To celebrate the release of BCS author Charles Payseur’s new short story collection The Burning Day and Other Strange Stories, BCS is giving away a signed advance copy of the collection. 

The Burning Day covers a range of genres and perspectives and includes the BCS stories “Rivers Run Free” and “Undercurrents,” both set in a world where rivers are sentient characters and can transform into humanoid form. Other non-human points of view that the collection explores include cartoon coyotes, sentient stars, and half-ghosts. 

This giveaway will take place Tuesday July 20 on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine. It will run from 2 PM EST until 5 PM EST.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is tweet your favorite BCS story that has a non-human main character or protagonist. However you choose to define that, by any author, in any issue of BCS

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that have a main character or protagonist who is not human:

The Mermaid Astronaut” by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5 and podcast BCS 254

Daughters With Bloody Teeth” by Marika Bailey, BCS #321

Throwing Stones” by Mishell Baker, BCS #47

One Ear Back” by Tina Connolly, BCS #97 and podcast BCS 084

The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars” by A.J. Fitzwater, BCS #252 and podcast BCS 219


Primaflora’s Journey” by Cat Rambo, BCS #170

Gennesaret” by Phoenix Alexander, BCS #246 – Science-Fantasy Month 4 and podcast BCS 212

Song of the Water Bear” by Laine Bell, BCS #299 – Science-Fantasy Month 5

Waiting for Number Five” by Tom Crosshill, BCS #40 and podcast BCS 036

Knowing Neither Kin Nor Foe” by Nancy Fulda, BCS #40


A Flower Cannot Love the Hand” by Aimee Ogden, BCS #332 and podcast BCS 280

When Sirens Sing of Roses and of Delegated Power” by Nin Harris, BCS #272 and podcast BCS 233

The Starship and the Temple Cat” by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS #244 – Science-Fantasy Month 4 and podcast BCS 210

Precious Meat” by Catherine S. Perdue, BCS #5 and podcast BCS 005

Mamafield” by Corie Ralston, BCS #61 and podcast BCS 053


Speak Easy, Suicide Selkies” by E. Catherine Tobler, BCS #255

Only the Messenger” by Emily C. Skaftun, BCS #299 – Science-Fantasy Month 5

My Sister’s Wings Are Red” by Christine Tyler, BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5

Rivers Run Free” by Charles Payseur, BCS #230 and podcast BCS 201

Undercurrents” by Charles Payseur, BCS #274 and podcast BCS 235

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196

Good luck!

Full rules for the Charles Payseur The Burning Day 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 was published in BCS. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that was published 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 Tues. July 20, 2021. 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 Burning Day 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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