Words from the Editor-in-Chief3 min read
Let’s talk about Apex Magazine.
Right now we’re in the middle of our annual subscription drive. Our hope is to raise $10000 with this year’s drive. As we did last year, we’ve set up a series of reward levels to thank our readers as we reach milestones on our way to hitting our goal. You can go to https://apex-magazine.com/apex-magazine-2016-subscription-drive/ to find the various ways you can subscribe, patron, contribute, and/or donate, and to see all of the amazing bonus content that we’d like to add to the January 2017 issue.
Our goal this year is to raise revenue intake so that we can increase our monthly original fiction word count from 12,000 words to 16,000 words. This will enable us to expand our word count to include novelettes! Our secondary goal is to increase our author pay from 6 cents per word to 8 cents per word.
Did you know we have 1,300 paying subscribers? Our website draws 25,000 to 35,000 unique readers a month. The zine has been up for three Hugos, our stories have been nominated for nearly all the major awards (we’ll get to you someday Sunburst Awards!), and we’ve helped launch and further the careers of many of this generation’s top writers. We’re also one of a small group of “pro-zines” that matriculated out of the category of “semi-pro zine.”
Over the years, we’ve done three issues that specifically featured international SF. In response to #RaceFail a few years ago, Apex published an issue dedicated to Islamic SF that produced a Nebula Award-nominated story by (then) up-and-coming author Amal El-Mohtar. Apex Magazine published “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky that spawned an ongoing cultural discussion that has been painful at times, but necessary. Ursula Vernon’s story “Pocosin” earned a nomination for the inaugural Eugie Foster Award, a nomination that brought me tears.
Looking ahead, Apex Magazine has no plans of slowing down. In April, I will give over the reins to Maurice Broaddus as he guest-edits issue 94. In August, Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, Tolkien scholar and member of the Cherokee Nation tribe, will guest edit an Indigenous/Native Peoples issue. Diversity has always been important to Apex Magazine, and will always be.
When asked the common question “Why did you start Apex Magazine?” I can honestly answer “To make a difference.” And I feel that over the 11+ years I’ve been running Apex Magazine (counting the Apex Digest print years) we have made a difference. We’ve also brought a heck of a lot of great short fiction and poetry to our readers during that time!
I won’t mince words. I love what Apex Magazine has become. I love working with Lesley Conner, Bianca Spriggs, Hannah Ruth Krieger, Mahvesh Murad, and our amazing slush team. I love working with our authors and artists. I have a passion for Apex, and I must feed that passion with more Apex.
Help us continue to bring you the strange, beautiful, shocking, and surreal. Check out the subscription drive page at https://apex-magazine.com/apex-magazine-2016-subscription-drive/.
This month we have a batch of stories in the magic realism and weird speculative fiction categories by a quartet of amazing women writers: “Every Winter” by E. Catherine Tobler, “When She Comes” by Onu-Okpara Chiamaka, “The Island in the Attic” by Natalia Theodoridou, and “After We Walked Away” by Erica L. Satifka.
Our reprint this month comes courtesy of Tade Thompson. His story “Shadow” is from our anthology The Apex Book World SF: Volume 2. We also have a two-chapter excerpt from his newest novel Rosewater (Apex Book Company).
Andrea Johnson interviews the great and multi-talented E. Catherine Tobler. Russell Dickerson talks with cover artist Ania Tomicka.
Finally, don’t miss our podcast fiction this month. Mahvesh Murad presents and narrates E. Catherine Tobler’s “Every Winter.”
See you next month!