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Fireside Magazinehttps://firesidefiction.com/about/#submissions-guidelines$0.12June 15- June 19 2020 / Aug 23 - Aug 27 2020 / Nov 30 - Dec 4 2020> 3,000 words; will note on triggers for readers; no genre specified
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Strange Horizonshttp://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/$0.10Monday 1600 UTC and Tuesday 1600 UTC Every week except DecemberFiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position. Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives. Stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification. Hypertext fiction, interactive fiction, and other stories that explore and exploit the forms available to us. If you have a work of this type that you think might be a good fit for Strange Horizons, please query us to discuss how to submit it.
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Uncannyhttps://uncannymagazine.com/submissions/$0.10Not open currentlyUncanny is looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction stories between 750-6000 words. Check back later, followed on social media. Says it's bi-monthly. Last submissions in March, likely more in May
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The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/about/contact?verso=true$0.08It actually doesn't say exactly how much they'll pay, but reviews say it can be very good.
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Fantasy & Science Fictionhttps://ccfinlay.moksha.io/publication/fsf/guidelines$0.08Fantasy & Science Fiction has no formula for fiction, but we like to be surprised by stories, either by the character insights, ideas, plots, or prose. The speculative element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories, whether it's fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, or another genre. F&SF encourages submissions from diverse voices and perspectives, and has published writers from all over the world.
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Analoghttps://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/$0.08Up to 20,000 words, at least 4,000 words. Our readers are very intelligent and technically knowledgeable but represent a very wide diversity of backgrounds. Thus specialized jargon and mathematical detail should be kept to a necessary minimum. Our audience largely reads us for entertainment, and a suitable style for our articles is considerably more informal than many professional journals. We publish science fiction 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. Try to picture Mary Shelley's Frankenstein without the science and you'll see what I mean. No story! The science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn't be human) doing believable things–no matter how fantastic the background might be.
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Asimov's Science Fictionhttps://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/$0.08Stories between 1,000 and 7,500 words. In general, 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 will constitute the majority of our purchases, but there’s always room for the humorous as well. SF dominates the fiction published in the magazine, but we also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. No sword & Sorcery, please. Neither are we interested in explicit sex or violence. 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.
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Pseudopodhttps://pseudopod.org/submissions/$0.08Oct 15 2020- 2 Nov 2020PseudoPod is a genre magazine in audio form. We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. We don’t split hairs about genre definitions, and we do not observe any taboos about what kind of content can appear in our stories. Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.
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Beneath Ceaseless Skieshttp://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/$0.08>10,000 words SECONDARY WORLD SETTING We want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our modern-day primary world in terms of time (the pre-modern historical past of our real-world Earth) or history (alternate history from our Earth’s history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical, and the qualities of the setting should have some bearing on the rest of the story. We are NOT interested in urban fantasy or other types of stories set in our modern, contemporary “real world,” even if they contain fantasy elements, or in stories that move between the real world and a fantasy world. CHARACTERS We prefer stories that focus on the characters. We strongly prefer characters who yearn for something, external or internal. Our favorite characters are “round characters”: ones who grow and change over the course of a story instead of remaining the same. NARRATIVE STYLE We prefer styles that are literary but readable. We love gorgeous, poetic prose, but in genre fiction it’s vital that the style be clear enough that the reader can understand what’s happening. Our favorite styles are lush yet clear. We tend to prefer limited or ‘close’ executions of point-of-view, as opposed to external or ‘distant’ executions of point-of-view. We find it harder to empathize with a character if the story’s execution of point-of-view feels more from outside the character or distant from them. We rarely like second-person point-of-view; it often feels annoying to us.
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Podcastlehttps://podcastle.org/guidelines/$0.08June / September / DecemberUp to 6,000 words; PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story. Our word count limit is 6,000. Please note that for original stories, the closer to the limit the story is, the more difficult it is for us to buy it. Our “sweet spot” for story length is between 3,000 and 4,500 words. We are an audio magazine. Our audience can’t skim past the boring parts. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged. We hope to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.
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Darkhttp://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/$0.06Horror/Dark fantasy 2,000-6,000 words
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Apexhttps://www.apex-magazine.com/submission-guidelines/$0.06CLOSED CURRENTLY CHECK LATERFantasy/Scifi; up to 7,500 words; SFWA market only
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DreamForgehttps://dreamforgemagazine.com/call-for-submissions/$0.06July / NovemberUnique formatting, check website for details; We are interested in all SF and Fantasy genres, but no horror please.No to Pollyannish and Utopian simplicity. Yes to communities and teams working together to overcome dire challenges. Yes to marginalized and under-represented characters as protagonists. Yes to science and magic that solve problems, alleviate suffering, and boldly explore new possibilities. No to corrupt, dystopian governments or evil corporations. Tone down the violence, profanity, and sex. It’s only useful if the story demands it.
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Visionshttps://www.readvisions.com/submission-guidelines$0.06DOESN'T SAYSays that it publishes bi-annually but it doesn't say their schedule for publishing #%$##%
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Drabblecasthttps://www.drabblecast.org/submissions/$0.03500-4,000 word shortstories (100 word drabbles); Weird fiction (including science fiction, fantasy, and horror); We’re looking for powerful stories that are simultaneously relatable and a good degree off the beaten path. We’re looking for stories that will work particularly well when read aloud and treated with full cast audio production. We’re looking for submissions that are humorous, bizarre, gross, disturbing, badass, interesting and original— your favorite story that we both know would be a hit if only it found the right home.
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Translunar Travelers Loungehttps://translunartravelerslounge.com/submissions/$0.03September 15th through October 15thMaximum 5,000 words. Your story should contain speculative elements. No simultaneous submissions. Only one submission per open period. // A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible. Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella. // What we’re enthusiastic about: Characters of all genders and sexualities or lack thereof Settings in non-Western cultures Friendship Happy marriages Stories that pass the Bechdel test and/or the Mako Mori test Afrofuturism Neurodivergent characters Characters with disabilities
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Write Ahead/The Future Loomshttps://www.writeaheadthefuturelooms.com/submission-guidelines$0.02Cyberpunk This is a slot for stories between 750 and 2500 words in length. The payment for this is £0.02 per word and will be rendered in full to the Writer via paypal upon acceptance of our contract for the First World English Rights, Anthology Rights, First World Electronic Rights, Archival Rights and Non Exclusive Reprint rights. We value stories that are experimental with regard to Narrative Techniques, yet still retain strong character and plot elements.
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Leading Edgehttps://www.leadingedgemagazine.com/?page_id=31$0.01To submit a short story, please send an email with either “Submission” or the story title in the subject line. Please include your name, the title of the story, the word count, and a brief description of the story in the body of the email. Please attach your story as a Word document titled with only the name of your story. (This allows us to leave feedback on your story and keeps it from getting lost in our server.) Send us one submission per email. Including multiple submissions in the same email, submitting documents named something other than the story title (including author names, dates, or “final version” notes), or submitting other document formats could result in our system not recognizing a submission, lost stories, and delayed feedback. Stories should be at least 1,000 words. Submissions less than 10,000 words are preferred, though we will consider stories up to 15,000 words. Because Leading Edge is interested in helping new authors improve, each story is critiqued by at least two members of our staff; these comment sheets are returned to the author with our response. If you do not want your story critiqued, please let us know.
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Aurealishttps://aurealis.com.au/submissions/$0.01July 1 - July 31 2021Aurealis is looking for science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror that are of a “speculative” nature will be considered, but we do not want stories that are derivative in nature, particularly those based on TV series. We do not publish horror without a supernatural element.
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Heroic Fantasy Quarterlyhttp://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/?page_id=39$0.01June/ September/ December/ March$50 stories 1,000 - 5,000 words (1 cent/3,000 words approx); 75$ stories 5,000-7,500 words; 100$ stories 7,500-over As its name suggests, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly is a quarterly ezine dedicated to publishing heroic fantasy — in both prose and poetry. We are unrepentant in our goal of elevating unapologetic sword and sorcery to a rightful high place. Bonus Modifiers Three Words: Heroic Fantasy Fiction; We are a Half-Orc positive venue; Action is an art, not a diversion; One word: Visceral; Know your horses; Dwarves who don’t always win; Barbarians with feelings Negative Modifiers Barbarians with feeeeeeeeelings; Three words: Heroic Fantasy Parodies; Really exacting blow-by-blow combat scenes; Frequent or lengthy inner dialogue; Two words: Overly Descriptive; Stuff you obviously lifted from your D&D/White Wolf/Legend of Five Rings/Tunnels and Trolls (OMG! Did anybody actually play T&T?) games NO VAMPIRES/ZOMBIES/PIRATES -- OPEN TO HISTORICAL FANTASY
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Inscapehttps://inscape.byu.edu/submit/$0.00LDS kosher, preference to poetry
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Kasmahttps://www.kasmamagazine.com/contact.html$0.00CLOSED CURRENTLYSCI FI: NOT ACCEPTING ADMISSIONS CURRENTLY, CHECK BACK LATER (25$ PER STORY) I prefer short science fiction between 1000 and 5000 words in length, though I'll consider stories that are longer, and in very rare cases, shorter. The type of stories I enjoy the most usually come as a surprise (I think I know what is happening, but the underlying reality is revealed to me as I read on). That said, I've accepted many stories that don't fit this model. Sometimes I'm introduced to a new story structure-- a style of writing I've not seen before (this is great too!). Sometimes the story I like reminds me of another story, but it introduces a slightly different spin on it. Other times, the story introduces such interesting and original ideas that structure and style don't seem to matter as much.
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Lightspeedhttps://johnjosephadams.moksha.io/publication/lightspeed/guidelines$0.00CLOSED CURRENTLYLightspeed is seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories. All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We do not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. You may submit one SF story and one Fantasy story at any given time; you must wait until seven days after our reply to submit another story in that genre.
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Interzone/Black Static/Crime Wavehttps://tta.submittable.com/submit$0.00Doesn't say how much they pay on website. Interzone = sci fi, Black Static = horror/dark, Crime Wave = crime and mystery
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Fiction Vortexhttps://fictionvortex.submittable.com/submit$0.00CLOSED CURRENTLYEpisodic Seekers fantasy develop in a new storyverse
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Betwixthttp://betwixtmagazine.com/submissions/$0.00CLOSED INDEFINITELYKEEPING JUST IN CASE BUT SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE CLOSED
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Farstriderhttp://www.farstridermag.com/submit.html$0.00CLOSED?DOESN'T SAY SCHEDULE CHECK LATER
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