Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor


Market Report: 

Mar's Market Report #14

By Margaret McGaffey Fisk
2006, 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 Speculative Fiction
Title Writers of the Future
Editor Varied
Address L. Ron Hubbard's
P.O. BOX 1630
Sub Email None
Specifics Accepts all speculative genres: science fiction, fantasy and horror, but excessive sex or violence can disqualify a piece from the contest.
Requirement Up to 17,000 words.
Payment Prizes range from $500 to $5000 between quarter and annual levels.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Heroic Fantasy/Fantasy-Based Horror/Exotic Mood Pieces
Title Weird Tales
Editor Editors:
George Scithers
Darrell Schweitzer
John Gregory Betancourt
Address 121 Crooked Lane
King of Prussia, PA 19406-2570
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for the best heroic fantasy, fantasy-based horror and exotic mood pieces. Also willing to look at the occasional odd story that is hard to place.
Requirement Up to 9999 words.
Payment $0.03 (3 cents) per word.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre All Genres with Christian Values
Title The Sword Review
Editor Editors:
Bill Snodgrass
Cameron Walker
Address The Sword Review
9618 Misty Brook Cove
Memphis, Tennessee 38016
Sub Email Online Form
Specifics Looking primarily for fantasy and science fiction but willing to look at any good, well-told stories with compelling characters and interesting settings. Though for adult audiences, material should be appropriate for 14-year-olds and older. All works should be consistent with Christian values and preferably illustrate a point or raise a question. Violence and sex should not be described in graphic detail. Note: they have a unique submission format and an online submission process.
Requirement No length limits specified.
Payment $0.005 (1/2 cent) per word up to $25 ($5 minimum). If a work appears in either the normal contents or print as well as for a BONUS FEATURE, then an additional $5 payment applies.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Scifaiku and Related Poetry Forms
Title Scifaikuest
Editor Teri Santitoro, Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for original scifaiku, tanka, horrorku, senryu and haibun as well as articles about these forms.
Requirement Articles are less than 1000 words and specific guidelines for each form of poetry are provided on the site.
Payment $1 per poem, $4 per article, $3 for black and white, or $5 for color illustrations.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Dark Fiction
Title The Dark Krypt
Editor C.L. Carnley, Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Wants all types of horror across many genres including satirical fiction. This magazine contains mature content with significant violence, but does not accept gore for gore's sake or pornographic material.
Requirement 7,500 words for fiction, poetry up to 100 lines, non-fiction up to 3000.
Payment Short stories $25, poetry $5, non-fiction $15.
URL for site
URL for guidelines