BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2016 to Locus magazine, for their annual February issue that lists such data for magazines in F/SF short fiction. We will also post them here.
In 2016, BCS published 26 issues, containing 56 pieces of fiction (37 stories, 18 novelettes, all originals; and one reprint). We also released 29 podcast episodes (23 originals and 6 episodes of The BCS Audio Vault), and our seventh Best of BCS ebook anthology.
BCS averaged 37,500 unique web visitors per month in 2016, compared to 37,000 in 2015.
The BCS podcast averaged 10,000 downloads per episode, up from 6700 per episode in 2015. Many episodes from past years continued to receive 3000-6000 new downloads in 2016.
Highlights of 2016 included a fourth Hugo Award finalist for Best Semiprozine, a sixth World Fantasy Award finalist, over thirty stories named to the Tangent Recommended Reading List, and stories named finalists for the Nebula and Parsec Awards. Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “In Skander, for a Boy” by Chaz Brenchley, “Laws of Night and Silk” by Seth Dickinson, “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, “A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard, and “Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee.
Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS, especially for the BCS podcasts. Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2017!