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Regarding Submissions

by on Nov 24, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I’ve been getting quite a few queries lately about stories submitted in September and early October. And while a lot of them are simply a case of our responses getting stuck in Spam filters, I’m also finding that we’ve had some that seem to have gotten lost in our transition from the Gmail account to Submittable. I want to find these lost stories, but without a heads up from the authors that I should be looking for them, it’s next to impossible. So, if you submitted a story to us prior to our switch to Submittable, and you haven’t gotten a response, please let me know. Just send me a quick email at lesley@apex-magazine.com with the title of...

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Dear Poets: Submission advice from our poetry editor Bianca Spriggs

by on Nov 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Thank you in advance for your submission to Apex Magazine! Because the nature of submitting work can sometimes be elusive, in order to stand out from the slush, I just wanted to take a minute and give you a few ideas as to what I’m looking for, what I don’t necessarily care to read, and also a few general tips that can only benefit all of us! What I Love to Read: Regarding content: Thrill me. Surprise me. Make me laugh. Make me shiver. I want to feel something when I read your work. I want work that is innovative, that doesn’t flinch, that challenges my boundaries but is unapologetic in doing so. I am into poems that declare, “You wanted to read me—now you gotta deal...

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Apex Magazine Seeks Podcast Producer

by on Nov 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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We are in need of a podcast producer. The Apex Magazine podcast is released monthly in unison with new issues (the first Tuesday of every month). Each podcast is made up of an intro, an outro, and one short story. Our publishing platforms are iTunes and Libsyn. Podcast Producer Responsibilities: Assigning narration Recording the intro (story title, author name, publication information) Recording the outro (author bio, credits, copyright) Editing the intro (opening music, intro recording, music fade down) Editing the outro (music fade up after story is finished, outro recording, fade-up) Export Mp3 Upload to iTunes Upload to Libsyn This is a paid position. If...

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Clavis Aurea #18: Sara Saab, Nino Cipri, Eric Francis, Christopher Barzak

by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

There are lots of reasons, I’m sure, why authors choose children as narrators. Maybe because they are unreliable or innocent narrators, or because they approach situations with less bias and can get into places grown-ups can’t. Personally, I think it is mostly because children are tiny sociopaths. Their moral compasses aren’t very well-developed and nuance is lost on them. We forgive them some pretty alarming behaviour. A child making a poor decision is tragic, where an adult making the same decision becomes unlikable. In the hands of a young narrator, we can enjoy heavy-handed justice uncomplicated by the question of the punishment’s morality,...

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Steal the Spotlight contest winners!

by on Oct 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The time has come to announce the winners of Apex Magazine‘s Steal the Spotlight micro fiction contest. But first some fun facts. We announced the contest and opened submissions on September 1st, accepting entries until October 15th, giving you all a month and a half to write up and send in your best micro fiction. In that time period we received and read 1,410 entries! Yeah! Seriously, you guys rocked this contest! To give you a little perspective, when we ran our Christmas themed micro fiction contest last year, we received just over 500 entries and were floored by the response. To say we were surprised to get nearly three times that many for the Steal the...

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Clavis Aurea #17: Gemma Files, Sonya Taaffe, Penny Stirling

by on Oct 31, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Story is a lovely thing, but a story’s language can lovely all by itself. On a story-to-language spectrum, I confess to being a Utilitarian who prefers her reading to slope towards the story end, but while I typically avoid poetry, I do have an anomalous infatuation with nonsense and complicated, probably unnecessarily archaic language. Gemma Files’ “Drawn Up From Deep Places” (Beneath Ceaseless Skies #159) certainly never uses one word when a thing can be said with a whole paragraph. Set in her “Hammer Pirates” world (which also houses “Trap-Weed,” “Two Captains,” and an upcoming story in Kaleidotrope), this tale of magic and pirates lets loose the full...

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