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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close May 31

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards close next week, Thursday 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 seven 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 (2017, San Antonio TX) or the year before (2016, Columbus OH) or are a member this year (2018, Baltimore MD), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes MAY 31, 2018.

How to Nominate:
The WF Nominations page of the WFC 2018 website has a link to a PDF ballot that can be submitted by paper mail or by email to rturner@arctera.com.

Unlike in past years, no email ballot seems to have been emailed to attendees of recent World Fantasy conventions.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2017, which is BCS #216 through BCS #241, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2017 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):

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) (Nebula Award finalist, Hugo Award finalist)

Every Black Tree,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #236)

Suddenwall,” Sara Saab (BCS #220)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power,” Rose Lemberg (BCS #229 & #230)

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):

Low Bridge! Or The Dark Obstructions,” M. Bennardo (BCS #240)

The Mouth of the Oyster,” Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (BCS #239)

Woe and Other Remedies,” Michael Anthony Ashley (BCS #239)

The Şiret Mask,” Marie Brennan (BCS #238) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

His Wife and Serpent Mistress,” Gillian Daniels (BCS #238)

The Influence of the Iron Range,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #237)

Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” Bennett North (BCS #237)

Every Black Tree,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #236)

 

On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” Richard Parks (BCS #235) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Fisherman and the Pig,” Kameron Hurley (BCS #235) (first published by the author as a Patreon reward, Jan. 2017)

The Fall of the Mundaneum,” Rebecca Campbell (BCS #235)

Dire Wolf,” Michael J. DeLuca (BCS #234)

 

Corpus Grace,” William Broom (BCS #234)

Across Pack Ice, a Fire,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #233)

Gallows Girl,” Mel Kassel (BCS #233)

Red Bark and Ambergris,” Kate Marshall (BCS #232)

 

No Pearls as Blue as These,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #232)

The Broken Karwaneer,” Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis (BCS #231)

Rivers Run Free,” Charles Payseur (BCS #230)

Of Letters They Are Made,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #228)

 

A Late Quintessence,” Justin Howe (BCS #228)

After Burning,” Wren Wallis (BCS #227)

Two Bodies in Basting Stitch,” Allison Jamieson-Lucy (BCS #227)

In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” Richard Parks (BCS #226) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Whatever Knight Comes,” Ryan Row (BCS #226)

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

A Place to Grow,” A.T. Greenblatt (BCS #225)

That Lingering Sweetness,” Tony Pi (BCS #224)

 

A Marvelous Deal,” Kate Dollarhyde (BCS #224)

I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” Carrie Vaughn (BCS #223) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

When We Go,” Evan Dicken (BCS #223)

The Shark God’s Child,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #222)

 

Nightshade,” J.W. Halicks (BCS #222)

In the Shade of the Pixie Tree,” Rodello Santos (BCS #221)

Crescendo,” J.S. Veter (BCS #221)

Suddenwall,” Sara Saab (BCS #220)

 

Ghosts of Amarana,” Kurt Hunt (BCS #220)

The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County,” Jeremy Sim (BCS #219)

Out of the Woods,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #218)

Men of the Ashen Morrow,” Margaret Killjoy (BCS #218)

 

Proteus Lost,” Tony Pi (BCS #217)

Requiem for the Unchained,” Cae Hawksmoor (BCS #217)

Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves,” Claire Humphrey (BCS #216)

Think Of Winter,” Eleanna Castroianni (BCS #216)

 

Trette’s Bones,” Grace Seybold from BCS #241)

Forever Night,” Dana Beehr from BCS #241)

And the Village Breathes,” Emily B. Cataneo (BCS #236)

Grassland,” T. S. McAdams (BCS #235)

 

Ora et Labora,” Theodore McCombs (BCS #229)

Gravity’s Exile,” Grace Seybold (BCS #219)

 

Novella:

The Wind’s Departure,” Stephen Case from BCS #240)

Deathspeaker,” Stephen Case (BCS #231)

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power,” Rose Lemberg (BCS #229 & #230)

 

Thank you for considering our stories!


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BCS Issue #250 Subscription Drive – Thank You!!!

Posted in: 250th Issue, Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

Subscribe at Weigthless BooksThank you very much to all who bought a BCS ebook subscription during our 250th Issue Subscription Drive!

We made our stretch goal, with a big surge on the last day (thank you!), and our word-count limit for submissions is now 15,000 words. Thank you for making that happen.

Thank you also to all who RT’d or shared or otherwise helped spread word, or bought gift subscriptions for other readers, or tweeted or posted about BCS #250 or stories or podcasts. That is a great help to us too; reaching readers with our stories and podcasts.

We have many great stories forthcoming this summer and fall, from returning BCS authors and ones new to our pages, including K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Chris Willrich, Margaret Ronald, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fran Wilde, Marissa Lingen, A. Merc Rustad, P. Djèlí Clark, E. Catherine Tobler, Tamara Vardomskaya, A.J. Fitzwater, Troy Wiggins, and many promising newcomers. We hope you enjoy them!


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Slush Update, 05/08/18

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Mar. 19, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before March 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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BCS #250! Parker, Parks, Ronald, Stufflebeam, Bonus Podcast, New Cover Art, Subscription Drive

Posted in: 250th Issue by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #250 is out today! A special double-issue in celebration of our 250th issue.

K.J. Parker (“Told By An Idiot,” our 400th story, in Issue #192; “Heaven Thunders The Truth” in BCS #157, Six Anniversary Double-Issue) returns to BCS with “The Thought That Counts,” a classically Parker tale of wry erudite first-person, deft plot turns, and profound relationships.

Richard Parks (over a dozen previous stories in BCS, including Lord Yamada tales such as “The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” in BCS #63 and standalone pieces like “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” in BCS #100) continues his new series devil-hunters in an ancient China, begun in “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” in BCS #226 and podcast BCS 197 and “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts” in BCS #235 and podcast BCS 203, with “An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village.”

Margaret Ronald (“The Governess and the Lobster” in BCS #95, “Salvage” in BCS #77, among many others) returns to BCS with a fourth story in her series of war-veteran Arthur Swift and the kobold detective Mieni, “Silence in Blue Glass,” set at an earlier reunion of theirs.

Bonne Jo Stufflebeam, whose most recent BCS story, “The Orangery,” was a finalist for the Nebula Awards, returns to BCS with “Angry Kings,” a tale of fables and family and expectations.

The Parks and Ronald stories won’t go live on the website until next week, but they are available right now in the ebook of BCS #250, at Weightless Books and Kindle.

The first BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode for BCS #250 is BCS 216: The Thought That Counts, K.J. Parker’s tale of a wry first-person narrator negotiating obstacles legal and lethal. It’s guest-narrated by Heath Miller, who narrated BCS 178: The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery by Catherynne M. Valente from BCS #200.

The bonus BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode, out next week, is BCS 217: An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village, the latest tale in Richard Parks’s new series. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of many past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast, including the previous two Parks tales in this series: BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts and BCS 197: In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil.

 

The From the Archives story with BCS #250 is “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente, from BCS #200, a sweeping tale of a richly voiced first-person narrator and their exploits and relationships via crafting magical glass eyes.

We’re celebrating BCS #250 with a BCS Ebook Subscription Drive! To see how subscribers get issues early, what great authors are forthcoming in BCS, and how you can help us reach our goals of raising our word-count limit, visit Weightless Books.

All behind new cover art for BCS #250 and beyond: “Legendary Passage” by .


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New Cover Art: “Legendary Passage” by Jereme Peabody

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #250 this Thursday, a special double-issue in honor of our 250th issue, featuring stories by K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Margaret Ronald, and Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, our new cover art for late spring in the Northern Hemisphere will be “Legendary Passage” by Jereme Peabody:


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BCS Issue #250 Subscription Drive!

Posted in: 250th Issue, Subscription Drive, Support BCS by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate our 250th issue, we’re having a BCS Subscription Drive!

BCS ebook subscriptions, available exclusively at WeightlessBooks.com, are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues (less than 30 cents a story). Subscribers can have issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

Subscribe at Weigthless Books

Subscribe now and you’ll get early access to new stories by K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Chris Willrich, Margaret Ronald, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Fran Wilde, Marissa Lingen, A. Merc Rustad, P. Djèlí Clark, E. Catherine Tobler, Tamara Vardomskaya, A.J. Fitzwater, Troy Wiggins, and many promising newcomers. Plus a Tenth Anniversary Double-Issue, two guest-narrated podcasts with BCS #250, awe-inspiring cover art, and more.

From now until May 11, if you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription (you can renew at any time), you can help unlock our drive goals.

Since BCS #1 in 2008–250 issues, 525 stories!–over a third of our fiction has been novelette length or longer. Longer stories work great for awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like you’ll find in every issue of BCS. Our word-count limit for submissions has always been among the longest of pro-rate online magazines, and last year as a goal unlocked by our 2017 Subscription Drive, we made it even longer: 14,000 words.

With your help, this year we’d like to make it longer still!

  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 15,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 16,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 18,000 words.
  • At 250 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 20,000 words!

If you’d like to support BCS but you’re not interested in ebooks, please consider donating. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; your donation is tax deductible.

We have ‘subscription’ donation options where you can donate a small amount every month. From now until May 11, every new monthly donor who signs up, we will count you in our Subscription Drive’s tally of new subscribers, and you will be helping us toward our Drive goals.

Every subscription and donation makes a difference in helping us pay our authors for their great stories. Thank you for your support of BCS!


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Slush Update, 04/17/18

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Feb. 24, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before February 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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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Khaw, Harris, Greenblatt, and More

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors had work appear in other fantasy and science fiction magazines recently:

  • Nin Harris (“Benefactors of Silence” in BCS and podcast: BCS 209, “When Sirens Sing of Roses and of Delegated Power” forthcoming) in The Dark #35
  • Kate MacLeod (“Oil Fire” in BCS #23) likewise in the 20th anniversary issue of Mythic Delirium
  • Maria Haskins (“The Root Cellar” forthcoming in BCS #251 on May 10, and “It’s Easy to Shoot a Dog” forthcoming later in 2018) likewise in the 20th anniversary issue of Mythic Delirium

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #249 – Kanakia, Rixon, Guest-Narrated Podcast, Cahill Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #249 is out today!

Rahul Kanakia (“The Days When Papa Takes Me to War” in BCS #141) returns to BCS with “Weft,” a story of an odd and intense protagonist fired by drive, and Joanne Rixon offers “Fireskin,” a story likewise of fire and drive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 215: Weft, the Rahul Kanakia story, guest-narrated by David D. Levine.

From the Archives with BCS #249 is “A Glass Kiss for the Little Prince of Pain” by Martin Cahill from in BCS #210, a story likewise of intense drive.


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