BCS reported our circulation statistics for 2017 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 2017, BCS published 26 issues, containing 53 pieces of original fiction (43 stories, 9 novelettes, and one novella) plus one reprint, 22 podcast episodes, and our eighth Best of BCS reprint anthology.
The BCS website averaged 61,000 unique visitors per month, up 40% from 37,500 in 2016. Episodes of the BCS podcasts episodes averaged 13,000 downloads per episode, up 30% from 10,000 in 2016.
Highlights of 2017 included our 500th story, “The Şiret Mask” by Marie Brennan, in November; our Ninth Anniversary Double-Issue, in October; and the 200th episode of the BCS Podcast, BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power by Rose Lemberg, a five-hour full-length novella.
Accolades included a fifth Hugo finalist for Best Semiprozine, a seventh World Fantasy Award finalist, and two stories named finalist for the Nebula Awards. Fiction singled out or selected for Year’s Bests included “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, “Whatever Knight Comes” by Ryan Row, “The Şiret Mask” by Marie Brennan (our 500th story!), and “On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts” and “In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil” by Richard Parks.
Overall, our biggest year yet at BCS, with an increase in listenership for the BCS podcasts and a huge increase in readership on the website. Thank you to our readers and fans, and we look forward to 2018!