Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2017 Subscription Drive

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by Scott H. Andrews

Our BCS Issue #200 Subscription Drive last year was such a success, we’re having another subscription drive this year!

Since BCS debuted in October 2008, we’ve published 225 issues, 475 stories, and 220 audio podcasts. We’ve been a finalist for five Hugo Awards, six World Fantasy Awards, four Nebula Awards, one BSFA Award, and numerous Aurora, Aurealis, Ditmar, and Parsec Awards. We’ve become the field’s go-to home for character-driven fantasy in secondary-world settings. Locus online says BCS “revived secondary-world fantasy as a respectable subgenre of short fiction… Not a trivial accomplishment.”

And there’s more to come! BCS this year will feature new work by Richard Parks (two stories set in a new world), Margaret Ronald, Rebecca Campbell, Marissa Lingen, Stephen Case, Charles Payseur, Ryan Row, and many promising newcomers. Plus a new Science-Fantasy Month and a new Birdverse novella this summer by Nebula finalist Rose Lemberg, twice as long as any piece BCS has ever published.

Ebook subscriptions to BCS are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues. (That’s less than 30 cents a story!) Subscribers can have issues delivered directly to their Kindle or smart phone, and they get new issues early, a week before the website.

From now until June 2, when you buy a BCS ebook subscription or renew your existing subscription (you can renew at any time), you will help unlock our drive goals.

Since BCS #1 in 2008, over a third of our fiction has been novelette-length or longer. Longer stories work great to show awe-inspiring fantasy worlds, like you’ll find in every issue of BCS. Our word-count limit for submissions has always been among the longest of pro-rate online magazines, and last year as a goal unlocked by our subscription drive, we made it even longer: 11,000 words.

With your help, this year we’d like to make it longer still!

  • At 25 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 12,000 words.
  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 14,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 16,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 20,000 words!

Every subscription makes a difference in helping us pay our authors, for their great stories of all lengths. Thank you for your support of BCS!

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