Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor
zette@cableone.net

 

Market Report: 

Mar's Market Report #12

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 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/Fantasy

Title

Sci Fiction

Editor

Ellen Datlow, Fiction Editor

Address

SCIFI.COM
PMB 391
511 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY
10011-8436

Sub Email

None

Specifics

Looking for strongly plotted, literate, thought-provoking and mind-broadening stories that have strong characterization. Both fantasy and science fiction stories are accepted.

Requirement

Stories between 2,000 and 17,500

Payment

$0.20 (20 cents) per word up to $3,500

URL for site

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/

URL for guidelines

http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/submit.html

 

Genre

Poetry and Essays

Title

Strong Verse

Editor

G. Michael Palmer

Address

None

Sub Email

http://www.strongverse.org/howtosubmit.html

Specifics

Looking for poems that are meaningful and accessible. Also seeking essays on poetry, especially that by dead poets.

Requirement

No stated limit

Payment

$10 per poem

URL for site

http://www.strongverse.org/

URL for guidelines

http://www.strongverse.org/howtosubmit.html

 

Genre

Weird Speculative Fiction

Title

Fortean Bureau

Editor

Multiple Editors

Address

None

Sub Email

editors@forteanbureau.com

Specifics

Looking for stories about the bizarre, unexplainable and weird that contain speculative elements. They receive too many horror submissions though and are not seeking fiction with horrific elements.

Requirement

Up to 4,000 words mostly firm. Anything over 8,000 words is not wanted.

Payment

$0.03 (3 cents) per word up to $60 per story

URL for site

http://www.forteanbureau.com/index.html

URL for guidelines

http://www.forteanbureau.com/guidelines.html

 

Genre

Dark and Twisted Tales

Title

Insidious Reflections

Editor

Chris Hedges, Editor-in-Chief

Address

None

Sub Email

http://insidiousreflections.com/SubmitToInsidiousReflections-ShortStories.htm

Specifics

Looking for dark and twisted tales of almost any genre with no limit on topics. Erotica and pornography are not acceptable.

Requirement

Up to 5,000 words

Payment

$0.05 (five cents) per word up to $25 per story

URL for site

http://insidiousreflections.com/

URL for guidelines

http://insidiousreflections.com/SubmitToInsidiousReflections-ShortStories.htm

 

Genre

Children's Literature

Title

Dragonfly Spirit

Editor

Gisele LeBlanc, Submissions Editor

Address

None

Sub Email

submissions@dragonflyspirit.com

Specifics

Looking for content that speaks to ages 4-14 and inspires children's imagination and creativity. Violence, profanity and/or sexual situations are not appropriate.

Requirement

Word count depends on age group: 150-500 words for 4-6 year olds, 300-1000 words for 7-9 year olds and 800-2000 for 9-14 year olds. Poetry up to 25 lines.

Payment

$0.01 (1 cent) per word for stories with a minimum of $5 and a maximum of $10. Poems are $3

URL for site

http://www.dragonflyspirit.com/index.html

URL for guidelines

http://www.dragonflyspirit.com/submissions.html