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Clarkesworld 2010

I’ve started mapping out some of the bigger changes for Clarkesworld Magazine’s 2010 year:

  • In 2009, we experimented with publishing longer stories. In 2010, we’re making the change official. Our new upper word limit is 8000 words. Pay is 10 cents per word for the first 4000 and 5 cents per word after. Our preferred length is still around 4000 words, but we no longer feel the need to tie our hands with that limitation.
  • For the last 18 months, Clarkesworld has been podcasting short fiction on a monthly schedule. Starting in January, we will change our podcast publication schedule to twice a month. Stories will be podcast on the 1st and 15th of each month. You can subscribe (for free) to our podcast at iTunes and Podcast Alley.
  • Starting in the 2nd quarter, we will add a reprint fiction track to the magazine. Stories will be serialized from a trade paperback anthology to be published by Wyrm sometime in late 2010. Details to follow.

And that’s just the first few months…


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  1. Our new upper word limit is 8000 words.

    *rubs hands* Excellent…

  2. Cool news – excellent to see you continuing to move onwards and upwards.

  3. Thank you for the more flexible word limits.

  4. Awesome! I definitely look forward to reading some longer stories. 🙂

  5. That is fantastic news. This kind of depth and variety will enrich the reading experience. Short stories are different beasts than novelettes and novellas.

    One of the strengths of Sci Fiction was diversity. It presented a more complete spectrum of fiction by publishing up to novella length. Kudos.

  6. Glad to hear you’ve upped the word limit. I’ve wanted to submit for a while, but everything I write is at least 5000, it seems.

  7. I finally wrote a short story under 4k and thought “Hey! Finally! I can send it to Clarkesworld!” and now. . . ah well. <3

  8. Woo, lots of stuff happening in 2010!

  9. With all due respect to shorter stories and those who write them well… HIGHER WORD COUNT O FUCK YES!!!

  10. Fuck yes wordcount! I can actually send you some of the things I’ve been working on recently.

  11. Sounds great, neil! Go clarkesworld, go!

  12. More options! Yes!

  13. Great news about the higher word count!

  14. Podcasts

    Great news about the podcasts. Now I can listen to every Clarkesworld story.

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