“Things Can Only Get Better,” from the 2021 4Q A&A, was shortlisted for a British Science Fiction Association award.
Abyss & Apex got some recognition in the 2021 Critters Readers Poll. We came in fourth in Poetry Magazine/e-zines:
“Tell Me Half a Story” by Jennifer Lee Rossman, was fourth in Magical Realism short stories. “Geo Sink” by John Taloni was fourth in Positive Futures short stories. Wendy S. Delmater came in 4th in the category Magazine/e-zine Editors. Our cover for The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume Four made 5th place in Book/e-book Cover Artwork. “Malum in Se” by Deborah L. Davitt came in eighth in Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories. The Best of Abyss & Apex, Volume Four came in eighth in the Short Story Anthologies category. And Abyss & Apex came in 8th place overall in the category of Fiction Magazine/e-zines.
- Abyss & Apex Rhysling nominations for 2021 (published in 2020): “A Touch of Lightning in the Soul” by Deborah L. Davitt (Abyss & Apex 73), “That is not what I meant at all” by Brian Hugenbruch (Abyss & Apex 76), “People Dropping Dead in the Mall Parking Lot” by lan Ray Simmons (Abyss & Apex 76), “Old Playfellow” by Noel Sloboda (Abyss & Apex 75), and “And It Was Bad” by Anne Carly Abad (Abyss & Apex 75)
- A&A’s poetry editor John C. Mannone won a Dwarf Stars Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association for his poem “Standing Up” published in Nadwah: Poetry in Translation, December 2019.
- A&A received Rhysling Award nominations for two 2019 poems: “Reincarnation” by John C. Mannone, and “The Scarecrow’s Lover” by Alexandria Baisden.
- Cae Hawksmoor’s A&A story, “Barleycorn,” was a finalist the 2019 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction.
- Six A&A poems were nominated for Rhysling Awards: “A City Built on Bones” by Ann K. Schwader (Issue 66), “Fortune Favors the Cold ” by Katherine Inskip (Issue 68), “Neuraweb” by Logan Thrasher Collins (Issue 67), “Spatial Arrangement” by David F. Shultz (Issue 65), “This Sacred Earth” by Deborah L. Davitt (Issue 67), and “The Last Transport” by Frank Coffman (Issue 65).
Six A&A poems were nominated for the 2018 Best of the Net anthology: “Church of the Apocalypse” by Sharon Fox (Issue 63), “Archaeology” by Shannon Connor Winward (Issue 64), “The Patron Saint of Lost Causes” Chris Castro-Rappl (Issue 64), “He Believes It” by Katharyn Howd Machan (Issue 65), “To Watch the World Burn” by Jason Harris (Issue 66), and “Paul Bunyan and the Whirlwind Mountain” by Gabriel Ertsgaard (Issue 66).
- Rich Horton’s “Spiked” was longlisted for the 2018 Sunburst Award and got an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois’ 2017 YBSF.
- 2017 Rhysling Award nominations for A&A poems: “Poisoned Apple” by Anne Thornfield-Long, “Maintenance Call” by Ken Poyner, and “The Patron Saint of Lost Causes” by Chris Castro-Rappl.
- 2016 Rhysling Award nominations for A&A poems: “The Chinese Pirate Ching Shih Plays Go With a Hooded Opponent” by Kendall Evans and “Revolution (1764-1783)” by Holly Lyn Walrath.
- 2016 Rhysling Award nominations for A&A staff: John C. Mannone for his poems “Stellar Quake” in the New England Journal of Medicine and “Adam’s Rendezvous with Dante” Last Darn Rites Anthology, Whitesboro Writers Group; Tonya Liburd for “The Architect of Bonfires” in Space and Time Magazine.
- Insider Art, by Vaughan Stanger, was longlisted for a British Science Fiction Association Award (2016), Shorter Fiction category.
- A&A author Michael Donoghue’s Story, “Stuck in the Past” was short listed for a 2016 Sunburst Award.
- 2015 A&A honorable mentions in the Year’s Best Science Fiction 33rd Edition, edited by Gardner Dozois: “Human Trials” by Alec Austin and Marissa Lingen, “The Omnyoji’s Wife,” by Kate MacLeod, “Degrees of Separation,” by Ruth Nestvold, and “Mustard World,” by James Victor. Work by George S. Walker was also complimented in the industry overview.
- A&A authors Jennifer Dornan-Fish and Jeremy Szal were 3rd Quarter 2015 Writers of the Future finalists http://tinyurl.com/ngpgt2q
- Year’s Best SF (edited by Gardner Dozois) had A&A honorable mentions for 2014: “The Coin Whisperer” by Sarah Hendrix, “Capricorn” by Rich Larson, and “Idle Thoughts” by John C. Wright. He also commended the work of Fran Wilde and Rati Mehrotra in the 2014 A&A.
- Abyss & Apex was nominated for a 2015 Hugo in the Best Semiprozine category.
- “Principles of Entropy” by Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg was nominated for a 2014 Rhysling Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
- “In the Cool of the Day,” our most popular story of 2013, was reprinted in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology. Congratulations to Abyss & Apex author A. G. Carpenter.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2013: “The Artist, Deeply, Brushes” by Ken Altabef, “Luminous Fish Scanalyze My Name” by by Paul Di Filippo and Damien Broderick, “The Shadow Artist” by Ruth Nestvold.
- Our 4Q 2010 story, “Rumor of Wings” by Alter S. Reiss, was the featured story on the 12/5/13 Podcastle.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2012: “Land of Fire & Ashes” by Colin P Davies, “Lace Downstairs” by Arkady Martine, “Aurum” by Genevieve Valentine.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2011: “A New Bridge Across the Lethe” by Howard V. Hendrix, “Bots D’Amour” by Cat Rambo.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2010: “Sunlight” by Kelly Dwyer, “Anything Chocolate” by Caren Gussoff, “Talking to Elephants” by Mary Anne Mohanraj, “Ice Moon Tale” by Eilis O’Neal, “Night of the Manticore” by Tony Pi, “High Art” by Alan Smale, “The Tortouous Path” by Bud Sparhawk, “Spirits in the Night” by Michael Swanwick, “The Monks of Udom Xhai” by Lavie Tidhar.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2009: “Letter Found in a Chest Belonging to the Marquis de Montseraille Following the Death of That Worthy Individual” by Marie Brennan, “Mirror Girl” by Paul Carson, “A Hundreth Name” by Christopher Green, “East of Chula Vista” by Samantha Henderson, “In The Middle of Nowhere With Company” by Ruth Nestvold, “Rainbows and Other Shapes” by Patricia Russo, “No Cord or Cable” by Bud Sparhawk.
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- Howard Hendrix’s poem “Bumbershoot,” published in 2009, won the 2010 Dwarf Stars Award (Best Poem of 10 lines or less) from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
- “Incarnation in the Delta” by Richard Foss (Abyss & Apex, #29: First Quarter 2009) was on the Tangent Recommended Reading List for 2009.
- “Snatch Me Another” by Mercurio D. Rivera (Abyss & Apex 1Q/08) made the Locus Recommended Reading list for 2008 and was reprinted in Unplugged: The Web’s Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy, 2008 edited by Rich Horton.
- Abyss & Apex’s 2008 stories were given honorable mentions in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year Volume One: “Alan Smale’s “Quartet, With Mermaids” and Joanne Steinwachs’ “The Number of Angels in Hell.”
- Tony Pi’s “Metamorphoses In Amber” was a 2008 Prix Aurora Awards Finalist for Best Short Form Work in English.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2008: “Quartet, with Mermaids” by Alan Smale, “Dancing For the Monsoon” by Aliette de Bodard, “Stories of the Alien Invasion” by Manek Mistry, “Metamorphoses in Amber” by Tony Pi.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2007: “The Man Behind the Curtain” by Joseph Paul Haines,
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- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2006: “In the Season of Blue Storms” by Jude Marie Green, “New Spectacles” by Will MacIntosh, “Interfaith” by Lisa Mantchev, “All the Wonder in the World” by Lavie Tidhar.
- “Prayer Causes Stars” was nominated for the 2006 Rhysling Award (short poem category) and won Third Place, Dwarf Stars contest, 2006
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2005: “Museum Beetles” by Simon Kewin.
- “No Ruined Lunar City” (October 2004 #11) by Greg Beatty won the Rhysling Award in 2005.
- Year’s Best SF (Gardner Dozois), honorable mentions for 2004: “Live from the Volgograd Blackout” by Barth Anderson, “Those Boiled Bones” by Jay Lake.
- “Making a Sparrow,” from the March/April 2004 issue of Abyss & Apex, listed in the Honor Roll in The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens, edited by Jane Yolen and Patrick Nielsen Hayden, and the Honorable Mention list in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow and Kelly Link & Gavin Grant.
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