Clarkesworld Stories on the 2012 Locus Recommended Reading List

I am very proud to announce the that following Clarkesworld stories and novelettes have been selected for the 2012 Locus Recommended Reading list:

Congratulations to everyone on this year’s list!

Annual Analysis of the Locus Recommended Short Story List

Now that Locus Magazine has published its recommended reading list for 2010, I can once again dig into my spreadsheets and take a look at how this year’s data reflects on the state of short stories. I’ve been monitoring the list’s short fiction category for a few years now and have always found the results interesting.

Some Quick Facts:

Final Standings:

7 – Asimov’s (+2)
7 – Clarkesworld (+2)
6 – Lightspeed (new)
5 – Tor.com (+4)
5 – Fantasy Magazine (+2)
4 – Strange Horizons (-1)
3 – Subterranean (+1)
3 – Apex (+3)
3 – F&SF (-1)
3 – Is Anybody Out There?
3 – Sprawl
2 – Zombies vs. Unicorns
2 – Wings of Fire
2 – Shareable
1 – 13 other markets

Observations:

  • This is the first year that there have been more stories selected from online venues than from books or print magazines.
  • Although the number of stories on the list increased by 111%, growth within the categories was not proportional. Online magazines increased their total by 212%, but anthologies/collections/chapbooks and print magazines respectively declined to 71% and 75% of last year’s figures.
  • Anthologies/Collections/Chapbooks spent the last four years at the top. This is their first decline since 2005.
  • Overall, print magazines continue to decline as a presence on the list. Three years ago, Asimov’s (alone) represented 25% of the entire list. That’s more than all of this (or last) year’s print magazines combined.
  • Notable publications absent in the short story category: Analog, Realms of Fantasy, and Interzone.
  • 38 stories are by women, giving them the majority. 20 of those stories were in online magazines. 12 stories were in print magazines. 18 in anthology/collection/chapbooks. (30 for men, 16 online magazines, 12 print magazines, 2 in a/c/c).

For the Visual People:

Clarkesworld Stories on the Locus Recommended Reading List

The Locus Magazine 2010 Recommended Reading List is in their current issue. Several stories from Clarkesworld Magazine made the cut:

NOVELETTES

SHORT STORY

Congratulations to all!  I think this may have been our best showing ever.

For those that care… I’m currently working on my annual analysis of the short fiction category and should have that data and more for you today or tomorrow. First impression: this may be the first year that online magazines dominated the category.

Clarkesworld and Wyrm Publishing on the Locus Recommended List

The 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List has been posted!

Selected from Clarkesworld Magazine:

Selected from Wyrm Publishing:

Congratulations to our authors and editors!