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Paying Science Fiction Short Story Markets
more than 3 cents per word)
Aberrant Dreams accepts short fiction of any genre,
though we primarily focus on the genres of fantasy,
science fiction, and supernatural horror. We look for
stories with a solid plot and good character development.
Stories should grab the readers attention quickly.
Stories should be original and not a rehash of tired old
themes. If you do draw from an old theme, add a twist to
make it unique. Submit to the appropriate genre. Pays 3
cents per word (to max $100). Please read full guidelines
Abyss & Apex
Reading periods are open on the following months:
November, February, May, August. Seeking Sci-Fi and
Fantasy. Short and flash fiction; poetry. "Our
tastes span the gamut from classical, Golden-Age SF to
modern, nontraditional formats." Dark okay, but no
horror. Accepts E-submissions only -- see website for
detailed guidelines. Submit only during reading periods.
Fiction: to 10,000 words, pays 5 cents per word (maximum
$75) On Publication.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.abyssandapex.com/guidelines.html
Æon Speculative Fiction Magazine
Æon publishes speculative fiction of all kinds: science
fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, magic realism,
and everything in between. Our guidelines are simple:
your story needs to be speculative in nature, and it
needs to kick our (collective) ass. We are looking
primarily for stories 7,500 words and under, but will
consider longer works also.
Payment is 3 cents per word, paid on publication, for the
purchase of first world serial rights. All other rights
remain the property of the author.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.aeonmagazine.com/writersguidelines.htm
Irelands foremost magazine of the fantastic. Needs
fiction between 2,500 and 8,000 words. Print and ezine
also. E-submissions okay, but no attachments. Send
disposable manuscripts only. Prefers to reply to all
submissions via email.
Payment is 3 per 1,000 words (Euro)
Submission Guidelines: http://www.albedo1.com/html/writers_guidelines.html
Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Needs: ". . . stories in which some aspect of future
science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if
that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. The
science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The
technology can be anything from electronic engineering to
biogenetic engineering." ". . . real people in
potentially real futures (some terrifying, some
exhilarating, some both)."
Fiction: to 20000 words, prefers 2000-7000 words, pays
5-8 cents per word On Acceptance. Query for serials
Submission Guidelines: http://www.analogsf.com/information/submissions.shtml
Asimov's Science Fiction
Asimov's Science Fiction magazine is an established
market for science fiction stories. ". . . we're
looking for "character oriented" stories, those
in which the characters, rather than the science, provide
the main focus for the reader's interest. Serious,
thoughtful, yet accessible fiction . A good overview
would be to consider that all fiction is written to
examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but
that in science fiction the backdrop you work against is
the size of the Universe. . ." No S&S, explicit
sex/violence. No reprints.
We pay on acceptance. Pay rate is 6.0 cents a word to
7,500 words, 5.0 cents a word for stories longer than
12,500 words, and $450 for stories between those lengths.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.asimovs.com/info/guidelines.shtml
Looking for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
"Stories do not have to be explicitly Australian,
although we would like to see some with Australian
characterization and background, provided the Australian
element is not merely a self-conscious insertion into a
standard plot." Please use standard Australian
spelling, punctuation and grammar (i.e. British/English).
Buys First Australian Serial Rights, the non-exclusive
rights to publish the story electronically and the
non-exclusive rights to include the story in an
anthology. All other rights remain with the author.
Word Count: 2000-8000 words, pays AUS $20-60 per 1000
words (between 2-6 cents per word depending on budget).
Submission Guidelines: http://aurealis.com.au/submissions.php
Looking for Sci-Fi and Fantasy with popular appeal.
May submit via e-mail or via forum at website; forum at
website recommended for writers not yet pro by SFWA
standards. E-mail submissions should be *.rtf or *.doc
files. One slot each issue reserved for non-pro writers.
Pay differs between solicited and unsolicited stories.
Pay rate for Unsolicited Manuscripts: any length, pays
8-15 cents US.
Pay rate for commissioned stories:
For the first 5000 words, we'll pay 25 cents a
word. That comes to $1,250
For the next 5000 words (i.e., from 5-10K), we'll
pay 15 cents a word. That comes to $750, or a cumulative
payment of $2000 for a story that was 10K words long.
For the next 10,000 words (i.e., from 10-20K),
we'll pay 10 cents a word. That comes to $1000, or a
cumulative payment of $3000 for a short novella that was
20K words long.
For the next 20,000 words (i.e., from 20-40K),
we'll pay 8 cents a word. That comes to $1600, or a
cumulative payment of $4600 for a short novel that was
Anything longer than that, we'll pay 6 cents a
Our rates are lower for stories that we buy from
unsolicited manuscripts, whether submitted through the
submission form or the Slush conference. They range from
8 to 15 cents a word depending on various factors.
Submission Guidelines: http://baensuniverse.com/subguide.html
Beyond: Fantasy & Science Fiction
Seeking short SF/F/H to 4000 words, pays £2.5/1000 words.
Boys Life Magazine
Short stories run 1000 to 1500 words. Payment is $750 and
up. All stories feature a boy or boys. They use humor,
mystery, science fiction and adventure. They run one or
two short stories per issue.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.boyslife.org/about/contributors/writers.pdf
Clarkesworld Magazine pays 10c per word for science
fiction, fantasy and horror. Firm word limit of 4000
words. They buy first world electronic rights, first
print rights for the production of signed/numbered
limited edition chapbooks and non-exclusive anthology
Submission Guidelines: http://www.clarkesworld.com/magazine/submissions.html
Cosmos is an Australian science magazine sold
internationally and published 6 times a year. They seek
submissions of short stories between 2,000 and 4,000
words. Stories should involve some element of science at
their heart. Payment is flat fee of $300(AU) for
publication into the print magazine and $75 (AU) for
publication in the online version.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/contact/submissions/
Downloadable Detailed Guidelines: http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/pdf/CMag_FictionGuidelines.pdf
The sharpest magazine in the world. Deals
with horror, fantasy and science fiction. Publishes
features, fiction, reviews and comment columns.
urban themes, and/or could be described (by
others) as modern and borderline gothic
horror/fantasy/sf, slipstream, crime fiction or erotica;
please don't send clichéd stories. Experimental work is
Stories should be more than 2,000 words. Payment is up to
£50 per 1,000 words. Detailed guidelines and sample
stories are available on the website.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.theedge.abelgratis.co.uk/order.htm
Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in
1949, is the award-winning SF magazine which is the
original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King's
Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and
Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz. We have no
formula for fiction. We are looking for stories that will
appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF
element may be slight, but it should be present. We
prefer character-oriented stories. We receive a lot of
fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or
humor. Do not query for fiction; send the entire
manuscript. We publish fiction up to 25,000 words in
length. Please read the magazine before submitting. A
sample copy is available for $5 in the US and $7.50
Payment is 6-9 cents per word on acceptance. We buy first
North American and foreign serial rights and an option on
anthology rights. All other rights are retained by the
Submission Guidelines: http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
Closed to Submissions February, May, August and November
Ideomancer is a professional-looking online mag (web/pdf)
searching for quality science fiction, fantasy, horror,
slipstream and flash fiction. They are looking for
stories that explore the edges of ideas, stories that
subvert, refute and push the limits. They want unique
pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional
narratives, take chances with tone, structure and
execution and take risks. The stories we publish will
also be honest - which means plausible and affecting. Up
to 7000 words - Up to 500 for flash fiction.
Ideomancer may only consider reprints they have
solicited. For everyone else, no reprints will be
considered. Buys First Worldwide Electronic Rights and
requires exclusive rights for three months.
Payment: 3 cents per word (US) up to a maximum of US$40.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.ideomancer.com/au/guidelines.htm
Intergalactic Medicine Show
Seeking Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror. Science fiction
includes hard sf, sf adventure, alternate history,
psi, alien and any other kind of sf you can think of.
Fantasy includes heroic fantasy (based on any
cultures mythology), fairy tales, contemporary
fantasy, and Horror in the sense of supernatural suspense
(not gory bloodfests, thanks).
Other: Submit online via form at website. Orson Scott
Card contributes fiction to every issue.
Fiction: any length, pays 6/word US (maximum $500)
Buys exclusive rights in any language or any medium
throughout the world for one year from date of first
publication in the magazine, and nonexclusive electronic
and/or online rights in any language in perpetuity.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=content&article=submissions
Needs: Science Fiction and Fantasy intelligent, unusual,
innovative. Avoid S&S , space opera, traditional
Other: Do not submit the same story to more than one TTA
publication. Email submissions being accepted during
certain reading periods -- see website for details. Will
respond to overseas via email. Pays £30/1000 words on
publication (3p UK per word).
Fiction: to 15,000 words.
Submission Guidelines: http://ttapress.com/category/interzone/guidelines/
Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Needs: SF/F/DF, wants more SF, humor. "We are
looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction
and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it
should be present in all submissions. We prefer
Fiction: to 25,000 words, pays 6-9/word on acceptance. We
buy first North American and foreign serial rights and an
option on anthology rights. All other rights are retained
by the author.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
Magazine of Speculative Poetry
Seeking SciFi/Fantasy/Horror poetry. Speculative
poetry may be described as the equivalent in poetry to
speculative fiction, that interesting confluence of post
modernism and science fiction in the late sixties and
early seventies of Britain and America. No epics,
but all lengths, styles, forms. See website for detailed
guidelines. Especially interested in Science Fiction
Poetry: pays 3 per word ($5 minimum, $25 maximum) On
Acceptance. No reprints. No prose, plays or art work.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.sff.net/people/Roger-Dutcher/#mspgdln
Odyssey: Adventures in Science
Monthly print mag for ages 10-16 seeking science-related
stories, poems, science fiction up to 1000 words related
to the theme of the month. Regardless of theme, your
story should include: science-related stories, poems,
science fiction, retold legends, etc., relating to the
theme. Please see website for relevant issue themes.
Pay 20-25c per printed word US
Submission Guidelines: http://www.cobblestonepub.com/guides_ODY.html
Wants science fiction, fantasy, dark fiction, horror,
ghost stories, fairy stories, magic realism, any other
speculative material. For poetry, editor likes blank
verse, free verse, prose poems; non-rhyming poetry
preferred; avoid antique language.
Other: Reading deadlines are February 28, May 31, August
31, and November 30, with decisions made about 12 weeks
after deadline. Maintains 80% Canadian content to keep
funding. Requires cover letter -- see guidelines for
specific formatting requirements. Disposable mss
Fiction: to 6000 words, pays CDN$50-$180 based on length.
Poetry: 4-100 lines, pays CDN$20.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.onspec.ca/guidelines.php
The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction
(fantasy, science fiction, horror). Paradox publishes
both historical fiction and science
fiction/fantasy/horror with historical themes, as well as
articles, news and reviews. While any well-written story
stands a chance of being accepted, the following sorts of
stories will be given preference: historical fiction and
speculative fiction. Do not send any stories lacking some
integral real-world historical, mythological, or
historical-religious context. For speculative fiction,
"primarily looking for Alternate History, Time
Travel, Arthuriana, stories in which archaeology,
history, literature, art, or music plays a prominent
role, historical retellings with a fantasy or sci-fi
twist, classical mythology settings, retellings of
classic mythology from an alternate character's
perspective, 'religious' fantasy/sci-fi, stories
exploring evolution (human or otherwise), and any other
forms of historical fantasy/sci-fi/horror you think might
fit this overall theme.
Paradox pays 3 to 5 cents per word on publication for
stories up to 15,000 words in length (2,000 to 9,000
words strongly preferred). Please read guidelines in full
Submission Guidelines: http://www.paradoxmag.com/submissions.htm
The Pedestal Magazine
This online venue is looking for fiction of all genres.
For horror, they want intelligent, high-quality,
character-driven stories. We are receptive to
high-quality literary fiction of all sorts, including
traditional and experimental works. Genre fiction (such
as science fiction, horror, mystery, and romance) is
encouraged as long as it crosses or comments upon its
genre and is both character-driven and psychologically
Currently pays $30 for poems and 5 cents per word for
fiction up to 6,000 words.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submit1.asp
Open to all subgenres/themes within fantasy, sf, horror
and mystery (including humor) up to 500 words. Raven's
tastes are eclectic, with subgenres ranging from
"cyberpunk" to "cozy" sleuth, sword
and sorcery to hardboiled "noir," space opera
to vampire yarn, and anything in between. Raven
discriminates only on the basis of good writing. Payment
is 5c per word with a $10 minimum and $25 maximum.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.ravenelectrick.com/writersguidelns/index.htm
An online zine of flash fiction looking for science
fiction, fantasy, and horror stories under 1,000 words.
Dark, psychological speculative fiction - including
horror, dark/urban fantasy, supernatural/occult,
slipstream, thrillers, and mysteries. We will also
consider science fiction, fantasy, action, crime, and
erotica, as long as it contains a speculative element and
captures the essence of psychological darkness. Likes
tales with twists. Pays 8 cents per word AU. Usually
gives feedback on rejected subs. No reprints. See site
for reading periods.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.shadowedrealms.com.au/guidelines/
Spacesuits and Sixguns
Spacesuits and Sixguns is a magazine of contemporary pulp
fiction simple, straightforward storytelling with
an emphasis on action. Were not looking for
Lovecraft or Howard pastiches, or stories set in the
1930s. Read a dozen pulp fiction stories, soak it
all up, then ask yourself: what if this happened in my
hometown today. All genres accepted -- detective, horror,
mystery, adventure, SF, sword and sorcery. We love them
all. Give us about 4000 words. Shorter is fine. We're
flexible. If its longer and it's good, no problem.
Rule number one - be fun! Payment is 3 cents a word/$100
max for fiction
Submission Guidelines: http://www.spacesuitsandsixguns.com/submissions.html
We want good speculative fiction. Your story should have
a clear fantasy or science fiction element, or at least
strong speculative-fiction sensibilities. We want stories
that have some literary depth but aren't boring; styles
that are unusual yet readable; structures that balance
inventiveness with traditional narrative. We like
characters we can care about. We like settings and
cultures that we don't see all the time in speculative
fiction. We strongly prefer stories under 5,000 words
We pay 5 cents per word, with a minimum payment of $50.
We buy first-printing world exclusive rights for two
months. After that period, you are free to republish the
story elsewhere. Please read guidelines in full before
Submission Guidelines: http://www.strangehorizons.com/guidelines/fiction.shtml
Seeking Science Fiction and fantasy. Buys first world
serial rights. Pay rate is 5-7 cents (US)/word. Prefers
up to 5,000 words for fiction, up to 3,000 words for
non-fiction. Submit full fiction, query non-fiction.
Electronic Submissions ONLY, plain text e-mail (NOT html,
no attachments), to firstname.lastname@example.org
Transmitter is seeking speculative fiction stories of any
style or theme. We are not a "hard science
fiction" only publisher, so all writers of all
sub-genres are encouraged to submit. We do not publish
horror or fantasy unless a strong science fiction element
is present. No fan-fiction please.Short Stories (500
words - 2500 words) and Micro-Fiction (under 500 words).
Pays 5 cents US per word with a minimum of $25
Submission Guidelines: http://www.illusiontv.com/fiction/fiction-submission.php
Quarterly ezine and limited edition print seeking flash
fiction across most genres. Payment rates are:
- up to 100 words (excluding title) pays 10 cents per
- Between 101 200 words pays 5 cents per word
- Between 201 500 words pays 3 cents per word
Stories of great merit receive up to $25 flat fee.
Minimum payment is 3 cents per word in any case. All
contributors receive one free copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.vestalreview.net/html/guidelines.html
Needs: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy/Horror/SlipStream/Poetry in
Weird Tales style. "The best in horrific horror,
heroic fantasy, and exotic mood pieces, plus the
occasional 'odd' story that won't fit anywhere
else." Likes fantasy-world & S&S, but avoid
genericism. "Your protagonists must at least try to
cope, and must try to change something, even if the
outcome is tragic." Cover letter optional, don't
mention more than 2-3 prior sales. Weird Tales was
recently sold to Wildside Press.
Fiction: to 10000 words (prefers <8000), pays 3-4
cents per word plus two contributor copies.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.darkfantasy.org/weirdtales/WeirdTalesGuidelines.pdf
Wrong World™ - The World of
Quarterly DVD collections. We are interested in stories
that are original, scary short stories science
fiction, horror, fantasy, suspense, thriller, paranormal,
supernatural any genre as long as the story is on
some level scary. Stories should be between 2,500 and
3,500 words in length. The Wrong World™
experience should last around 25 minutes.
Pay rate starts at 7.5 cents per word.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.wrongworld.com/shop/cart.php?target=story_submission&mode=read_agree#01
We consider unsolicited submissions of short stories and
one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. Simultaneous
submissions are accepted, and first serial rights and a
one-year film option are required. All fiction genres
considered. Pay $1,200 US. No reprints
Submission Guidelines: http://www.all-story.com/submissions.cgi
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