Where to Publish Short Stories

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 ūüôā

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¬Ę/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

Publisher: Shimmer

What they’re looking for:¬†Speculative fiction ‚ÄĒ 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

Publisher: LightSpeed

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 Р2 weeks.

Publisher: Beneath Ceaseless Skies

What they’re looking for:¬†‚Äúliterary adventure fantasy‚ÄĚ: 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

Publisher: Clarkesworld

What they’re looking for:¬†Science fiction and fantasy.

Requirements: 1,000-16,000 words, no exceptions.

Pay:¬†10¬Ę per word for the first 5000 words, 8¬Ę for each word over 5000

Response Time: usually under 2 days.

Publisher: GigaNotoSaurus

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.

Good luck!

4 thoughts

  1. Best of luck to you. I’m trying to make myself write more short fiction, although at the moment, I’m only planning on doing a self-collection, rather than sell individual stories anywhere.


  2. All the best with your submissions! I don’t write short stories very often because I tend to get distracted by my novel, but a lot of people think it’s great training for longer works.


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