I’ve been thinking lately that I should start submitting my library of original short stories to try and get some of them published. I expect a lot of this:
But I’m still going to try anyway 🙂
After lots of googling, I thought I’d compile my findings into a nice list and share it with all of you! I tend to write science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction, so that’s what all these magazines deal with. This list is by no means exhaustive. It’s just the places I liked the most.
A note on simultaneous submissions: Of all the publishing venues I looked into, only about 2 of them allowed simultaneous submissions. But even if one magazine allows it, odds are, wherever else you want to submit won’t allow it, so I’m going out on a limb and guessing that as a general rule, it might be a good idea to only submit a story to one place at a time.
Publisher: Strange Horizons
What they’re looking for: Speculative fiction, broadly defined.
Requirements: Up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred).
Pay: Payment of 8¢/word USD, within 60 days of contract.
Response Time: A few weeks, MAX 40 days
Publisher: Fantasy and Science Fiction
What they’re looking for: Fantasy and Science Fiction
Requirements: Up to 25,000 words in length.
Pay: Payment is 7-12 cents per word on acceptance.
Response Time: Allow 8 weeks for a response
Publisher: InterGalactic Medicine Show
What they’re looking for: Science fiction and fantasy stories.
Requirements: Up to 17,500 words.
Pay: We pay 6 cents a word.
Response Time: ???
Publisher: APEX Magazine
What they’re looking for: Science fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
Requirements: Maximum word length is a firm 7,500 words. Anything more will be auto-rejected.
Pay: Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word up to 7,500 words.
Response Time: 30 days
What they’re looking for: Speculative fiction — Hard Science Fiction and Swords & Sorcery a hard sell.
Requirements: up to 7500 words (preferred length ~4000 words).
Pay: We pay 5 cents per word, minimum $50.
Response Time: ~ Two weeks
What they’re looking for: All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome.
Requirements: 1500-10,000 words. Stories of 5,000 words or less are preferred.
Pay: 8 cents per word for original fiction, or 2 cents per word for reprints.
Response Time: 2 days – 2 weeks.
Publisher: Beneath Ceaseless Skies
What they’re looking for: “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach.
Requirements: under 11,000 words.
Pay: 6 cents US per word.
Response Time: 2-4 weeks
What they’re looking for: Science fiction and fantasy.
Requirements: 1,000-16,000 words, no exceptions.
Pay: 10¢ per word for the first 5000 words, 8¢ for each word over 5000
Response Time: usually under 2 days.
What they’re looking for: Science Fiction or Fantasy.
Requirements: 5,000 to 25,000 words long.
Pay: $100 per story on acceptance.
Response Time: 30 Days.
Publisher: Asimov’s Science Fiction
What they’re looking for: SF dominates the fiction published in the magazine, but they also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. No sword & Sorcery, please.
Requirements: They seldom buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words,
Pay: 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500.
Response Time: ~Five Weeks
There you go! Should be a nice starting point for anyone in the Science Fiction/Fantasy short story niche.