News
Slush Update, 09/04/21
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before June 28, 2021 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before June 28 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.

Leave a Comment »
Slush Update, 08/25/21
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before June 14, 2021 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before June 14 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.

Leave a Comment »
Slush Update, 08/21/21
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before June 6, 2021 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before June 6 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.

Leave a Comment »
We’re Here Best-Of Anthology Giveaway
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the release of the new anthology We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020 (Neon Hemlock), edited by BCS authors C.L. Clark and series editor Charles Payseur, BCS is giving away a copy of the anthology.

We’re Here contains sixteen stories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that feature queer characters and themes, pulled from a diverse assortment of short fiction publications. It includes “To Balance the Weight of Khalem” by R.B. Lemberg, which appeared in BCS  #300.

BCS author C.L. Clark (“The Captain and the Quartermaster” in BCS #326 and podcast BCS 275; “Forgive Me, My Love, for the Ice and the Sea” in BCS #296 and podcast BCS 252) edited this volume, for 2020, and BCS author Charles Payseur (“Undercurrents” in BCS #274 and podcast BCS 235; “Rivers Run Free” in BCS #230 and podcast BCS 201) is the series editor for this new Best-Of anthology series from publisher Neon Hemlock.

This giveaway will take place Thurs. Aug. 19 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 what your favorite BCS story is that has queer main character(s) or that features queer characters or themes. However you choose to define it; by any author, in any issue of BCS

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that could be said to have queer main character(s) or feature queer themes:

What the Wind Saw” by Evey Brett, BCS #336

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

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

Forgive Me, My Love, for the Ice and the Sea” by C.L. Clark, BCS #296 and podcast BCS 252

The Captain and the Quartermaster” by C.L. Clark, BCS #326 and podcast BCS 275

 

The Colors of Sand” by Anna Winterstein, BCS #326

Every Tiny Tooth and Claw (or: Letters from the First Month of the New Directorate)” by Marissa Lingen, BCS #295 and podcast BCS 251

The Lingering Weight of Estrian Steel” by Rajan Khanna, BCS #334

Clever Jack, Heavy with Stories” by R.K. Duncan, BCS #304

The Moneylender’s Angel” by Robert Minto, BCS #296

 

Do Not Look Back, My Lion” by Alix E. Harrow, BCS #270

Two Bodies in Basting Stitch” by A.J. Lucy, BCS #227 and podcast BCS 198

The Garden Where No One Ever Goes” by P H Lee, BCS #318 and podcast BCS 269

Suddenwall” by Sara Saab, BCS #220 and podcast BCS 191

Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS #194 – Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168

 

To Balance the Weight of Khalem” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #300

Geometries of Belonging” by R.B. Lemberg, BCS #183

Y Brenin,” by Cae Hawksmoor, BCS #167

The Coffinmaker’s Love” by Alberto Yáñez, BCS #131

Bearslayer and the Black Knight” by Tom Crosshill, BCS #92 and podcast BCS 080

 

The Boy Who Would Not Be Enchanted” by A.M. Dellamonica, BCS #209

Two Captains” by Gemma Files, BCS #125

The Candle Queen” by Ephiny Gale, BCS #295

Women in Sandstone” by Alex Dally MacFarlane, BCS #145

The Crow Knight” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, BCS #262

 

Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow, BCS #113 and podcast BCS 100

Requiem for the Unchained” by Cae Hawksmoor, BCS #217

She Who Hungers, She Who Waits” by Cassandra Khaw, BCS #248 and podcast BCS 214

Men of the Ashen Morrow” by Margaret Killjoy, BCS #218 and podcast BCS 190

Blood, Stone, Water” by A.J. Fitzwater, BCS #118

Good luck!

Full rules for the We’re Here anthology 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 that arguably has queer main character(s) or that features queer characters or themes. Comments that do not mention the title of a work of short fiction that was published in BCS that arguably has queer main character(s) or that features queer characters or themeswill not enter you in the giveaway.

You must tweet your tweet between 2PM Eastern Standard Time and 5PM Eastern Standard Time on Thurs. Aug. 19, 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 We’re Here 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!

Leave a Comment »
Slush Update, 08/04/21
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before May 31, 2021 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before May 31 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.

Leave a Comment »
Slush Update, 07/31/21
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before May 22, 2021 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before May 22 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.

Leave a Comment »
Josh Rountree Collection Giveaway on Twitter
Posted in: BCS Authors Elsewhere, Giveaways by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate the release of BCS author Josh Rountree’s new short story collection Fantastic Americana: Stories (Fairwood Press), BCS is giving away a signed copy of the collection.

Fantastic Americana: Stories is a mix of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Its stories cross the landscape of nineteenth and twentieth century America and range out far into the future, with wolves and witches; giants and supernatural killers; ghost chickens and cosmic terrors. It includes Josh’s BCS stories “The Guadalupe Witch” (BCS #322 and podcast BCS 272) and “February Moon” (BCS #303), set in an alternate nineteenth-century Texas.

This giveaway will take place Tues. Aug. 10 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 what your favorite Weird Western story from BCS is. However you choose to define “Weird Western,” by any author, in any issue of BCS.

To get you started, here are some stories from past issues of BCS that could be called Weird Western (including all the stories in our BCS anthology Ceaseless West: Weird Western Stories from Beneath Ceaseless Skies):

Pale” by Kathryn Allen, BCS #37 and podcast BCS 035

Through the Doorways, Whiskey Chile” by S.H. Mansouri, BCS #273

Mister Hadj’s Sunset Ride” by Saladin Ahmed, BCS #43 and podcast BCS 039

The Heart That Saves You May Be Your Own” by Merrie Haskell, BCS #313 and podcast BCS 267

 

The Patron” by Derrick Boden, BCS #312

The Science and Artistry of Snake Oil Salesmanship” by Timothy Mudie, BCS #317

Scapegoat” by Holly Messinger, BCS #293

Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, BCS #27, First Anniversary Double-Issue

The Crooked Mile” by Dan Rabarts, BCS #127

 

The Good Deaths, Part II” by Angela Ambroz, BCS #156 and podcast BCS 134

The Sixth Day” by Sylvia Anna Hivén, BCS #169 and podcast BCS 147

The Heart of the Rail” by Mark Teppo, BCS #101

Hangman” by Erin Cashier, BCS #10 and podcast BCS 010

 

Bandit and the Seventy Raccoon War” by Don Allmon, BCS #103

A Feast for Dust” by Gemma Files, BCS #132 and podcast BCS 114

The Warriors, The Mothers, The Drowned” by Kay Chronister, BCS #174 and podcast BCS 152

Haxan” by Kenneth Mark Hoover, BCS #13 and podcast BCS 016

 

The Guadalupe Witch” by Josh Rountree, BCS #322 and podcast BCS 272

February Moon” by Josh Rountree, BCS #303

The Judge’s Right Hand” by J.S. Bangs, BCS #79, Third Anniversary Double-Issue and podcast BCS 070

The Angel Azrael Rode into the Town of Burnt Church on a Dead Horse” by Peter Darbyshire, BCS #76

Good luck!

Full rules for the Josh Rountree Fantastic Americana: 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 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. Aug. 10, 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 Fantastic Americana 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!

Leave a Comment »
BCS Authors Elsewhere: World Fantasy Award Finalists
Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. 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.

Leave a Comment »
Slush Update, 07/21/21
Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before May 13, 2021 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before May 13 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.

Leave a Comment »
text