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02 October 2008 @ 01:43 pm
YBF&H Honorable Mentions  

In my obsessive record-keeping that keeps me from writing, one of the things I do is track the number of honorable mentions various magazines' stories get in the big "Year's Best" anthologies.

I just got my hands on the 2008 Datlow-Link-Grant Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and did my tabulations. Under the cut are the number of HMs different magazines got in 2008, and also the number they got in 2007. (Originallly I also included the 2007 HMs that had none in 2008, but it made the post too big.) (Of course I counted them by hand, and only once, so I'm sure someone will correct me if I've miscounted.)

I've made some comments at the end of the table.

All Hallows195
On Spec1710
Goblin Fruit160
Realms of Fantasy1416
Lone Star Stories1210
Strange Horizons1016
Andromeda Spaceways96
Supernatural Tales96
Black Static90
Weird Tales89
Horrors Beyond80
Fantasy Magazine720
Philippine Specul Fic63
Tin House63
Mythic Delerium62
Phantoms at the Phil60
Not One of Us56
Ellery Queen's Mystery Mag53
Midnight Street53
Whispers of Wickedness51
Cemetery Dance411
Bare Bone45
Cabinet des Fees44
Tales of the Unanticipated43
Dark Horizons42
OSC's Int Med Show41
Dark Wisdom311
Albedo One33
Sybil's Garage33
Cincinnati Review31
Mid-American Review30
Farrago's Wainscot30
Black Gate30
Space and Time30
GUD Magazine30
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wr27
Electric Velocipede27
Dreams & Nightmares22
Sirenia Digest22
New Genre21
Out of the Gutter20
Web Conjunctions20
Aoife's Kiss20
New England Review20
Reflection's Edge20
American Short Ficion20
The Harrow20
Coyote Wild20
Abyss & Apex12
New Yorker11
Dark Animus11
Outer Darkness11
Paris Review11
Ticonderoga Online11
Jim Baen's Universe10
The Blotter10
Behind the Wainscot10
Night Train10
Nossa Morte10
Lovecraft's Disciplies10
Prairie Schooner10
Fictitious Force10
City Slab10
Horror Lit Quarterly10
Tales of the Talisman10
Southern Gothic10
Sword Review10
Beyond the Borderland10
Cave Wall10
Dark Discoveries10

The first thing that strikes me is the raw numbers: There are 116 different periodicals with HMs in 2008, compared to 142 in 2007

Also it interests me that there are a lot more "mainstream" or "literary" (or what Michael Chabon would call "Late 20th Century Anglo-American Naturalism") magazines on this list than on Dozois's Year's Best SF. We see Ploughshares, Tin House, American Short Fiction, not to mention slicks like New Yorker and Esquire. Part of this, no doubt, is that more fantasy/horror writers have crossed over into mainstream respectability than have SF writers (Mr. King and Mr. Maguire have to publish somewhere, after all). But also I think that it's easier for a "mainstream" mag to pretend that a fantasy or horror story is really a "literary" story with one or two weird elements, and accept it because of its quality despite their "NO GENRE FICTION" warning on the Submission Guidelines. SF stories are, perhaps, easier to label as such?

I like the fact that there are several periodicals, such as Goblin Fruit, Black Static and Horrors Beyond, that weren't on the list at all last year but have multiple HMs this year. Good show! On Spec, a favorite of mine, did remarkably well, and GUD got three HMs in its first year of eligibility! Nice going, kaolinfire!

And of course I got a broad grin on my face when I saw the HM for mmerriam's "And a Song in her Hair." Well done, Michael!

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girlspell: Good day sunshinegirlspell on October 2nd, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Interesting numbers and comment. To tell you the truth, I think more and more people are reading Sci & Fantasy then ever before. (Now if I can only get around to reading an entire Sci Fi book instead of short stories....)

You know I don't care for genres, but there you go.

You sounded a little down from you last post. Hope you are doing OK. Everyone goes through "dry" spells no matter what they do.
quasi randomkaolinfire on October 3rd, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
Us magazine publishers are very happy for you to keep reading short fiction. ;) :)
girlspell: having a rachel momentgirlspell on October 3rd, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Is that your cat? LOL...neat looking cat.
quasi randomkaolinfire on October 3rd, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ayup. :) Thanks :)
Ken: Huxleyken_schneyer on October 8th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
I like short stories, myself. Reading and writing, both.

Not that I have anything against novels, but there's a sort of purity you can achieve in the short story that a novel is just to big to maintain.

John Irving once told me (yeah, I know, name dropping, but it happens to be true): "The difference between novelists and short-story writers is that novelists are incapable of throwing anything away."
mmerriam on October 2nd, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm still grinning about it!
Kenken_schneyer on October 8th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
And well you should! (Good luck with the 'fridge, by the way...)
quasi randomkaolinfire on October 3rd, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
Very cool to see, thank you. :) And thank you for the shout out--exciting stuff. I've got some publicizing to do as soon as I catch a breath. :)
Ken: Huxleyken_schneyer on October 8th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
Aw, c'mon, you already knew, right?
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on October 3rd, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, Jim Baen's Universe is WAY down there, isn't it?
Ken: Top of Head Missingken_schneyer on October 8th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Well, yes, but remember that this is the YBF&H list. If you were looking at honorable mentions for the the Dozois Year's Best SF, you would find that JBU is fourth from the top, ahead of both Interzone and Strange Horizons.

That very difference is instructive, if you take YBF&H and YBSF as reliable guages of those two (three?) fields. It implies that JBU is more successful at SF than at fantasy or horror. By contrast, the fact that, say, On Spec appears third on this list but has only four HMs on the YBSF list (putting it in roughly 17th place) says that their strength is the inverse.
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on October 8th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
It's all so subjective....oh, well!