Posts by Lesley Conner

Operation Fourth Story: The Final Day!

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 1 comment

This is it. The last day of Operation Fourth Story. Unless you’ve been living in a bunker on a self-imposed internet sabbatical for the past two weeks, I’m sure you know what Operation Fourth Story is, but there have been a flurry of updates, reviews, guest posts, and interviews over the last fifteen days,  and I wanted to take a moment to summarize everything that’s been going on just in case you missed something. Operation Fourth Story is our subscription push to get enough new subscribers to have the revenue to add an additional 4000 to 5000 words of original fiction to each issue of Apex Magazine. We’ve run the numbers and found that to do...

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Operation Fourth Story: Word Limit Increase

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

There’s been a lot of chatter behind the scenes of how to use the extra 4000 to 5000 words of original fiction we’ll be able to add if we reach our goal of 250 new subscribers through Operation Fourth Story. Sure, it would allow us to add an additional story to each issue of the magazine, but that isn’t the only possibility. Currently the Apex Magazine submission guidelines state that we have a firm 5000 word limit. Perfect length for some real short story gems and it works beautifully with the current word limit for each issue of the magazine. Unfortunately, not all stories fit comfortably within those restrictions. Some authors write amazing...

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Operation Fourth Story: An Update

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

As of this morning, we’ve gotten 60 new subscriptions toward our goal of 250 for Operation Fourth Story. 60…. Hmmm…. Obviously we still have a ways to go if we want to be able to add an additional 4000 to 5000 words of original fiction to each issue of Apex Magazine. That’s why we need your help. Yeah, you, sitting there reading this thinking, “I already have a subscription. Nothing I can do to help.” There is something you can do. Tell people about Apex. Post a link to Operation Fourth Story on Facebook. Tweet about your favorite story from Apex Magazine (include our twitter handle @ApexBookCompany, and I’ll retweet it to help...

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Congratulations, Amal El-Mohtar and Catherynne M. Valente!

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

We’re thrilled to learn that Amal El Mohtar and Catherynne M. Valente have both been nominated for Rhysling awards for poems they had published in Apex Magazine. (You can find a full list of all the poems nominated here.) Amal El- Mohtar’s poem “Turning the Leaves” appeared in Apex Magazine Issue 55, and was nominated in the Short Poems category. Catherynne M. Valente’s poem “A Great Clerk of Necromancy” appeared in Apex Magazine Issue 50, and was nominated in the Long Poems category. Congratulations to both Amal El-Mohtar and Catherynne M. Valente, and to all the other...

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Operation Fourth Story

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 9 comments

So far 2014 has been a good year for Apex Magazine. We have a new editorial team, led by Editor-in-chief Sigrid Ellis, submissions and web readership are at record levels, and yearly subscribers are on a steady rise. With this in mind, we’ve decided we want to take the magazine to a new level. We want to make it bigger and better than it already is. We want to give you more. Launch Operation Fourth Story! Over the next two weeks (April 3rd to April 17th) we’re going to be showcasing Apex Magazine – and short fiction in general – here on the Apex blog and across the web. Every day we’ll have guest posts from authors, editors, and bloggers about the importance...

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