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BCS Authors Elsewhere: World Fantasy Award Finalists
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott Andrews

Congratulations to all the BCS authors named finalists for the 2021 World Fantasy Awards for their work appearing elsewhere!

  • Jordan Taylor (“La Orpheline” in BCS #269) for Short Fiction

  • C.C. Finlay (“The Hummingbird Temple” in BCS #300, Special Double-Issue) for Special Award–Professional

BCS is recognized again this year with one finalist, your Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, me (Scott H. Andrews), for Special Award–Non-Professional.

Congratulations, all! And thanks very much to all who found the magazine worthy.

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BCS Authors Elsewhere – 2021 Ignyte Awards Finalists
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast named a finalist for the Ignyte Award for Best Fiction Podcast, several BCS authors had other work named finalists for the 2021 Ignyte Awards, presented by FiyahCon.

  • P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe” in BCS #253) for Best Novella
  • Tamara Jerée (“In Case You’re the One to Devour a Star,” forthcoming in BCS later this year) for Best in Creative Nonfiction

Congratulations, all!

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BCS Authors Elsewhere – 2021 Hugo Award Finalists
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to Yoon Ha Lee’s “The Mermaid Astronaut” from BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5 voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, a bunch of BCS authors had other works voted finalists for the 2021 Hugo Awards, in a fantastic variety of categories!

  • P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe” in BCS #253) for Best Novella
  • Rae Carson (“The Crystal Stair,” as Rae Carson Finlay and co-authored with Charles Coleman Finlay, in BCS #3 and #4) for Best Short Story

Congratulations, all!

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BCS Stories on Locus 2020 Recommended Reading List
Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Nine pieces from BCS made the 2020 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Rich Horton, Jonathan Strahan, Paula Guran, Karen Burnham, and many others.

The BCS pieces named to the list:

Short Story:

Forgive Me, My Love, for the Ice and the Sea,” C.L. Clark (BCS #296, 01/30/20)

The Mermaid Astronaut,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #298 – Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

Never a Butterfly, Nor a Moth With Moon-Painted Wings,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #300, Special Double-Issue, 04/02/20)

Deep in the Drift, Spinning,” Lisa L. Hannett (BCS #312, 09/10/20)

 

Novelette:

The Ordeal,” M. Bennardo (BCS #297, 02/13/20)

The Black-Eyed Goddess of Apple Trees and Farmers’ Wives,” Erin Eisenhour (BCS #308, 07/16/20)

To Balance the Weight of Khalem,” R.B. Lemberg (BCS #300, Special Double-Issue, 04/02/20)

Girls with Needles and Frost,” Jenny Rae Rappaport (BCS #315, 10/22/20)

As The Shore To The Tides, So Blood Calls To Blood,” Karlo Yeager Rodríguez (BCS #301, 04/09/20)

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

Congratulations, all!

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2021 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 2020 (including nine named to the Locus Recommended Reading List) 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 2020, which is BCS #294 through BCS #319, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2020 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, if you find us worthy.

Best Short Story:

The Mermaid Astronaut,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

Never a Butterfly, Nor a Moth With Moon-Painted Wings,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #304, 05/21/20)

Deep in the Drift, Spinning,” Lisa L. Hannett (BCS #312, 09/10/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Garden Where No One Ever Goes,” PH Lee (BCS #318, 12/03/20)

 

Best Novelette:

To Balance the Weight of Khalem,” R.B. Lemberg (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

Girls with Needles and Frost,” Jenny Rae Rappaport (BCS #315, 10/22/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Best Novella:

Bound by Sorrow,” Maurice Broaddus (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

For information on Hugo nominating, look for a Hugo Awards page on the website of the 2021 Worldcon, DisCon III. 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 2020, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

Claudette Dulac and the Devil of the North,” Genevieve Sinha (BCS #294, 01/02/20)

Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate),” Marissa Lingen (BCS #295, 01/16/20)

The Candle Queen,” Ephiny Gale (BCS #295, 01/16/20)

Forgive Me, My Love, for the Ice and the Sea,” C.L. Clark (BCS #296, 01/30/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Moneylender’s Angel,” R.H. Cloake (BCS #296, 01/30/20)

John Simnel’s First Goshawk,” Tegan Moore (BCS #297, 02/13/20)

 

The Mermaid Astronaut,” Yoon Ha Lee (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

The Spoils,” Aliya Whiteley (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

The Glassblower of Galilei,” Katrina Smith (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

The Sniper and I,” Rich Larson (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

Truth as a Prize,” R.Z. Held (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

Song of the Water Bear,” Laine Bell (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

 

Uzumaki of the Lake,” Richard Parks (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

Never a Butterfly, Nor a Moth With Moon-Painted Wings,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

Her Cage of Root and Bone,” Kali Wallace (BCS #301, 04/09/20)

Who Goes Against a Waste of Waters,” Eleanna Castroianni (BCS #302, 04/23/20)

 

Lonely Children Lost at Sea,” Wendy Nikel (BCS #302, 04/23/20)

February Moon,” Josh Rountree (BCS #303, 05/07/20)

Fox Red, Life Red, Teeth Like Snow,” Devin Miller (BCS #303, 05/07/20)

 

Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #304, 05/21/20)

The Honey of the World and the Queen of Crows,” Dimitra Nikolaidou (BCS #304, 05/21/20)

The Widow,” Emma Törzs (BCS #305, 06/04/20)

Breath Of The Sahara,” Inegbenoise O. Osagie (BCS #305, 06/04/20)

 

Kill the Witchman,” William Broom (BCS #306, 06/18/20)

The Augur and the Girl Left at His Door,” Greta Hayer (BCS #306, 06/18/20)

Buttercream and Broken Wings,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #307, 07/02/20)

Seven Dreams of a Valley,” Prashanth Srivatsa (BCS #307, 07/02/20)

 

It Is Not From Heaven,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #308, 07/16/20)

The Many Lives of an Abiku,” Tobi Ogundiran (BCS #309, 07/30/20)

Satin and Velvet,” R.H. Cloake (BCS #309, 07/30/20)

 

The Past, Like a River In Flood,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #311, 08/27/20)

Doorway, Smile, Kiss, Fox,” Jeremy Packert Burke (BCS #311, 08/27/20)

Deep in the Drift, Spinning,” Lisa L. Hannett (BCS #312, 09/10/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Patron,” Derrick Boden (BCS #312, 09/10/20)

 

A Minor Exorcism,” Richard Parks (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 10/08/20)

The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own,” Merrie Haskell (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/24/20)

A Tally of What Remains,” R.Z. Held (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/24/20)

A Land of Blood and Snow,” Cooper Anderson (BCS #316, 11/05/20)

 

The Garden Where No One Ever Goes,” PH Lee (BCS #318, 12/03/20)

After Me, The Flood,” Elizabeth Zuckerman (BCS #318, 12/03/20)

“And The Ones Who Walk In,” Sarah Avery (BCS #319, 12/17/20)

“The City Still Dreams of Her Name,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #319, 12/17/20)

 

Best Novelette:

These Wondrous Sweets,” Tony Pi (BCS #294, 01/02/20)

The Ordeal,” M. Bennardo (BCS #297, 02/13/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

My Sister’s Wings Are Red,” Christine Tyler (BCS #298 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 02/27/20)

Where the World Ends Without Us,” Jason Sanford (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

Only the Messenger,” Emily C. Skaftun (BCS #299 Science-Fantasy Month 5, 03/12/20)

 

The Hummingbird Temple,” C.C. Finlay (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

To Balance the Weight of Khalem,” R.B. Lemberg (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

As The Shore To The Tides, So Blood Calls To Blood,” Karlo Yeager Rodríguez (BCS #301, 04/09/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Black-Eyed Goddess of Apple Trees and Farmers’ Wives,” Erin Eisenhour (BCS #308, 07/16/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Fire and Falling,” Andrew Dykstal (BCS #310, 08/13/20)

The Transubstantiation,” Evan Dicken (BCS #310, 08/13/20)

Many Mansions,” K.J. Parker (BCS #313 Twelfth Anniversary Double-Issue, 10/08/20)

The Drowned God’s Heresy,” Lavie Tidhar (BCS #314, 10/08/20)

 

Girls with Needles and Frost,” Jenny Rae Rappaport (BCS #315, 10/22/20) (named to Locus Recommended Reading List)

Degeneration,” Dominic Wright (BCS #315, 10/22/20)

The Gwyddien and the Raven Fiend,” J.T. Greathouse (BCS #316, 11/05/20)

The Science and Artistry of Snake Oil Salesmanship,” Timothy Mudie (BCS #317, 11/19/20)

A Feast from Tile and Stone,” Ryan Eric Dull (BCS #317, 11/19/20)

 

Best Novella:

Bound by Sorrow,” Maurice Broaddus (BCS #300 Special Double-Issue, 03/26/20)

Eyetooth,” Chris Willrich (BCS #314, 10/08/20)

 

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!

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World Fantasy Award Nominations Close May 31
Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

Nominations for the 2020 World Fantasy Awards close next week, Sunday May 31. The WFAs are a juried award, but two of the five finalists in each category are chosen by open nominations. In the past three years, BCS has been a finalist for nine WFAs and won the 2013 WFA for Short Fiction.

For readers interested in nominating, here are details on how to do it, links to several of our best-reviewed stories of the year, and a full list of all eligible BCS stories and which World Fantasy Award category they fit in. (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas.)

Are You Eligible to Nominate?
If you were a member of World Fantasy Con last year (2019, Los Angeles) or the year before (2018, Baltimore) or are a member this year (2020, Salt Lake City), you are eligible to nominate.

Deadline to Nominate:
Voting closes MAY 31, 2020.

How to Nominate:
The WFA Nominations page of the WFC 2020 website has a link to a PDF ballot that can be submitted by paper mail or by email to rturner@arctera.com.

Attendees of recent World Fantasy conventions may have received an email with information and these links.

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2019, which is BCS #268 through BCS #293, inclusive.

Here are a few of our best-reviewed stories of 2019 and which WFA category they fit in. For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

Short Fiction (pieces up to 10,000 words):

Fury at the Crossroads,” Troy L. Wiggins (BCS #276, 04/25/19) (also an Audio Podcast)

Do Not Look Back, My Lion,” Alix E. Harrow (BCS #270, 01/31/19)

The Blighted Godling of Company Town H,” Beth Cato (BCS #268, 01/03/19) (also an Audio Podcast)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

Portrait Of The Artist,” K.J. Parker (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

For more information on the WFA categories, see this old WFC page. If you’re interested in other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

Thanks very much for considering our stories!

 

All World Fantasy Award-Eligible Stories from BCS

This is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for the World Fantasy Awards, and what WFA category they fit in (WFA short fiction categories are different than those for Hugos & Nebulas).

Short Fiction (up to 10,000 words):

The Only Way Out is Through,” Setsu Uzumé (BCS #293, 12/19/19)

Nameless in the Winged Court,” Rowenna Miller (BCS #292, 12/05/19)

The Petals of the Godflower,” Kyle Kirrin (BCS #292, 12/05/19)

Swimming Apart,” R.Z. Held (BCS #291, 11/21/19)

 

The Gods Come to Sredna,” T.S. McAdams (BCS #290, 11/07/19)

The Two Sides of Home,” Timothy Mudie (BCS #290, 11/07/19)

The Butcher, the Baker,” Mike Allen (BCS #289, 10/ 24/19)

The Edges of the World,” Grace Seybold (BCS #288, 10/ 10/19)

 

Under Their Wings, These Starving Ghosts,” Grace Yang (BCS #288, 10/ 10/19)

Sankalpa,” Marie Brennan (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

One Found in a World of the Lost,” Shweta Adhyam (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

The Silent Flowers of the Magician’s Garden,” Eleanna Castroianni (BCS #286, 09/12/19)

 

Witch’s Road,” Christian K. Martinez (BCS #286, 09/12/19)

A Song for the Leadwood Tree,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #285, 08/29/19)

The Sweetest Fruit of Summer,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #285, 08/29/19)

The Mirror Dialogues,” Jason S. Ridler (BCS #284, 08/15/19)

 

Elegy of a Lanthornist,” M.E. Bronstein (BCS #284, 08/15/19)

That August Song,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #283, 08/01/19)

Faêl,” Tobi Ogundiran (BCS #282, 07/18/19)

What the River Brings, and What It Takes Away,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #281, 07/04/19)

 

Black, Like Earth,” Jordyn Blanson (BCS #280, 06/20/19)

Revival,” Lisa M. Bradley (BCS #279, 06/06/19)

The Two-Bullet War,” Karen Osborne (BCS #278, 05/ 23/19)

The Bone Flute Quartet,” K.J. Kabza (BCS #277, 05/ 09/19)

 

Fury at the Crossroads,” Troy L. Wiggins (BCS #276, 04/25/19)

Hangdog,” Dayna K. Smith (BCS #276, 04/25/19)

Boiled Bones and Black Eggs,” Nghi Vo (BCS #275, 04/11/19)

The Red Honey Witch,” Jessica Paddock (BCS #275, 04/11/19)

 

Undercurrents,” Charles Payseur (BCS #274, 03/28/19)

New Horizons,” Alexander Stanmyer (BCS #273, 03/14/19)

When Sirens Sing of Roses and of Delegated Power,” Nin Harris (BCS #272, 02/28/19)

The Boy Who Loved Drowning,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #272, 02/28/19)

 

Adrianna in Pomegranate,” Samantha Mills (BCS #271, 02/14/19)

To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #270, 01/31/19)

Do Not Look Back, My Lion,” Alix E. Harrow (BCS #270, 01/31/19)

The Deepest Notes of the Harp and Drum,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #269, 01/17/19)

 

La Orpheline,” Jordan Taylor (BCS #269, 01/17/19)

The Blighted Godling of Company Town H,” Beth Cato (BCS #268, 01/03/19)

The Beast Weeps with One Eye,” Morgan Al-Moor (BCS #268, 01/03/19)

Scapegoat,” Holly Messinger (BCS #293, 12/19/19)

 

The Witch of the Will,” Aaron Perry (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

The Iron Eels,” Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis (BCS #283, 08/01/19)

Gert of the Hundred,” L.S. Johnson (BCS #282, 07/18/19)

Across the Bough Bridge,” Mackenzie Kincaid (BCS #281, 07/04/19)

 

A Handful of Sky,” Elly Bangs (BCS #280, 06/20/19)

Silver Springs,” T.R. North (BCS #279, 06/06/19)

Abacus of Ether,” Stephen Case (BCS #278, 05/ 23/19)

The Thirty-Eight-Hundred Bone Coat,” R.K. Duncan (BCS #277, 05/ 09/19)

 

I Am Destiny,” Emily McIntyre (BCS #274, 03/28/19)

Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile,” S.H. Mansouri (BCS #273, 03/14/19)

Blood, Bone, Seed, Spark,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #271, 02/14/19)

 

Novella (pieces longer than 10,000 words):

The Forge,” Andrew Dykstal (BCS #291, 11/21/19)

The Star Plague,” Rich Larson (BCS #289, 10/ 24/19)

Portrait Of The Artist,” K.J. Parker (BCS #287 Eleventh Anniversary Double-Issue, 09/26/19)

Thank you for considering our stories!

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“Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow a Finalist for the Hugo Award
Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow, in BCS #270, has been voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.

Congratulations, Alix! “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” is a great story of life, family, duty, and parenthood, in a rich fantasy setting.

It is joined on the Hugo ballot by work by a bunch of BCS authors, in categories ranging from Best Novel to Best Novelette to Best Editor, Short Form and Best Fanzine. Congratulations to Caroline for “Carnival Nine” and all the other BCS authors and other finalists.

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BCS Authors Elsewhere – Hugo Award Finalists Hurley, Clark, Pinsker, Yoachim, Carroll, Wilde, Finlay, Payseur
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

In addition to Alix E. Harrow’s “Do Not Look Back, My Lion” from BCS #270 voted a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, a bunch of BCS authors had other works voted finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards, in a fantastic variety of categories!

  • P. Djèlí Clark (“A Tale of Woe” in BCS #253) for Best Novella

Congratulations, all!

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BCS Stories on Locus 2019 Recommended Reading List
Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

A number of pieces from BCS made the 2019 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Jonathan Strahan, Rich Horton, Paula Guran, Karen Burnham, and many others.

The BCS pieces named to the list:

Short Story:

Do Not Look Back, My Lion,” Alix E. Harrow (BCS #270, 1/31/19)

Adrianna in Pomegranate,” Samantha Mills (BCS #271, 2/14/19)

Boiled Bones and Black Eggs,” Nghi Vo (BCS #275, 4/11/19)

 

Novelette:

A Handful of Sky,” Elly Bangs (BCS #280, 6/20/19)

Blood, Bone, Seed, Spark,” Aimee Ogden (BCS #271, 2/14/2019)

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

Congratulations, all!

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