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BCS Authors Elsewhere – McAllister, Marshall, Payseur

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Yet more BCS authors have stories appearing in other fine magazines this month:

  • Charles Payseur (“Rivers Run Free,” forthcoming in July) likewise in the May Nightmare
  • Charles Payseur also in the May Shimmer

Congratulations, all!


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BCS and Stories Locus Award Finalists

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The readers of Locus magazine in their reader poll have named BCS and several of our stories from 2016 finalists for the Locus Awards!

  • BCS, for Magazine

BCS authors named finalists for their work elsewhere, novels or short fiction, included:

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #225 – Yoachim, Greenblatt, Yoachim Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #225 is out today, featuring stories of family and home, set in worlds slightly different than BCS has ever published before.

Caroline M. Yoachim (“Seasons Set in Skin” in BCS #177 and podcast BCS 156, “The Land of Empty Shells” in BCS #20) returns to BCS with “Carnival Nine,” a story of family and parenthood and days spent.

A.T. Greenblatt (“They Said the Desert” in BCS #199 and podcast BCS 175) offers “A Place to Grow,” a story likewise of family and of home.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 196: Carnival Nine, the Caroline M. Yoachim story of childhood and parenthood. It’s guest-narrated by Tiny Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 191: Suddenwall by Sara Saab, BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee, and BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard.

From the Archives with BCS #225 is “A Spoonful of Salt” by Nicole M. Taylor, from BCS #79, our Third Anniversary Double-Issue, another tale of family and generations and days spent.

All behind a new crop of our spring cover art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Tobler, Dicken, Reiss

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

Several BCS authors have stories appearing in other fine magazines this month:

  • E. Catherine Tobler also in the May Clarkesworld

Congratulations, all!


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BCS 2017 Subscription Drive!

Posted in: Subscription Drive by Scott H. Andrews

Our BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive last year was so successful, supporting BCS and unlocking a goal to raise our word count for submissions, that we’re having another Subscription Drive this year!

BCS ebook subscriptions, available exclusively at WeightlessBooks.com, are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues. (That’s 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 Richard Parks (the first two stories in a new series), Margaret Ronald, Rebecca Campbell, Marissa Lingen, Stephen Case, Charles Payseur, Ryan Row, and many promising newcomers. Plus a new Science-Fantasy Month and a new Birdverse novella by Nebula finalist Rose Lemberg, twice as long as any piece BCS has ever published, with a special podcast version of that novella–over four hours long–as episode 200 of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast.

From now until June 2, when you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription (you can renew at any time), you will help unlock our drive goals.

Since BCS #1 in 2008–225 issues, 475 stories!–over a third of our fiction has been novelette-length or longer. Long stories work great for awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like those 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 subscription drive, we made it even longer: 11,000 words.

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

  • At 25 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 12,000 words.
  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 14,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 16,000 words.
  • At 200 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 June 2, 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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BCS #224 – Pi, Dollarhyde, Pi Podcast, Parks Archives, New Cover Art

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #224 is out today, featuring stories of protagonists bargaining and earning the cost.

Tony Pi (“Proteus Lost” in BCS#217, “The Sweetest Skill” in BCS#197 and podcast BCS 173, “No Sweeter Art” in BCS#155, and podcast BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, among several others) returns to BCS with a new tale of Candyman Ao: “That Lingering Sweetness,” in which Ao, having lost his powers, must dispel competing gods’ curses.

Kate Dollarhyde offers “A Marvelous Deal,” a tale of a hardscrabble character fighting to survive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 195: That Lingering Sweetness, the Tony Pi story of Candyman Ao treating with zodiac gods. It’s guest-narrated by John Meagher, who narrated Tony’s previous BCS stories of Candyman Ao, BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill and BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, both finalists for the Parsec Awards.

From the Archives with BCS #224 is “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” by Richard Parks, from BCS #100, a tale of a protagonist swept up in mysterious magical events.

All behind a New Cover Art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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Slush Update, 04/19/17

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Mar. 24, 2017 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before March 24 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–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: Aurealis Awards Finalists and Winner

Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The 2016 Aurealis Awards, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, included other works by a number of BCS authors named finalists and winner. Congratulations to:

  • Jason Fischer (“Defy the Grey Kings” in BCS #180): Finalist, BEST FANTASY NOVELLA
  • Ian McHugh (“Demons Enough” in BCS #185, “Cold, Cold War” in BCS #123, among others): Finalist, BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY 

  • Alan Baxter: Finalist, BEST COLLECTION 

Past BCS authors and stories recognized by the Aurealis Awards include “Defy the Grey Kings” by Jason Fischer from BCS #180, winner of Best Fantasy Novella last year, “Father’s Kill” by Christopher Green, from BCS #24 and podcast BCS 022, winner of Best Fantasy Short Story in 2009. Multiple-time BCS author Ian McHugh has had several pieces named finalist, including “Cold, Cold War” from BCS #123.


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“The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek” by Catherynne M. Valente a Finalist for Eugie Foster Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente from BCS #200 is a finalist for the 2017 Eugie Foster Memorial Award!

The award honors the late Eugie Foster, editor and Nebula-winning short fiction writer. Other finalists include BCS author Suzanne Palmer (“Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” in BCS #181 and podcast BCS 158).

Congratulations, all!


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