@RocketStackRank Yes we're not eligible for semiprozine anymore. There's no "prozine" category unfortunately, just "Pro Editor" though.
— Lightspeed Magazine (@LightspeedMag) January 7, 2016
Blog post: Apex Magazine is no longer eligible for Best Semiprozine. We've matriculated! https://t.co/aT5OCPI8wQ
— Apex Magazine (@apexmag) January 11, 2016
They announced the change in response to queries from Neil Clarke, who contacted the publishers while updating his Semiprozine Directory.
Jason Sizemore shared his feelings about Apex Magazine’s accomplishment in a blog post titled “Matriculation.”
The other day I received an email from Neil Clarke. He owns Clarkesworld Magazine and he maintains the directory of Semiprozine publications for the edification of Hugo Award voters. With the recent ascendancy of Apex Magazine and my transition to full-time publisher/editor, he wanted to inquire regarding the magazine’s Semiprozine candidacy.
He made the observation that from the outside, it appeared ` was now a pro-zine. As it turned out, Neil was correct.
At first, I was bummed out. We’ve been Hugo Award-nominated three of the last four years in the Best Semiprozine category. We had a strong 2015 and had hopes of receiving a fourth nomination.
Then it occurred to me that matriculating from the ‘semiprozine’ level is itself an achievement and noteworthy. It’s 10+ years of work and tens of thousands of dollars of effort to reach this level. I’m proud that Apex Magazine now exists on the same plane as Clarkesworld, F&SF, and Locus.
Two Four titles have graduated from the category, however, the list of semiprozines continues to grow. Comparing Clarke’s current list with the directory from last April, I found these new additions:
- Bards and Sages Quarterly
- Diabolical Plots
- Fantasy Scroll
- Grimdark Magazine
- Holdfast Magazine
- LONTAR: Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction
- Sci Phi Journal
- Utah Geek Magazine
Update 01/12/2016: Clarke wrote in a comment that Nebula Rift and New Realms have been confirmed as professional.