Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor


Market Report: 

Mar's Market Report #11

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 Dark Science Fiction
Title Apex Digest
Editor Jason Sizemore, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher/Marketing/Reviews
Gill Ainsworth, Co-Editor
Athena Workman, Co-Editor
Address 4629 Riverman Way
Lexington, KY 40515
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for dark sci-fi leaning toward horror but sometimes straight sci-fi if exceptional. Flash fiction is accepted as well and reprints are considered for the website edition.
Requirement Up to 10,000
Payment $0.01 (one cent) per word and two contributor copies.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Science Fiction
Title Asimov's Science Fiction
Editor Sheila Williams
Address 475 Park Ave. South
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for character-oriented science fiction stories that are serious, thoughtful and accessible. Borderline fantasy is okay but no Sword and Sorcery nor do they want explicit sex or violence.
Requirement Accepts stories up to 15,000 words.
Payment For new writers: $0.06 (six cents) per word up to 7500, $450 flat fee between 7501 and 12,500 words, and $0.05 (five cents) per word above 12,500
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Fiction
Title Fictitious Force
Editor Jonathan Laden
Address None
Sub Form
Specifics Looking for speculative fiction of various lengths. First issue will debut September 2005
Requirement 2,000 - 7,500 words for featured stories. Short shorts up to 1,999 but with a 750 length preferred, also accepted. Novellas of 12,500 or more words are accepted rarely.
Payment $0.01 (one cent) per word for stories, $5 for short-shorts, $50 for novellas.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy
Title The Leading Edge: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Editor Jason Wallace, Senior Editor
C. Lee Player, Managing Editor
Jillena O'Brien, Associate Editor
Janci Patterson and Tammy Whitfield, Fiction Directors
Address Leading Edge Magazine
Attn: Fiction Director
4198 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for any fantasy or science fiction short stories or novellas as long as they don't have sex, profanity or excessive violence. They also don't want to see stories belittling family values or religion. They provide feedback from at least two readers unless you ask not to be critiqued.
Requirement Prefers stories under 12,000 words but will consider up to 17,000.
Payment $0.01 (one cent) per word, $10 minimum plus two contributor copies.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Flash in Most Genres
Title Vestal Review
Editor Mark Budman, Publisher/Editor/Webmaster
Sue O'Neill, Co-Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for flash in most genres that is less than 500 words and has a plot. Children's syrupy romance and hard science fiction are not wanted while humor is especially welcome. No reprints and has limited reading periods.
Requirement Up to 500 words
Payment Up to 100 words $0.10 (ten cents) per word, 101-200 words $0.05 (five cents) per word, 201-500 $0.03 (three cents) per word. Up to $25 flat fee possible for stories with exceptional merit.
URL for site
URL for guidelines