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Six-Time Hugo Award Finalist for Best Semiprozine
New Cover Art: “Legendary Passage” by Jereme Peabody

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #250 this week, 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 “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus:


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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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“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim a Finalist for the Hugo Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, in BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196, has been voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Congratulations, Caroline! “Carnival Nine” is a great story of life, family, duty, and loss, in a tactile and simple yet powerful fantasy setting. Read it or listen to the podcast guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, if you haven’t already.

Carnival Nine” is joined on the Hugo ballot by work by a bunch of BCS authors, in categories ranging from Best Novel to Best Novelette to Best Graphic Story and Best Fan Writer. Congratulations to Caroline for “Carnival Nine” and all the other BCS authors and other finalists.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Hugo Award Finalists Lee, Leckie, Pinsker, de Bodard, Palmer, Wilde, Ahmed, Payseur, Brennan

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to Caroline M. Yoachim’s story “Carnival Nine” from BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196 voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, a bunch of BCS authors had other works voted finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, in a fantastic variety of categories!

Congratulations, all!


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Signed Giveaway: KJ Kabza The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories Story Collection on Twitter

Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In conjunction with the release of BCS author KJ Kabza’s new short fiction collection The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories, we’re giving away a signed copy of The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories!

KJ’s first story in BCS, “The Leafsmith in Love,” is a charming and engaging love story set in a steampunk arboretum. It’s included in The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories, along with other fantasy, SF, gothic fantasy, and more.

The giveaway for the signed copy of The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories will take place Thursday Apr. 5 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 6 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to do is tweet what your favorite relationship story from BCS is. Whether “The Leafsmith in Love” or something else; a relationship story that’s charming or that’s dark, that ends happily or ends not-so-happily; with “relationship story” defined however you choose to define it.

KJ’s stories in The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories cover a broad range from charming to dark, happy ending or not, all with compelling characters and resonant emotions. Your answer can be anywhere on a broad range too.

To get you started, here are a few of the many stories from BCS over the years that could be thought of as relationship stories:

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim in BCS #225 & podcast BCS 196

Every Black Tree” by Natalia Theodoridou in BCS #236 & podcast BCS 205

Whatever Knight Comes” by Ryan Row in BCS #226

Suddenwall” by Sara Saab in BCS #220 & podcast BCS 191

 

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power” by Rose Lemberg in BCS #229/#230 & podcast BCS 200

The Mouth of the Oyster” by Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in BCS #239 & podcast BCS 207

Two Bodies in Basting Stitch” by Allison Jamieson-Lucy in BCS #227 & podcast BCS 198

The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam in BCS #214

 

A Courtship of Beasts” by Michael Anthony Ashley in BCS #209

The Stone Garden” by Cae Hawksmoor in BCS #196

Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker in BCS #47

The Moon Over Red Trees” by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #157 & podcast BCS 136

 

Walls of Paper, Soft as Skin” by Adam Callaway in BCS #73 & podcast BCS 063

Bearslayer and the Black Knight” by Tom Crosshill in BCS #92 & podcast BCS 080

The Nine-Tailed Cat” by Michael J. DeLuca in BCS #70 & podcast BCS 062

Two Captains” by Gemma Files in BCS #125

 

Blood, Stone, Water” by A.J. Fitzwater in BCS #118

Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” by David D. Levine in BCS #108

Love, Resurrected” by Cat Rambo in BCS #65 & podcast BCS 058

The Mathematics of Faith” by Jonathan Wood in BCS #26

Good luck!

Full rules for the KJ Kabza The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories 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 that appeared in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that appeared in BCS will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 6PM Eastern Standard Time on Thurs. Apr. 5. 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 signed copy of The Ramshead Algorithm and Other Stories 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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Slush Update, 03/20/18

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Jan. 30, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before January 30 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 #247 – Carroll, Alden, Alden Podcast, New Cover Art

Posted in: Cover Art, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #247 is out, featuring stories of remembrance through different aspects of culture.

Siobhan Carroll (“The Year of Silent Birds” in BCS #138, “In the Gardens of the Night” in BCS #74) returns to BCS with “The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” a story of the course of a war and its participants and remembrance via cuisine.

J.W. Alden offers “Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane,” where the remembrance takes the form of faith and kindness.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 213: Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane, the Alden story of kindness and faith and the hope that they can conquer a small part of the war.

From the Archives with BCS #247 is “By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss, from BCS #155, a story similarly of remembrance and culture via a vivid fantasy cuisine and the people who craft it.

All behind new cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Island Outpost” by Stephan Meisl, the artist of “Ruins,” our cover art from winter 2012.


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