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Congratulations to Amal El-Mohtar, winner of the Rhysling Award

by on Dec 18, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Apex Magazine congratulates the wonderful Amal El-Mohtar for her Rhysling Award-winning poem “Turning the Leaves” that appeared in issue 55. Read “Turning the Leaves” here. ABOUT THE RHYSLING AWARDS Nominees for each year’s Rhysling Awards are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Each member is allowed to nominate one work in each of two categories: “Best Long Poem” (50+ lines; for prose poems, 500+ words) and “Best Short Poem” (0–49 lines; for prose poems, 0–499 words). All nominated works must have been published during the preceding calendar year of the awards year. The Rhysling Awards are put to a final...

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Clavis Aurea #20: Best Short Fiction of 2014

by on Dec 11, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I have always wanted to do a year’s best roundup, but this is the first year I have read enough releases from a single year to make it worthwhile. In 2014, I read approximately 500 SFF short stories from a range of online zines, paper magazines, and anthologies, representing maybe half of the published fiction that came my way. There is such a sea of worthwhile material being published today that it is a wonder any of it gets the readership it deserves, let alone that any of it can manage to rise above the rest and stand candidate for the best of the year. Despite a brain crammed full of worthy candidates, I did find a handful of stories had stuck with me better...

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Clavis Aurea #19: Neal Stephenson, Ken Liu, Annalee Newitz

by on Dec 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Is there anywhere else in the literary world where a 10,000-word presentation on technology will be happily embraced as leisure reading? Are there heartwarming stories in Reader’s Digest that are really just treatises on Moebius knitting, or crime novels that are little more than detailed explorations of maceration? Is there is a reading group out there somewhere that meets each week to discuss the latest narratives in stonemasonry? Framed as any other literary style, such stories seem absurd and yet so much of my favourite science fiction is just that: “visions of the future” with a few characters along to illustrate useful examples, fictional only because the...

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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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