Beneath Ceaseless Skies 250th Issue Subscription Drive!

by Scott H. Andrews

BCS 250th Issue Subscription Drive: buy or renew your BCS Subscription now and help BCS toward our drive goals: raising our word count for submissions to 15,000, 16,000, 18,000, or 20,000 words!

To celebrate the 250th issue of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, we’re having a Subscription Drive!

Since BCS debuted in October 2008–almost ten years ago!–we’ve published 250 issues, 525 stories, and 240 audio podcasts. We’ve been a finalist for seven Hugo Awards, six World Fantasy Awards, five Nebula Awards, and numerous BSFA, Locus, 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.”

We’ve published writers making their first pro sale, neo-pro authors, and well-known award-winners. We’ve written personalized replies to every single submission. Last year, we published a five-hour podcast novella and stories that were nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

And there’s more to come! BCS this year will feature new work by K.J. Parker, Richard Parks, Chris Willrich, Margaret Ronald, Fran Wilde, Marissa Lingen, A. Merc Rustad, P. Djèlí Clark, E. Catherine Tobler, Tamara Vardomskaya, A.J. Fitzwater, Troy Wiggins, and many promising newcomers. Plus a Tenth Anniversary Double-Issue, two guest-narrated podcasts with BCS #250, awe-inspiring cover art, and more.

Ebook subscriptions to BCS are only $15.99 for a full year/26 issues (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 May 11, 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: 14,000 words.

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

  • At 50 new/renewing subscribers, BCS will raise our submissions word-count limit to 15,000 words.
  • At 100 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise our word-count limit to 16,000 words.
  • At 200 new/renewing subscribers, we’ll raise it to 18,000 words.
  • At 250 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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