We’re coming back!

May 14, 2020

Are you sitting down? You’re probably sitting down but to be safe make sure you’re sitting down.

We have exciting news to share! (Hence the announcement.)

Apex Magazine is emerging from hiatus and resuming a regular publishing schedule come January 2021! See? Exciting news! 

When Apex Magazine went on hiatus back in May 2019 (eleventy years ago) it was due to ongoing health trials (that I wrote about here on the Apex Book Company blog). Now, a year later, I’m getting back to my old self, complete with a wholly rebuilt jaw, and am rearing to jump back into what has always been such an exciting part of Apex, Apex Magazine!

After a year away from the grind and hustle for the magazine you’re going to see a slew of fundraising efforts from the Apex team. We’ll be having a subscription drive, a Kickstarter, and more.

Before the hiatus, Apex Magazine was self-sustaining and it will take time to get there again, but that is where the subscription drive and Kickstarter will come into play. Bolsters to help kick-start the machine until the gears are fully greased and running smoothly once again.

Part of the funding drive efforts are for some technical changes/improvements surrounding the relaunch. But one thing will remain the same–the quality of our groundbreaking and award-winning genre fiction.

Now then, are you ready for some of the nitty gritty details? Bust out your bullet journals folks and mark these bits down:

  • The Kickstarter is currently scheduled for a mid-July 2020 launch. Obviously, things may have to be tweaked a bit, but pandemic permitting, that’s our goal!
  • Issue 121 is scheduled for an early January 2021 release.
  • Issue 121 will contain original fiction by Alix E. Harrow, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, and Cassandra Khaw.
  • At least two, possibly more, slots for Issue 121 will come from an open submissions pool. (The open submissions announcement will come in the coming weeks as plans are solidified.) Future issues will be mostly filled from the slush like they were pre-hiatus.
  • Fiction rates are increasing to meet the SFWA pro-rate standard of $.08/word. Nonfiction rates are increasing to $100/an essay. (Note, a Kickstarter stretch goal will include an increase to the fiction and nonfiction rates.)
  • Standard practice will now be payment upon acceptance, versus the previous practice of payment upon publication.
  • Apex Magazine will follow a new bi-monthly publication schedule with one issue every two months for a total of six issues a year. The amount of yearly fiction published will remain the same as before, but this will allow for a more manageable production schedule of the zine.
    • Each issue will feature 25-30k words of fiction, two non-fiction pieces, two author interviews, and the cover artist feature.
  • Pay will increase for cover art licenses.

The core editorial team will be Jason Sizemore as editor-in-chief, Lesley Conner as managing editor, and Maurice Broaddus as assistant editor. And (drum roll please) we’re welcoming Shana DuBois to the Apex family as our new associate editor!

KT Bryski will continue her work as our podcast producer and host. We will resume our monthly podcast in January 2021. 

If you have a question or comment, let us know! Your input and support are vital to making this relaunch a reality. So hit us up!

We told you it was exciting news! Let’s do this. 

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16 Comments

  1. Sam Pisciotta

    Wow! Exciting news! Glad you’re feeling better. I’m looking forward to the first issue 🙂

  2. Jim Marino

    O frabjous day! Calloo! Callay!

  3. Kristi Chadwick

    This is incredible news. Looking forward to all the coming works!

  4. Michael Diamond

    So glad to see this coming back!

  5. Michael Cieslak

    Excellent news!

  6. Gregg Chamberlain

    **SSSSSSNNNNNNNiiiiiifffff** dis is beyootiful news, youse guys!

    looking forward to the triumphant return of Apex.

    Fiction, cool! Articles, oh yassss! Art, fantastique! Editorial…necessary. 😉

    Poetry, perhaps?

  7. Lettie Prell

    Lovely news! Looking forward!

  8. Shan iyer

    Fantastic news! so happy!

  9. Marge Simon

    Excellent! And I also ask “poetry, perhaps?” Or flash fiction, one or two per issue, perhaps?

  10. Tom Jolly

    Looking forward to it!

  11. Lydia Schoch

    What wonderful news! Welcome back.

    Jason, sorry to hear about your health troubles last year, but I’m glad you’re doing better now.

  12. Celeste

    Super! Best of luck with the coming months of prep.

    Happy rising.

    Celeste

  13. Jayme Beddingfield

    YAY! I am so excited you are coming back!!!

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