A slightly belated Happy New Year to one and all!
It’s 2019, and we’re already looking to the future. (Our slush pile isn’t going to read itself.) But right now, we want to take a moment to look at all the fantastic work we published in 2018. Because it’s been a good year for us. Even as the December issues continue to prove tricky to get out the door in a timely fashion…
And that issue’s release proved the end of a full fucking year.
We ran our second successful IndieGoGo campaign. Got kicked off Goodreads alongside FIYAH and Fireside, because, uh, racism? Hey, if you’re going to be kicked out of the club, do it in good company and in style. (Long explanation of the shitfuckery can be had over at Book Riot.) And we ran a subscription drive later in the year to help us raise enough money to double our rates in 2019.
Which, you know, we just did: We’re now paying $100 for fiction and non-fiction, and $200 for cover art. You, our thoroughly awesome readers, made that possible.
Let’s see … what else happened…
Right. We had stories show up on the Nebula Reading List for the second year in a row. This year’s selections are Suzan Palumbo’s “The Pull of the Herd” and Kai Hudson’s “White Noise”, as of yet. We also had our first appearance over on the BSFA’s suggested reading list, with Kai Hudson making another appearance there, along with A.J. Hammer’s “Versions of the Sun” and Joyce Chng’s “The Bridge”. And we had our first ever year’s best reprint! With our first ever story published (and still our most-read), S. Qiouyi Lu’s “A Complex Filament of Light,” finding a second home in Bogi Takács’ Transcendent 3: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction.
So no big.
(We’re squeeing on the inside.)
All that while publishing our standard three issues, putting out 18 pieces of original content (16 stories and 2 essays) totalling about 62,000 words.
Anathema itself remains ineligible for most award considerations, as far as we know, given restrictions on number of issues produced in a year. (And if we’re wrong, we’re happy to be corrected on that front!) But our original content is, as always, eligible for a whole host of awards!
Anathema, Issue 4 (April 2018)
“The Calm, the Love, the Traceless Land” by Sara Saab
(Short Story, 2,550 Words)
“White Noise” by Kai Hudson
(Short Story, 5,600 Words)
“A Whistle on the Drum” by Mir Plemmons
(Short Story, 3,375 Words)
“Death is Only the Beginning” by K.R. Diaz
(Short Story, 5,425 Words)
“The Bridge” by Joyce Chng
(Short Story, 450 Words)
“Jessica Jones Doesn’t Care About Men of Colour” by Zina Hutton
(Non-Fiction, 2,775 Words)
Anathema, Issue 5 (August 2018)
“The Pull of the Herd” by Suzan Palumbo
(Short Story, 5,725 Words)
“A Shoal of Lovers Leads me Home” by Ama Josephine Budge
(Short Story, 4,025 Words)
“Paper Magic” by Kerry Truong
(Short Story, 5,400 Words)
“Control” by Davian Aw
(Short Story, 4,625 Words)
“Versions of the Sun” by A.J. Hammer
(Short Story, 4,075 Words)
“The Outsider’s Guide to Beauty” by Sarah K.A. Fuller
(Non-Fiction, 950 Words)
Anathema, Issue 6 (December 2018)
“There are Ghosts Here” by Dominique Dickey
(Short Story, 2,850 Words)
“This is the Nightmare” by Aysha U. Farah
(Short Story, 3,525 Words)
“Igbo landing” by Jonathan Kincade
(Short Story, 3,425 Words)
“Taraxacum” by Cristina Stubbe
(Short Story, 1,625 Words)
“The Plague-House” by Maya Chhabra
(Short Story, 2,625 Words)
“Pale Blue Dot” by Kai Hudson
(Short Story, 3,000 Words)
This is that time, friends: Loved something we published in 2018 and think everyone should know about/celebrate it? Nominate it for an award!
Or, hey, even just spreading the word about Anathema and what we do helps us keep going and introduces new and established authors to new audiences. Because talking about Anathema also grows our readership and ensures that we can keep bringing you queer, otherworldly, amazing stories from some incredibly talented authors.
If you want to help in a more direct fashion, we sell individual issues and subscriptions of the magazine through our Store. Everything we make from those sales goes straight to paying our authors and keeping the website running.
So no matter how you help support Anathema, we all win.
And hey, if you haven’t read our final issue of 2018, now’s a great time to go catch up on Issue 6 while we start working on getting you Issue 7!