Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor


Market Report: 

Mar's Market Report #13

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 or reputation 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 because 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 offer "pro" rates, they all provide some compensation.  In my opinion, offering payment is an indication of the editor/publisher's commitment. 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 and Fantasy
Title The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Editor Gordon Van Gelder
Address Fantasy & Science Fiction
P.O. Box 3447
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for character-oriented stories that will appeal to both science fiction and fantasy readers. They receive more fantasy than science fiction or humor.
Requirement Up to 25,000 words
Payment $0.06-$0.09 (6 to 9 cents) per word
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Poetry
Title Illumen
Editor Tyree Campbell
Erin Donahoe
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for good, original speculative poetry that takes the reader on an adventure through a different perspective or to a different time and place. Reprints are accepted, but only two or so per issue. Articles must be about speculative poetry while only reviews of speculative poetry collections are accepted.
Requirement No more than 100 lines preferred for poetry. Articles between 500 and 2000 words. Reviews between 500 and 1000 words.
Payment Poems: $0.02 (2 cents) per word for originals, $0.01 (1 cent) per word for reprints. Articles: $10 original and $5 reprints, Reviews: $6.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Fiction
Title Aberrant Dreams
Editor Joseph W. Dickerson
J. Lonny Harper
Address None
Sub Email See guidelines. Specific by genre.
Specifics Looking for science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror with solid plots and good character development. This market prefers new themes or old ones with a new twist.
Requirement Stories up to 9,999 words
Payment $0.03 (3 cents) per word up to $100
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Fantasy
Title Fantasy Magazine
Editor Sean Wallace
Address 9710 Traville Gateway Drive # 234
Rockville, MD 20850
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for any form of fantasy that is geared to the intelligent genre reader. Does not reply if the story is rejected. After 60 days, assume a rejection.
Requirement Stories between 1000 and 8000 words
Payment $0.02-$0.03 (2 to 3 cents) per word on a sliding scale
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Dark Speculative Fiction
Title Dark Energy Speculative Fiction
Editor Jerry J. Davis, Publisher
William Ledbetter, Associate Publisher
Various guest editors
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for character-driven, dark stories that are not horror and include topics such as the end of the world, religion and hard science. The goal of the magazine is to provide a showcase for new or little known talent. Submissions should be addressed to "Dear Editor" because of the number of guest editors.
Requirement Prefers 9,999 and lower but will consider longer stories if perfect for the market.
Payment $20 per story and the possibility of PayPal donations
URL for site
URL for guidelines