Friday, June 14, 2019

10 Speculative Magazines Accepting Submissions NOW - Paying markets

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Here are ten literary magazines currently open to submissions of speculative fiction and poetry. They are seeking a wide variety of subgenres: Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories, Steampunk, Dark Fantasy, Horror, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Myth, Folklore, Surrealism, Slipstream and Weird Fiction.

All of these are paying markets. Some accept reprints. None charge a submission fee.

For an extensive list of paying markets organized by genre see: Paying Markets.

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Unfit Magazine: Stories that bend the rules of science fiction

Unfit publishes Quantum Fiction, Cyberpunk, Alternative Histories and Steampunk.

Length: 500-3,000 words

Payment: $0.03/word for fiction; $0.01/word for nonfiction. Reprints are paid at $.01/word. Payments are only made to your PayPal account. They only pay for what appears in print, not for online publication.

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Unreal Magazine

Unreal publishes Fantasy, Magical Realism, Experimental Fiction

Length: 500 to 5,000 words

Payment: $.03/word for fiction. For nonfiction, $.01/word. Reprints are paid at $.01/word. Payments are only made to your PayPal account. They only pay for what appears in print, not for online publication.

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Through the Gate: Fantastical poetry

"We are looking for fantastical poetry of literary and emotional depth from a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our definition of fantastical is quite fluid, encompassing fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. We desire poetry that is atypically beautiful, unconventionally imaginative, and boundary-crossing. We are not interested in work that is strictly science fiction or mainstream, but poetry that blurs the lines between such genres and the fantastical is welcome."

Length: Up to three poems

Payment: $20 per poem

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Three-lobed Burning Eye

"Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We're looking for short stories from across the big classifications and those shadowy places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, and the Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We want to see something new and different."

Length: Short fiction 1000–7000 words, Flash fiction 500–1000 words, (2000–5000 preferred)

Payment: $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction; + 1 print annual

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"We prefer science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre, but we're willing to push the limits of traditional forms of these genres. We do not consider poetry, stories with over-the-top sex or violence, serials, novels, fan fiction, or non-fiction. We don't accept multiple submissions; in other words, only submit one story at a time and wait for a response before submitting another. We accept simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know up front and tell us as soon as it's accepted elsewhere. We do not publish reprints, including anything that has appeared on a website."

Length: 250 to 7000 words

Payment: $20

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The Dark publishes dark fantasy and horror. "Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror."

Length: 2,000 – 6,000 words.

Payment: 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for nonexclusive reprint rights.

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Daily Science Fiction

"Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. We will consider flash series--three or more flash tales built around a common theme."

Length:100 to 1,500 words

Payment: 8 cents/word

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Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. "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)." 

Length: Up to 15,000 words.

Payment: 8 cents/word. No reprints. Simultaneous submissions are okay.

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East of the Web

East of the Web's new imprint is seeking science fiction and fantasy short stories. Stories should be accessible, with strong plots and compelling characters, written with a good knowledge of the science fiction or fantasy canon. 

Length: Stories should be at least 7,000 words.

Payment: Starts at $0.05 per word or a mix of an advance and a royalty. Reprints accepted.

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Escape Pod


Escape Pod publishes science fiction in audio and text. "We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people." 

Length: 1500-6000 words.

Payment: $0.08 per word for original fiction; $100.00 flat rate for reprints of any length.



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