthy. Here are some of the best-reviewed BCS stories from 2012, and which official category they fit in (short story, novelette, etc).
Anyone can vote–you don’t have to be a subscriber to Locus. And the poll covers a lot more than just short fiction–also novels, first novels, artists, and more. Check out the poll listings and show your support for the authors and works that moved you.
The deadline is Apr. 15, 2013. So you have some time, but plan cast your vote before then.
“Sinking Among Lilies” by Cory Skerry, from BCS #92, has been chosen to appear in the anthology Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2013, edited by Paula Guran.
This anthology, published by Prime Books, will also include Peter S. Beagle, Jeffrey Ford, Neil Gaiman, and BCS authors Rachel Swirsky and Genevieve Valentine.
It’s the second year in a row that this anthology will feature a story from BCS. Last year’s edition (at right) included “Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin” by Adam Callaway, from BCS #73.
Congratulations to Cory! “Sinking Among Lilies” is a fantasy ‘lone-warrior’ story with a great undertone of creepy suspense and oppression. Check it out, if you haven’t already.
Six stories from BCS made the 2012 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top trade and review magazine in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Jonathan Strahan, Lois Tilton, Rich Horton, Gardner Dozois, Ellen Datlow, and others.
The BCS stories named to the list:
With these six stories, BCS was second-highest among all online magazines in number of stories named to the list.
Locus also has a page collecting links to all of the fiction on the Recommended List that is available online (including of course these BCS stories). It includes many BCS authors with work elsewhere and many other fine online magazines, so check it out.
A bunch of BCS stories made SF/F review site Tangent Online’s Recommended Reading List for 2012:
And at their two-star rating:
And at their three-star highest rating:
BCS in 2012January 08, 2013 - 09:33 amPosted in: About BCS, Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews
2012 was a great year for BCS! Some of what we did in 2012:
In addition, several reviewers and editors had great praise for the magazine:
“a strong source of short fantasy... 2012 was its best year yet”
–Rich Horton, Locus reviewer and editor of Year’s Best SF&F
“a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media”
–Lois Tilton, Locus online
“BCS is rapidly becoming my favorite short fiction magazine of all time.”
–Lou Anders, Hugo Award-winning editor of Pyr Books
Thank you very much to all! Especially to our tireless Assistant Editor Kate Marshall. And to our writers, our donors, and above all our readers, for making it all possible.
Onward to 2013!
Locus online’s indefatigable short fiction reviewer Lois Tilton recently posted her year-end review of the short fiction magazines she regularly reviews.
Last October on our fourth anniversary, she called BCS “a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media.”
This time, she included BCS along with Clarkesworld and Subterranean in saying “count three ezines as really outstanding,” singling out BCS stories by Emily Gilman, Richard Parks, Anne Ivy, Justin Howe, Karalynn Lee, Mark Teppo, and Noreen Doyle.
In addition, she had very high praise for BCS and our particular brand of fantasy:
...what BCS has done in the few years since its founding is to revive adventure fantasy, secondary-world fantasy, as a respectable subgenre of short fiction, raising it from the midden of disdain into which it had been cast by most of the rest of the field. Not a trivial accomplishment.
Thank you! Creating a dedicated home for secondary-world fantasy was our aim from the very first issue.
We are very proud that we’ve achieved that, and we’re delighted for our efforts to get such recognition from someone so well-versed in the field. Especially using such a great historical fantasy term as ‘midden.’
Editor and Locus magazine reviewer Rich Horton last week posted his year-end review of BCS.
In multiple past years, he has called BCS “a really important source of fantasy.” This time, he said of BCS that “2012 was its best year yet.”
He mentioned his favorite two stories, which he included in his Year’s Best SF&F 2013: “The Governess and the Lobster” by Margaret Ronald and “The Castle That Jack Built” by Emily Gilman.
Two other BCS stories, he said, were on his final shortlist for that Year’s Best: Chris Willrich’s “The Mote-Dancer and the Firelife,” from our science-fantasy month, and Richard Parks’s “In the Palace of the Jade Lion.”
Other BCS stories he specifically singled out were Anne Ivy’s “Scry,” Gregory Norman Bossert’s “The Telling,” Noreen Doyle’s “‘His Crowning Glory’,” Cory Skerry’s “Sinking Among Lilies,” and Amanda M. Olson’s “Virtue’s Ghosts.”
And other BCS pieces he found strong were stories by Mike Allen, Alec Austin, David D. Levine, Christie Yant, Jack Nicholls, Grace Seybold, Kenneth Schneyer, and Yoon Ha Lee.
Thank you very much! Congratulations to all these cool authors and great stories!