Apex Magazine Runs Kickstarter to Fund 2022 after EIC Health Scare

Apex Magazine is running a Kickstarter to raise at least $10K with hopes of reaching their last Kickstarter total of $38K.

The pro-paying magazine went on hiatus eighteen months ago due to Editor-in-Chief, Jason Sizemore’s fight with mandibular cancer. Doctors replaced his entire jaw with his left fibula and a titanium plate. He jokes about it, saying, “I’m the cyborg editor now.”

Sizemore reports that Apex lost over one thousand subscribers when Kindle Periodicals cancelled the Apex account during the hiatus. KP refuses to renew it, saying they’re not open to ‘new’ periodicals. Sizemore argued with them that they aren’t new, but he’s gotten nowhere. If you were one of those subscribers, you can renew directly through the Apex website. Total cost is $24.00 for a year.

“I hope people will support the Kickstarter because they want to see more of what we publish. I think we’ve proven to be an interesting voice for genre fiction. We focus on stories that provide a take on social ideals. We want you to read our fiction and have it provoke a response in terms of modern problems.”

Apex fiction has helped launch many notable authors by publishing their short fiction, including Rebecca Roanhorse’s Hugo and Nebular winning story, “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience,” and Alix E. Harrow’s “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies.”

Apex publishes six times a year and hopes to publish some special issues. In addition to science fiction, fantasy, and horror, the magazine also includes interviews with authors and artists, fiction reviews, and nonfiction articles. If they reach the level of $32,000, they will increase their writer pay rate from eight cents to ten cents a word.

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