Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor


Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #15

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 Ćon Speculative Fiction
Editor Marti McKenna and Bridget McKenna
Address 202 North 39th Street
Seattle WA 98103
Sub Email Only for qualified professionals. See site for details
Specifics Looking for all kinds of speculative fiction.
Requirement Prefers stories 7,500 and under but will consider longer works.
Payment $0.03 cents (3 cents) per word
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Poetry
Title The Magazine of Speculative Poetry
Editor Roger Dutcher, Editor
Address PO Box 564
Beloit, WI 53512
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for speculative poetry in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark fantasy genres, though very demanding about the last two.
Requirement No length requirement. 2-3 page poems have been included before, but longer poems will have to be that much better.
Payment $0.03 (3 cents) per word with a $5 minimum and $25 maximum
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Mainstream/Genre/Literary
Title Byline Magazine
Editor Carolyn Wall, Fiction Editor
Sandra Soli, Poetry Editor
Marcia Preston, General Editor
Address P.O. Box 5240
Edmond, OK 73083-5240
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for general short fiction, mainstream, genre or literary. Articles should be useful for writers.
Requirement Stories between 2,000 and 4,000 words, articles between 1,500 and 1,800 words.
Payment $100 for stories, $75 for feature articles, $10 for poems.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Fiction
Title GrendelSong
Editor Paul M. Jessup, Senior Editor
Rachel Jessup, Assistant Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for innovative, unique, strange stories that fall into the speculative fiction genres and subgenres.
Requirement Stories should be between 1,000 and 6,000 words
Payment Pays $0.01 (1 cent) per word for stories and $10 per poem
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Fiction
Title Neometropolis
Editor John Jacobs, Editor
Peter Mondlock, Assistant Editor
Tim Knodel, Assistant Editor
David Pickston, Assistant Editor
A.R. Yngve, Assistant Editor
Anne Mondlock, Assistant Editor, Lead Artist
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics No gratuitous sex or violence, but otherwise this market is open to anything in speculative fiction. Also looking for articles, reviews, and poetry.
Requirement No word count restrictions
Payment $20-$40 per manuscript. No payment for poetry.
URL for site
URL for guidelines