1Q 2016 Editorial: Miracles on a Shoestring

A&A once was described as doing miracles on a shoestring. That was nice, if a little misplaced.

Many of you may not be aware of what it takes to run an online genre magazine. Most of the things we accomplish are done by volunteers, of course, and a lot of love (free labor) goes […]

Human Wave Science Fiction

Human Wave Science Fiction

“Depressing is the book ending with the protagonist dropping his sword as he dies. Human wave is one sentence more — where someone picks up the sword again and continues on, inspired.” – SJ Chase.

“ Your writing should be entertaining. If you’re writing for the awards and the literary […]

On Acceptances

On Acceptances

First, for an informative but humorous take on rejections, please read my short editorial on the subject of Rejectomancy. Obvious things like lots of spelling or grammatical errors will nix a story, as will sending stories outside of our scheduled reading periods, or sending things we specifically say we do not like […]

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, Issue 54

Hello readers of good poetry,

I am delighted to present another excellent slate of poems to you from various regions of the country. The poetry in this issue is heavily surreal and fantastic.

It opens with a sixth-sense type of poem, “The Visionist,“ by Chloe Clark (Ames, IA). The chill she leaves is intensified in […]

A&A and the Hugos

By now you may have heard that Abyss & Apex was on the 2015 “Sad Puppies 3″ (SP3) slate of potential Hugo nominees, in the Best Semiprozine category. (ETA: And yes, we were nominated.)

I detest the term “hate speech,” as it implies a lack of freedom of speech, but there is such a thing […]

“Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, January 2015” by editor John C. Mannone

Dear Readers,

I am excited to present a mixture of poems from some highly regarded poets. Though I usually don’t present work in alphabetical order (by author), it had worked out that way for this edition. I am always careful to balance the kinds of emotion that might be evoked in a series of poems.


1Q 2015 Editorial: Where are they now?

Abyss & Apex has a deserved reputation for helping to launch writing careers. Where are some of our authors, now?

Here, in alphabetical order, are just a few of the writers that started, at least in part, with us. We knew them when.

Aliette De Bodard is the author of ON A […]

Periodic Table Of Writing Elements, Turkey City Lexicon Edition

The Periodic Table of Writing Elements (PDF)


Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, October 2014

Introduction to Abyss & Apex Poetry, October 2014

Please enjoy this ecclectic mix of poems, many of which are tangentially connected to form a loose theme. “Dust of Creation” by Heather M. Browne (CA) and “Supernova Sunday” by Ralph Monday (TN) kick off the selections with a pensive tone and beg questions of metaphysics, of […]

Introduction to Poetry in July 2014 Issue

We are proud to present six fine poets for the July 2014 issue. The opening poem, “Medusa’s Garden: A Vampire’s Lament” (Gina Marie Bernard, Wilton, MN), presents a wonderfully speculative question. Gina Marie wrote, “staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep after catching up on last season’s Becoming Human, I was contemplating the sexual prowess […]