Market Listing Guide
(paying 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
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
Adventures of Sword and Sorcery
Pay Rate: 3 to 6 cents per word On Acceptance
We are looking for Sword & Sorcery, High Fantasy, and
Heroic Fantasy fiction from 1,000 to 8,000 words. We want
fiction with an emphasis on action and adventure, but
still cognizant of struggles within as they play against
the struggels without
Snail Mail submissions to: Randy Dannenfelser, Editor, PO
Box 807, Xenia, OH 45385
Æon Speculative Fiction Magazine
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
foremost magazine of the fantastic. Needs Science
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
Payment is 3 per 1,000 words (Euro)
Submission Guidelines: http://www.albedo1.com/html/writers_guidelines.html
Snail-mail: Steve Pasechnick, P.O. Box 380264,
Cambridge, MA 02238.
E-mail: spasechnick[ AT ]harvard.com
Seeking well-written stories; all kinds of fantasy to
Published by Edgewood Press. Editor prefers not to
receive e-mail queries.
Payment is 5 cents per word.
Submission Guidelines: http://ralan.com/sfpro/listings/alchemy.htm
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
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
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 40K long.
Anything longer than that, we'll pay 6 cents a word.
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
Gate publishes epic fantasy fiction at all lengths
(including novel excerpts), articles, interviews, news
and reviews. We are looking for adventure-oriented
fantasy fiction suitable for all ages -- including urban
fantasy, sword & sorcery, dark fantasy/horror,
"magic realism" and romantic fantasy -- as long
as it is well written and original. Create accessible,
epic/heroic fantasy suitable for all ages
that incorporates strong elements of heroic myth,
adventure-oriented themes and exotic and colorful
Black Gate is also looking for artists -- for line art,
comics, and cartoons. If you have an online portfolio
full of dynamic, fun b&w art, don't hesitate to
contact us. We pay 6 cents per word for fiction, and 5
cents per word for non-fiction, on acceptance.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.blackgate.com/bg/guide.htm
Accepts Dark Fantasy and Horror. No standard genre fare.
Focus on pop and fringe cultures. No flash fiction. Gets
title from the "Art Brut" movement --
"outsider art," originally the mentally ill.
Pays 5-10¢/word for FNASR & Electronic Rights (for
archiving on their web site), no length limits, pays on
Fiction submissions via e-mail in the body of the message
to address above.
We tend to prefer dark fantasy and horror, but any
speculative fiction which keeps us turning the pages, has
a few felicitous turn of phrases, and has an interesting
theme or subtext intertwined within the narrative will do
nicely. Impress us! Amaze us! Astound us! Offend us! Any
of these reactions are what we like to see. Brutarian is
willing to consider the following subgenres: Dark
Fantasy, Psychological Horror, Supernatural, Occult,
Vampire, Cthulu, Gore, Ghost Stories, Hard SF, Utopian
SF, Alien Contact, Time Travel, Erotic Horror.
Submission Address: 9405 Ulysses Court, Burke, VA 22015
(Chiaroscuro Webzine) is seeking Horror and Dark Fantasy
fiction up to 4,000 words and poetry. Make your fiction
dark and well written. No taboos. Poetry: no elves, no
vampires, no rhyming. Please no reprints.
Other: Accepts E-submissions only; *.rtf or *.doc
Pays 7 cents (US) per word on publication.
Poetry: to 50 lines (preferred), pays $8/poem.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.chizine.com/submissions_fiction.htm
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 rights.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.clarkesworld.com/magazine/submissions.html
well written, entertaining science fiction, horror
and dark fantasy stories with believable characters and
page-turning plots. Payment is UK £2.50 per 1,000
words, plus a complimentary copy of the magazine.
Detailed submission guidelines, plus extracts from some
of the stories, are available from the website.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.darktales.co.uk/submissions.htm
Only open to themed submissions -- see website for
Accepts Dark Fantasy/Horror/mainstream. Dark fiction with
rich settings; avoid gratuitous gore, sex. No present
tense, no entire pages without dialogue, no stories that
take place entirely in the narrator's head.
Deathlings.com wants dark fiction that does not
rely on excessive gore (grossing us out instead of
scaring us, or making us think,) gratuitous sex (note the
word "gratuitous"--sexual scenes that are
integral to the characters and/or plot are fine.) So what
do we want exactly? Stories drenched in atmosphere where
the setting plays an integral role. Stories that are
character, not plot-driven. Any descriptions of the
characters should be so vivid that we could pick one of
your characters up at the airport if we had to. Please
avoid stream-of-consciousness, all the action takes place
in the narrator's head-type stories. Eyeball your
paragraphs--if you have whole pages without dialogue,
your story is not for us. No present tense. Surprise us
-- we don't want to be able to guess what's going to
happen after the first few pages.
1,000 - 4000 words, pays 3 cents per word for First
Worldwide Electronic Rights.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.deathlings.com/guide.html
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 Magazine is an online weekly magazine of all
forms of fantasy fiction. High fantasy, contemporary and
urban tales, surrealism, magical realism, science
fantasy, and folktales can all be found in our pages.
Stories should be between 1,000-6,000 words. Payment is 3
cents per word.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/?page_id=2
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
Flesh and Blood
Seeking dark fantasy and horror with an emphasis on the
fantastic, surreal, strange, offbeat, darkly fantastic,
unnatural and bizarre. No reprints. We will not consider
stories without at least one or more of these elements.
Fiction that deals with serial killers, stereotypical
plots (zombies, vampires, cats, etc), revenge, blatant
gore, and sex will not be the proper match for F&B
magazine. Contrary to the magazine's title, we'd rather
steer clear of the "flesh" and
"blood" in fiction and place a bigger emphasis
on the subtle and strange.
Fiction: to 5000 words, pays 2 5 cents per word
plus one contributor copy.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.horrorseek.com/horror/fleshnblood/otherinfo.html
Greatest Uncommon Denominator
Our dictionary defines literatures thus: written works,
esp. those valued for form and style. And that is what we
are looking for form and style, though be sure
theres substance as well. Any genre, including
literary or mainstream, is acceptable. We dont back
away from a fight if your work screws with
convention, breaks rules, makes demands of the reader,
then were equal to the challenge. Just please, by
whatever you hold dear, give us some prize at the end of
Pays 3 cents per word please read the submission
guidelines in full before submitting
Submission Guidelines: http://www.gudmagazine.com/subs/submit.php
Heliotrope Magazine is looking for exceptional fiction
that does not exceed 5,000 words. We are most interested
in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror. If your
story is somewhere in between or is something you
cant label we are interested in that as
well. We pay 10 cents a word for fiction. Payment will be
made upon publication and in U.S. currency.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.heliotropemag.com/node/2
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,
near-future, far-future, 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
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
On the Premises
Web-based magazine published every four months, filled
with winning entrants to their contests. Seeking sci-fi,
fantasy, horror fiction or any combination of all of them
to 5,000 words in contest format. Stories can be deathly
serious or hilariously funny or anything in between.
Prize is $130.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.onthepremises.com/contests/guidelines.html
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
The Pedestal Magazine
This online venue is looking for fiction of all genres.
They want intelligent, high-quality, character-driven
stories. Genre fiction (such as science fiction, horror,
mystery, fantasy and romance) is encouraged as long as it
crosses or comments upon its genre and is both
character-driven and psychologically acute. We are also
interested in works that do not readily fall into one
Currently pays 5 cents per word for fiction up to 6,000
Submission Guidelines: http://www.thepedestalmagazine.com/submit1.asp
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
Annual print magazine, Original, high-quality
SciFi/fantasy. Horror must have a science fiction element
and be psychological or scary, rather than simply gory.
No supernatural fantasy-horror, or traditional swords 'n'
sorcery quest sagas. We are interested in publishing
highly imaginative prose on a wide variety of genre
themes. Cutting-edge SF and experimental writing styles
(cross-genre scenarios, slipstream, etc) are always
Pay £5 per 1000 word + contributors copy
Submission Guidelines: http://freespace.virgin.net/pigasus.press/guidelines.html
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
Realms of Fantasy
Realms of Fantasy is a bi-monthly magazine showcasing the
best in fantastic short fiction. Always seeking good
quality Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery.
"Heroic, contemporary, traditional, feminist, dark,
light and unclassifiable fantasy." New settings,
exotic mythologies. Avoid stories with a joke/pun as
primary thrust; avoid cats and mysterious little shops.
Word count should be between no more than 8,000 words.
Payment: For stories under 7,500 words, rates begin at 5
cents per word for new writers and move upward as a
writer gains recognition. For stories over 7,500 words,
the rates break at 7,500 to 3 cents a word. Thus, a
10,000-word story by a newcomer would pay $400.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.rofmagazine.com/pages/guidelines
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/
Shroud considers horror, dark mystery, dark fantasy and
suspense short stories up to 5,000 words. Thriller and
Suspense tales with a horror aspect are also welcome.
Rates of two to five cents per word, plus one contributor
copy. Payable within 30 days of publication. Up to 5,000
words; maximum payment of $250. All rights revert to the
author upon publication.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.shroudmagazine.com/submissions
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 email@example.com
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
print magazine seeking original, polished fantasy, dark
fiction and horror between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Pay
between 2 - 5 cents per word, dependent on experience. No
reprints, no simultaneous subs.
Submission Guidelines: http://withersin.com/withersin_002.htm
Wrong World™ - The World of Unintended
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