About this project
Over the last two years, three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas & four-time Hugo Award finalist Michael Damian Thomas ran the Uncanny Magazine Year One and Year Two Kickstarters. 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.
Through the hard work of our exceptional staff and contributors, Uncanny Magazine delivered everything as promised. All Uncanny Magazine content is available for free over the web, thanks to your support.
We’ve had exceptional Years One and Two with numerous accolades. So far, pieces from Uncanny Magazine Year One are finalists for 14 different awards and have been included in 6 separate Year's Best anthologies. This year, we've been recognized as a World Fantasy Award Finalist (Special Award, Nonprofessional) and Hugo Award Finalist (Best Semiprozine). Hao Jingfang’s Uncanny Magazine story “Folding Beijing” (translated by Ken Liu) became a finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus Awards. Amal El-Mohtar's "Pockets" and Sam J. Miller's "The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History" are also World Fantasy Award Short Fiction finalists.
This is a phenomenal achievement for our first year of existence, and we couldn't have done it without you. This is your magazine. Our community of Kickstarter Backers, the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, made it possible for our remarkable staff and contributors to create this wonderful art for all of our readers.
Thank you. Thank you for having faith in us and becoming stakeholders in this dream.
Though Uncanny continues to develop several additional funding streams, we still need the help of the Space Unicorn Kickstarter community to keep bringing you this amazing content.
This is why we’re running the Uncanny Magazine Year Three: The Space Unicorn Flies Again Kickstarter! If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to join or re-up with the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps, now’s your chance!
We have an outstanding group of solicited contributors, fantastic backer rewards, plus some additional surprises on deck for Year Three!
Solicited contributors include:
- Paul Cornell
- John Chu
- Maria Dahvana Headley
- Nalo Hopkinson
- N. K. Jemisin
- Mary Robinette Kowal
- Seanan McGuire
- Sam J. Miller
- Sarah Pinsker
- Delia Sherman
- Ursula Vernon
- Catherynne M. Valente
- Alyssa Wong (with art by Grace P. Fong)
- Isabel Yap
There will also be more slots for unsolicited submissions (we reopen once 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. 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 http://uncannymagazine.com/.
We at Uncanny think we’re doing important work, and we’d like to continue. Please consider supporting Uncanny Magazine Year Three.
UPDATE! ADD-ON: SPACE UNICORN PATCH
As a token of our gratitude, we have an add-on!
Every Year Three backer at the $50 Sustainer and above levels will automatically receive a coveted Space Unicorn Patch as part of their backer reward!
Backers below that level that add $10 on to their pledges and select the patch as their add-on will ALSO receive one!
ADD-ON #2! SPACE UNICORN TEMPORARY TATTOO.
Every Year Three backer at the $50 Sustainer and above levels will also receive a space unicorn temporary tattoo as part of their backer reward! Backers below that level that add $10 on to their pledges and select the temporary tattoo add-on will also receive a postcard with Issue 10 cover art (as shown above)!
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 Three, 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 Three 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
Our Year One and Year two backers were so generous we reached all our stretch goals, which added additional stories and essays to each issue. Our awesome backers also sponsored several pieces of original cover art.
Each Stretch Goal we reach in this Year Three Kickstarter will allow us to provide more of the additional content that was so successful in Years One and Two.
- $21,000 Original Cover by Galen Dara and Grace Fong illustrations for Alyssa Wong’s story
- $22,000 Bring back 2 additional essays per issue
- $26,000 Bring back 4000 additional words of fiction per issue
- $30,000 Bring back the other 4000 additional words of fiction per issue
- $31,000 Increase Uncanny Blogging! Keep Liz Argall's Things Without Arms And Things Without Legs reaction comic per issue, and add the new Max and Amal Go to the Movies column, PLUS new columns by Michael Damian Thomas and Michi Trota!
- $33,000 Original Cover by Kirbi Fagan
NEW BACKER BONUS 7/19!
Every Uncanny Magazine Year Three Backer will receive an eBook copy (PDF, MOBI, EPUB) of The Best of Uncanny Magazine 2015. It features many of the favorite Uncanny stories, poems, and essays from 2015, including Hao Jingfang’s “Folding Beijing” (translated by Ken Liu) (finalist for the Hugo, Sturgeon, and Locus Awards), Amal El-Mohtar's "Pockets," and Sam J. Miller's "The Heat of Us: Notes Toward an Oral History" (both World Fantasy Award Short Fiction finalists).
NEW BACKER BONUS 8/13!
Every Uncanny Magazine Year Three Backer will receive an eBook copy (PDF, MOBI, EPUB) of Uncanny Year 3 solicited author Paul Cornell's Issue 13 short story "Don't You Worry, You Aliens" two and a half months early! All of you will be receiving an ebook after the Kickstarter ends and pledges are processed.
Cool Idea, Give It a Go, and Subscriber Backers are receiving our favorite Year Two issues. 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.
The Uncanny Magazine Team
Lynne and Michael are the Publishers/Editors–in–Chief for Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Three–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, as well as Whedonistas and Chicks Dig Comics. Along with being a two–time Hugo Award nominee as the former Managing Editor of Apex Magazine (2012–2013) Michael Damian Thomas co–edited the Hugo–nominated Queers Dig Time Lords (Mad Norwegian Press, 2013) with Sigrid Ellis and Glitter & Mayhem (Apex Publications, 2013), with John Klima and Lynne M. Thomas. Together, they solve mysteries.
Managing Editor Michi Trota is a writer, editor, speaker, communications manager, and community organizer in Chicago, IL. She writes about geek culture and fandom, focusing primarily on issues of diversity and representation, on her blog, Geek Melange, and is a member of the Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Board of Organizers. Topics guaranteed to get her talking for hours include comics, Doctor Who, and food geekery. Michi was a featured essayist in Invisible: An Anthology of Representation in SF/F (edited by Jim C. Hines). In her professional life, she is a managing editor with fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry. In her spare time, she spins fire with the fire+bellydance showcase, Raks Geek, and at the Chicago Full Moon Jams. (photo credit to Braden Nesin)
Reprint/Poetry Editor Julia Rios is a writer, editor, podcaster, and narrator. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in several places, including Daily Science Fiction, Apex Magazine, and Goblin Fruit. She was a fiction editor for Strange Horizons from 2012 to 2015, and is co-editor with Alisa Krasnostein of Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, and the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction series. She is also a co-host of the Hugo-nominated podcast, The Skiffy and Fanty Show, and has narrated stories for Podcastle, Pseudopod, and Cast of Wonders, and poems for the Strange Horizons podcast. To find out more, visit www.juliarios.com.
Podcast Producer Erika Ensign is podcast-happy. In addition to co-producing Uncanny’s monthly podcast (and creating the Uncanny Patreon video), she has two Doctor Who podcasts: She’s technical producer and cohost of the Hugo-nominated Verity!, and she’s half of the Lazy Doctor Who podcast. She cohosts and shares moderation duties on The Audio Guide to Babylon 5. She’s a frequent panelist on The Incomparable. She launched and produced the first 17 months of Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine’s short fiction podcast. As if that’s not enough, she plays Dungeons and Dragons online on Total Party Kill (available in both video and audio formats). You can find her online tweeting about all kinds of things as @HollyGoDarkly and blogging about Doctor Who, knitting, and other random geeky (and non-geeky) pursuits. Her degree in communications, which concentrated on editing and production, is finally serving her in the real world. Podcasts are in the real world, right? Right?
Podcast Producer Steven Schapansky is one of the co-hosts and producers of the long-running and popular Doctor Who podcast Radio Free Skaro. He's the other half of the Lazy Doctor Who podcast. He also hosts and produces another podcast, Doctor Who: The Memory Cheats. He’s also Canadian, and thus he apologizes for talking so much about himself right now.
Interviewer Deborah Stanish the co-editor of the Hugo-nominated Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them. She’s had essays published in Chicks Dig Time Lords, Time, Unincorporated Volumes II and III, Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers, Famous Monsters of Filmland, Apex Magazine and The Liverpool University Journal of Science Fiction, Film and Television. Deborah is also the moderator of the Hugo-nominated Verity! Podcast where six women from around the globe debate and discuss Doctor Who.
Podcast Reader Amal El-Mohtar is an author, editor, and critic: her short fiction has received the Locus Award and been nominated for the Nebula Award, while her poetry has won the Rhysling Award three times. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey; a contributor to NPR Books and the LA Times; and her fiction has appeared most recently in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, and Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories. She is a founding member of the Banjo Apocalypse Crinoline Troubadours, a contributor to Down and Safe: A Blake’s 7 Podcast, edits Goblin Fruit, a quarterly journal of fantastical poetry, and divides her time and heart between Ottawa and Glasgow. Find her on Twitter @tithenai.
Space Unicorn Submissions Editors: Andrea Berns, Arkady Martine, Ashley Gallagher, Cislyn Smith, Elizabeth Neering, Heather Clitheroe, Jen R. Albert, Jesse Lex, Jessica Wolf, K.E. Bergdoll, Kay Taylor Rea, Liam Meilleur, Mishell Baker, Piper Hale, Shannon Page, Vida Cruz, Lena Ye, Eileen Wu, Heather Leigh, Susheela Bhat Harkins.
(Selected Photo Credits for Author Collage: Roshani Chokshi by Aman Sharma, Javier Grillo-Marxuach by Stephen Lemieux, Nalo Hopkinson by David Findlay (2011), Mary Robinette Kowal by Rod Searcey, and Delia Sherman by Augusten Burroughs.)
Risks and challenges
The risk for any magazine is that it won't meet its promised deadlines. Uncanny Magazine Years One and Two came out on time every issue, and all of the contributors were paid on acceptance. We fulfilled all our Year One backer rewards and the vast majority of Year Two rewards (with a handful still being arranged, and issue 12 scheduled to come out on time).
All the contributors listed have agreed to submit work to Year Three 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 Three of Uncanny Magazine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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