Apex Magazine Issue 64 is LIVE!

By Lesley Conner
on September 02, 2014

The new issue of Apex Magazine is out today, and it is brimming with fantastic stories. Authors Gary Kloster, Seth Dickinson, and Liz Argall bring us our original fiction in this issue. We have a feature from War Stories: New Military Science Fiction, “Enemy States” by Karin Lowachee, which is a heart wrenching story about those left behind when soldiers go off to war. Our reprint is the novella “Danceland” by Emma Bull and Will Shetterly, and is included exclusively in our subscriber/eBook editions, along with excerpts of novels by Timothy Zahn and Walter Mosley. The poetry this month was written by Amanda Lord, irving, and Marsheila Rockwell. For our nonfiction piece, Charles Tan discusses interacting in an online universe. Seth Dickinson and Jeff Ward were kind enough to join us for interviews, so take a peek into the minds of this author and artist.

As always, the original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews are available to read for free on the Apex Magazine website

Nicely formatted eBooks, including the reprint and novel excerpts, are available in PDF, mobi, and ePub formats for only $2.99 direct from Apex, or through Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), Weightless Books, or B&N.

Never miss an issue of Apex Magazine by picking up a subscription. 12-month subscriptions are available direct from Apex or through Weightless Books. Monthly subscriptions can be bought from Amazon (US) or Amazon (UK).


Table of Contents:


Last Dance Over the Red, Red World by Gary Kloster
Danceland by Emma Bull and Will Shetterly (subscriber/eBook exclusive)
Economies of Force by Seth Dickinson
Enemy State by Karin Lowachee
Soft Feather Dance by Liz Argall 


Superman Bound by Amanda Lord
Ghosts of Oz by irving
Synesthete by Marsheila Rockwell


Resolute: Notes from the Editor-in-Chief by Sigrid Ellis
Interview with Seth Dickinson by Andrea Johnson
How to Live Safely in an Online Universe by Charles Tan
Clavis Aurea: A Review of Short Fiction by Charlotte Ashley
Interview with Jeff Ward by Loraine Sammy


Soulminder by Timothy Zahn (subscriber/eBook exclusive)
Jack Strong by Walter Mosley (subscriber/eBook exclusive)


Economies of Force by Seth Dickinson


What are you waiting for? Dive into Apex Magazine Issue 64 now. When you’re done, let us know what you think. Leave a review on Amazon or send us a tweet.

Apex Magazine presents Steal the Spotlight Micro Fiction Contest

By Lesley Conner
on September 01, 2014

Halloween is coming and with it the vampire, zombie, witch, and ghost stories will creep into your hands and whisper “Boo” in your ear. Now I love a good ghost story. Witches are wicked. Zombies give me the chills. And vampires are grand. But…

But there’s more out there. Monsters waiting in the wings to give you a fright. And they want their moment to shine!

I went to Twitter to ask you, the Apex readers, what monsters you’d like to see steal the spotlight, and did you ever have suggestions. Everything from wendigos to banshees to Jekyll and Hyde.

So tell me a story.

After the huge success of our Christmas micro fiction contest last year (over 500 submissions!), we’ve decided to do it again. This time with the monsters that are often forgotten. The ones whose stories don’t get told.

Here’s the nitty-gritty:

  1. There will be five categories: sea monsters, black dog/Hellhounds, banshees, science experiments gone wrong, and demons (this can include wendigos, succubus, be creative). Write a story to fit one of these five categories, then submit it to apexwritingcontest@gmail.com with the subject line formatted as Title, Author, Category.
  2. This is a micro fiction contest. Stories must be 250 words or less. If a story is more than 250 words, it will be deleted unread.
  3. You can submit one story per category, five stories total. If you submit two banshee stories, we will consider the first story your submission.
  4. Send each story as a separate email with the story in the body of the email. No attachments, please.
  5. Submissions are open September 1st through October 15th. Submissions will be read by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner.
  6. Winners will be announced on Halloween on the Apex blog. There will be one winner per category.

We’re going to give every writer who submits a free issue of Apex Magazine. Head over to the Apex Magazine website and check out our back catalog. Let me know which issue piques your fancy when you submit and I’ll send you a download link.

So that’s what I need from you, but I’m sure you want to know what you get if you win. The winning stories will get the spotlight turned on them in the November issue of Apex Magazine. The authors will be paid 6 cents per word, receive a free 12-month subscription to Apex Magazine and a short story critique from an Apex editor. Stories for critique can be up to 5,000 words long.

And that’s it. Write me a story. Bring me your Halloween best and scare me. And see if you win.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me (Lesley) at lesley@apexbookcompany.com.

***Check it out! There's an UPDATE about the contest. Click here to get the details!***

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