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25 August 2009 @ 08:36 pm
Honorable Mentions in YBSF  

As I've done in the past, I've tallied up all the "honorable mentions" in the 26th annual Year's Best Science Fiction, and reported the ones attributed to periodicals below.  This is sort of my "state of the markets" survey.

Jim Baen's Universe25
Realms of Fantasy12
Fantasy Magazine12
OSC's Int Med Show11
Clockwork Phoenix11
Electric Velocipede10
Strange Horizons9
Subterranean (H)9
Cosmos (SF)7
Abyss & Apex7
Lone Star Stories5
Beneath Ceaseless Skies4
New Yorker3
Weird Tales2
Black Static2
Noctem Aeternus2
Lady Churchill's RW1
On Spec1
MIT Technology Review1
Albedo One1
Andromeda Spaceways1
Black Gate1
Farrago's Wainscot1

You will note that there are some on the list (e.g., Paradox) that are now discontinued, and others (e.g., Clockwork Phoenix), which are technically anthologies rather than periodicals.  I'm treating CP as a periodical because, well, it appears periodically.

One could go into a lengthy analysis if one so chose, but I'll just point out a few  things I noticed:

  • Postscripts, OSCIGMS, Electric Velocipede and Futurismic did much better in the HMs-per-year department than they have in previous years.
  • Subterranean, Aeon, WoTF, Nature and Weird Tales all seem to have fewer HMs-per-year than in previous years.
  • A few relative newcomers (Clockwork Phoenix, tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies) have a comparatively high number of HMs.
  • As a loyal booster of GUD, I'd be remiss in failing to point out its two HMs.
I like to do this survey because I think that inclusion or HM in one of the Year's Best anthologies is a better indication of quality (and a good place to submit to) than the SFWA list, which is based primarily on pay rates.  That said, of course an HM in YBSF is a reflection of the editor's own tastes (Dozois has said he doesn't like the editorial process at On Spec or Andromeda Spaceways, for example).  So take the list with that bit of salt.
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girlspell: Maryland girlgirlspell on August 26th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
F&SF and Analog are the ones I seem to read the most of. I think they show great quality in their offerings of short stories.

A couple of these I have never heard of. Albedo One? What I thought was interesting to see the New Yorker in that listing. The New Yorker?
Ken: Giggleken_schneyer on August 26th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
Albedo One is Ireland's premier SFF magazine.

As for the New Yorker: Jonathan Lethem has to publish somewhere, after all...

The Ferretttheferrett on August 26th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, good! I have a story coming out in GuD. It makes me feel better.
Ken: Happyken_schneyer on August 26th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
GUD is one of my favorites. Really stunning work.
The Ferretttheferrett on November 23rd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Thanks again for this list; depressed by my third $25 sale due to improper reading of the "one cent per word" clause, I vowed to compile a list of markets that either paid well, or had prestige of some sort. In going over this list, I realized there was one more market to submit my always-close-but-never-there story to, thus giving me three more months of illusion.

Hey, can't hurt.
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on November 23rd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
My pleasure.

If you really want to go over-the-top, I have this whole spreadsheet where I assemble points based on Hugo nominations, Nebula nominations, HMs, etc., etc.

Obsessive? Sure...
Jon Gibbsjongibbs on August 26th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
'...inclusion or HM in one of the Year's Best anthologies is a better indication of quality (and a good place to submit to) than the SFWA list, which is based primarily on pay rates...'

I agree :)
Kenken_schneyer on August 29th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)