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Top Ten Most Common Short Story Names

I just noticed that we crossed the 50,000 point in our submissions system sometime in the last month. I thought it might be fun to do a quick analysis of the most popular story titles in that pile. Here’s the results:

1st Place – 18

2nd Place – 16
The Gift, Home, Hunger, Homecoming

3rd Place – 15
The Box

4th Place – 14

5th Place – 13
Lost and Found

6th Place – 12
Sacrifice, The Hunt, Flight

7th Place – 11
Heartless, The End, Alone, Legacy, Adrift

8th Place – 10
Red, Reflections, The Visit, Broken

9th Place – 9
The Other Side, Rebirth, Voices, Genesis, Awakening, The Collector, Disconnected, The Wall, The Prisoner, Deus Ex Machina, Hero, Skin Deep, Memories, Skin

10th Place – 8
The Machine, The Tower, Coming Home, Rain, Going Home, The Dark, Inheritance, The Door, The Choice, Happiness, Perchance to Dream, Last Call, The Fall, Night Terrors


Forever Magazine – April 2015

The April 2015 issue of Forever Magazine is now available!


Editorial by Neil Clarke
The Wedding Album by David Marusek (Novella)
A Few Words with David Marusek (Interview)
The Surface of Last Scattering by Ken MacLeod (Short Story)
Slipping by Lauren Beukes (Short Story)
Cover Art by Ron Guyatt

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The first box

There is something special about that first box, no matter how many book you publish…


Clarkesworld: Year Sevenyou can own one too.



Clarkesworld: Year Seven Released

Just released in trade paperback and ebook!



Table of contents and ordering information here.

The Best Science Fiction of the Year

I have been contracted to edit the first two volumes of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, which will be published by Skyhorse/Start under their Night Shade Books imprint. The first of these volumes is scheduled for publication in 2016 and will cover science fiction stories originally published in English in 2015. To keep things simple, I will be using the publisher’s copyright or magazine’s cover date to determine eligibility. Serialized works will be considered published at the time of the final installment.

Print materials must be received by November 1st. Digital materials must be received by November 15th. If your project is scheduled for publication after that date, please send galleys by the above deadlines so that I will have sufficient time to consider your work. 

I will require non-exclusive World anthology rights in English in print, ebook, and audio formats for stories I select for this volume.

I will accept science fiction stories, novelettes, and novellas for consideration in the following formats:

Print – mail to:
Neil Clarke
PO Box 172
Stirling, NJ 07980 

EPUB, MOBI, and .DOC – email to:

I dislike reading PDFs, so please do not send me work in this format unless you don’t have any other options and have cleared it with me in advance.

Publishers: If sending a magazine/anthology/collection that also contains other fantasy/horror/other stories, please list the titles of the science fiction stories in a cover letter or email.

Authors: I will not be able to let you know whether or not your work has been submitted by your publisher (the lists below may help you). To avoid duplication, please check with your publisher before sending a story. If your work is self-published, please include the date and location (blog, website, Amazon, etc.) your work was originally published. (There will not be a separate list for individual stories.)

Sending a book/file/story is a one-way transaction. I will not be confirming receipt or returning materials.

Magazines Currently Providing Review Copies (updated 3/22/15)
Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Diabolical Plots, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, F&SF, IGMS, Interzone, Lightspeed, Mythic Delirium,, Uncanny, Unlikely Story

Anthologies & Collections Received (updated 3/10/15)
Old Venus

Forever Magazine – March 2015

The March 2015 issue of Forever Magazine is now available!


Editorial by Neil Clarke
Dream Houses by Genevieve Valentine (Novella)
A Few Words with Genevieve Valentine (Interview)
The Endangered Camp by Ann Leckie (Short Story)
Mitigation by Tobias S. Buckell & Karl Schroeder (Novelette)
Cover Art by Ron Guyatt

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