Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor
zette@cableone.net

 

Market Report: 

Mar's Market Report #10

By Margaret McGaffey Fisk
2005,
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 www.ralan.com 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 Heroic and Epic Fantasy
Title Black Gate
Editor John O'Neill, Editor
Address New Epoch Press
Attn: Submissions Dept
815 Oak Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
Sub Email submissions@blackgate.com
Specifics Looking for heroic and epic adventure fantasy of all lengths that is appropriate for an advanced 12-year-old but suitable for all ages. Prefers plot-driven with colorful settings and interesting characters.
Requirement All lengths accepted including novel excerpts.
Payment $0.03-$0.06 (3-6 cents) per word up to 6000, $240-$420 from 6000 to 14,000 and $0.03 (3 cents) for lengths above 14,000
URL for site http://www.blackgate.com/index.htm
URL for guidelines http://www.blackgate.com/bg/guide.htm

 

Genre Christian Children's Fiction
Title On the Line
Editor None Listed
Address On the Line
616 Walnut Avenue
Scottdale, PA 15683
Sub Email otl@mph.org
Specifics Looking for fiction written for 9-14 year olds that emphasizes Christian values, how to accept differences and how to solve everyday problems.
Requirement 1000-1800 words for fiction
Payment $0.03-$0.05 (3-5 cents) per word
URL for site http://www.mph.org/otl/
URL for guidelines http://www.mph.org/otl/guidelines.htm

 

Genre Any Genre in a Superhero Setting
Title Cyber-Age Adventures
Editor Frank Fradella
Address None
Sub Email Submissions@ihero.net
Specifics Wants superhero settings with ground-breaking, thought-provoking fiction in any genre. Read the magazine to understand what they mean by that. No reprints.
Requirement Up to 3000
Payment $0.03 (3 cents) a word via PayPal
URL for site http://www.ihero.net/
URL for guidelines http://www.ihero.net/subguides.html

 

Genre Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy
Title Talebones
Editor Patrick and Honna Swenson, Editors/Publishers
Kevin F. Kerr, Associate Editor
Address Fairwood Press
5203 Quincy Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for entertaining, literate stories and poems in the dark fantasy, dark science fiction and straight science fiction genres. This is not a horror market. There are sample stories available on line.
Requirement Up to 6000 words
Payment $0.01-$0.02 per words (1-2 cents) for stories and $10 per poem.
URL for site http://www.talebones.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.talebones.com/

 

Genre Flash in Most Genres
Title Flashquake
Editor Debi Orton, Publisher, Chief Editor
Address None
Sub Email submit@flashquake.org
Specifics Accepts flash fiction, nonfiction (memoirs, essays, etc.) and short poetry. Looking for original work with strong ideas and clear writing. Prefer no romance or excessive gore or violence, hard-core science fiction, Goth vampire tales, religious works or rhyming poetry.
Requirement Maximum of 1000 words though the fewer the better for fiction. Maximum of 35 lines for poetry.
Payment Between $5 and $25 per flash as well as a contributor's copy of the CD.
URL for site http://www.flashquake.org/index.html
URL for guidelines http://www.flashquake.org/guidelines.html