Apex in November 20224 min read

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The weather has a bite to it, the trees are falling to pieces, and we’re here for another month of Apex. November is a busy month and we can’t wait to share it with all our readers, supporters, backers, patrons, and friends.

Issue 134

Issue 134, with a strange sci-fi travelog feel, will be released on our website starting November 1. With original fiction from Renan Bernardo, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Clelia Farris, translated by Rachel Cordasco, Margaret Dunlap, Samit Basu, and Scott Edelman, a reprint from Mame Bougouma Diene, essays from Joy Sanchez-Taylor and Jason Sanford, and our usual reviews interviews, and podcasts, it promises to be an amazing issue.

Watch for our new releases at www.apex-magazine.com

Asian and Pacific Islanders Special Issue Closing for Submissions 10/31

Special guest editor Iori Kusano will be accepting short fiction submissions for our Asian and Pacific Islanders focused issue that is scheduled to come out in April, 2023. Submissions will be accepted through Moksha October 1st-31st.

Iori Kusano is a queer Asian American writer, competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! duelist, and Extremely Ordinary Office Gremlin living in Tokyo. They are a graduate of Clarion West 2017 and their fiction has previously appeared in Apex Magazine and Baffling Magazine. In addition to co-hosting Righteous Kicks, a Kamen Rider podcast, on the Skiffy and Fanty Network, they write reviews for Strange Horizons. Iori also plays in Brandon O’Brien’s Soundclash and Speculate SF’s monthly Girl by Moonlight tabletop gaming broadcast (presented by Arvan Eleron). Find them on Twitter @IoriKusano and Instagram as iori_stagram, or at kusanoiori.com.

Apex Flash Fiction

The November Flash Fiction Contest—themed dissected—window will close on October 31. The December Contest will open on November 7th for flash fiction submissions. Themes are chosen by Patrons at the end of the month and announced to Patrons on the 1st of each month. Submissions will be open to the public on the 7th of each month. Submissions close on the last day of the month at midnight.

The winner will be announced no later than the 15th of the following month and will be paid $0.08/word or $10, whichever is more. The winning story will appear on our Patreon as an exclusive and will be included in the forthcoming issue of Apex Magazine.

We are interested in adding BIPOC readers to our team of first readers. If you’re interested, please contact Rebecca at [email protected]

Podcast Episode 94

Our November Podcast will be “The Walking Mirror of the Soul” by Renan Bernardo.

Check out Episode 94, “Nothing that Bleeds”, by Leah Ning and narrated by erika Sanderson.

Apex Magazine: 2021 Anthology Preorders

Preorders are available now for Apex Magazine: 2021! Our largest book to date and with a print run of only 1000 copies, this compilation anthology will be coming to you on December 20th, 2022.
With stories by Alix E. Harrow, Sam J. Miller, Sheree Renée Thomas, Cassandra Khaw, and many more, Apex Magazine 2021 is a collection of darkly beautiful tales appearing originally in Apex Magazine January-December 2021. From a spaceship in the far-flung reaches of space to a cozy living room where a detective interviews a killer, this anthology explores the good and the ugly. It dissects what makes us human versus what makes us monsters.
Within these pages, you will meet a golem that doesn’t know how to save its family, a group of robots debating whether they are alive, and a woman striving for that social media-perfect life. From parasitic twins to a hospital dreamscape, to a town full of people wearing masks, this anthology will take you on journeys you never could have expected.
Come with us and discover the 48 surreal, strange, shocking, and beautiful stories in Apex Magazine 2021.
Pre-orders are available here or from many of your favorite retailers.

November Book of the Month

Our November Book of the Month will be Cry Your Way Home, by Damien Angelica Walters.

Damien Angelica Walters is known as a genre-hopping, provocative, award-winning writer of harrowing genre fiction. With her second collection of short stories, she collects seventeen stories that delve deep into human sorrow and loss, weaving pain, fear, and resilience into beautiful tales that are sure to haunt you long after flipping the last page.

In this collection, Walters questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stitches them back together, and turns a cell phone into the sharpest of weapons.

Watch our Patreon and Social Media pages for a giveaway of this excellent title in November.

Happy Hour with Jason and Lesley

Join Jason and Lesley for a YouTube livestreamed chat and Q&A on the second Tuesday of each month. Episodes will be recorded, but watch live to ask questions in the chat! Keep an eye on our Patreon for the link – November’s Happy Hour will be on November 8th at 8pm eastern time.

Snap Judgment Halloween

Apex Magazine had a great time with SNAP JUDGMENT: The Halloween Edition, episode 5 of our rapid-fire, live-streaming critique series.

Every quarter, industry professionals Jason Sizemore, Lesley Conner, and a special guest offer live feedback on the first page (up to 250 words) of genre short stories or novels submitted by our backers. Our special guest editor for this event was editor and writer Alex Woodroe.

Stay tuned for our next episode in early 2023.

Microfiction Contest

Read our September winner, “Vacuum-Sealed”, by Jordan Hirsch, here.

Patreon Exclusives

Also on our Patreon, we have an exciting lineup of exclusives for our Patrons from the Authors of Issue 134. We’ll have interviews, photo tours, and story insights. This month we’re also doing an Instagram Live event with Mame Bougouma Diene on 11/7 and will have some critiques. Keep an eye on our Patreon!

Not a Patron? Join us for as little as $3/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’ with Codenames AKA Weird Brain Yoga, critique swaps, live co-writing sessions, and general community support for writers. (Rejectomancy, anyone?)

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