2013 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
World Fantasy Award Nominations Close in May

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2013 World Fantasy Awards close soon! The WFAs are a juried award, but three of the five finalists in each category are chosen not by the judges but by reader nominations. Last year, BCS was a finalist for three WFAs, two for Short Story and one for Special Award Non-Professional for our editor, and won for Short Story.

For any BCS readers interested in nominating , here are details on how you can nominate and links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year.

Nominations close on May 31, so plan to do it soon.

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2013, Brighton) or in 2012 (Toronto), or are a member this year (2014, Washington DC), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes on May 31, 2014.

How to Nominate:
Go to World Fantasy Convention 2014 — World Fantasy Awards Ballot to find the ballot, as a PDF.  Unlike last year, it looks like there is no online nomination form. But as in past years, nominations may also be emailed to

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2013, which is BCS #112 through BCS #137, inclusive.

Here are links to a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2012, including which WFA category they fit in (Short Story or Novella–the categories are different than for Hugos or Nebulas). For a list of all eligible BCS stories, click “Show hidden text” at the bottom of this post.

Short Story:

Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” by Tori Truslow (finalist for the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction of 2013)

Misbegotten,” by Raphael Ordoñez (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls,” by Richard Parks (Locus Recommended Reading List and Best SF&F of the Year 8)

On the Origin of Song,” by Naim Kabir (Locus Recommended Reading List and Year’s Best SF&F 2014)

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

Thanks very much for your interest in Beneath Ceaseless Skies!

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards. Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


Short Story:


Stitched Wings,” by Beth Cato

Whistler’s Grove,” by A.E. Decker

Kurtana,” by Christian K. Martinez

Walking Still,” by C.T. Hutt


Moreau’s Daughter,” by Holly Messinger

Your Figure Will Assume Beautiful Outlines,” by Claire Humphrey

A Death for the Ageless,” by Margaret Ronald

Forsaken Beneath the Stars,” by Jason S. Ridler


Pheth’s Aviary,” by Matthew Kressel

Not the Worst of Sins,” by Alan Baxter

A Feast for Dust,” by Gemma Files

The Adventure of the Pyramid of Bacconyus,” by Caleb Wilson


Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls,” by Richard Parks (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)

Walls of Skin, Soft as Paper,” by Adam Callaway

Blow ‘Em Down,” by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

On the Origin of Song,” by Naim Kabir (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)


The Black Veil,” by M. Bennardo

The Goblin King’s Concubine,” by Raphael Ordoñez

Ill-Met at Midnight,” by David Tallerman

The Study of Monstrosities,” by Greg Kurzawa


The Crooked Mile,” by Dan Rabarts

Artificial Nocturne,” by E. Catherine Tobler

Last Rites for a Vagabond,” by Justin Howe

Gods of the Lower Case: a new tale of the Antique Lands,” by Noreen Doyle


The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen,” by Barbara A. Barnett

Cold, Cold War,” by Ian McHugh

A Sixpenny Crossing,” by Don Allmon

The Penitent,” by M. Bennardo (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)


Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones,” by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Our Dead Selves Lie Like Footsteps in Our Wake,” by Jeff Isacksen

The Clockwork Trollop,” by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald

The Barber and the Count,” by Michael Haynes


The Mermaid Caper,” by Rich Larson

Blood, Stone, Water,” by A.J. Fitzwater

Armistice Day,” by Marissa Lingen

Blood Remembers,” by Alec Austin


A Family for Drakes,” by Margaret Ronald

Bakemono, or The Thing That Changes,” by A.B. Treadwell

Sate My Thirst with Ink and Blood,” by Adam Callaway

The Crimson Kestrel,” by Leslianne Wilder


Boat in Shadows, Crossing,” by Tori Truslow (finalist for the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction of 2013)

Misbegotten,” by Raphael Ordoñez (named to the 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List)

Death Sent,” by Christian K. Martinez

The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate,” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew


The Language of True Things,” by Nick Scorza

Beheaded by Peasants,” by James L. Sutter

The Coffinmaker’s Love,” by Alberto Yáñez

Now Ix, He Was a Lover,” by Hannah Strom-Martin


On the Weaponization of Flora and Fauna,” by Alec Austin & Marissa Lingen

The Clay Farima,” by Henry Szabranski

Two Captains,” by Gemma Files

The Drowned Man,” by Laura E. Price

The Stone Oaks,” by Stephen Case




Else This, Nothing Ever Grows,” by Sylvia Linsteadt

Dreams of Peace,” by Dana Beehr


Thanks very much for considering our stories!

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2014 Locus Reader Poll Closes Soon

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Voting in the 2014 Locus Reader Poll closes next week!

Anyone can vote–you don’t have to be a subscriber to Locus. Works from Locus‘s Recommended Reading List are listed in the poll, but you can also write-in anything you find worthy.

BCS had four stories make Locus‘s Recommended Reading List for 2013. Those stories are listed in the Reader Poll“The Penitent” by M. Bennardo; “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir; “Misbegotten” by Raphael Ordoñez; “Cherry Blossoms on the River of Souls” by Richard Parks.

You can also write-in other works, from BCS or any other magazine. Here are some of the best-reviewed BCS stories from 2013, and which category they fit in (short story, novelette, etc). One to consider writing-in is “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow, in the novelette category; it is a finalist for the British SF Association Awards.

BCS itself is also listed for Best Magazine or Fanzine.

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 in 2013.

The deadline is Apr. 15–Tuesday.  So plan to cast your vote before then!

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“Boat in Shadows, Crossing” Podcast in StarShipSofa

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Awards Info, BCS Podcasts by Scott H. Andrews

StarShipSofa, the Hugo Award-winning fanzine and podcast, this week is including in their episode #331 the BCS podcast reading of Tori Truslow’s story from BCS #113, “Boat in Shadows, Crossing.”

It’s part of StarShipSofa‘s annual special presentation of audio versions of the finalist stories in the “Best Short Fiction” category of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards.  “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” is a finalist this year for the BSFA Awards.

Check out this StarShipSofa podcast and episode #331, even if you’ve heard Boat in Shadows, Crossing” before here on BCS. It’s a great story and a great audio reading–featuring four of our BCS guest narrators, and the reading was a finalist for the Parsec Award. StarShipSofa‘s episode also contains one of the other BSFA Short Fiction nominees, a story by E.J Swift. And they remind you that if you’re eligible to vote for the BSFA awards, you can do so here by Monday, April 14.

Thank you to StarShipSofa for including the BCS Podcast and “Boat in Shadows, Crossing” in their special episodes honoring the BSFA finalists, and for their kind words about BCS and the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast!

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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Sriduangkaew, Steinmetz, Ó Guilín Podcast

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Reprints by Scott H. Andrews

Peadar Ó Guilín’s story “Heartless” from BCS #84 has been reprinted at Podcastle as an audio podcast. It has a vivid and strange world; give it a listen.

Other BCS authors with stories appearing elsewhere recently include:

Congratulations, all!

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BCS #144 – Sriduangkaew, Ordoñez, Sriduangkaew Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #144 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors, new cover art for the spring season, and a guest-narrated podcast.

Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate” in BCS #118 last year) returns to BCS with the novelette “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife,” a story of passion and loss and solitude. Raphael Ordoñez (“Misbegotten” in BCS #113, and one other) offers “At the Edge of the Sea,” a tale of solitude and its strangeness.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 124: Golden Daughter, Stone Wife by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, who has guest-narrated past BCS podcast episodes including BCS 120: Pilgrims by Ann Chatham and BCS 104: Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones by Alex Dally MacFarlane.

The new cover art for BCS #144 and the spring season in the Northern Hemisphere is “After the Giants War” by French artist David Demaret.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #144 is “Blood, Stone, Water” by A.J. Fitzwater, from BCS #118, a story of solitude and passion not unlike in mood “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife.”

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New Cover Art: “After the Giants War,” by David Demaret

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #144 tomorrow Apr. 3  (and the BCS #144 ebook available on Kindle and Weightless Books right now), our new cover art is “After the Giants War” by French artist David Demaret.

"Ruins," by Stefan Meisl

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A New Real World for BCS

Posted in: About BCS, Editorials, Special Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS is proud to announce our expansion into a real world new to our pages:  urban fantasy.

This vibrant segment of fantasy fiction has countless imaginative authors and dedicated readers, who savor tales of vampires, werewolves, troubled teenagers, and hardscrabble young adults, all moving through the gritty vividness of our own contemporary, real, modern world.

Der Erlkoenig, copyright Shalen Hamar

“Der Erlkoenig” by Shalen Hamar

Character-driven stories set in these tangible, familiar, real worlds can be just as entertaining as literary adventure fantasy, and can comment just as profoundly on what it means to be human.  If a roof-scaling thief or a clockwork airship captain or a battle-seared knight can explore our human condition, then why not a vampire hunter werewolf or an undead barista or a demon from the suburbs?

This gorgeous artwork, “Der Erlkoenig” by Shalen Hamar (used by kind permission of the artist), is a great example of literary urban fantasy–a work of classic fantasy literature reimagined in an urban fantasy context.

Locus online last year credited BCS with raising secondary-world fantasy short fiction “from the midden of disdain.”  Now we will raise urban fantasy short fiction from the dumpster of disdain.  We will give literary urban fantasy short fiction its own dedicated home.

Starting this summer, BCS will feature one urban fantasy theme issue every month, with custom commissioned artwork, including animated images and even short movies.  The podcasts in these literary urban fantasy issues will include a new podcasting medium that no other magazine in the field to our knowledge has done:  video podcast narration.  Now not only will you hear the narrator read the story, but you’ll also be able to see them read the story; to watch them at the microphone as they express and emote the author’s vision for their world and characters.

We look forward to bringing our readers this rich facet of fantasy fiction, written with the same literary flair and focus on the characters as all BCS fiction: literary urban fantasy.

BCS Authors Elsewhere – Kurzawa, Burgis

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

BCS authors appearing elsewhere recently include:


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“Scry” Wins Podcastle Fan Poll; BCS Science-Fantasy Ebook Bundle

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Ebook Sale, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

BCS Science-Fansty Month, 2012Scry” by Anne Ivy, one of the great stories from our first BCS Science-Fantasy Month theme month in 2012, was podcasted at Podcastle late last year. Their listeners really liked it, because they named it a finalist for Best Podcastle Episode of 2013 and voted it the winner!

Congratulations! Check out Podcatle’s audio reading of this great character-driven science-fantasy story.

And if you missed the special issues of BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2012, also featuring Yoon Ha Lee, Chris Willrich, and Megan Arkenberg, you can get them together for one low price in an ebook bundle from Weightless Books, delivered directly to your e-reader or smartphone.

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