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Paying Science Fiction Short Story Markets
between 1 and 3 cents per word)
All Possible Worlds
All Possible Worlds is a science fiction and fantasy
magazine currently accepting submissions of short stories
to 6,000 words.
We pay 1.2 cents per word plus one contributors
copy and accept
submissions via both email and postal mail. Reading
periods are specific, so please check the website before
Submission Guidelines: http://www.allpossibleworlds.net/guidelines.htm
Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
Accepting submissions of Sci-Fi, Fantasy & horror.
Preference for "fun" rather than
"grim-and-gritty." Submissions via E-subs only,
as attached RTF file (preferred) or on diskette. See
website for detailed formatting guidelines. See website
for how to submit serials.
Fiction: to 10,000 words, pays AUS 1¼ cents per word
(minimum AUS$20) on publication.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.andromedaspaceways.com/submissions.htm
Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
Quarterly print mag, seeking Dark Sci-Fi/horror/dark
fantasy. Looking for grim and gritty every story
must have a sci-fi element. E-subs only, as attached DOC
file. See website for detailed formatting guidelines.
Flash Fiction: to 500 words. Payment flat rate $20
Fiction: To 10,000 words, pays 2 cents per word + 2
contributor copies + bio on website.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.apexdigest.com/submit.shtml
Seeking SciFi/Fantasy. No poetry. No horror. No explicit
sex. Likes stories where violence is rejected as a way to
solve problems. Interested in political, philosophical,
and religious themes. Quarterly ezine.
Also runs a for-fee editing service.
Fiction: 2000-10000 words (preferred), pays 1 cent CDN
per word + 2 contributor copies
Submission Guidelines: http://www.challengingdestiny.com/guidelines/index.htm
COSMIC Speculative Fiction is a quarterly E-Zine of
original fantastic fiction distributed via e-mail in PDF
format. COSMIC SF publishes SF/F 1-10,000 words in
length. COSMIC SF pays ¼ - 3 cents per word sixty days
after publication for First North American Serial
Rightsthis means the stories have never been
published in North America in ANY form the stories
must be original.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.edwardmcfadden.com/2.html
Pays 1 cent per word for flash and short fiction up to
5000 words payable on acceptance with a signed contract.
Coyote Wild is a speculative fiction magazine. All
submissions should be original and contain a speculative
element. Speculative fiction amazes, perturbs, delights.
It looks into yesterday, tomorrow and the far future from
a unique point of reference that sets it apart from other
types of writing. The audience wants to be surprised,
maybe a bit shocked, perhaps somewhat uncomfortable, but
always provoked to think differently about the universe.
The ideal submission should surprise the reader and make
Submission Guidelines: http://coyotewildmag.com/CoyoteWildGuidelines.html
Seeking science fiction up to 7,000 words. I want
to see something different. I want to see something
unusual. I want to see stories that are . . . a little
weird. If you've read the zine, you know what that means.
It's certainly not a requirement to write steampunk to be
considered, but you will catch my ear if you do. I like
stories that have something hidden in them; it can be a
character with a secret, things that aren't what they
seem, or places that exist where they shouldn't.
Pays 1 cent per word.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.electricvelocipede.com/htm/sg.htm
This is an audio magazine. The audience cant skim
past the boring parts and stories with beautiful language
at the expense of plot dont translate well, so keep
in mind that your story will be pod-cast. Looking for
fiction with strong pacing, well-defined characters,
engaging dialogue and clear action. Humor is highly
encouraged. Reprints will be considered.
Weekly audio podcast sf/f/h Pay $100 (flash $20) words
2-6k (flash (under 1k)
Submission Guidelines: http://www.escapepod.org/guidelines/
Semi annual print seeking short scifi/slipstream/hard
scifi/fantasy between 2000-7500 words. Pays 1c per word +
2 contributor copies
Flash under 750 words pays $5
Futurismic seeks contemporary science fiction for
publication on their website. Were looking for
innovative, exciting stories that use the tools of
speculative fiction to examin contemporary issues and
take a look at whats just around the corner.
Whether by established professionals or promising
newcomers, we would like to see the very best in
todays SF, with an emphasis on work that truly
connects with and illuminates the fast-paced, fascinating
times we live in. Stories should be compelling and
well-written, with a strong emphasis on characters
confronting or embracing imminent cultural, social,
technological and scientific changes. Post-cyberpunk,
Information Age and near-future extrapolations will be
welcomes serious or satirical, straight-forward or
gonzo, optimistic or cautionary. Indeed, near future,
Earth-based science fiction stories are our main focus.
Pay is $200 US flat rate.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.futurismic.com/guidelines.html
Guidelines for fiction are that it be short-short, short,
novella, or novel-excerpt. Genre fiction will be gladly
considered if it is of such a caliber as to make genre
distinctions irrelevant. Most readers, when queried about
genre fiction & about what they want to read, feel
that way, too. Simultaneous submissions are OK. Please
include this info when you submit.
We pay 1-3 cents a word on publication for 1st English
language rights; 1st web rights are paid at 15% per annum
of the original fee. Word rates for works above 5,000
words are negotiable.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.gobshitequarterly.com/contact/submit.php
Semi annual print publication seeking speculative poetry.
Speculative poetry is one result of the application of
imagination to reality. In speculative poetry, one's
"vision" often is taken from a different angle,
from another perspective, perhaps even from another time
and place. Speculative poetry is usually tinged with one
or more of the genres. Thus, in speculative poetry you
find hints of science fiction, fantasy, folklore, myth,
the surreal...and yes, even horror. Good speculative
poetry will awaken a sense of adventure in the reader.
That's what we're looking for: good, original speculative
poetry. Yes, we will consider reprints, but we'll
probably publish no more than two per issue. As regards
length, we don't want to cramp your style, but poems of
100 lines or less probably will snag most of our
attention. Pay 2 cents per word (min payment $3)
Submission Guidelines: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/IllumenGL.htm
Leading Edge (BYU)
Leading Edge is a semi-professional magazine dedicated to
the presentation of new and upcoming talent. We accept
science fiction and fantasy short stories, novelettes,
novellas, and poetry
Semi annual print, classic sf and f pays 1c per word
(minimum $10) + 2 contributor copies under 17k words
Submission Guidelines: http://www.leadingedgemagazine.com/guidelines_writer.php
Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine
Neo-opsis will consider material submitted by any writer,
professional or amateur. It is our intention to not set
down a lot of ground rules for these stories. We
dont want to miss a good story, because it
doesnt fit our rules, but we are more likely to
publish stories that are less than 6000 words and fit a
science fiction or fantasy theme. Other: E-subs okay, as
attached DOC or RTF file (preferred) or in body of
Fiction: to 6000 words, pays CDN 2½ cents per word
Submission Guidelines: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/guidelines.htm
Stories that reference cutting-edge technology, new
scientific concepts, and/or reflect current social
controversies are encouraged. Challenge us! Surprise us!
Our pay rate varies. We pay a minimum of $25 up to a
maximum of $100 for works up to 5,000 words (although we
prefer shorter works for purely aesthetic reasons). We
pay for exclusive publication for two months; the author
retains copyright and may request removal at any time
after the contracted two-month period. SUBMISSIONS ARE BY
Submission Guidelines: http://www.scifidimensions.com/subguidelines.htm
We are looking for quality Science Fiction/Speculative
Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Bizarro flash, short stories
and poetry. We are open to all types of stories within
those genres: hard or soft science fiction, light or dark
horror and fantasy, serious or humorous, etc. Christian
or religious-themed stories, experimental fiction and
genre-crossing stories are all acceptable so long as they
fall within one of our three genres. Whats most
important is that its a quality story with a
logical plotline and interesting characters. Prefer
stories under 3,500 words. 1c per word for stories up to
1,500 words plus ½ cent per word over 1,500 words.
Minimum payment $7.50
Submission Guidelines: http://www.sciencefictionfantasyhorror.com/guidelines.mgi2
Quarterly audiozine seeking primarily science fiction
with a smidgen of fantasy. Stories must be able to be
narrated which means they should read smoothly!
Pay 1c per word min $10 max $50 Words under 8500
Submission Guidelines: http://www.scywebbem.com/html/submissions.html
Looking for sci-fi, fantasy, horror and magic realism.
Avoid experimental fiction and trick endings. No
heartwarming or cute stories. Unusual and beautifully-
written speculative fiction stories with full plots and
strong characters. The best way to understand what we are
looking for is to read an issue of the magazine.
Accepts E-subs only, as *.doc or *.rtf attachment. Also
Payment and Rights: Authors will be paid 1 cent per word,
minimum $10, maximum $30. In other words, stories 1000
words and under: $10. 1001-3000 words: 1 cent per word.
3000 words and up: $30. Youll also receive a copy
(both print and electronic) of the issue in which your
story appears. Additional contributor copies available at
the subscription rate.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.shimmerzine.com/submission-guidelines/
Triannual PDF Young Adult speculative fiction seeking
sf/h/f, prefers contemporary with teenage protagonists.
Pay $50 Australian.
Submission Guidelines: http://shinymag.blogspot.com/2007/01/submission-guidelines.html
Needs: Science fiction/dark fantasy. "We're *not* a
horror magazine." Wants more Science fiction.
"Dark" slant, but not straight horror. Must
have an element of supernatural or fantasy. Avoid abuse,
revenge, cats, writers, vampires, explicit sex, POV of
child or young adult. Vignettes and poetry (all forms,
but haiku unlikely to sell here) also considered. Include
cover letter with your submission. No simultaneous
submissions. No reprints.
Fiction: to 6000 words, pays 1-2/word on publication.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.talebones.com/doc.asp?SUBKEY=152
Tales of the Unanticipated
Please note: specific reading periods apply. Pays 1 1/2 -
2 cents a word for science fiction, fantasy, horror,
hybrids thereof, and unclassifiable stories. We prefer
stories with personality, and originality of vision, to
the factory-made brand. We will consider stories of any
length up to 10,000 words; no serials.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.totu-ink.com/guidelines.phtml
Terra Incognita is a full-sized, quarterly
science-fiction magazine and publishes a broad range of
science-fiction stories, non-fiction articles, and
includes an extensive section of reviews of written
science fiction works. This grand sweep is united by a
common theme: the earth, both today and in the future.
Some of the stuff we like includes: cybertechnology,
apocalypse and post-apocalypse settings, sociological
extrapolations and alternative social systems, gender and
race issues, biotechnology, information technology, human
evolution, alien visitors, ecological disasters or
triumphs, oceanography and the settlement of the ocean,
non-Western cultures in the future, the natural and
applied sciences and more. NO S&S, fantasy, horror,
formula SF, alternative history or space-opera. Word
count: up to 15,000 words. Payment: 1 to 2 cents per word
plus one years subscription to Terra Incognita,
plus two extra copies of the issue in which your
contribution appears. Buys First North American Rights
only. All rights revert to the author upon publication.
Snail Mail only to:
Mr. Jan Berrien Berends, Editor
52 Windermere Avenue #3
Landsdown, PA 19050-1812
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