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Paying Science Fiction Short Story Markets
a token payment from $5 to $15 flat fee)
Adbusters is dedicated to reinventing the outdated
paradigms of our consumer culture and building a brave
new understanding of living. Seeking politically oriented
science fiction, humor. Pay unknown
Submission Guidelines: http://www.adbusters.org/network/submission_guidelines.php
Quarterly ezine seeking short sci-fi, fantasy and horror.
Pays $10 or free ad. Words 1,000-10,000
Submission Guidelines: http://www.afterburnsf.com/index.php?action=subGuide
"We're looking for good, solid fiction. We
specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or
general interest, provided that the work possesses an
original, "quirky" slant.
Reprints okay, prefers email submissions. Please read
guidelines in full. Payment is $15 US flat rate.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions.htm
Bimonthly webzine science fiction and science fantasy pay
$5 no word limits. Accepts reprints.
Submission Guidelines: http://atomjackmagazine.com/guidelines.htm
Seeking SF/F/H. No gratuitous sex/violence, graphic
rape/child abuse. Flash fiction, to 500 words, must be
based on picture posted at website; see guidelines.
Other: E-subs only, in body of e-mail.
Fiction: to 5000 words, pays $5-$10.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.byzarium.com/guidelines
Cats with Wings
Stories should have elements of science
fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction. Slipstream is okay.
No horror, but macabre fantasy is acceptable.
Word count: up to 8,500 words
Payment: $20 US on publication.
Chaos Theory: Tales Askew
Biannual webzine seeking all types of quality SpecFic
pays $10 via Paypal. No word limit
Quarterly webzine seeking short
scifi/horror/fantasy/mainstream to 5,000 words. Will
Pays $5 under 5k words
Submission Guidelines: http://www.daikaijuzine.com/?page_id=24
Dreams and Nightmares
Looking for Poetry/SciFi/Fantasy/Horror. For poetry,
likes experimental forms, no forced rhyme. Avoid blood
and gore. Nothing sappy or trite.
Fiction: to 500 words, pays $5 On Acceptance.
Poetry: to 2 pages
Triannual ezine of science fiction, fantasy, macabre.
We will consider any story between 250 and 7000 words
with a speculative fiction element to it. We prefer
science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we're
willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these
genres. Pay is $20 under 7,000 words.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html
Looking for Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/surrealism. "Great
Hall" takes original fiction to any length (query
for 40k words or more). "Crown & Thistle
Inn" takes re-tellings of traditional folktales,
with bibliographic sources if applicable; shorter is
better. Poetry should be mythic and folkloric.
Reprints okay; e-subs okay.
Fiction: pays $5-$10.
Poetry: pays $2-$5.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.fables.org/submissions.html
Wants Science Fiction and Fantasy up to 7,500 words.
Other: E-subs only; RTF or Word attachments preferred.
Pays $7 on publication.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/fifth/guidelines.htm
Quarterly webzine Science Fiction between 1,000 and 6,000
words. Pay $20 US
Submission Guidelines: http://www.apodispublishing.com/fusion/pages/guidelines.htm
Full Unit Hookup
Looking for SciFi/Horror/Dark Fantasy/urban Fantasy/magic
realism/slipstream/humor/mainstream. No horror, no high
Other: E-subs only (query for snail-mail submissions).
Reprints okay but not preferred for fiction; originals
only for poetry. For poetry, traditional forms okay, but
must do something different with them.
Fiction: 500-5000 words, pays $10 on publication.
Poetry: to 200 lines, pays $5 OP.
Submission Guidelines: http://members.aol.com/fullunithookup/guidelines.html
Print magazine specializing in vampire fiction.
Looking for science fiction and fantasy stories
involving, you guessed it, VAMPIRES. The really
successful HUNGUR vampire story deals with ALIEN or
EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL vampires, in whatever form, and their
relationships, or lack thereof, with Earthlings. In other
words, we really want to see science fiction and fantasy
vampires, more than horror Earth vampires. The really
successful HUNGUR story seeks to understand the ALIEN
vampire in his or her milieux. Pays $10 for fiction and
$4 for poems. Stories must be between 500-6,000 words.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/HungurGL.htm
Semiannual print sf/f/h/cross-genre/slipstream up to
10,000 words. Pay $5 + 2 contributor copies.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.unreality.net/kaleidotrope/guidelines.html
Occassional POD zine sf/f metaphysical. Pay $6 varying
Lone Star Stories
Bimonthly webzine specific and interstitial seeking
Pays $20 US any length. Reprints okay.
Submission Guidelines: http://literary.erictmarin.com/guidelines.htm
Fiction - We publish a limited number of science fiction,
fantasy and horror stories per episode of MarsDust. They
should be good above all other considerations. MarsDust
will consider material submitted by any writer, and
consider it solely on the basis of merit. We are
definitely eager to find and develop new, capable
Submission Guidelines: http://www.marsdust.com/modules.php?
Needs: SF about exploration and colonization of our solar
Other: E-subs okay; RTF or Word attachment preferred.
Fiction: to 7500, pays $10 ($5 reprints).
Poetry: pays $5 OP.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/tmw/guidelines.htm
Seeking Poetry: SciFi, Fantasy, Horror and cross-genre.
Preference for traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas,
rondelles, blank verse, etc.), but no "forced"
rhyme; lines should share a common rhythm, not just end
in words that sound the same. "We are interested in
work that demonstrates ambition, that casts new light on
genre tropes, that introduces readers to the legends of
other cultures, that re-evaluates the myths of old from a
modern perspective, that twists reality in unexpected
ways." Pays $5 on publication. No reprints.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.mythicdelirium.com/#guidelines
publish all genres as well as cross-genre work.
Were interest in story-telling, regardless of theme
of setting. What we look for is universality of theme
something that adds to the tradition of story
the stories we have been telling since the
beginning. A common misconception: this is not a magazine
that particularly specializes in fairy stories, though we
do publish them. Were interested in stories
whether dark, bright, erotic, mysterious, adventurous,
dystopian, folkloric or fantastic.
Pay rates: Short Short Fiction (501 - 1000 words) $5 -
Flash Fiction (500 words or less - including nanofiction,
drabble, micro-fiction, postcard fiction, etc.) $3
Submission Guidelines: http://www.mytholog.com/guidelines.html
Needs submissions of Scifi/fantasy and horror. Make it
darkly mysterious or outrageously funny, but make it
No gratuitous sex, violence, gore.
Other: E-subs only, as RTF files. Reprints okay, if story
has only appeared once.
Fiction: 500 to 10000, pays $10.
Submission Guidelines: http://nanobison.com/submissions.shtml
OR Christian Science Fiction
Needs: SF/F. Bible-based; recapture innocence of Golden
Age SF. No H. No gratuitous sex/violence. No profanity.
Prefers hopeful stories.
Other: E-subs only, in body of e-mail.
Fiction: any length, pays $5.
Poetry: any length, pays $5.
Quantum Kiss is a journal of Romantic Speculative
Fiction. The stories must have two things: a solid
speculative element and a strong romantic element. Both
of these things have to be central to the plot and
characters. Stories up to 5000 words. Pays $10 flat fee
for stories over 1000 words.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.quantumkiss.com/qksubmissions.htm
Looking for short SciFi/Fantasy/Alternative.
Reprints okay. E-subs preferred via form at website.
Snail-mail subs must be accompanied by disk. Include
Fiction: to 8000 words, pays $10 on publication plus 50%
of any fan donations paid to your story.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.quantummuse.com/submissions.html
Rage Machine Magazine
Wants sci-fi, fantasy, horror, adventure, weird Western,
weird mystery, hard-boiled. ". . . pace is first and
foremost. I don't want a single story that starts slowly
and builds. Catch me in the first paragraph. Hold me for
the first page. Take me to the whirlwind finish."
Fiction: 5,000-10,000 words, pays 10% of revenues.
Ray Gun Revival
Weekly ezine, seeking space opera/golden age science
Pay up to $10 for under 3,500 words
Submission Guidelines: http://www.raygunrevival.com/guidelines.php
realism/Westerns/myths. No literary/realistic fiction.
Authors must be 18+. E-subs only, in body of e-mail.
Fiction: 500-10000 words, pays $10 ("cover"
story receives additional $50).
Looking for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, in all
styles, mixes, and viewpoints between 2,000 - 25,000
words. Payment is $10 (US) per story, plus one copy in
PDF format. Payment is made on publication either by
check or through PayPal (all authors residing outside the
United States will be paid through PayPal). We purchase
First Serial Rights and electronic rights. All rights
return back to the author after publication but we retain
the right to continue selling back issues and anthology
rights for our "Best of the Year Anthology.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.specficworld.com/publications/RGW/guidelines.aspx
Sci Fi Traveling Road Show
Biweekly podcast seeking sf/f/h(flash). Pay $5 for under
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Flash pieces (under 1000
words) preferably read by you in an mp3 audio format. You
MUST be a published author, preferably published by small
press (POD doesn't count unless you've been published in
other venues, sorry). You must still own audio rights (if
you don't know what that means or don't know if you do,
don't send me anything) and will be willing to grant me
non-exclusive universal audio rights to publish your work
on the Sci Fi Traveling Road Show.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.scifitravelingroadshow.com/Newsletter.html
Sounds of the Night
Semi-annual print magazine seeking sensual science
fiction and fantasy. Pay $12 for originals and $6 for
reprints. . Stories should be 3,000-6,000 words
Submission Guidelines: http://www.samsdotpublishing.com/soundsGL.htm
Spacesquid dont want your best stuff. They want the
crap you cant bring yourself to kill because
its too pugnacious to die. This is the refuse bin
of sci-fi. We dont want the usual pedantic
variation on boring old standard themes. Sword-wielding
timetravelling midget-robot barbarians in an oppressive
state are okay though.
Pay is a flat rate of $5. Stories should be under 1000
Submission Guidelines: http://www.spacesquid.com/contributorguidelines.htm
Quarterly print magazine seeking science fiction and
fantasy. We strongly prefer innovative and unconventional
work. Pays $15 plus one copy for stories between 2,500
and 8000 words. Pays $5 and one copy for stories under
Submission Guidelines: http://www.geocities.com/spinning_whorl/guidelines.html
Star*Line (Journal of SF Poetry
Needs: SF/F/H, poetry only, all lengths and styles. Some
issues are no-theme; others are themed. Upcoming themes
include "Death, Destruction, Exploitation" and
"Reversals, Synthesis, Transformation."
Other: Submit up to 5 poems. Membership not required to
submit. E-subs preferred; no attachments. Will reply to
overseas submissions only via e-mail; overseas mss must
be disposable. READING PERIODS: JANUARY-MARCH,
Poetry: to 10 lines, pays $3; to 50 lines, pays $5;
Looking for sci-fi, fantasy, horror, slipstream up to
We have a tendency to prefer the strange. We encourage
stories from diverse perspectives, settings and origins.
See guidelines for current needs.
Other: E-subs only, as *.rtf attachment. Published in PDF
and print formats.
The payment breakdown is as follows:
For all works of fiction, 2000-5000 words, $15, plus 2
For all works of fiction, 1-1999 words, $10, plus 2 print
For all works of poetry, $10, plus 2 print copies
Submission Guidelines: http://www.sensesfive.com/guidelines.php
Tales from the Moonlit Path
Quarterly webzine seeking specfic/h under 2000 words
Pay $10-15 for lead story
Submission Guidelines: http://www.moonlit-path.com/submissions.htm
Tales Of The Talisman
Science Fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories to
6000 words and poems to 50
lines. Reading periods are quite strict. Please read
guidelines in full before submitting. Pays $10 US plus
one contributor copy.
Note: Above all we are looking for
thought-provoking ideas and good writing. Speculative
fiction set in the past, present, and future are welcome.
Admittedly, science fiction, fantasy and horror are broad
genres that overlap many other genres. We welcome
cross-genre stories, but they must have some element of
science fiction or fantasy. We have published
western/fantasy cross-genre stories and horror/science
fiction cross genre-stories and more.
Three Lobed Burning Eye
The Three-lobed Burning Eye is an electronic magazine of
horror and speculative fiction. They prefer horror, dark
fantasy and magical realism although they will consider
suspense and science fiction) to 7,500 words max. Payment
is $5 US
Submission Guidelines: http://www.owlsoup.com/3LBE/guidelines.html
Prefers a balance of dark/light SciFi, fantasy,
cross-genre and literary works to 6000 words. Payment is
Submission Guidelines: http://www.twilighttimes.com/subs.html
We want strongly-written short fiction and well-composed
poetry on any subject you wish to write about. We will
publish the best of the submissions we receive,
regardless of genre. One to two page poems and stories in
the range of 1000 to 5000 words are preferred.
Payment is ¼ cents per word up to a maximum of $5
Submission Guidelines: http://www.wanderingsmag.com/submissions.html
Worlds of Wonder
Worlds of Wonder accepts all types of Fantasy, Science
Fiction, and Speculative Fiction. Short Fiction
submissions should be between 1000 & 7500 words in
length. Serials should be between 8000 & 40,000 words
in length. All Serials MUST be complete before they will
be considered for publication. Flash Fiction submissions
should be between 200 & 1000 words in length.
Worlds of Wonder is a quarterly Webzine, published in
January, April, July and September. Our payment rates are
as follows: Short stories: $5.00, Poems: $5.00, Serials:
$10 (flat rate) . All payments are in Canadian Dollars
and will be made via Paypal. Worlds of Wonder will have
non-exclusive, One-time Electronic (World Wide Web)
Publishing rights to your work for the quarter in which
your short story or poem appears. These rights will
revert back to you once the story has been published.
Copyright remains yours at all times.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.geocities.com/lady_poet2003/Guidelines2.html
Zahir - Unforgettable Tales
Tri-annual print magazine seeking well-crafted
speculative fiction. Stories that challenge ordinary
notions of reality, or that look at reality in new,
imaginvative ways. This can include science fiction,
fantasy, surrealism, magical realism or something
unclassifiable that we havent thought of yet. The
thing we care about most is good, entertaining
Stories should be no more than 6000 words
Pay $10 + 2 copies. Will consider reprints.
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