Apex Magazine picks up two Hugo Award nominations!

by on Apr 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Our short fiction digital zine Apex Magazine has picked up two Hugo Award nominations! *Best Semiprozine, Apex Magazine and editors Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Jason Sizemore This is the trio’s third nomination in a row! *Best Short Story, “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” (Click here to read) by Rachel Swirksy (Issue 46, March 2013) For a full list of nominees, go here. They will be presented at Loncon 3, London, United Kingdom, August 17, 2014 Apex wishes congratulations Lynne, Michael, Jason, Rachel, and all the other Hugo nominees. Well...

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Operation Fourth Story: Word Limit Increase

by on Apr 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

There’s been a lot of chatter behind the scenes of how to use the extra 4000 to 5000 words of original fiction we’ll be able to add if we reach our goal of 250 new subscribers through Operation Fourth Story. Sure, it would allow us to add an additional story to each issue of the magazine, but that isn’t the only possibility. Currently the Apex Magazine submission guidelines state that we have a firm 5000 word limit. Perfect length for some real short story gems and it works beautifully with the current word limit for each issue of the magazine. Unfortunately, not all stories fit comfortably within those restrictions. Some authors write amazing...

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Clavis Aurea #3: Dean Wells, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, LaShawn M. Wanak, and Yoon Ha Lee

by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Presenting good secondary worlds in short fiction can be a challenge. There simply isn’t a lot of space for worldbuilding. Writers have waged war on the problem using a variety of tactics, but most often short stories resort to using worlds the reader is familiar with: our own, a commonly-used generic setting with familiar tropes, or a specific, previously-established world the reader is assumed to be familiar with. Yet many of us come to speculative fiction because we want to discover new worlds and new people, and so a meaningful story set in a well-built world is a holy grail. Presenting good secondary worlds in short fiction can be a challenge. There simply...

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Operation Fourth Story

by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

So far 2014 has been a good year for Apex Magazine. We have a new editorial team, led by Editor-in-chief Sigrid Ellis, submissions and web readership are at record levels, and yearly subscribers are on a steady rise. With this in mind, we’ve decided we want to take the magazine to a new level. We want to make it bigger and better than it already is. We want to give you more. Launch Operation Fourth Story! Over the next two weeks (April 3rd to April 17th) we’re going to be showcasing Apex Magazine – and short fiction in general – here on the Apex blog and across the web. Every day we’ll have guest posts from authors, editors, and bloggers about the importance...

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Clavis Aurea #2: David Stevens, Charlie Jane Anders, and A. Merc Rustad

by on Mar 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

There is a moment in David Stevens’s “My Life as a Lizard” (Crossed Genres #15) when the protagonist laments, “Why do I keep doing shit no one would expect me to?” It’s a moment of pure honesty from the narrator, as he isn’t talking about his actions in that moment. He is bemoaning his entire existence; every decision that has led him to the climax of his piece. His problem, as he sees it, is not that his brain is having trouble readjusting to life as a human after a period spent as a lizard – it’s that he’s the sort of person who volunteered to become a lizard in the first place. I have a bottomless reservoir of sympathy for...

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Apex Magazine essay wins the Galactic Suburbia Award

by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Congratulations to Deb Stanish! Her essay “Fangirl Isn’t a Dirty Word” appeared in issue 52 of Apex Magazine and has been honored with the Galactic Suburbia award. The award is given for activism and/or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction. The award is named after the Galactic Suburbia podcast. You can listen to the latest episode right here. You can read “Fangirl Isn’t a Dirty Word”...

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