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Apex Magazine is back, baby!

Posted on: July 29, 2020

What’s coming back in January, 2021?  Apex Magazine, that’s what!   The Magazine went on hiatus last year, and now funding their 2021 year through a Kickstarter Campaign.   The Kickstarter ask, for $7500 to fund two issues out of six, was reached in less than 24 hours.  Stretch goals include funding the whole year,  higher pay for writers, more fiction published, and more.


Any of these award winning authors or groundbreaking story titles ring a bell?

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse

“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow

“Candy Girl” by Chikodili Emelumadu

“Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon

“Turning the Leaves” by Amal El-Mohtar

“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky

Yep, they all appeared in Apex Magazine.


As of the writing of this blog post, the Kickstarter has raised over $17 thousand dollars, enough to fund four out of a planned six issues.   There’s 20 days to go, and at $22,500 the entire year will be funded.  I know times are tough, but if you’d like to throw $10 or $20 (or more!) towards this project, I sure would be appreciative.  I’d love to see this baby funded for the whole year, and for 500+ backers to get all sorts of cool stuff.



What’s in it for you? well, beyond cool swag like bookmarks, stickers, enamel pins, and postcards, you’ll be helping a short fiction magazine stay alive, to continue to offer groundbreaking fiction, podcasts, interviews, amazing cover art, and more.  It’s hard out there for small mags, my friends!


and hey, even if you don’t throw anything towards the Kickstarter, Apex typically puts all their fiction on their website for free, so you can enjoy it anyway!   But if you’ve ever been involved with a magazine, a newsletter, a webzine, a fanzine, or anything that has content and deadlines, you know how much work goes into putting an issue of a magazine together. Apex Magazine did that for 10 years solid. I can’t wait for them to do it again.


Y’all know Apex Magazine is close to my heart.  I’ve been interviewing authors at Apex since 2014, it’s where I learned to be a better interviewer.


Huh. $22,500 to produce a magazine for a whole year.  That would cover paying the writers, paying the cover artist, paying the editors and the podcast producer, paying someone to keep the website all shiny and making sure everything works.  I figured all that would cost a lot more than that. What’s so fascinating about some of the magazine Kickstarters, is that it really shows you the costs behind magazines whose fiction we tend to read for free on their websites.

To put things in perspective, I think we paid around 22K for our brand new Honda.

12 Responses to "Apex Magazine is back, baby!"

Thanks for the heads up! I‘d never have realized that a Kickstarter for Apex started.
I‘ve pledged an annual subscription, because I think that this magazine contributes to the short story section of SFF enormously. I‘ve never subscribed to a magazine before and only lurked at those free stories, but now I love to help – small as my contribution may be.

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don’t feel bad about not knowing until now, it’s impossible to keep up with all the kickstarters that are out there!

Thank you for pledging! any and all amounts are helpful! This is your first SFF magazine subscription? Welcome to the family! Once you get one. . . you’re going to want more in the future. 🙂

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Oh no, I’m already a Netgalley addict 🙂

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NetGalley is not a magazine… 😏 Anyway, I had a subscription for Clarkesworld, very briefly… I couldn‘t keep up and stopped again!


I was so excited when I saw Apex Magazine’s tweets about being back! I love their stories, too.

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same! I’d seen some early announcements, some pre-kickstarter tweets, and then like every day I was looking at the calendar “is it July 20 yet? how ’bout now?”


I had a subscription until they went on hiatus and am so glad they’re back after just a year or so. I’ll contribute something to the Kickstarter and resubscribe as soon as possible.


Thank you so much! Yes, they had good reasons for going on hiatus, and now there is such good reasons to come back!


I highjacked your post and re-blogged it. I hope that‘s ok…


a million percent ok! ❤

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I spent a little, too. But I am just a minion! 😉

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