Celebrating Story

In the Northern Hemisphere, we’ve all had quite enough of winter. Many of us had no choice but to go out into the frozen world to earn a living, when all we wanted to do was curl up in front of a fireplace in a comfortable chair, with a good book.

Now, the robins […]

Introduction to Poetry Issue 66

Introduction to Poetry Issue 66

By coincidence, most of the poems in this issue follow an apocalyptic arc, though sometimes a bit subtle. The number of form and/or narrative poetry also make a significant presence. There include a villanelle, an anapestic sonnet with the rhyme structure ababcdcdefefgg; a somewhat subverted abba iambic hexameter form; a […]

Panning For Gold

 

Panning for Gold

There’ nothing quite like the rush of an editor finding that perfect story, that new talent, that writer no one has heard of who–through training plus natural ability–has a tale that jumps out of the slush pile. Stanley Schmidt described finding new major talent Brad Torgersen this way: […]

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, Issue 65

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, Issue 65

Season’s Greetings to you all! To begin with, I want to honor all the Abyss & Apex poets of 2017, but in particular, these four Pushcart nominees (in order of poem’s appearance). Good luck to you all (the two fiction nominees are not shown here):

“Poisoned Apple” […]

Guest Editorial: Surviving as a Freelancer

 

Guest Editorial: Surviving as a Freelancer

by Lucy A. Snyder

 

Many writers dream wistfully of the day when they can quit their tedious day jobs and write full time. This is not a pipe dream. I know several writers who have done just […]

One “Rule” to Rule Them All

 

Too many people in positions of influence and power–from craft-of-writing bloggers and authors on through agents, workshop speakers, and publishing industry professionals–insist that there’s a single right way to craft stories. They say there’s a formula you can apply to a story or novel to insure it’s a success, even a bestseller.

The […]

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 63

Introduction to Poetry in Issue 63

As usual, I am amazed at the talent, and the diversity of talent, among our poetic community. And there’s diversity in form as well, including blank verse, prose poems, a linked Haiku-like imagist poem, and a series of lunes, besides the skillfully wrought free verse poems that give more […]

Live-Blogging Albacon 2017

Live-blogging the 2017 Albany, NY Science Fiction convention, Albacon. The symbol of the convention, above, is the statue “The Thinker,” some planets and a skyline on Albany’s most famous structure, “The Egg.” In real life the all-wood, tilted, futuristic structure sits on a base, but here it is cast adrift to better […]

Introduction to Issue 62 Poetry

It gives me great pleasure to present these six poets for this issue of Abyss & Apex: Ann Thornfield-Long, Jennifer Crow, Holly Lyn Walrath, Chengyu Liu, Vince Gotera and M.X. Kelly. There are recurrent symbols throughout the poems—birds, trees and others—arching through a narrative of loss and redemption. The texture of the varied voices will […]

The Boredom of the Shocking

1Q 2017 Editorial: The Boredom of the Shocking

Just now, I rejected another story that was trying to be cutting edge, outrageous. It’s a common way of trying to get “known,” a method of artistic expression that tries to burst past the gatekeepers of the arts and make a name for itself.

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