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Slush Update, 04/15/19
Posted in: Uncategorized by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before January 31, 2019 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Jan. 31 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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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Hugo Award Finalists Lee, Clark, de Bodard, Connolly, Pinsker, Ahmed, and More
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

A bunch of BCS authors had other work voted finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, in a fantastic variety of categories!

  • P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe” in BCS #253) for Best Novella and Best Short Story
  • Tina Connolly (“One Ear Back” in BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084, among others) for Best Novelette

Congratulations, all!

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BCS a 2019 Hugo Award Finalist!
Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

The 2019 Hugo Award nominees were announced this morning by Dublin 2019 Worldcon, and BCS is again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist for the seventh time, for the year that had our 250th issue, our tenth anniversary, our largest number of stories published ever, and a 25% jump in our readership to its largest ever, because this honor is for the whole magazine; all our authors and fiction.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped this year keep BCS what it has become, especially Editorial Assistants Kerstin Hall, Dierdre Quirk, and Christine Row, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, our ebook subscribers and our donors, and every one of our readers and fans.

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Signed Sarah Pinsker Collection Giveaway on Twitter
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

With BCS #274 out this week, we’re giving away a signed copy of BCS author Sarah Pinsker’s (“Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing” in BCS #246; “The Mountains His Crown” in BCS #195 and podcast BCS 171) new short fiction collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea.

This giveaway will take place Wednesday Apr. 3 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea includes many of Sarah’s great stories about emotionally resonant characters in near-future worlds, like one where an accident victim gets a robotic prosthesis and another where live music and musicians are all but extinct. It doesn’t include her BCS stories, which are far-future and fantastical, but many BCS authors write other types of speculative fiction that are just as engaging as their fantasy stories in BCS. That’s why we highlight other publications by our authors in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

So to enter this giveaway, all you need to do is tweet your favorite story by a BCS author that was in a different magazine or anthology.

Tweet us what your favorite story by a BCS author but that did not appear in BCS is, and that will enter you in a random drawing for the signed copy of Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea.

To get you started, look though our past BCS Authors Elsewhere posts. They’re an occasional and random sampling of stories that our authors have had released elsewhere.

Good luck!

Full rules for the Sarah Pinsker Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea 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 written by an author who has been published in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction written by an author who has been published in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Apr. 3, 2019. 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 copy of Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea, signed to Beneath Ceaseless Skies, will be mailed 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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“The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee a Finalist for Sturgeon Award
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee, from BCS #244 , one of the three special issues for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 last February, is a finalist for the Sturgeon Award!

This award, in memoriam for legendary SF short fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon, is given every year for a great science fiction short story. Past winners include Kelly Link, Ted Chiang, and BCS author James Morrow (“Novel Excerpt: Galápagos Regained” in BCS #164 and podcast BCS 141).

Congratulations, Yoon! “The Starship and the Temple Cat” shows one end of the range of short fiction that BCS publishes: science fantasy, with worlds as awe-inspiring and fantastical as our fantasy but technology and cultures that feel futuristic rather than pre-technological.

Other finalists for the Sturgeon this year include BCS author P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe,” BCS #253). Congratulations, all!

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Slush Update, 03/06/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before December 29, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Dec. 29 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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BCS Authors Elsewhere – 2018 Nebula Award Finalists
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Multiple BCS authors had short fiction and novels in other venues named finalist for the 2018 Nebula Awards:

  • P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe” in BCS #253) for Novella and Short Story
  • Tina Connolly (“One Ear Back” in BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084, among others) for Novelette

Congratulations to them and all the other finalists!

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Slush Update, 02/22/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before December 8, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Dec. 8 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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BCS Circulation Totals for 2018
Posted in: About BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2018 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.

In 2018, BCS published 26 issues, containing 62 pieces of original fiction (39 stories, 20 novelettes, and 3 novellas) 21 podcast episodes, and our ninth Best of BCS reprint anthology.

The BCS website averaged 76,000 unique visitors per month, up 25% from 61,000 in 2017. Episodes of the BCS podcasts episodes averaged 11,000 downloads per episode, down from 13,000 in 2017.

Highlights of 2018 included our fourth biannual science-fantasy theme month, featuring three double issues in February and March; our 250th issue, in April; our Tenth Anniversary and two tenth anniversary double issues in October; and the debut of this gorgeous new website design that highlights our fantastic cover art. An ebook subscription drive in April with BCS #250 unlocked a stretch goal raising the word-count limit for submissions to 15,000 words.

Accolades included a sixth Hugo finalist for Best Semiprozine, a ninth World Fantasy Award finalist, and “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim named a finalist for the Nebula Awards, World Fantasy Awards, and Hugo Awards. Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee, “The Thought That Counts” by K.J. Parker, and “The Crow Knight” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam.

Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS, with another huge increase in readership on the website, doubling since 2016. Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2019!

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