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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. Patreon.com 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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Slush Update, 05/05/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before February 10, 2019 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Feb. 10 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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Support BCS on Patreon!
Posted in: About BCS, Support BCS by Scott H. Andrews

BCS needs your help, to reach our goal of paying the new higher SFWA-qualifying pay rate for short stories Sept. 1. Please consider supporting us on the new BCS Patreon. Thank you!

BCS on Patreon

 

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Slush Update, 04/15/19
Posted in: Slush Updates 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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