Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor
zette@cableone.net

 

Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #16

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 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. 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, Horror
Title Farthing
Editor Wendy Bradley, Editor and Publisher
Address None
Sub Email farthingmagazine@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for science fiction, fantasy and horror submissions including flash, drabbles, and short stories. Humor and brevity are encouraged. Specific submission periods so check the website.
Requirement Short stories up to 7000 words, drabbles at 100 exactly, flash length not specified.
Payment British sterling equivalent to $0.05 (five cents US) per word.
URL for site http://www.farthingmagazine.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.farthingmagazine.com/submissions.php

 

Genre Articles/Images
Title The Other Truth
Editor Steve Marx
Address None
Sub Email Web form
Specifics Looking for content concerning political or social issues. They have a very specific agreement that must be on record before any submissions will be considered.
Requirement 50 to 1800 words
Payment $0.06 (6 cents) per word for publication on the website and the same amount again for each reproduction in an additional format. $15 flat fee for images.
URL for site http://othertruth.com/
URL for guidelines http://othertruth.com/otagreement.htm

 

Genre Dark Poetry
Title Spiderwords.com
Editor Rain Graves, Editor in Chief/Publisher
Address None
Sub Email spiderwords@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for the best dark poetry.
Requirement Send up to 6 poems. No line limits.
Payment $5 per poem and $50 to the featured poet for 5 poems
URL for site http://www.spiderwords.com
URL for guidelines http://www.spiderwords.com/submissions.htm

 

Genre Science Fiction, Horror, Macabre, Fantasy and Strange Fiction
Title Forgotten Worlds
Editor John Cooper
Graeme Penman
Address None
Sub Email submissions@forgotten-worlds.co.uk
Specifics Interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror, macabre and strange stories that fit within the bounds of the magazine and are unique, non-derivative works. They do not accept reprints.
Requirement Less than 8000 words
Payment 1 penny sterling per word (about $0.02 US -- two cents)
URL for site http://www.forgotten-worlds.co.uk/
URL for guidelines http://www.forgotten-worlds.co.uk/submit.htm

 

Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy
Title Intergalactic Medicine Show
Editor Orson Scott Card, Publisher
Edmund R. Schubert, Editor
Address None
Sub Email http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=content&article=submitform
Specifics Looking for science fiction and fantasy stories in numerous subgenres detailed in the guidelines.
Requirement Any length accepted
Payment Pays $0.06 (6 cents) per word up to $500.
URL for site http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=content&article=home
URL for guidelines http://www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com/cgi-bin/mag.cgi?do=content&article=submissions