Markets

This page should properly be named the “Speculative Fiction Markets Cheat Sheet,” but that seemed a little long for the navigation bar.

These are markets for short speculative fiction where I wouldn’t mind submitting my stories. SFWA-qualifying markets are denoted with an asterisk.  Let me know if I’ve made any mistakes, if something listed as open is actually closed, if I’m missing a really good market, or if one ought to be taken off the list.

Finally, this should go without saying, but while I do try to keep this updated, some information below may be out of date or just plain wrong. Check the magazine’s submissions guidelines for the most current information before you submit anything to them.

Updated 4/9/2014 - Added Crossed Genres, which is now SFWA-qualifying. Also made a correction to the entry for Nature Futures; thanks to Jon H for the tip.

Analog (guidelines) *
Accepts: Hard science fiction – short stories, novelettes, and serials
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions form
Pay rate: 7-9 cents per word up to 7500 words, $525-675 for stories between 7500 and 10,000 words, 7-7.5 cents per word for anything longer, 5 cents per word for serials
Response time: 5 weeks (query after 3 months)
Note: Also accepts science articles.
Last updated: 7/16/13

Apex (guidelines) *
Accepts: “science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three—the dark, weird stuff down at the bottom of your little literary heart.”  Anything over 5000 words will be rejected.
Open? Yes
Format: Email
Pay rate: 5 cents per word
Response time: 30 days (query only after 60 days)
Last updated: 7/16/13

Asimov’s (guidelines) *
Accepts: Character-oriented science fiction (borderline fantasy is okay) up to 20,000 words
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions form
Pay rate: 7-9 cents per word up to 7500 words, 7-7.5 cents per word for longer material
Response time: 5 weeks (query after 3 months)
Last updated: 7/16/13

Beneath Ceaseless Skies (guidelines) *
Accepts: Secondary-world literary adventure fantasy up to 10,000 words
Open? Yes
Format: Email only
Pay rate: 5 cents per word
Response time: 2-4 weeks on average
Last updated: 7/16/13

Cicada (guidelines)
Accepts: Short stories of 5000 words or less, or novellas up to 9000 words, in all genres. They are particularly looking for humor.
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions system
Pay rate: Up to 25 cents per word
Response time: 3-6 months
Last updated: 7/16/13

Clarkesworld (guidelines) *
Accepts: Speculative fiction of all varieties, 1000-8000 words (“preferred length is 4000″)
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions form
Pay rate: 10 cents per word up to 4000 words, 5 cents per word after
Response time: 2 days (query after 2 weeks)
Note: Also accepts nonfiction and art.
Last updated: 7/16/13

Crossed Genres (guidelines) *
Accepts: Science fiction or fantasy stories fitting the theme of the month (see guidelines for details), 1000-6000 words
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions form
Pay rate: 5 cents per word
Response time: “Turnaround time for responses is one month following the end of your submission month. (e.g. if you submit during September, we’ll respond no later than October 31.)”
Last updated: 4/9/14

Daily Science Fiction (guidelines) *
Accepts: Speculative fiction of all varieties, 100-10,000 words (especially flash)
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions form (formatting guidelines are here)
Pay rate: 8 cents per word
Response time: Query after 4 weeks
Note: Also accepts art.
Last updated: 7/16/13

Escape Pod (guidelines)
Accepts: Science fiction stories of 2000-6000 words (3500-5000 words preferred)
Open? Yes
Format: Email
Pay rate: 5 cents per word for new fiction, 3 cents per word for reprints
Response time: Unclear
Last updated: 7/16/13

Ideomancer (guidelines)
Accepts: Boundary-pushing speculative fiction of 7000 words or less
Open? “We are open to submissions during December-January, March-April, June-July, September-October.”
Format: Email only
Pay rate: 3 cents per word, $40 maximum
Response time: Query after 30 days
Last updated: 7/16/13

Inscription (guidelines)
Accepts: Young adult speculative fiction of 500-9000 words, with an emphasis on diversity
Open? Yes
Format: Email only
Pay rate: 5 cents per word
Response time: Not specified
Last updated: 1/11/14

Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet (guidelines)
Accepts: Fiction (mostly speculative)
Open? Yes
Format: Regular mail only
Pay rate: “We do not pay much.”
Response time: Query after 6 months
Note: Also accepts nonfiction, poetry, and B&W art.
Last updated: 7/16/13

Lightspeed (guidelines)
Accepts: All types of science fiction and fantasy, 1500-7500 words (preferably <5000)
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions system
Pay rate: 8 cents per word
Response time: Typically 2 business days, up to 2 weeks
Note: Check out the guidelines for the special Women Destroy Science Fiction issue! Submissions for this issue are open until February 14.
Last updated: 1/11/14

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (guidelines) *
Accepts: Fantasy and science fiction (try not to be too shocked) up to 25,000 words
Open? Yes
Format: Regular mail only
Pay rate: 7-12 cents per word
Response time: Allow 8 weeks (but in practice it’s more like 2)
Last updated: 7/16/13

Nature Futures (guidelines) *
Accepts: Hard science fiction, 850-950 words
Open? Yes
Format: Email
Pay rate: $130 (or £85) per story
Response time: Not specified
Last updated: 4/9/14

PodCastle (guidelines)
Accepts: Fantasy stories of 2000-6000 words or flash pieces of <1000 words
Open? Yes
Format: Email
Pay rate: $100 for short fiction, $20 for flash
Response time: Query after two months
Note: Prefers reprints.
Last updated: 7/16/13

Pseudopod (guidelines)
Accepts: Horror stories of 2000-6000 words (preferably <5000 words) or flash stories of fewer than 1500 words (ideally 500-1000 words)
Open? Yes
Format: Email
Pay rate: $100 for short fiction, $20 for flash
Response time: About two months
Last updated: 7/16/13

Shimmer (guidelines)
Accepts: Unusual contemporary fantasy of 7500 words or less (query for longer works). Preferred length is 4000 words or less.
Open? Yes
Format: Email only
Pay rate: 5 cents per word, minimum $10
Response time: 3 weeks (query after 1 month)
Last updated: 7/16/13

Strange Horizons (guidelines) *
Accepts: Speculative fiction of up to 9000 words (5000 or less preferred)
Open? Yes
Format: Online submissions form
Pay rate: 8 cents per word, minimum $50
Response time: 3 weeks on average (query after 40 days)
Note: Also accepts art, articles, poetry, and reviews.
Last updated: 7/16/13

Tor.com (guidelines) *
Accepts: Speculative fiction of 17,500 words or less (they’re particularly interested in stories under 12,000 words, but 17,500 is the absolute limit)
Open? Yes
Format: Email only
Pay rate: 25 cents a word for the first 5000 words, 15 cents a word for the next 5000 words, 10 cents a word thereafter
Response time: Within 3 months, unless the story is in second looks
Last updated: 7/16/13