Short Sales on Short Fiction: Best of Apex Magazine

By Lesley Conner
on May 02, 2016

We’re celebrating short fiction all month long with Short Sales on Short Fiction. Each sale gives you 48 hours to save 40% on either the print or eBook edition of the featured title!

Today’s featured book is Best of Apex Magazine edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner. Save 40% off the cover price today and tomorrow by using coupon code BEST40.

Synopsis:

Whether wandering down endless stairwells, searching for answers in the desert, or reaching out to the stars, for more than six years Apex Magazine has entertained readers with stories that are strange, beautiful, shocking, and surreal. Now, for the first time, editors Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner are collecting the award winning and nominated stories, those chosen by readers as Story of the Year, and their own personal favorites into one anthology.

A Veil that wipes the experiences of war from soldiers’ memories. A witch who faces down both God and the devil to save a soul. A swaying dance that crosses the galaxy to transmit a message. A vampire caught in a web of politics and law by his responsibility to his family. Within this collection, you will find 21 stories that explore what it means to love, to regret, to be human.

With stories by Ursula Vernon, Ken Liu, Rachel Swirsky, Sarah Pinsker, Rich Larson, and more, Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 brings readers some of the best stories Apex Magazine has published so far.

Don’t miss it! This is a great chance to save on fantastic short fiction! Use coupon code BEST40 at checkout to take advantage of this fantastic deal! Get your copy today!

 

Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 is here!

By Lesley Conner
on January 12, 2016

Today's the day! The release of Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner is available now in print and eBook editions!

Buy Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 now!

Whether wandering down endless stairwells, searching for answers in the desert, or reaching out to the stars, for more than six years Apex Magazine has entertained readers with stories that are strange, beautiful, shocking, and surreal. Now, for the first time, editors Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner are collecting the award winning and nominated stories, those chosen by readers as Story of the Year, and their own personal favorites into one anthology.

A Veil that wipes the experiences of war from soldiers’ memories. A witch who faces down both God and the devil to save a soul. A swaying dance that crosses the galaxy to transmit a message. A vampire caught in a web of politics and law by his responsibility to his family. Within this collection, you will find 21 stories that explore what it means to love, to regret, to be human.

With stories by Ursula Vernon, Ken Liu, Rachel Swirsky, Sarah Pinsker, Rich Larson, and more, Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 brings readers some of the best stories Apex Magazine has published so far.

TABLE OF CONTENTS 
Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon 
Going Endo by Rich Larson 
Candy Girl by Chikodili Emelumadu 
If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky 
Advertising at the End of the World Keffy R.M. Kehrli 
The Performance Artist by Lettie Prell 
A Matter of Shapespace by Brian Trent 
Falling Leaves by Liz Argall 
Blood from Stone by Alethea Kontis 
Sexagesimal by Katharine E.K. Duckett 
Keep Talking by Marie Vibbert 
Remembery Day by Sarah Pinsker 
Blood on Beacon Hill by Russell Nichols 
The Green Book by Amal El-Mohtar 
L’esprit de L’escalier by Peter M. Ball 
Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale) by Ian Tregillis 
Build a Dolly by Ken Liu 
Multo by Samuel Marzioli 
Armless Maidens of the American West by Genevieve Valentine 
Pocosin by Ursula Vernon 
She Gave Her Heart, He Took Her Marrow by Sam Fleming

Cover art by Adrian Borda 

Also includes a foreword by Jason Sizemore and afterword by Lesley Conner.

Buy Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1.

Best of Apex Magazine - Readers' Choice

By Lesley Conner
on November 17, 2015

Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 is coming in early December. Editors Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner have selected 20 stories to be included, and now it is time for you, the readers, to select the 21st!

Preorder Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner

The current table of contents is:

  • Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (Issue 56)

  • If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky (Issue 46)

  • The Green Book by Amal El-Mohtar (Issue 18)

  • Candy Girl by Chikodili Emelumadu (Issue 66)

  • Falling Leaves by Liz Argall (Issue 60)

  • A Matter of Shapespace by Brian Trent (Issue 51)

  • Blood from Stone by Alethea Kontis (Issue 43)

  • Sexagesimal by Katharine E.K. Duckett (Issue 40)

  • Keep Talking by Marie Vibbert (Issue 67)       

  • Going Endo by Rich Larson (Issue 74)

  • Remembery Day by Sarah Pinsker (Issue 72)

  • Pocosin by Ursula Vernon (Issue 68)

  • She Gave Her Heart, He Took Her Marrow by Sam Fleming (Issue 79)

  • L’esprit de L’escalier by Peter M. Ball (Issue 16)

  • The Performance Artist by Lettie Prell (Issue 44)

  • Advertising at the End of the World by Keffy R.M. Kehrli (Issue 3)

  • Armless Maidens of the American West by Genevieve Valentine (Issue 39)

  • Blood on Beacon Hill by Russell Nichols (Issue 78)

  • Build-A-Dolly by Ken Liu (Issue 47)

  • Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale) by Ian Tregillis (Issue 17)

    So what will it be? What will be the 21st story - the readers' choice? Fill in the form below and let your voice be heard!

    To refresh your memory on all the amazing stories Apex Magazine has published so far, check out our back catalog.

    Back issues 1 - 50

    Back issue 51 - current

     

     

    Information about sunsetting The Book of Apex series

    By Jason Sizemore
    on November 10, 2015

    Dear Apex Readers and Fans,

    Every couple of years, I would bundle approximately the previous two years of original fiction from Apex Magazine into a print anthology (with accompanying ebook release). I started the series due to a high degree of interest from the magazine's readers for a print version. Over the years, sales of the series has waned as ebooks have become more widely read and accepted by most fans.

    I've decided to let all four volumes of The Book of Apex go out of print. The series will be replaced by an irregular Best of Apex Magazine anthology release. With the Best of Apex Magazine on the horizon, Monday will be the last day you will be able to order The Book of Apex Volume 1 through 4.

    The four books are available in bundle packs or separately. Purchase links are provided below if you're interested in picking them up before they're gone.

    The Book of Apex Bundles (Volumes 1 through 4)

    The Book of Apex: Volume 1 edited by Jason Sizemore

    The Book of Apex: Volume 2 edited by Jason Sizemore

    The Book of Apex: Volume 3 edited by Catherynne M. Valente

    The Book of Apex: Volume 4 edited by Lynne M. Thomas

    Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 Cover Reveal and Table of Contents!

    By Lesley Conner
    on November 05, 2015

    The final cover design for Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner is complete and ready to be unveiled!

    Cover art is by Adrian Borda.

    Cover design is by Justin Stewart.

    Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 will be 21 of the best stories published in Apex Magazine from issue 1 to issue 79. Twenty of the stories have been selected by the editors. The final one will be selected by you, the readers.

    The stories selected by Jason and Lesley are:

    • Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon (Issue 56)

    • If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky (Issue 46)

    • The Green Book by Amal El-Mohtar (Issue 18)

    • Candy Girl by Chikodili Emelumadu (Issue 66)

    • Falling Leaves by Liz Argall (Issue 60)

    • A Matter of Shapespace by Brian Trent (Issue 51)

    • Blood from Stone by Alethea Kontis (Issue 43)

    • Sexagesimal by Katharine E.K. Duckett (Issue 40)

    • Keep Talking by Marie Vibbert (Issue 67)       

    • Going Endo by Rich Larson (Issue 74)

    • Remembery Day by Sarah Pinsker (Issue 72)

    • Pocosin by Ursula Vernon (Issue 68)

    • She Gave Her Heart, He Took Her Marrow by Sam Fleming (Issue 79)

    • L’esprit de L’escalier by Peter M. Ball (Issue 16)

    • The Performance Artist by Lettie Prell (Issue 44)

    • Advertising at the End of the World by Keffy R.M. Kehrli (Issue 3)

    • Armless Maidens of the American West by Genevieve Valentine (Issue 39)

    • Blood on Beacon Hill by Russell Nichols (Issue 78)

    • Build-A-Dolly by Ken Liu (Issue 47)

    • Still Life (A Sexagesimal Fairy Tale) by Ian Tregillis (Issue 17)

    Voting for the reader-selected story will open on November 16th, so take a good look at the stories already included in Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 and decide which story you would like to see added to the list.

    Preorders open next week!

     

    Carrie Cuinn workshop raffle!

    By Lesley Conner
    on October 22, 2015
    2 comments

    Carrie Cuinn is an author, editor, college student, and a friend to Apex. She’s currently going to school full time, trying to make ends meet as an author and freelance editor, and raising her young son. In addition to her freelance editing services, she offers online writing workshops.

    Recently, Carrie mentioned on Facebook that her budget was getting a bit tighter than is comfortable and Apex purchased a spot in her upcoming “Editing for Writers” workshop to provide an assist. The course begins on November 16th, and we would like to offer you the chance to grab Apex’s place in the class.

    Buy tickets to enter the Editing for Writers Workshop Raffle.

    Course description:

    “Editing 101” – AKA “Editing for Writers”. Identifying parts of a story, tenses and perspectives, narrative arcs, and other elements that are potentially affected by the editing process. Definitions, editing marks, using (and creating) style sheets, important style manuals, levels of editing, and fact-checking. The basics of copyediting: concepts and skills necessary for line editing (also called copyediting), relying mainly on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed; editing vs. proofreading; tips for spotting tricky errors. The basics of developmental editing: what it is and isn’t, including the specifics of developmental editing in fiction. We’ll also cover rates, and working with clients, including querying about edits, maintaining an author’s voice, and related services.

    EDITED TO ADD FROM CARRIE: I always include a little one-on-one work with each student to help tailor the experience to the it individual needs.

    All workshops take place in my private online forum, so you can post questions, comments, and writing excerpts without worrying who will see it. Plus, since we have deadlines of a certain day, not a set class hour, you can be anywhere in the world and still participate!

    Apex will raffle the enrollment we purchased in Carrie’s upcoming “Editing for Writers” workshop and will split all money received 50/50 with Carrie. This way, not only will Carrie get the $100 we paid for the course, but she also gains a little extra to help ease her financial load. Apex will be putting whatever money we keep from this raffle toward paying the contributors in the upcoming Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1, which is slated to be released in early December. The more raffle tickets we sell, the more we’ll be able to pay the best of the best of Apex Magazine!

    Do you want to help Carrie and make Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 even more spectacular? Enter our Editing for Writers Workshop Raffle now! Get 1 ticket for $3, 2 tickets for $5, or 5 tickets for $10!

    The Top Prize is a spot in Carrie Cuinn’s “Editing for Writers” workshop beginning on November 16th. Raffle tickets also enter you in a chance to win print copies of Women and Other Constructs by Carrie Cuinn, Starve Better by Nick Mamatas, To Each Their Darkness by Gary A. Braunbeck, and For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher by Jason Sizemore. Perfect reading for every writer!

    For full Raffle Rules and Regulations, go here.

     

    Announcing Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1

    By Lesley Conner
    on October 22, 2015

    Very soon you will be able to pick up a book and read the absolute best of Apex Magazine. All of the stories that have won or been nominated for awards, the ones selected as the Story of the Year by our readers, and personal favorites chosen by editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore and managing editor Lesley Conner.

    That’s right! All of the best stories in one place! Coming in early December, Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1!

    The anthology will consist of 20 stories: 19 selected by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner and 1 chosen by you, the readers. So far we have confirmed stories by Ursula Vernon, Ken Liu, Rich Larson, Alethea Kontis, Rachel Swirsky, Sarah Pinsker, and many more. Voting for the reader’s choice story will open on November 16th.

    The cover will feature Adrian Borda’s beautiful artwork from Apex Magazine Issue 71.

    Check out our raffle for a spot in Carrie Cuinn’s “Editing for Writers” workshop to find out how you can make Best of Apex Magazine: Volume 1 even more amazing!

    Buy tickets for the Editing for Writers Workshop Raffle.

     

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