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BCS Stories on Locus 2018 Recommended Reading List
Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

A number of pieces from BCS made the 2018 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan, Rich Horton, Charles Payseur, A.C. Wise, Karen Burnham, and many others.

The BCS pieces named to the list:

Short Story:

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” Siobhan Carroll (BCS #247, 3/15/18)

It’s Easy to Shoot a Dog,” Maria Haskins (BCS #260, 9/13/18)

The Starship and the Temple Cat,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #244, 2/1/18)

The Bodice, The Hem, The Woman, Death,” Karen Osborne (BCS #263, 10/25/18)

Ruby, Singing,” Fran Wilde (BCS #261, 9/27/18)

 

Novelette:

The Thought That Counts,” K.J. Parker (BCS #250, 4/26/18)

Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing,” Sarah Pinsker (BCS #246, 3/1/18)

The Sweetness of Honey and Rot,” A. Merc Rustad (BCS #254, 10/11/18)

The Tragedy of Zayred the Splendid,” Grace Seybold (BCS #262, 10/4/18)

The Crow Knight,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

These alongside many other BCS authors for stories appearing in other fine magazines and anthologies.

Congratulations, all!

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2019 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 2018 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 2018, which is BCS #242 through BCS #267, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2018 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.

Best Short Story:

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” Siobhan Carroll (BCS #247, 3/15/2018)

Ruby, Singing,” Fran Wilde (BCS #261, 9/27/2018) (also available as an audio mp3)

 

Best Novelette:

The Crow Knight,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #262, 10/11/2018)

The Sweetness of Honey and Rot,” A. Merc Rustad (BCS #254, 6/21/2018)

 

Best Novella:

The Emotionless, in Love,” Jason Sanford (246, 3/1/2018)

For information on 2019 Hugo nominating, which is now open, go to the Hugo Awards page on the Dublin 2019 Worldcon website. 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 2019, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

Forest Spirits,” Michael J. DeLuca (BCS #266, 12/06/18)

Frozen Meadow, Shining Sun,” Emily McCosh (BCS #266, 12/06/18)

Feral Attachments at Kulle Bland Bergen,” T. S. McAdams (BCS #265, 11/22/18)

How the Mighty,” Dan Micklethwaite (BCS #265, 11/22/18)

 

In the Ground, Before the Freeze,” Margaret Ronald (BCS #264, 11/08/18)

The Hollow Tree,” Jordan Kurella (BCS #264, 11/08/18)

The Oracle and the Sea,” Megan Arkenberg (BCS #263, 10/25/18)

The Bodice, The Hem, The Woman, Death,” Karen Osborne (BCS #263, 10/25/18)

 

Magic Potion Behind-the-Mountains,” Jaymee Goh (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

Ruby, Singing,” Fran Wilde (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

Ancestor Night,” Nina Kiriki Hoffman (BCS #260, 09/13/18)

It’s Easy to Shoot A Dog,” Maria Haskins (BCS #260, 09/13/18)

 

Periling Hand,” Justin Howe (BCS #259 08/30/18)

Shattered Hand,” Marc A. Criley (BCS #259 08/30/18)

A Legacy of Shadows,” Christopher M. Cevasco (BCS #257, 08/02/18)

Old No-Eyes,” Christopher Mahon (BCS #257, 08/02/18)

 

Flesh and Stone,” Kathryn Yelinek (BCS #256, 07/19/18)

Speak Easy, Suicide Selkies,” E. Catherine Tobler (BCS #255, 07/05/18)

The Scrimshander,” Damien Krsteski (BCS #255, 07/05/18)

The Weaver and the Snake,” Blaine Vitallo (BCS #253, 06/07/18)

 

The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars,” A.J. Fitzwater (BCS #252, 05/24/18)

The Ghostpotion Games,” Christian K. Martinez (BCS #252, 05/24/18)

The Examination Cloth,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #251, 05/10/18)

The Root Cellar,” Maria Haskins (BCS #251, 05/10/18)

 

An Account of the Madness of the Magistrate, Chengdhu Village,” Richard Parks (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Weft,” Rahul Kanakia (BCS #248, 04/12/18)

Fireskin,” Joanne Rixon (BCS #248, 04/12/18)

She Who Hungers, She Who Waits,” Cassandra Khaw (BCS #248, 03/29/18)

 

The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes,” Siobhan Carroll (BCS #247, 03/15/18)

Braving the Morrow Candle’s Wane,” J.W. Alden (BCS #247, 03/15/18)

Gennesaret,” Phoenix Alexander (BCS #246, 03/01/18)

Penitents,” Rich Larson (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

 

Red Dreams,” R.Z. Held (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

Such Were the Faces of the Living Creatures,” Josh Pearce (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

The Starship and the Temple Cat,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #244, 02/01/18)

Where the Anchor Lies,” Benjamin C. Kinney (BCS #244, 02/01/18)

 

Benefactors of Silence,” Nin Harris (BCS #243, 01/ 18/18)

Nneamaka’s Ghost,” Walter Dinjos (BCS #243, 01/ 18/18)

Suite for Accompanied Cello,” Tamara Vardomskaya (BCS #242, 01/ 04/18)

 

Best Novelette:

A Martyr’s Art,” J.P. Sullivan (BCS #267, 12/20/18)

A Circle of Steel and Bone,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #267, 12/20/18)

The Tale of the Scout and the Pachydormu,” Gregory Norman Bossert (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

The Crow Knight,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

 

The Tragedy of Zayred the Splendid,” Grace Seybold (BCS #262, 10/11/18)

Court of Birth, Court of Strength,” Aliette de Bodard (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

Cold Ink,” Dean Wells (BCS #259 08/30/18)

The Wyvern Rider and Those of the Land,” Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis (BCS #259 08/30/18)

 

Drawing The Barriers,” Tamara Vardomskaya (BCS #256, 07/19/18)

The Sweetness of Honey and Rot,” A. Merc Rustad (BCS #254, 06/21/18)

Three Dandelion Stars,” Jordan Kurella (BCS #254, 06/21/18)

A Tale of Woe,” P. Djèlí Clark (BCS #253, 06/07/18)

 

The Thought That Counts,” K.J. Parker (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Silence in Blue Glass,” Margaret Ronald (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Angry Kings,” Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (BCS #250, 04/26/18)

Cry of Desire in a Shrouded Land,” Emily McIntyre (BCS #248, 03/29/18)

 

Do As I Do, Sing As I Sing,” Sarah Pinsker (BCS #246, 03/01/18)

The Last Human Child,” Milo James Fowler (BCS #245, 02/15/18)

El is a Spaceship Melody,” Maurice Broaddus (BCS #244, 02/01/18)

An Aria for the Bloodlords,” Hannah Strom-Martin (BCS #242, 01/ 04/18)

 

Best Novella:

Shadowdrop,” Chris Willrich (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

We Ragged Few,” Kate Alice Marshall (BCS #261, 09/27/18)

The Emotionless, in Love,” Jason Sanford (BCS #246, 03/01/18)

 

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

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Slush Update, 01/11/19
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before November 8, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Nov. 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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Giveaway: Beth Cato Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories Collection
Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

In conjunction with Beth Cato’s story “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H” in BCS #268, we’re giving away a copy of Beth’s short fiction collection Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories.

This giveaway will take place Wednesday Jan. 9 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 fairy story from BCS is.

Beth’s pervious BCS story, “Stitched Wings” from BCS #137, which is in Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories, featured a girl encountering a strange fairy in her mother’s gardens. Many other BCS stories have featured classic or unusual takes on fairies, faeries, or the fae. Tweet us what your favorite fairy story from BCS is, and that will enter you in a random drawing for the copy of Red Dust and Dancing Horses: And Other Stories.

To get you started, here are a few of the stories from BCS over the years that feature fairies or the fae:

And Blow Them at the Moon” by Marie Brennan, BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044

The Hollow Tree” Jordan Kurella, BCS #264

Three Dandelion Stars” by Jordan Kurella, BCS #254

The Fairy Gaol” by Heather Fawcett, BCS #66 and podcast BCS 059

Cold Iron and Green Vines” by Wendy N. Wagner, in BCS #69 and podcast BCS 061

 

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

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

The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” by Marissa Lingen, BCS #46

More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand” by Rosamund Hodge, BCS #53 and podcast BCS 047

Good luck!

Full rules for the Beth Cato Red Dust and Dancing Horses: 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 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Jan. 9, 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 Red Dust and Dancing Horses: 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, 12/17/18
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before October 15, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Oct. 15 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, 12/12/18
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before September 16, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Sept. 16 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, 12/02/18
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before August 21, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Aug. 21 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, 11/26/18
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before August 10, 2018 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before Aug. 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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Seth Dickinson The Monster Baru Cormorant Novel Giveaway
Posted in: Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

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BCS author Seth Dickinson’s debut fantasy novel The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Tor, 2015) featured the same protagonist as his first BCS story, “The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Her Field-General, and Their Wounds” in BCS #81 and podcast BCS 73 (beware: the story contains spoilers for the novel!).

The second book of the series, The Monster Baru Cormorant, comes out on Oct. 30, but BCS is giving away a copy now!

This giveaway for a hardcover of The Monster Baru Cormorant will take place Wednesday Oct. 24 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter, all you need to is tweet what your favorite BCS story that’s set in the same world as a novel. Numerous BCS stories take place in the same world as the author’s novel(s), whether published before the story or after.

Your favorite BCS story that’s set in the same world as the author’s novel(s). Tweet what it is, and that will enter you in a random drawing for the book. (For the Full Rules, click on ‘Show Hidden Text’ at the end of this post.)

To get you started, here are a few BCS stories that are set in the same world as their authors’ novel(s):

Where Virtue Lives” by Saladin Ahmed

And Blow Them at the Moon” by Marie Brennan

The Sword of Loving Kindness” by Chris Willrich

The Ghost of Shinoda Forest” by Richard Parks (or any of his Lord Yamada tales)

 

Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo

Bent the Wing, Dark the Cloud” by Fran Wilde

Stormchaser, Stormshaper” by Erin Hoffman

The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted” by A.M. Dellamonica

Good luck!

Full rules for the Seth Dickinson The Monster Baru Cormorant 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 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Wed. Oct 24, 2018. 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 The Monster Baru Cormorant 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, or for books getting lost or damaged in shipping.

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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