Thursday, May 6, 2021

Mega-List of Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines - Paying markets

Speculative fiction has a loyal fan base, so if you write science fiction or fantasy there are dozens of magazines that want your work! Here is a list of paying markets for journals accepting speculative fiction. Some have submission periods, so make sure you read their guidelines carefully. All are paying markets, and none charge submission fees.

Submission strategies

This table is a bit daunting, but you can simplify your task by making a list of all the places you intend to submit. (Make a separate list for each story or article.) As you submit, make sure to keep track of where, when, and how you submitted (i.e. email, Submittable, online form, etc.).

If you want to get published fast, start with the magazines that accept simultaneous submissions, and submit to all of them. Once your work is accepted, don't forget to withdraw it immediately from the remaining magazines. (If you have used Submittable, this is very simple. Just click "Withdraw.")

I suggest you start with the pro markets. These are harder to get into, but if you get published in a prestigious magazine it will establish you as a serious writer.

Save the magazines that take reprints for last. You can submit to those after your story has been published elsewhere.

Pay ranges are as follows:
  • Semi-pro payment = 1 - 5 US cents per word
  • SFWA pro payment rate = 8 cents per word and up
  • Pro for poetry= $50 per poem
  • Token = 1 cent per word or less
Happy submitting!

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Asimov's cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500.
$1 a line for poetry
NoNoThey also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction
Analog Science Fiction and Fact cents per word for short fiction (up to approximately 20,000 words), 6 cents per word for serials (40,000-80,000 words), 9 cents per word for fact articles, and $1 per line for poetry.NoNoThey 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

Fantasy & Science Fiction cents per wordNoNoThe speculative element may be slight, but it should be present.
Clarkesworld Magazine¢ per wordNoNoScience fiction and fantasy. No horror, but dark SF/F is permitted.
Diabolical Plots¢ per wordNoNoScience fiction, fantasy, and horror

Has submission periods
Lightspeed¢ per wordNoNoScience fiction, fantasy

1500-10,000 words

Has submission periods
Nightmare¢ per wordNoNoHorror, dark fantasy

1500-7500 words

Has submission periods
Strange Horizons¢ per word

$50 per poem
NoNoSpeculative fiction

Up to 10,000 words

Has submission periods
Uncanny Magazine¢ per wordNoNoSF/F fiction and poetry

Novellas up to 40,000 words

Has submission periods
Apex¢ per wordNoNoSpeculative fiction 
Beneath Ceaseless Skies¢ per wordYesNoPublishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach
Cast of Wonders¢ per wordYesYesAudio format 

YA speculative fiction
Cricket cents/word?NoChildren's sci-fi and fantasy (ages 9 - 14)

1200–1800 words in length
Baltimore Review$40YesNoFiction

Accepts a variety of genres

5,000 words max

Has submission periods
Compelling Science Fiction¢ per wordYesNoScience fiction that is entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and technically detailed when appropriate

Has submission periods
Distant Shore Publishing$150?NoFantasy, sci-fi, or litRPG

1500-4000 words in length
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores cents/word for original fiction, 2 cents/word for reprints, $1/line for poetryNoYesScience fiction and fantasy 

See submission schedule
Escape Pod¢ per wordNoYesScience fiction

Length: Up to 18,000 words

Audio format
AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review¢ CAD per wordYesNoScience fiction

500 to 3000 words in length

Has submission periods
Daily Science Fiction¢ per wordNoNoScience fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and more
The Dark¢ per wordNoNoDark fantasy, horror

6,000 words max

Bourbon Penn¢ per wordNoNoPrint and online magazine featuring slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal

Length: 2000 - 7500 words
Deep Magic$.08 per word for the first 7,499 words, with payment capped at $599.92 for stories longer than 7,499 wordsNoYesScience fiction and fantasy (clean)
DreamForge Anvil$0.06/word Payment for reprints is $0.04/word

Poems are paid at the rate of $25 to $100
YesYes SF and Fantasy

Has submission periods
The Cafe Irreal cent U.S. per wordNoNoMagical Realism

(2000 words max)
Escape Pod,  PodCastle

Podcast (Science fiction) (Fantasy) (Text and audio)
$0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. 

$20 flat rate for flash fiction
YesYesAdult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Has submission periods
Fantasy Magazine cents per word

$40 per poem
NoNoFantasy and dark fantasy

See submission periods
Fireside cents/wordNoNoShort stories and flash fiction

5000 words max

See submission periods
Flash Fiction Online$80 for original stories; reprints $.02 (two cents)
per word
NoYesMany genres, including speculative fiction

See submission periods
khōréō$0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and  $40-300 for artYesNoSpeculative fiction, poetry, essays

Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms.

Has submission periods
Visions to 5p (~6¢) per wordYesNoScience fiction and speculative short stories, from micro fictions to 3000-word pieces (5,000 words max)

Has submission periods
Gallery of Curiosities

Podcast speculative fiction

Has submission periods
The Dread Machine for original stories, .01/word for reprintsYesYesFuturistic dark fiction, speculative fiction, cyberpunk, slipstream, and science fiction
Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine
$50YesNoFairy tales (See themes)

Poems can be any length, but stories or nonfiction should be between 750 and 1,000 words.

Has submission periods
Grimdark Magazine$0.07 per word
Reprints: AUD$0.01 per word
NoYesGrimdark fantasy and sci-fi
On Spec (4-100 lines): $100CAD, Short stories: $100 - $200CAD depending on lengthYesNoSpeculative writing of all kinds

Prefers Canadians

Has submission periods
Sci Phi Journal 3 (Euro) cents per word for original fiction and 1 (Euro) cent per word for translations of fiction into EnglishYesNoHard SF 

Has submission periods
Eye to the Telescope 3¢/word rounded up to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25?NoSpeculative poetry

Has submission periods

(Scroll down for link to submit)
$200YesYesScience Fiction/Fantasy Short Stories

1,000-5,000 words
Abyss & Apex$0.08/word NoNoSpeculative fiction, poetry
Aftermath cents/word for short stories; 1 cent/word for everything elseYesYesHumans are doing so much damage to the natural world that it can only end in a spate of perfect storms that will wreck our civilization. These inevitable apocalyptic events offer a wealth of inspiration.
Andromeda Spaceways Magazine cent per word (AUD) with a AUD$20 minimum and a AUD$100 maximum per piece. For flash fiction (under 1,000 words), AUD$10 per pieceNoNoSpeculative Fiction

See submission periods
Bracken$30?NoFabulism, magical realism

Fiction, poetry, art

Has submission periods
MacroMicroCosm YesNoSpeculative fiction, poetry, and nonfiction

See themes
Sciencefictionery pence per word for fiction and £30 per poem. (Approx 4 cents per word / $40 US)NoNoSpeculative fiction, poetry

Has submission periods
TDot Spec 2c/word for originals; 50% rate for reprints.YesYesSpeculative fiction anthologies

See themes and deadlines
Cosmic Horror Monthly cent per word for original fiction. 5k words = $50; 0.5 cents per word for reprints; 10 – 20 dollars for artwork chosen as interior content. Negotiable; 100 dollars for cover art. Negotiable.?YesHorror and dark science fiction
Electric Spec$20YesNoSpeculative Fiction

Has submission periods
James Gunn’s Ad Astra$50NoNoSpeculative fiction,

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly$100 for stories and $25 for poemsNoNoHeroic fantasy

Up to 10,000 words

Will serialize up to 50,000 words

Has submission periods
Kaleidotrope fiction, $0.01/word (1 cent a word) USD. For poetry, a flat rate of $5 USD per accepted piece. For artwork, a flat rat of $60 for cover art.NoNoSpeculative fiction, poetry 

Has submission periods
Lackington’s cent CAD per word for stories ($25 CAD minimum), $25 CAD for interior illustrations, and $40 CAD for cover artNoNo
Fantasy, SF, slipstream, post-apocalyptic, magic realism, mythopoeia, folktale, grimdark, weird, or any flavour of ‘punk. They prefer stories with experimental prose and structures.

Has submission periods
Leading Edge, 1 cent per word, $10.00 minimum, $50.00 maximum

Poetry, art and nonfiction negotiated 
??Clean speculative fiction short stories, poetry, nonfiction
Metaphorosis $.01/wordYesNoScience fiction and fantasy prose only up to a firm 10,000 word ceiling
Neo-opsis cents (Canadian) per word, to a maximum of $125.00NoNoScience fiction and fantasy short stories, poetry and art

See submission periods
New Myths cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry; book reviews $30; art $60.YesNoScience fiction and fantasy

See submission periods
The First Line$25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfictionNoNoEach issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line. Have your way with it.

See submission periods
Planet Scumm cents a wordYesNoSpeculative fiction, weird fiction, slipstream

See submission periods
Speculative City$20-$55YesNoSpeculative stories set in a cityscape

See submission periods
Tales From the Moonlit Path$10YesYesFiction and poetry
Three-lobed Burning Eye$100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fictionNoNoSpeculative fiction: horror, fantasy, science fiction
Underland Arcana$0.01 / word—up to 5,000 words?NoShort fiction that veers into the numinous, the esoteric, the supernatural, and the weird

See submission periods
Gemini Magazine$20YesNoAll genres
Write Ahead/The Future Looms cents/word?YesCyberpunk Science Fiction
Wyldblood Press£0.01 per word for print and digital rights (to a maximum of £75)YesNoSpeculative fiction 
Allegory$15YesYesSpeculative fiction

See submission periods
Alien Dimensions$10?NoScience fiction

See submission periods
Translunar Travelers Lounge$0.03 per word with a minimum of $20NoNoSpeculative fiction

See submission periods
The Colored Lens$20 per short story, article, or piece of artwork, and $10 for flash. For novellas,  $20 for the first 10,000 words, and $1 per 1000 words after thatNoNoSpeculative fiction
Timeless TalesCLOSED$30YesYesPoetry and short stories, themed issues

Retellings of fairy tales and myths
Daikaijuzine$10YesYesSpeculative fiction, flash fiction, articles, and poetry
Econoclash$25YesNoGenre fiction, including sci-fi and fantasy

Has reading periods
Kzine, and a small advance?NoGenre fiction, including sci-fi and fantasy

Has reading periods
Liquid Imagination$8 for short stories (1001 words up to 6000 words) and poems, and $3 for flash stories (up to 1000 words)YesNoModern fantasy, science fiction, horror, dark fantasy, and literary - poetry and fiction
Luna Station Quarterly$5NoYes Speculative fiction written by women-identified authors

Has reading periods
Mythaxis$20YesNoSpeculative fiction

Has reading periods
Not One of Us¼¢ per word ($5 minimum); $5 for poems; $8 to $15 for art?NoNot One of Us considers the problem of “otherness” from every possible fictional angle: horror, SF, fantasy, noir, slipstream, Western, mainstream, whatever
Space Squid$5YesYesSpeculative fiction humor
Swords and Sorcery$10?NoOriginal short stories of 1,500 to 6,000 words length that feature fantasy elements and pre-industrial settings 
Theme of Absence$3 - $5NoNoSpeculative flash fiction and short stories
TQR$50??If you can figure out what they publish I will give you a prize
Utopia Science Fiction$15YesNoSpeculative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art
Liminal fiction, magical realism, soft science fiction

Has submission periods
Dreams & Nightmares$12??Speculative poetry


Snail mail submissions
Every Day Fiction$3NoNoAll genres of flash fiction
Nature Futures £85 or US$130?NoNear-future, hard SF

850 - 950 words
Love Letters to Poe $0.05 (five cents) per wordNoNoGothic fiction, stories that evoke wonder and terror, romance and horror

Up to 1500 words

Has submission periods
The Overcast$20 minimumNoYesAudio format

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Magical Realism, Slipstream, or an as-yet-unnamed genre

Has submission periods
Fiyah$50 - $300NoNoQuarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories and poetry by and about Black people of the African Diaspora
Third Flatiron cents/wordNoNoSFF Anthologies

Has reading periods
Space and Time cent/wordYesNoSpeculative fiction

Has reading periods
Interzone£30/1000 wordsNoNoScience fiction and fantasy stories up to a maximum of 10,000 words

The Deadlands cents/word for original fiction; 1 cent/word for reprintsNoYesSpeculative fiction that concerns itself with death–but also everything death may involve 

Also accepts poetry, essays 

Up to 5,000 words
Bards and Sages$30 for original fiction; $15 for reprints?YesAll speculative genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, slipstream, steampunk, magical realism, etc) up to 5,000 words in length
The Society of Misfit Stories$50 for original fiction; $25 for reprints?YesAll forms
Phantasmacore$5.50 for fiction, $1 for poetry and flash fictionYesYesSpeculative fiction and poetry

Has submission periods
Frozen Wavelets US $ 0.08/ word and US $ 1/ line per poetry

1 cent/word for reprints
NoYesSpeculative fiction and poetry

Has submission periods
Midnight and Indigo $50 - $100?NoShort Stories, Speculative Fiction, and Personal Essays written by Black women writers

Has submission periods
Black Cat Magazine$30YesYesSpeculative fiction, art, and poetry

Has submission periods
All Worlds Wayfarer$20YesNoPublishes speculative fiction anthologies

Has submission periods
Dragon Soul Press speculative fiction anthologies

Has submission periods
Apparition Lit$30 minimum for short stories, $30 for poemsYes (from BIPOC writers only)NoSpeculative fiction and poetry

Has submission periods
Constelación cents/wordNoNoQuarterly speculative fiction bilingual magazine, publishing stories in both Spanish and English

See themes

Has submission periods
Shoreline of Infinity£10/1000 wordsYesYes Science fiction and fantasy

Has submission periods
HYBRID Ink½¢ per word (maximum $100 per story)YesYesPublishes Future//Tense anthologies

Has submission periods
Havok $10 for anthologies only?NoVarious genres under 1000 words

See submission schedule
Through the Gate$20YesNoFantastical poetry
Amazing Stories cents/wordNoNoSpeculative fiction 

Has submission periods
Aurealis$20 and A$60 per 1000 wordsNoNoScience fiction, fantasy or horror short stories between 2000 and 8000 words

Has submission periods
The Arcanist cents/wordYesNoFlash speculative fiction

Has submission periods
Perpetual Motion Machine$25?NoHorror, science fiction, crime, and noir

1500 words max
Mithila Review$10 for reprints and $10-$50 for original stories between 4000-8000 words or longerYesYesFantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Baffling Magazine$0.08/wordYesNoUnder 1,200 words

We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.  

See submission periods
Hypnos cent/wordYesYesSpeculative fiction 
Starward Shadows Quarterly cent/word for short stories, $10 for flash fiction, art negotiatedYesNoDark speculative fiction 
Martian: The Magazine of Science Fiction Drabbles cents/word, 4 cents/word for reprintsYesYesSci-fi stories of exactly 100 words
Fusion Fragment previously unpublished work and reprints pay 3.5 cents (CAD) per word, up to a maximum of $300 (CAD) per story.YesYes"Feel free to send us anything that even vaguely resembles science fiction."

See submission periods
Infinite Worlds
$100?NoScience fiction stories between 1500–5000 words in length

Also publishes art and comics
Orion’s Belt cents/wordYesNoAll stories must be under 1200 words
Mesozoic Reader$10NoYesStories and poetry of any genre are welcome, so long as dinosaurs or other prehistoric creatures are a central element

Has submission periods
Fairy Tale Review$50YesNoFiction, nonfiction, poetry, art

Has submission periods and themed issues
Future Science Fiction Digest cents/wordNoYesTranslated fiction. Author or authorized translator may submit fiction  that has been previously published in source language but not in English

Writers may not live in Anglophone countries
Star Line cents/word for poetry, 1 cent/word for articles??Speculative poetry, art, nonfiction
The Common Tongue cents/wordNoNoDark High Fantasy in English and Spanish
The Future Fire$10 - $20NoYesFiction and poetry that focuses on the social-political elements of imaginary, futuristic, fantastic, horrifying, surreal or otherwise speculative universes
Three Crows$/word YesNoDark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi
The Vanishing Point$25No?Horror, Sci-fi, Dark Fantasy, and all things speculative
Etherea Magazine $100 AUD for short stories
$25 for flash fiction (1000 words max)
No ? Fantasy and science fiction

Short stories, flash fiction
Gwyllion £10 per accepted story or poem Yes No We encourage submissions from writers living in Wales and/or who identify as Welsh. All submissions will be considered but priority will be given to stories with Welsh themes.
MetaStellar 8 cents/word ? ? Fantasy, horror, and science fiction (up to 1,000 words)
Dark Matter 8 cents/word Yes Yes Dark science fiction, poetry, comics, and art
Haven Speculative $5 - $35 Yes Query first Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art

See themes
Synthetic Reality Payment varies Yes Yes Fiction, poetry, articles, book reviews

Print and online format

Science Fiction, Fantasy, SHTF, Slipstream, Horror, Sword and Sorcery and surreal fiction, they are also open to other stories
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