Interview with Apex Magazine’s Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner

A conversation with Managing Editor, Lesley Conner and Editor-in-Chief, Jason Sizemore about Apex Magazine’s 2022 Kickstarter campaign; the synergy sparked by their creative collaboration, and their mission to publish diverse and awe-inspiring literature.

TM: How often does Apex Magazine run a Kickstarter campaign and will readers be able to buy annual subscriptions once the Kickstarter campaign ends?

JS: The Kickstarter campaigns are run yearly, and yes, readers will be able to purchase subscriptions on an ongoing basis even after the campaign ends.

TM: In what formats will issues of Apex Magazine be released?

JS: Issues will be available in digital format only. Readers can purchase the Amazon Kindle version or purchase digital copies directly from the Apex Magazine website.

TM: What is Apex Magazine’s stance in terms of niche or obscure cultural perspectives? Is there an expectation that writers should try to make their work more digestible for the mainstream?

JS: We believe in publishing diverse voices. We’re not satisfied with simply pandering to the social climate, instead, we let the writers take the lead. We want diverse voices, and we are planning a 2022 bonus issue focused on giving marginalized voices an amplified presence.

LC: We never tone down anything cultural for the sake of the audience. It’s our belief that the audience should read more widely. We hope that we can help our readers broaden their own horizons by introducing diverse perspectives. The writer should not need to be the one who must be accommodating.

JS: That’s right. Our goal isn’t to elevate the Anglo-centric middle-class experience over any others.

TM: What’s your favorite thing about publishing Apex Magazine?

JS: You’re going to say Jason, aren’t you? (laughs)

LC: I think what I love most is the conversation and discourse that comes about as a result of going through the editorial process. The exciting part is always discussing which stories excite us and what about them excites us. Then the stories go out to the readers. When they also become excited about the same stories, it creates a shared experience where we all enjoy the same stories together.

JS: I enjoy talking with Leslie and Mike Aaron about which stories excite us. I also love being on the panels, getting to talk about great stories, and just getting to be a book nerd.

LC: The collective excitement grows and that’s thrilling.

TM: Do you have any literary favorites that you can’t stop thinking about?

LC: One story that immediately comes to mind is Shirley Jackson’s We’ve Always Looked Into Castles. Every time I read it, something new jumps out at me. I love stories like this. Stories that constantly offer something fresh and exciting. You can see different aspects. Stories you can rea dover and over.

JS: Kelly Link’s Stone Animals from the Magic for Beginners anthology had a profound effect on me. It’s the perfect encapsulation of weirdness and existential dread. I think about this story a lot. There’s also Each Thing I Show You is a Piece of my Death by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer. I love that each time I read it, there’s always something new, a new little clue into the narrative. It’s also our most popular reprint.

TM: What else does Apex Magazine have in store for us in 2022?

JS: We have two main goals, for the time being. One is an Asian-Pacific Islander bonus issue. We’re also planning on adding drop-art into stories we publish in the magazine.

Apex Magazine Story Selections:  

Without Wishes to Bind You

Curse Like a Savior

So Sings the Siren

About my Guests

Jason Sizemore, Editor in Chief

The man with the titanium jaw, Jason Sizemore is a three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor, writer, and publisher who operates the genre press Apex Publications. He currently lives in Lexington, KY. You can find him on Twitter @apexjason

Lesley Conner, Managing Editor

Lesley Conner is a writer/editor, managing editor of Apex Publications, and a Girl Scout leader. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters and is currently working on a new novel. To find out all her secrets, you can follow her on Twitter at @LesleyConner.

Today, August 17, 2021, is the last day of Apex Magazine’s 2022 Kickstarter campaign. The campaign seen great success so far, and your added support will bolster their efforts to continue putting out this tremendously wonderful, multiple award-winning publication for the foreseeable future.

Today is your last chance to support the Apex Magazine 2022 Kickstarter Campaign

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