For Writers
Changes at BCS in Order to Pay the New Higher SFWA Pay Rate
Posted in: About BCS, Editorials, For Writers, Magazine Publishing by Scott H. Andrews

Since our launch in 2008, BCS has always paid our authors the pay rate that Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) sets as their qualifying “pro” pay rate for short fiction (currently 6 cents/word).

We believe that all writers deserve a professional rate for their work. We publish many new and emerging writers, and we are proud that their stories sold to BCS enable them to join SFWA.

SFWA’s pro pay rate for short stories is increasing by 33% this September, to 8 cents/word. All writers deserve this higher pay, but our budget can’t absorb a 33% increase.

We don’t want to cut the number of stories we publish by 33% (4 per month down to 3) or lower the word length (15,000-word limit on submissions down to 10,000 words). So we need a 33% increase in support from our readers and donors by Sept. 1 in order to pay this new higher pro pay rate.

To reach that goal of paying the new SFWA rate, we’re making some changes, including new ways you can support BCS and help us pay authors this new higher pro rate:

  1. BCS is now on Patreon. is a simple way for you to support BCS and many other magazines, writers, and creators. The BCS Patreon has pledge tiers from $2 to $25 per month. Our parent company, Firkin Press, is a 501(c)3 non-profit approved by the IRS, so your donations through Patreon are tax deductible.
    (Update: we’re already 30% of the way to our goal on Patreon! Thank you! When we reach 50% we will raise our pay rate to 7c/word. You can help us the rest of the way.)

BCS on Patreon

  1. New donation tiers through Paypal, including for recurring donations. We’ve always offered donation by Paypal, with tiers of recognition for our donors (become a Knight of BCS!). Some of our Paypal donors have been donating monthly for seven and eight years (we love you!).

One-time donations are great, but recurring subscription-style donations are better for us because they let us budget on that steady small stream of revenue rather than waiting for occasional larger ones. Our parent company is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your donations through Paypal are tax deductible.

$3 Monthly

$5 Monthly

$10 Monthly

  1. Raising the price on BCS ebook subscriptions. The BCS Ebook Subscription, through our exclusive partner Weightless Books, will be going up on June 1 to $19.99 per year, for 26 issues/55 stories. That’s still only 37 cents per story, far lower than most magazines, and you can get issues delivered directly to your reader device.

Subscribe to BCS at Weightless Books

  1. Raising the price on BCS ebook single issues. We’ve always sold our single issues for the lowest price that Kindle Store allows, but on June 1 we will be raising that to $1.49; $2.99 for double issues. Our single-issue ebook sales don’t bring in much revenue, but in order to pay this new higher SFWA rate, we need every bit of help.

We are excited about these new ways readers and donors can support BCS and help us pay authors this new higher pro rate, and at the success these new ways have shown so far.

We hope this explanation of our situation will spark discussion in the F/SF short fiction field: that free fiction is not actually free if writers get the pro pay they deserve, and that the financial viability of indie magazines and of writers receiving pro pay depends on the combined efforts of magazines and the readership. We can’t do it without your help, but we will offer as many ways for you to help us as we can, and with your help we will reach the goal that we believe is best for us and our authors and the field.

Thank you!!

Scott H. Andrews

Editor-in-Chief, Publisher


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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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Discussion / Analysis of “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” at Strange Horizons
Posted in: BCS Podcasts, For Writers, Reviews of BCS by Scott H. Andrews

The Short Fiction Snapshot column in Strange Horizons magazine (a fellow 2012 Hugo finalist for Best Semiprozine) this week takes an in-depth look at “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow, from BCS #113 and Podcast BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing.

Reviewer Abigail Nussbaum analyzes and discusses elements such as the genre reader being dumped into unfamiliar settings and societies, the way Truslow uses the different narratorial voices of the various sections of the story to comment on the gender situation and identity of the main character, how the language of the story is a key element in its world-building, and how all of these and the characters’ encounters work to build the theme that she felt in the story.

SH‘s Short Fiction Snapshot column routinely provides such thorough and well thought-out discussion, beyond the brief or casual comments in regular reviews. It’s well worth a read, especially for fans of “Boat in Shadows, Crossing”, and even for fans of literary fantasy in general.

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BCS on RA-LOG Writers’ Info Blog
Posted in: For Writers by Scott H. Andrews

12-02-2008, 08:56 AM

BCS in the top ten in the list of markets most frequently reported on the RA-LOG blog, a blog of writers’ acceptances and rejections. Word is definitely getting out among writers.


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