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Slush Update, 01/08/21
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

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

If you sent a submission on or before Nov. 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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First M.A. Carrick The Mask Of Mirrors Novel Giveaway
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the Jan. 21 release of the new epic fantasy novel The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick (a joint pseudonym for BCS authors Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms) and the M.A. Carrick short story “As Tight as Any Knot” in BCS #321, BCS is giving away two copies of The Mask of Mirrors.

The Mask of Mirrors and “As Tight as Any Knot” feature clever thieves running deft schemes to secure themselves and their futures, with a similar flair as Brennan’s caper tale “The Şiret Mask” in BCS #238 and podcast BCS 206 and in a world as gritty as Helms’s “A Screech of Gulls” in BCS #168 and podcast BCS 145.

One giveaway for The Mask of Mirrors is on the BCS website in this very post. (The other will be on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine, on Thurs. Jan. 7.)

To enter the giveaway that’s in this very post, comment on this post (here) and tell us your favorite BCS story that features a thief or rogue or caper. However you choose to define it. By any author, in any issue of BCS.

Your comment will enter you in a random drawing for a copy of The Mask of Mirrors. This giveaway ends Wed. Jan. 13. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are some thief or rogue or caper tales from past issues of BCS:

Eyetooth” by Chris Willrich, BCS #314

The Şiret Mask” by Marie Brennan, BCS #238 and podcast BCS 206

Ill-Met at Midnight” by David Tallerman, BCS #128 and podcast BCS 110

The Mermaid Caper” by Rich Larson, BCS #119

 

Dragon’s-Eyes” by Margaret Ronald, BCS #9 and podcast BCS 007

The Streetking” by Peter Hickman, BCS #160 and podcast BCS 139

The Crimson Kestrel” by Leslianne Wilder, BCS #114

Thieves of Silence” by Holly Phillips, BCS #21

 

The God Thieves” by Derek Künsken, BCS #84

The Jewels of Montforte” by Adam Corbin Fusco, BCS #44

Pawn’s Gambit” by Adam Heine, BCS #41 and podcast BCS 037

The Tinyman and Caroline” by Sarah L. Edwards, BCS #17, M

 

Hence the King from Kagehana” by Michael Anthony Ashley, BCS #81

Between Shifting Skin and Certainty” by Justin Howe, BCS #26

The Sword of Loving Kindness” by Chris Willrich, BCS #1

 

Good luck!

Full rules for the M.A. Carrick The Mask of Mirrors giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this The Mask of Mirrors 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 that appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazinewill not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Jan. 13, 2021. 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 The Mask of Mirrors, at the sole choice of BCS. Orbit Books 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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Second M.A. Carrick The Mask Of Mirrors Novel Giveaway, on Twitter Jan. 7
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the Jan. 21 release of the new epic fantasy novel The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick (a joint pseudonym for BCS authros Marie Brennan and Alyc Helms) and the M.A. Carrick short story “As Tight as Any Knot” in BCS #321, BCS is giving away two copies of The Mask of Mirrors.

The Mask of Mirrors and “As Tight as Any Knot” feature clever thieves running deft schemes to secure themselves and their futures, with a similar flair as Brennan’s caper tale “The Şiret Mask” in BCS #238 and podcast BCS 206 and in a world as gritty as Helms’s “A Screech of Gulls” in BCS #168 and podcast BCS 145.

One giveaway for The Mask of Mirrors will take place on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine, Thurs. Jan. 7. (The other is here on the BCS website in a post.)

The Twitter giveaway for the signed copy of The Mask of Mirrors will take place Thursday Jan. 7 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 BCS story that features a thief or rogue or caper is. However you choose to define it. By any author, in any issue of BCS. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are some thief or rogue or caper tales from past issues of BCS:

Eyetooth” by Chris Willrich, BCS #314

The Şiret Mask” by Marie Brennan, BCS #238 and podcast BCS 206

Ill-Met at Midnight” by David Tallerman, BCS #128 and podcast BCS 110

The Mermaid Caper” by Rich Larson, BCS #119

 

Dragon’s-Eyes” by Margaret Ronald, BCS #9 and podcast BCS 007

The Streetking” by Peter Hickman, BCS #160 and podcast BCS 139

The Crimson Kestrel” by Leslianne Wilder, BCS #114

Thieves of Silence” by Holly Phillips, BCS #21

 

The God Thieves” by Derek Künsken, BCS #84

The Jewels of Montforte” by Adam Corbin Fusco, BCS #44

Pawn’s Gambit” by Adam Heine, BCS #41 and podcast BCS 037

The Tinyman and Caroline” by Sarah L. Edwards, BCS #17, M

 

Hence the King from Kagehana” by Michael Anthony Ashley, BCS #81

Between Shifting Skin and Certainty” by Justin Howe, BCS #26

The Sword of Loving Kindness” by Chris Willrich, BCS #1

 

Good luck!

Full rules for the M.A. Carrick The Mask of Mirrors 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.)

Your tweet must mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine. Tweets that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Thurs. Jan. 7, 2021. 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 The Mask of Mirrors, at the sole choice of BCS. Orbit Books 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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2021 Awards-Eligible Stories from BCS
Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in nominating for this year’s awards, such as the Hugos or Nebulas, here’s a list of our eligible stories from 2020 and which awards category they fit in. Thank you for your interest in us and our stories!

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2020, which is BCS #294 through BCS #319, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2020 and which category they fit in (short fiction categories for Hugos and Nebulas are the same). For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

BCS itself is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo, if you find us worthy.

Best Short Story:

Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate),” Marissa Lingen (BCS #295, 01/16/20)

The Mermaid Astronaut,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #304, 05/21/20)

Seven Dreams of a Valley,” Prashanth Srivatsa (BCS #307, 07/02/20)

The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own,” Merrie Haskell (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/24/20)

The Garden Where No One Ever Goes,” PH Lee (BCS #318, 12/03/20)

 

Best Novelette:

To Balance the Weight of Khalem,” R.B. Lemberg (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

Girls with Needles and Frost,” Jenny Rae Rappaport (BCS #315, 10/22/20)

 

Best Novella:

Bound by Sorrow,” Maurice Broaddus (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

For information on Hugo nominating, look for a Hugo Awards page on the website of the 2021 Worldcon, DisCon III. For information on Nebula nominating, see SFWA’s page about Nebula voting. For other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

All Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for Hugo and Nebula nominations in 2020, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

Claudette Dulac and the Devil of the North,” Genevieve Sinha (BCS #294, 01/02/20)

Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate),” Marissa Lingen (BCS #295, 01/16/20)

The Candle Queen,” Ephiny Gale (BCS #295, 01/16/20)

Forgive Me, My Love, for the Ice and the Sea,” C.L. Clark (BCS #296, 01/30/20)

The Moneylender’s Angel,” R.H. Cloake (BCS #296, 01/30/20)

John Simnel’s First Goshawk,” Tegan Moore (BCS #297, 02/13/20)

 

The Mermaid Astronaut,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

The Spoils,” Aliya Whiteley (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

The Glassblower of Galilei,” Katrina Smith (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

The Sniper and I,” Rich Larson (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

Truth as a Prize,” R.Z. Held (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

Song of the Water Bear,” Laine Bell (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

 

Uzumaki of the Lake,” Richard Parks (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

Never a Butterfly, Nor a Moth With Moon-Painted Wings,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

Her Cage of Root and Bone,” Kali Wallace (BCS #301, 04/09/20)

Who Goes Against a Waste of Waters,” Eleanna Castroianni (BCS #302, 04/23/20)

 

Lonely Children Lost at Sea,” Wendy Nikel (BCS #302, 04/23/20)

February Moon,” Josh Rountree (BCS #303, 05/07/20)

Fox Red, Life Red, Teeth Like Snow,” Devin Miller (BCS #303, 05/07/20)

 

Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #304, 05/21/20)

The Honey of the World and the Queen of Crows,” Dimitra Nikolaidou (BCS #304, 05/21/20)

The Widow,” Emma Törzs (BCS #305, 06/04/20)

Breath Of The Sahara,” Inegbenoise O. Osagie (BCS #305, 06/04/20)

 

Kill the Witchman,” William Broom (BCS #306, 06/18/20)

The Augur and the Girl Left at His Door,” Greta Hayer (BCS #306, 06/18/20)

Buttercream and Broken Wings,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #307, 07/02/20)

Seven Dreams of a Valley,” Prashanth Srivatsa (BCS #307, 07/02/20)

 

It Is Not From Heaven,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #308, 07/16/20)

The Many Lives of an Abiku,” Tobi Ogundiran (BCS #309, 07/30/20)

Satin and Velvet,” R.H. Cloake (BCS #309, 07/30/20)

 

The Past, Like a River In Flood,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #311, 08/27/20)

Doorway, Smile, Kiss, Fox,” Jeremy Packert Burke (BCS #311, 08/27/20)

Deep in the Drift, Spinning,” Lisa L. Hannett (BCS #312, 09/10/20)

The Patron,” Derrick Boden (BCS #312, 09/10/20)

 

A Minor Exorcism,” Richard Parks (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 10/08/20)

The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own,” Merrie Haskell (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/24/20)

A Tally of What Remains,” R.Z. Held (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/24/20)

A Land of Blood and Snow,” Cooper Anderson (BCS #316, 11/05/20)

 

The Garden Where No One Ever Goes,” PH Lee (BCS #318, 12/03/20)

After Me, The Flood,” Elizabeth Zuckerman (BCS #318, 12/03/20)

“And The Ones Who Walk In,” Sarah Avery (BCS #319, 12/17/20)

“The City Still Dreams of Her Name,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #319, 12/17/20)

 

Best Novelette:

These Wondrous Sweets,” Tony Pi (BCS #294, 01/02/20)

The Ordeal,” M. Bennardo (BCS #297, 02/13/20)

My Sister’s Wings Are Red,” Christine Tyler (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

Where the World Ends Without Us,” Jason Sanford (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

Only the Messenger,” Emily C. Skaftun (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

 

The Hummingbird Temple,” C.C. Finlay (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

To Balance the Weight of Khalem,” R.B. Lemberg (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

As The Shore To The Tides, So Blood Calls To Blood,” Karlo Yeager Rodríguez (BCS #301, 04/09/20)

The Black-Eyed Goddess of Apple Trees and Farmers’ Wives,” Erin Eisenhour (BCS #308, 07/16/20)

 

Fire and Falling,” Andrew Dykstal (BCS #310, 08/13/20)

The Transubstantiation,” Evan Dicken (BCS #310, 08/13/20)

Many Mansions,” K.J. Parker (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 10/08/20)

The Drowned God’s Heresy,” Lavie Tidhar (BCS #314, 10/08/20)

 

Girls with Needles and Frost,” Jenny Rae Rappaport (BCS #315, 10/22/20)

Degeneration,” Dominic Wright (BCS #315, 10/22/20)

The Gwyddien and the Raven Fiend,” J.T. Greathouse (BCS #316, 11/05/20)

The Science and Artistry of Snake Oil Salesmanship,” Timothy Mudie (BCS #317, 11/19/20)

A Feast from Tile and Stone,” Ryan Eric Dull (BCS #317, 11/19/20)

 

Best Novella:

Bound by Sorrow,” Maurice Broaddus (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

Eyetooth,” Chris Willrich (BCS #314, 10/08/20)

 

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

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Slush Update, 12/02/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before October 19, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Oct. 19 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, 11/10/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before October 4, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Oct. 4 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, 10/22/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Sept. 8, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Sept. 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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Slush Update, 10/08/20
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Aug. 27, 2020 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before August 27 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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Yoon Ha Lee Phoenix Extravagant Book Giveaway
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In honor of BCS author Yoon Ha Lee‘s new fantasy novel Phoenix Extravagant, releasing Oct. 20 from Solaris, BCS is giving away a copy!

Phoenix Extravagant is a fantasy novel of empire and dominion and automata and art, set in a society influenced by Korean folklore and myth.

Our Phoenix Extravagant giveaway will take place on Wed. Oct. 14 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 Yoon Ha Lee short story is. Whether fantasy, like Phoenix Extravagant, or science fiction (or science-fantasy); whether published in BCS or elsewhere. (Full Rules are here, at the end of this post.)

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

The Mermaid Astronaut” in BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5 and podcast BCS 254

The Starship and the Temple Cat” in BCS #244 – Science-Fantasy Month 4 and podcast BCS 210

Shadow’s Weave” in BCS #200 and podcast BCS 177

Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS #194 – Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168

Two to Leave” in BCS #174 and podcast BCS 151

The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2

The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS #91 – Science-Fantasy Month and podcast BCS 078

The Territorialist” in BCS #47

The Pirate Captain’s Daughter” in BCS #27 and podcast BCS 025

Architectural Constants” in BCS #2 and podcast BCS 001

 

Good luck!

Full rules for the Yoon Ha Lee Phoenix Extravagant 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 Yoon Ha Lee. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction authored by Yoon Ha Lee will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Oct. 14, 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 Phoenix Extravagant, at the sole choice of BCS. The publisher 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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