September 30, 2016

We have selected the winners of our inaugural Foreign Setting Short Story Contest! Congratulations to the following authors and their short stories:

1st Place

“The Cage” by John C. Hamilton


“Soloista” by Karen-Luz Sison

We had absolute blast reading all the stories, over 60, that were sent in for this contest and it was wonderfully difficult to choose the final winners. Ultimately our decisions was based on our subjective determination of the stories that best fit our subjective criteria for this particular contest. We appreciate everyone’s participation. The stories will be forthcoming in late October.

The constellation of foreign settings from all the stories ranged from Central Asia to Central America and included South America, Europe, Australia, Iceland, Russia, India, Prague, Japan, the Himalayas, the Middle East, and out at sea, in the Underworld, and other strange and fantastical locations!

Forthcoming next week: Selections from “The End of Nowhere, Stories and Photographs,” black-and-white photography by Thomas Pickarski.

September 23, 2016

The winners of our inaugural Foreign Setting Short Story Contest will be announced next Friday, September 30! All finalists whose works did not accepted will be notified by email by the end of next week. The winning stories will be published in late October.

Published last week: “All the Mermaid Wives,” fantasy fiction by Gwendolyn Kiste.

September 9, 2016

Regular submissions are temporarily closed for the next few months. But don’t worry, we’ll continue to respond to submissions from August, as well as publish new works as they get accepted, so make sure you don’t miss out!

In other exciting news, we are starting a new project – an anthology of Speculative Mystery stories! We will be calling for submissions for six original, previously unpublished stories for our first issue. Although there is a submission fee of $5, payment is also substantially higher: 5¢/word up to $200. Please help us spread the word if you or anyone you know writes fantastic mystery stories with elements of the speculative!

Published this week: “You Will Leave,” short story by Adrienne Clarke.

Forthcoming next week: “All the Mermaid Wives,” fantasy fiction by Gwendolyn Kiste.

August 26, 2016

Submissions to our Foreign Setting Short Story Contest will be closed this Sunday, August 28th. We will announce the winners on September 30th. We have received 40 entries, bringing our prizes to a total thus far of $200 for 1st and $100 for 2nd! Thank you to everyone who has submitted or will be submitting!

Published this week: “After Goldsworthy,” poem by José Luis Gutiérrez.

July 29, 2016

We have launched an Indiegogo Campaign! Help us become a semi-professional paying market by sharing the link with your friends and family: Our goal is to raise $4500 before September 23. Read our press release for more information and access to a limited, secret perk!

We have received 30 entries for Foreign Setting Short Story Contest! Awards have been increased to $175 for 1st and $75 for 2nd place.

Published this week: “Mr. Extinction,” poem by Salvatore Difalco.

July 22, 2016

We have received 24 entries for our Foreign Setting Short Story Contest, surpassing the magic number 20! The awards have been increased to $160 for 1st, and $60 for 2nd, and will continue to increase by $2.50 per new entry. We’re very excited to review all the new stories!

Published this week: “The Hellion,” science-fiction by James Edward O’Brien.

Forthcoming next week: “Mr. Extinction” by Salvatore Difalco.

For the past month, we have working on setting up an Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign. We’re extremely pleased to announce the launch of our campaign this coming Monday, July 25. The campaign will run for 60 days until September 23. Since our inception, we have been paying contributors token rates because we truly believe in the importance of compensating writers and artists for their hard work. Our goal has always been to increase our rates, while keeping content free to readers. We’re aiming to become a semi-professional paying market, so that we can keep delivering the best stories, poetry and art to you. Please help support us by donating and spreading the word!

July 8, 2016

We have received 19 entries for the Foreign Setting Short Story Contest, with stories set in Europe, Asia, Central America; thank you to everyone participating!

Published this week: “The Mercy of a Drumcliff,” historical fiction by Edd Jennings.

We were on break for July 4th, but we did publish our second podcast last week – Matt Dedon narration of Dawn Vogel’s fantasy story, “Donning the Helm”. Stay tuned for more to come in the following weeks!

June 24, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Foreign Setting Short Story Contest has received 11 entries so far, over half-way to 20, after which $3 from each new entry fee will be added to first and second-place prizes!

Published this week: Hillary Le’s book review, our first, of Einstein’s Beach House, a collection of short stories written by Jacob Appel, including “The Rod of Asclepius” which has been reprinted in 87 Bedford.

Some of you might have noticed we uploaded a logo this week as the profile picture to our social media accounts. If you haven’t seen it yet, feel free to check out the excellent design by Kelly Hall, and stay tuned for new works coming out next week!

June 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone submitting to the Short Story Contest. We received 4 more entries this week, bringing our total entries received to 8! It’s been wonderful seeing the different foreign locales featured in each of the stories.

Published this week: Our first previously unpublished short story,”How to Stay in Haiti,” by Sharon Dilworth.

Forthcoming next week: “The Rod of Ascelpius” by Jacob Appel from his short story collection Einstein’s Beach House, plus an insightful review of the collection by Hillary Le.

June 10, 2016

Published this week: “Mom, I Have  Few Requests For You,” spoken-word by Gil Kazimirov. “Secret Identities” poem by Frances Klein. “Liner Notes for the ‘Promise of Song’,” flash fiction by Lindsey Duncan.

Forthcoming next week: “How to Stay in Haiti,” short story by Sharon Dilworth.

Short Story Contest entries received: 4.

June 3, 2016

87 Bedford’s inaugural Short Story Contest (topic: Foreign Setting) is open until August 28, 2016. Entries received so far: 2. 18 more entries and we will increase the money prizes by $3 per new initial entry received. We’re very excited to read the stories coming in. Help us spread the word!

In addition, we now have a Facebook Page, so feel free to check it out and Like us. We crave social-media love almost as much as we do words and stories (almost).

Published this week: “Donning the Helm,” fantasy fiction by Dawn Vogel. We also released our first audio podcast – Matt Dedon narrating Mary Ann McGuigan’s short fiction, “Last Rites”.

Forthcoming next week: a double-feature of poetry – “Mom, I Have a Few Requests For You,” by Gil Kazimirov and “Secret Identities,” by Frances Klein. Both will be out early Monday, which leaves the rest of the week open to the unexpected…so stay tuned!

May 27, 2016

Our first short story and art were both published this week! Check out “The Things He Never Did” by W. Jack Savage and “Last Rites” by Mary Ann McGuigan on our homepage.

Forthcoming next week: “Donning the Helm” by Dawn Vogel, a series of journal entries by a vanished doctor in Constantinople. We’ll also be releasing an audio podcast (our first one) of “Last Rites,” narrated by Matt Dedon.

In addition, our first Short Story Contest will be open next Tuesday, May 31. Deadline to submit is August 28, 2016. For more details, check out the Contest Page.

Wishing everyone a happy Memorial Day Weekend!

May 20, 2016

We are very pleased to announce that 87 Bedford now pays token rates. $10 for short stories, installments of serial fiction, and book reviews, and $5 for everything else, including reprints! Check out our updated Submission Guidelines for more information.

Our mission is not only to publish great fiction but also to support creative authors, who work hard and should be compensated. We hope to continue to increase our rates as we grow.

We are currently looking into fundraising through Patreon and Indiegogo. More to come soon. In the meantime, we could always use your support! Come take a look at our Patrons Page for information on how to donate. All donations go toward compensation and the upkeep of our website.

In other exciting news, we hope to be publish our first creative works very soon, so keep an eye out, and follow us on Twitter!

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