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Slush Update, 08/06/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before June 14, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before June 14 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.

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Second Marie Brennan Driftwood Book Giveaway, on Twitter Aug. 5
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In honor of the release of BCS author Marie Brennan’s new book Driftwood, Aug. 14 from Tachyon Publications, BCS is giving away two copies.

BCS readers may know the Driftwood world from the three BCS short stories set there:“The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104, “Remembering Light” in BCS #44, “Driftwood” in BCS #14.

Driftwood is made up of shattered fragments of other worlds, and the new book Driftwood, as Marie explains on her website, appropriately combines all the existing Driftwood short fiction, embedded in and given context by a frame story, plus a brand-new novelette to flesh it out.

One giveaway will be on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. (The other is on the BCS website in a News post, here.)

The Twitter giveaway for the copy of Driftwood will take place Wed. Aug 5 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite Marie Brennan short story is. Whether a Driftwood story or one of her many other stories; whether published in BCS or elsewhere. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are many of Marie’s stories in BCS, and you can peruse our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts, posts for work by her in other venues:

“Sankalpa” in BCS #287 and podcast BCS 246

“The Şiret Mask” in BCS #238 and podcast BCS 206

“To Rise No More” in BCS #207 and podcast BCS 181

“The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104 and podcast BCS 089

“Dancing the Warrior” in BCS #66

 

“Two Pretenders” in BCS #60 and podcast BCS 052

“And Blow Them at the Moon” in BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044

“Remembering Light” in BCS #44 and podcast BCS 040

“Driftwood” in BCS #14 and podcast BCS 013

“Kingspeaker” in BCS #3

Good luck!

Full rules for the Marie Brennan Driftwood Twitter giveaway:

You must tweet your comment on Twitter. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must include “@BCSmagazine” in your tweet. (This is so we can find it.)

You must mention the title of a work of short fiction authored by Marie Brennan. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction authored by Marie Brennan will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Aug. 5, 2020. Any tweets posted before or after that will not be eligible.

All entries will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you post more than one eligible tweet).

You must tweet your tweet from a valid Twitter account (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The winner will receive either a paper copy or digital ebook copy of Driftwood, at the sole choice of BCS. Tachyon Publications will send the book to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for tweets that get lost or don’t show up under @BCSmagazine, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter or anyone else. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!

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First Marie Brennan Driftwood Book Giveaway
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In honor of the release of BCS author Marie Brennan’s new book Driftwood, Aug. 14 from Tachyon Publications, BCS is giving away two copies.

BCS readers may know the Driftwood world from the three BCS short stories set there:“The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104, “Remembering Light” in BCS #44, “Driftwood” in BCS #14.

Driftwood is made up of shattered fragments of other worlds, and the new book Driftwood, as Marie explains on her website, appropriately combines all the existing Driftwood short fiction, embedded in and given context by a frame story, plus a brand-new novelette to flesh it out.

One giveaway is on the BCS website in this post. (The other will be on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine, on Wed. Aug. 5; details here.)

To enter the giveaway that’s in this very post, comment on this post (here) and tell us what your favorite Marie Brennan short story is. Whether a Driftwood story or one of her many other stories; whether published in BCS or elsewhere.

Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for the signed copy of Driftwood. This giveaway ends Wed. Aug. 12. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are many of Marie’s stories in BCS, and you can peruse our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts, posts for work by her in other venues:

“Sankalpa” in BCS #287 and podcast BCS 246

“The Şiret Mask” in BCS #238 and podcast BCS 206

“To Rise No More” in BCS #207 and podcast BCS 181

“The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104 and podcast BCS 089

“Dancing the Warrior” in BCS #66

 

“Two Pretenders” in BCS #60 and podcast BCS 052

“And Blow Them at the Moon” in BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044

“Remembering Light” in BCS #44 and podcast BCS 040

“Driftwood” in BCS #14 and podcast BCS 013

“Kingspeaker” in BCS #3

Good luck!

Full rules for the Marie Brennan Driftwood giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Driftwood Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

Your comment must mention the title of a work of short fiction authored by Marie Brennan. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction authored by Marie Brennan will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Aug. 12, 2020. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Entrants will be entered in a random drawing to win the book.

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries. The winner will receive either a paper copy or digital ebook copy of Driftwood, at the sole choice of BCS. Tachyon Publications will send the book to the winner.

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!

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Slush Update, 07/29/20
Posted in: Slush Updates, Uncategorized by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before May 24, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before May 24 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.

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Slush Update, 07/17/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before May 12, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before May 12 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.

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Slush Update, 07/13/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before April 28, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Apr. 28 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.

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Slush Update, 06/11/20
Posted in: Slush Updates, Uncategorized by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before April 11, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Apr. 11 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.

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Slush Update, 05/26/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before March 18, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Mar. 18 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.

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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close May 31
Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2020 World Fantasy Awards close next week, Sunday 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 nine 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 (2019, Los Angeles) or the year before (2018, Baltimore) or are a member this year (2020, Salt Lake City), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes MAY 31, 2020.

How to Nominate:
The WFA Nominations page of the WFC 2020 website has a link to a PDF ballot that can be submitted by paper mail or by email to rturner@arctera.com.

Attendees of recent World Fantasy conventions may have received an email with information and these links.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2019, which is BCS #268 through BCS #293, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2019 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):

Fury at the Crossroads,” Troy L. Wiggins (BCS #276, 04/25/19) (also an Audio Podcast)

Do Not Look Back, My Lion,” Alix E. Harrow (BCS #270, 01/31/19)

The Blighted Godling of Company Town H,” Beth Cato (BCS #268, 01/03/19) (also an Audio Podcast)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

Portrait Of The Artist,” K.J. Parker (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

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):

The Only Way Out is Through,” Setsu Uzumé (BCS #293, 12/19/19)

Nameless in the Winged Court,” Rowenna Miller (BCS #292, 12/05/19)

The Petals of the Godflower,” Kyle Kirrin (BCS #292, 12/05/19)

Swimming Apart,” R.Z. Held (BCS #291, 11/21/19)

 

The Gods Come to Sredna,” T.S. McAdams (BCS #290, 11/07/19)

The Two Sides of Home,” Timothy Mudie (BCS #290, 11/07/19)

The Butcher, the Baker,” Mike Allen (BCS #289, 10/ 24/19)

The Edges of the World,” Grace Seybold (BCS #288, 10/ 10/19)

 

Under Their Wings, These Starving Ghosts,” Grace Yang (BCS #288, 10/ 10/19)

Sankalpa,” Marie Brennan (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

One Found in a World of the Lost,” Shweta Adhyam (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

The Silent Flowers of the Magician’s Garden,” Eleanna Castroianni (BCS #286, 09/12/19)

 

Witch’s Road,” Christian K. Martinez (BCS #286, 09/12/19)

A Song for the Leadwood Tree,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #285, 08/29/19)

The Sweetest Fruit of Summer,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #285, 08/29/19)

The Mirror Dialogues,” Jason S. Ridler (BCS #284, 08/15/19)

 

Elegy of a Lanthornist,” M.E. Bronstein (BCS #284, 08/15/19)

That August Song,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #283, 08/01/19)

Faêl,” Tobi Ogundiran (BCS #282, 07/18/19)

What the River Brings, and What It Takes Away,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #281, 07/04/19)

 

Black, Like Earth,” Jordyn Blanson (BCS #280, 06/20/19)

Revival,” Lisa M. Bradley (BCS #279, 06/06/19)

The Two-Bullet War,” Karen Osborne (BCS #278, 05/ 23/19)

The Bone Flute Quartet,” K.J. Kabza (BCS #277, 05/ 09/19)

 

Fury at the Crossroads,” Troy L. Wiggins (BCS #276, 04/25/19)

Hangdog,” Dayna K. Smith (BCS #276, 04/25/19)

Boiled Bones and Black Eggs,” Nghi Vo (BCS #275, 04/11/19)

The Red Honey Witch,” Jessica Paddock (BCS #275, 04/11/19)

 

Undercurrents,” Charles Payseur (BCS #274, 03/28/19)

New Horizons,” Alexander Stanmyer (BCS #273, 03/14/19)

When Sirens Sing of Roses and of Delegated Power,” Nin Harris (BCS #272, 02/28/19)

The Boy Who Loved Drowning,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #272, 02/28/19)

 

Adrianna in Pomegranate,” Samantha Mills (BCS #271, 02/14/19)

To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #270, 01/31/19)

Do Not Look Back, My Lion,” Alix E. Harrow (BCS #270, 01/31/19)

The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #269, 01/17/19)

 

La Orpheline,” Jordan Taylor (BCS #269, 01/17/19)

The Blighted Godling of Company Town H,” Beth Cato (BCS #268, 01/03/19)

The Beast Weeps with One Eye,” Morgan Al-Moor (BCS #268, 01/03/19)

Scapegoat,” Holly Messinger (BCS #293, 12/19/19)

 

The Witch of the Will,” Aaron Perry (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

The Iron Eels,” Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis (BCS #283, 08/01/19)

Gert of the Hundred,” L.S. Johnson (BCS #282, 07/18/19)

Across the Bough Bridge,” Mackenzie Kincaid (BCS #281, 07/04/19)

 

A Handful of Sky,” Elly Bangs (BCS #280, 06/20/19)

Silver Springs,” T.R. North (BCS #279, 06/06/19)

Abacus of Ether,” Stephen Case (BCS #278, 05/ 23/19)

The Thirty-Eight-Hundred Bone Coat,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #277, 05/ 09/19)

 

I Am Destiny,” Emily McIntyre (BCS #274, 03/28/19)

Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile,” S.H. Mansouri (BCS #273, 03/14/19)

Blood, Bone, Seed, Spark,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #271, 02/14/19)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

The Forge,” Andrew Dykstal (BCS #291, 11/21/19)

The Star Plague,” Rich Larson (BCS #289, 10/ 24/19)

Portrait Of The Artist,” K.J. Parker (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

Thank you for considering our stories!

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