Uncanny Magazine Year Six: Raise the Roof and Raise the Rates!
Over the last few years, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas ran Kickstarters for the three-time Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine Years One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. We promised to bring you stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background. Not to mention a fantastic award-winning podcast featuring exclusive content.
Through the hard work of our exceptional staff and contributors, Uncanny Magazine delivered on that promise every single year. Stories from Uncanny Magazine have been finalists or winners of Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards!
The Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, our name for the Uncanny Magazine community, made it possible for our remarkable staff and contributors to create this wonderful art for all of our readers via the web or as eBooks. THANK YOU, SPACE UNICORNS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to join or re-up with the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, now’s your chance! We need your help to continue this mission for another year. This is your magazine, Space Unicorns! Let’s make Year Six happen!
This year, we’re also back with a new mission for the ranger corps: RAISING OUR PAY RATES! We’ve been running Uncanny Magazine for five years with basically the exact same pay rates for all of our creators and staff. We think it’s time to pay all of these fabulous people a little bit more for their amazing creations.
Though Uncanny continues to have multiple ways to support us, we still need the help of the Space Unicorn Kickstarter community to keep bringing you this amazing content.
YOUR support specifically makes it possible for us to make our fiction freely available on our website.
We have put together a fabulous lineup of solicited contributors for Year Six!
- Elizabeth Bear
- Aliette de Bodard
- Jennifer Marie Brissett
- Tina Connolly
- Paul Cornell
- A. T. Greenblatt
- Cassandra Khaw
- Ken Liu
- Vina Jie-Min Prasad
- Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
- Ursula Vernon
- Betsy Aoki
- Leah Bobet
- Beth Cato
- Ada Hoffmann
- Annie Neugebauer
- D.A. Xiaolin Spires
- Hal Y. Zhang
- Meg Elison
- Hillary Monahan
- Brandon O'Brien
- Malka Older
- Ada Palmer
- Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
- Fran Wilde
- G. Willow Wilson
There will also be slots for unsolicited submissions (we reopen soon after we reach our first funding milestone).
We're deeply committed to finding and showcasing new voices in our genre from around the world.
Uncanny Magazine is published as an eBook (MOBI, PDF, EPUB) bimonthly (the every other month kind) on the first Tuesday of that month through all of the major online eBook stores. Kickstarter Backers at the Subscriber Level or higher, and those purchasing single issues, get each issue in its entirety up front, no waiting. Those reading online for free wait a month for the second half, which appears on the first Tuesday of the second month at uncannymagazine.com.
We at Uncanny think we’re doing important work, and we’d like to continue. Please consider supporting Uncanny Magazine Year Six!
How We’ll Use the Funding:
Our funding goal ($18,700) is for the current version of Uncanny.
This goal pays for the six issues of Uncanny Year Six, including (at minimum) per issue:
- 25,000 words of new fiction (5-6 stories, depending on length)
- A reprint story
- Reprint cover art
- 4 new poems
- 4 new nonfiction essays
- 2 new interviews
This is the size the magazine has grown to thanks to ongoing community support. Our Year Six budget for this Kickstarter reflects our current content levels. We currently pay our writers $.08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, our essayists $60 per essay, and our artists $100 per reprinted artwork.
In addition to paying our content contributors (upon acceptance!), our initial Year Six budget includes:
- Paying our staff (Editors-in Chief, Managing Editor, Nonfiction Editor, Podcast Producers and Readers, Interviewer, and our Assistant Editor)
- Podcast production and hosting costs
- Office costs (accounting & layout software, hardware, promotion, etc.)
- Website hosting and maintenance costs
- Backer rewards production & mailing
- Kickstarter fees and taxes
Our Year One, Two, Three, Four, and Five backers were so generous we reached all our stretch goals. Our awesome backers also sponsored several pieces of original cover art last year.
Year Six Stretch Goals:
- $19,700- Original cover art from Galen Dara
- $22,000- Original cover art from Nilah Magruder
- $25,000- Original cover art from Kirbi Fagan
- $26,000- Increase Essay Pay Rate to $75 per essay
- $27,000- Increase Poetry Pay Rate to $40 per poem
- $32,000- Increase Original Short Story Pay Rate to $.10 per word
- $35,000- Increase Staff Payments
- $36,000- Increase Reprint Short Story Pay Rate to $.02 per word
ADD-ON #1: Every Year Six backer at the $50 Sustainer level and above will automatically receive a coveted Space Unicorn Enamel Pin as part of their backer reward!
Backers below that level (or at and above Sustainer level who just want extra pins) can add $10 to their pledges per pin and ALSO receive one or more! Just increase your pledge by $10 per pin in the system, and let us know when you fill out your surveys after the close of the Kickstarter that it is for the pins!
ADD-ON #2: If you wish to add a print copy of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction to your pledge, you can add $35 (for United States shipping addresses only) to your pledge and indicate that in the survey. (Add $50 for non-United States shipping addresses.)
Uncanny in POG form!
Remember playing with Pogs (milk caps) from the 1990s? Small circles of art that came in sets you could keep, trade, win from your friends, and enjoy? We will custom produce carded sets of 6 pogs featuring Uncanny Magazine art, just for you! If you wish to add a set of Uncanny Pogs as an Add-On to your pledge, you can add $15 to your pledge and indicate that in the survey.
(IMAGINE THESE IN POG FORM)
EVERY Backer will receiving an eBook of the Best ofUncanny 2018 (the Best of included in this year's Hugo Voter Packet)!
Due to space and fairness to the creators, many of our backer levels are "first come, first choice." The earlier you back at that level, the more likely you will get your choice, though we strongly feel all of the contributors in the backer levels are awesome and worth it.
Here's are some additional info about some of our Rewards to entice you!
List of signed books available (first come, first choice by backer number):
- Exhalation by Ted Chiang
- The Best of Connie Willis by Connie Willis
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson (2 copies)
- Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction (signed by Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Rachel Swirsky, and A. T. Greenblatt)
- Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
- Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker
- The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
- Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan
- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
- Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World by Caroline M. Yoachim
- Fire Dance by Ilana C. Myer (2 copies)
- Things Without- Hello World by Liz Argall (5 copies)
- The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
- The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
- Horizon by Fran Wilde
- WebMage by Kelly McCullough
- Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
- The Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz
- A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (2 copies)
- Game Devs & Others by Tanya DePass
- Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer (ARC)
- Riverland by Fran Wilde
- Desdemona and the Deep by C. S. E. Cooney
- Bodies in Motion by Liana Brooks - coming soon!
- Witch by Marie Brennan - coming soon!
- Four Ways to Die in the Future by PH Lee - coming soon!
This year we are also offering a reward level for signed sets of books!
- Buffalo Soldiers and Pimp My Airship by Maurice Broaddus
- The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, The Book of Etta, and Book 3 by Meg Elison
- Gem Universe set by Fran Wilde
- The Nine and The Fall by Tracy Townsend
- Medusa Uploaded and Medusa in the Graveyard by Emily Devenport
Custom Uncanny Keychain by the fabulous Hal Y. Zhang!
NEW! We have commissioned (with the authors' approval) two pieces of original fan art calligraphy by Geek Calligraphy's Ariela Housman, Hugo Award Finalist. One ink calligraphy piece featuring a quote from “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, and one ink and illumination calligraphy piece (SHINY) featuring a quote from "Sun, Moon, Dust" by Ursula Vernon.
Uncanny Magazine Staff:
Publishers & Editors-in-Chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas guide the three-time Hugo and Parsec Award-winning Uncanny Magazine. Seven-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine (2011-2013). She co-edited the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords (with Tara O’Shea) as well as Whedonistas (with Deborah Stanish) and Chicks Dig Comics (with Sigrid Ellis). Along with being a four-time Hugo Award-winner, Michael Damian Thomas was the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012-2013), co-edited the Hugo-nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis, and co-edited Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. Together, Lynne and Michael won the Best Editor: Short Form Hugo Award in 2018. Also, they solve mysteries.
Managing Editor Chimedum “Chimie” Ohaegbu attends the University of British Columbia in pursuit of hummingbirds and a dual degree in English literature and creative writing. She’s a recipient of both the full 2017 Tan Seagull Scholarship for Young Writers and a 2018 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship. She loves tisanes, insect facts but not insects, every single bird and magpies especially, and video game music. Her fondness of bad puns has miraculously not prevented her work from being published or forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Train: A Poetry Journal, The /tƐmz/ Review, and The Capilano Review. Find her on Twitter @chimedumohaegbu or Instagram @chimedum_ohaegbu.
Nonfiction Editor Michi Trota is a three-time Hugo Award winner, and the first Filipina to win a Hugo Award. Michi has been published in The Book Smugglers, The Establishment, and Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F, and the exhibit text writer for Worlds Beyond Here: Expanding the Universe of APA Science Fiction at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. She’s spoken at C2E2, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and on NPR. She served five years as a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Board of Organizers, including two years as Board President. She is also a professional fire spinner, often performing with the fire/flow+bellydance showcase, Raks Geek. She can often be found on Twitter at @geekmelange posting about publishing, pop culture, Filipina identity, food, her cats, and often yelling about The Good Place.
Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is a multi-Hugo-Award finalist author and editor. She was the Co-Guest Editor-in-Chief of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, where she edited the nonfiction section. Her own nonfiction writing has appeared on CNN Opinion, Tor.com, Fireside, and TheBoston Globe. She teaches about disability in fiction on a regular basis. She has an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she learned how to write a killer polemic. You can find her talking about being deafblind, having a guide dog, and liking bats @snarkbat on Twitter, and on her website snarkbat.com
Podcast Producers Steven Schapansky & Erika Ensign Uncanny’s award-winning podcast is edited and produced by Steven Schapansky and Erika Ensign. Erika, who also reads for the podcast, is a government writer by day and by night is co-host and producer of the popular Doctor Who podcast Verity! She also co-hosts The Audio Guide to Babylon 5 and Earp Chirp. Steven is one of the three hosts of the world-renowned Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro and co-hosts The Memory Cheats. Erika and Steven each co-host hockey podcasts (Beginner's Puck and Hockey Feels, respectively) and are frequent panelists on, and editors for, several podcasts on The Incomparable Podcast Network. From their couch, they co-host the Lazy Doctor Who and In The Village podcasts and produce a multitude of podcasts for others as the two halves of Castria.
Podcast Reader Joy Piedmont is a librarian and high school technology integrator in Manhattan. She’s lead workshops at conferences on topics such as digital ethics, media literacy, and identity development for transracial adoptees. As a freelance writer, she’s covered pop culture for Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch and reviewed Young Adult literature for School Library Journal. She co-hosts/co-produces Reality Bomb, a Doctor Who podcast, and in 2018 she was the creator and co-executive producer of #WhoAgainstGuns, a series of podcast commentaries that raised over $20K to help end gun violence. Joy is the co-creator and co-chair of Gallifrey One‘s TARDIS Talks, a special track of programming giving space to big ideas and theories about Doctor Who and fandom. Follow her on Twitter @InquiringJoy.
Interviewer Caroline M. Yoachim is a prolific author of short stories, appearing in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Uncanny, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed, among other places. She has been a finalist for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Locus, and multiple Nebula Awards, and her stories have been reprinted in multiple year’s best anthologies and translated into several languages. Yoachim's debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, came out in 2016.
Assistant Editor Angel Cruz is a writer and professional enthusiast, with a deep love for magic realism and Philippine folklore. She is a staff writer at Ms en Scene and Women Write About Comics, and a contributor at Book Riot. She was a 2017 Contributing Writer at The Learned Fangirl, with additional bylines at the Chicago Review of Books and Brooklyn Magazine. Find more of her work at angelcruzwrites.contently.com, or follow her on Twitter @angelcwrites.
Risks and challenges
The risk for any magazine is that it won't meet its promised deadlines. Uncanny Magazine has come out on time for every issue, and all of the contributors were paid on acceptance.
All the contributors listed have agreed to submit work to Year Six of Uncanny Magazine, but we cannot guarantee publication of any particular writer or artist. Many things can happen during the creation process, which could prevent creators completing works. That said, we feel strongly that this group of writers and artists will come through and create excellent stories, poetry, art, and essays for Year Six of Uncanny Magazine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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