Apex in May 20222 min read

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As we head into sunnier weather in the north and cooler weather in the south, Apex has all the strange, surreal, shocking, and beautiful fiction you need. Here’s everything we’ve got going on in May!

Issue 131

Issue 131 will be released May 2nd! Cover art by Reza Afshar, new fiction from Hannah Yang, Koji A. Dae, Sam Asher, Sage Tyrtle, Tonya Liburd, Tim Waggoner, classic fiction from Eugen Bacon and Jayn Gates, and nonfiction from Errick Nunnally and Jeffrey Ford. We can’t wait to share this amazing collection with you. Watch for our releases at www.apex-magazine.com.

Podcast Episode 89

Our May Podcast will be “Hoodie” by Tonya Liburd. Narrated by the author, it promises to be a special episode.

Check out Episode 88, “To Live and Die in Dixieland”, by Russell Nichols.

Apex Magazine 2021 Compilation Anthology

Our Kickstarter to fund the 2021 Compilation Anthology is funded, but we’re not done yet! We’ve got 10 more days to reach our stretch goals, the first of which is paying all contributing authors an additional $0.01/word for their stories. We’ve got some amazing add-ons and hope you’ll join us.


Our newest book, FUTURE ARTIFACTS: STORIES, is releasing May 17th. Kameron Hurley is the author of The Stars are Legion, The Light Brigade, and The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the God’s War Trilogy and the Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, BSFA Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. Visit her at kameronhurley.com.

Join an investigation into a cruel and heartless leader … crawl through filth and mud to escape biological warfare … team up with time-traveling soldiers faced with potentially life-altering instructions.

The author will be joining us on the Apex Discord on Release Day, May 17th, at 4pm central for an AMA! All Apex Magazine subscribers can join our Discord.

FUTURE ARTIFACTS: STORIES will also be our Patreon May Book of the Month—book patrons will receive their copy the week of release!

Curse of the Bastards

Sword and sorcery collide with horror once again! First came King of the Bastards, then came Throne of the Bastards. Coming this June, Curse of the Bastards from Brian Keene and Steve Shrewsbury. Preorders available Wednesday, April 27, at apexbookcompany.com!

Snap Judgment

Our next episode of Snap Judgment will be May 31st at 1pm central. Stay tuned for the announcement of our very special guest this week! Watch our social media for submission details and the livestream May 31st!

Microfiction Contest

The microfiction theme for May is RAIN. Submissions are open until April 30, midnight central time.

Check out our March winner, “The Music Station”, by Amanda Saville, here.

Patreon Exclusives

Also on our Patreon, we have an exciting lineup of exclusives for our Patrons from the Authors of Issue 131. We’ll have a critique workshop, interviews, photo tours, and story insights. Keep an eye on our Patreon!

Not a Patron? Join us for as little as $2/month to get access to these exclusives and the magazine in your inbox!

Discord Happenings

As always, we have fun and community on our Discord: our monthly game ‘night’ on May 19th at 2pm Eastern, critique swaps, live co-writing sessions, and general community support for writers. (Rejectomancy, anyone?)

To add the Apex Events Calendar to your google calendar, follow this link: https://tinyurl.com/4c74rext

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