12 Days of Apex – A Fitting Send off, A Spectacular Return

January 3, 2021

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Jason Sizemore is the editor-in-chief of Apex Magazine and the publisher of Apex Book Company. You can follow him online via the Apex Magazine Twitter feed @apexmag.

With our relaunch drawing near, we thought it might be fun to look back at twelve stories that hold some significance regarding the history of the magazine. One per day with commentary and an invitation to read the selected piece. Welcome to day eleven!

Today’s story is “Dune Song” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa (issue 120).

Our 120th issue was guest edited by Maurice Broaddus. Behind the scenes, I was struggling with my health. Maurice had been wanting to do a theme similar to our Indigenous Fantasists issue but focusing on African diaspora writers. I thought it a great idea. As it turns out, it gave us the opportunity to go out on a high note while I was having one of the worst month’s of my life (March 2019 was the month after my surgery–issues back then were produced with a two months lead time). I’m grateful to Maurice, Lesley Conner, and the Apex team for making sure the issue came out on time and turned out so nice!

“Dune Song” was an Ignyte Award nominee for best short fiction!

Thankfully, 120 isn’t the final statement from Apex Magazine. On January 5th, 2021, we will release issue 121! It’s been a long, painful road to reach this point, but here we are. Will you join us? The table of contents is loaded: Alix E. Harrow, Cassandra Khaw, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, P H Lee, Elana Gomel, and Fargo Tbakhi.

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