Operation Fourth Story: Apex Magazine

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38763-coverEvery month, Apex Magazine includes at least three science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. But the Apex editors who pull twisted, strange, and beautiful works full of marrow and passion out of the slush pile have a lofty dream: to bring you at least four great stories a month. For a magazine committed to paying five cents a word, dreams come at a price. To find funding for the much-sought-after fourth story, Apex editors could have decided to eliminate all one-syllable words from future stories, thus saving 25% or so on costs. But where would Apex Magazine be without love, screech, wolf, and pie? The sacrifice would have been too great. Instead, in an effort to attract new subscribers, the editors decided to lower Apex Magazine’s annual subscription rate to $17.95 for a limited time. Click here to become a new subscriber and to show your support for the worker bees of the syllable world.

(Edit: see below for the official Apex press release on Operation Fourth Story. –Michael)

Operation Fourth Story

Apex Publications is happy to announce the launch of Operation Fourth Story! So far 2014 has been a great year for Apex Magazine. A new editorial team led by Editor-in-chief Sigrid Ellis took over January 1st, submissions and web readership are both at record levels, and our subscriber base has steadily grown.

The Apex Magazine team has decided to use this momentum and take the magazine to a new level, to make it bigger and better than ever before.

April 3rd through April 17th Apex will be executing Operation Fourth Story, with the intention of gaining enough revenue via subscriptions and/or patrons to be able to add a fourth original short story to each issue. We’ve determined that we will need approximately 250 new subscriptions through a combination of Apex, Weightless, Amazon, and Patreon to reach our goal.

During Operation Fourth Story, yearly subscriptions to Apex Magazine will be available on discount for $17.95 both direct from Apex and through Weightless Books.

As an added incentive, anyone who subscribes during this period direct from Apex, through Weightless or Amazon, or by becoming our patron on Patreon will also receive a free Apex eBook of their choice. (Go to http://www.apexbookcompany.com/books/ or http://weightlessbooks.com/category/publisher/apex-book-company/ to see our full catalog.) To receive the free eBook forward the subscription receipt or confirmation email to Lesley at lesley@apexbookcompany.com and let her know which book you would like.

Finally, when Apex meets our goal of 250 new subscriptions, we will randomly select one subscriber to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

Already an Apex Magazine subscriber? Renew your subscription during Operation Fourth Story to take advantage of the fantastic price and to claim your free Apex eBook.

For full details about Operation Fourth Story, please see the announcement on the Apex blog: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/2014/04/operation-fourth-story/

APEX PUBLICATIONS (www.apexbookcompany.com) is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the twice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Tom Piccirilli, Catherynne M. Valente, and Lavie Tidhar.

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