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 Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor


Market Report: 

Mar's Market Report #9

By Margaret McGaffey Fisk
Margaret McGaffey Fisk

Publication announcements from members of online writing communities are valuable resources for writers at the beginning of their careers. Though the communities may contain members at many levels of publication, overall, markets listed in these announcements tend to be open to new writers.

All the markets presented in this column came from a publication announcement. I receive announcements from various sources including Vision; The Critter's Workshop; Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror; and the SF and Fantasy Workshop. These announcements are all available online. They list markets at varying levels of payment so if you use these resources, be careful to research the market yourself before submitting. Even the list below should be used as a signpost, rather than a definitive answer about any market as situations do change. Reputable sites such as are good places to get the latest news. Ralan's and Quintamid Market Database have been known to have information not yet listed on the publisher website. However, always check the publisher's guidelines as well.

While not all the markets that appear in this column might offer "pro" rates, they all provide some compensation.  In my opinion, offering payment is an indication of the editor/publisher's commitment and so, in many cases, markets with some compensation are more likely to stay around because they have considered the economics of running a publication.


Genre Science Fiction
Title Analog
Editor Stanley Schmidt, Editor
Address 475 Park Ave. South
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for any type of science fiction story, whether the science is physical, sociological or psychological, where the story would collapse if the scientific element were removed. The stories must be realistic and strong as well as believable. Note: Overbooked on long stories so looking for stories under 7,500 words.
Requirement Looking for short stories between 2,000 and 7,500; novelettes between 10,000 and 20,000; and serials of 40,000 to 80,000 words.
Payment Pays $0.06-$0.08 (6-8 cents) per word up to 7,500 words, $450-$600 for stories between 7,500 and 10,000 words, and $0.05-$0.06 (5-6 cents) per word for longer than 10,000 words. Fact articles are $0.06 per word (6 cents)
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Dark Fantasy and Horror
Title The Third Alternative
Editor Andy Cox
Address TTA Press
5 Martins Lane
Witcham, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for modern dark fantasy and horror as well as borderline mainstream material.
Requirement Up to 40,000
Payment 2 pence per word ($0.037 US or about 4 cents per word)
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Unclassifiable Stories
Title Tales of the Unanticipated
Editor Eric M. Heideman
Address PO Box 8036
Lake Street Station
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sub Email (questions and queries only)
Specifics Looking for strong stories with interesting ideas, believable people and good writing, especially those that retell an old idea in a new way. Willing to help promising writers hone their craft. They do provide feedback for every submission. To understand their editorial preferences, read the magazine. Check the site for specific reading periods.
Requirement Stories up to 10,000 but no serials
Payment $0.015 to $0.02 (1.5 to 2 cents) per word
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Flash
Title Flash Me
Editor Jennifer Michaels: Senior Editor
Cal Bates: Editor
Elizabeth Hull: Editor
Laura E. Comerford: Editor
Comateta M. Clifton: Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Open to any genre of fiction as long as it is a flash piece, but excessive gore, violence, profanity or sex are not acceptable.
Requirement All stories must be under 1000 words.
Payment See guidelines. Between $5 and $20 for flash
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Sword and Sorcery, Sword and Planet, or Swashbuckling Historicals
Title Flashing Swords
Editor Howard A. Jones
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for swashbuckling historicals, sword and sorcery or sword and planet stories with definitions in the guidelines. Stories available to review on site.
Requirement between 3000 and 6000 words
Payment $0.01 (1 cent) per word up to $60
URL for site
URL for guidelines