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A Professional Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature.
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Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter is LIVE!

Posted by Lynne M. Thomas (Creator)
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Dear Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, 

We need your help again! <3

As you may have heard, we just launched the Uncanny Magazine Year Two Kickstarter. Before we enter the next phase of our outstanding journey, we want to thank all of you. 

You made Year One possible. You made this dream come true. You generously backed the Year One Kickstarter, boosted the signal with retweets, posts, and reviews, and you consumed this fantastic magazine and podcast. Any magazine is only as good as the people who created it and supported it. We think Uncanny Magazine is something special, and that's due to all of you. 

Thank you for helping us add more kindness, art, and beauty into the world. 

At this point, almost all of you should have your Year One backer rewards, with the exception of issue 6. We are putting the final touches on the issue, and it will be ready for its scheduled September 1st launch. If you haven’t received your backer reward from Year One and you haven’t been contacted about it, please let us know. 


And now, the story of... Uncanny Magazine Year Two: The Return of the Space Unicorn 

Last year, three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas & three-time Hugo Award finalist Michael Damian Thomas ran the Uncanny Magazine Year One Kickstarter. 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 podcast featuring exclusive content. 

With the hard work of the best staff and contributors in the world, Uncanny Magazine delivered everything as promised. All this content is available for free over the web, thanks to your support. Though Uncanny has developed several additional funding streams to make the magazine sustainable, we’re not quite there yet. Which is why we’re running the Uncanny Magazine Year Two: The Return of the Space Unicorn Kickstarter

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to join or rejoin the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, now’s your chance! Our Year Two goals will bring Uncanny closer to sustainability by paying for more great content and making sure the magazine’s business infrastructure is solidified. 

On deck for Year Two is an outstanding group of solicited contributors, fantastic backer rewards, plus some additional surprises. 

Short Stories! 

  • Seanan McGuire 
  • Aliette de Bodard 
  • Ursula Vernon 
  • Scott Lynch 
  • Catherynne M. Valente 
  • Elizabeth Bear 
  • Mary Robinette Kowal 
  • Maria Dahvana Headley 
  • Rachel Swirsky 
  • Max Gladstone 
  • Amal El-Mohtar 
  • Alyssa Wong 
  • Carmen Maria Machado 


  • Chris Kluwe 
  • Javier Grillo-Marxuach 
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts 
  • Jim C. Hines 
  • Mark Oshiro 
  • Sarah Kuhn 


  • Sofia Samatar
  • Isabel Yap 
  • Sonya Taaffe 
  • M Sereno 


  • Julie Dillon 
  • Galen Dara 
  • Katy Shuttleworth 

There will also be more slots for unsolicited submissions (we reopen in September). 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. Each issue contains 3-5 new short stories, 1 reprinted story, 3 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 1 interview, at minimum. Our monthly podcast includes a story, a poem, and an exclusive interview in each episode. 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 second Tuesday of the month at We at Uncanny think we’re doing important work, and we’d like to continue. Please consider supporting Uncanny Magazine Year Two

How We’ll Use the Funding: Our current funding goal ($18,700) is for the original version of Uncanny, as we envisioned it (and budgeted for it) at the launch of Year One. Our funding goal pays for all six issues of Uncanny Year Two, including: 

  • 17,000 words of new fiction per issue (3-5 stories, depending on length) 
  • A reprint story 
  • Reprint cover art 
  • 3 new poems 
  • 2 new nonfiction essays 
  • 2 new interviews 

We pay our writers $.08 per word for original fiction, our poets $30 per poem, our essayists $50 per essay, and our artists $100 per reprinted artwork. 

In addition to paying our content contributors (upon acceptance!), our initial Year Two budget includes: 

  • Paying our staff (Editors-in Chief, Managing Editor, Podcast Producers and Readers, Interviewer) 
  • Podcast production and hosting costs Website hosting and maintenance costs 
  • Backer rewards 
  • Kickstarter fees and taxes 

You Year One backers were so generous we reached all our stretch goals, which added additional stories and essays to each Year One issue. You also sponsored several pieces of original cover art. Each Stretch Goal we reach in this Year Two Kickstarter will allow us to provide more of the additional content that was so successful in Year One. 

Stretch Goals: 

  • $20,000 Original Covers by Katy Shuttleworth & Galen Dara 
  • $22,000 Bring back 2 additional essays per issue 
  • $26,000 Bring back 1 additional story per issue 
  • $30,000 Bring back a second additional story per issue 
  • $31,000 1 Liz Argall's Things Without Arms And Things Without Legs reaction comic per issue, published on our website 

We hope you’ll rejoin the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps. Let’s spread more art and kindness throughout the galaxy! 


Lynne, Michael, and Michi

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