Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor
zette@cableone.net

 

Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #18

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 Clarkesworld Magazine
Editor Nick Mamatas, Senior Editor
Address None
Sub Email clarkesfiction@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for well-written science fiction, fantasy, and horror that is well-suited for on-screen reading.
Requirement Up to 4,000 (firm limit)
Payment $0.10 (10 cents) per word up to 4,000
URL for site http://www.clarkesworld.com/magazine/index.html
URL for guidelines http://www.clarkesworld.com/magazine/submissions.html

 

Genre Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror
Title Heliotrope Magazine
Editor Jay Tomio, Editor-in-Chief
Address None
Sub Email heliotropeditor@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for unique voices in fantasy, science fiction, and horror. They're open to anything that falls in those categories barring fan fiction.
Requirement Less than 7,000
Payment $0.05 (5 cents) per word for stories with a $55 minimum, $80 flat rate for articles and criticism, and $20 for reviews.
URL for site http://www.heliotropemag.com/index.html
URL for guidelines http://jaytomio.wordpress.com/fantasybookspot-e-zine

 

Genre Fantasy
Title Fantasy Magazine
Editor Sean Wallace, Editor
Address None
Sub Email primebooks@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for any form of fantasy, including high, urban, contemporary, magic realism, science fantasy, folktales, and surrealism, that offers entertainment to the intelligent genre reader.
Requirement Between 1,000 and 8,000 words, but under 6,000 is preferred.
Payment between $0.02 (2 cents) and $0.05 (5 cents) per word on a sliding scale
URL for site http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/

 

Genre Spiritual Children's Fiction
Title Our Little Friend
Editor Aileen Andres Sox, Editor
Anita Seymour, Editorial Assistant
Address Our Little Friend
P.O. Box 5353
Nampa, ID 83653
Sub Email ailsox@pacificpress.com
Specifics Looking for spiritually-oriented stories for children between 1 and 5. Very specific guidelines on what they want, how certain topics should be handled, and what they will change before publishing a story are provided.
Requirement Stories should be 1-2 pages, double spaced.
Payment Between $25 and $50
URL for site http://www.primarytreasure.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.pacificpress.com/index.php?res=high&pgName=newsOLFPTsub

 

Genre Poetry
Title Astropoetica
Editor Emily Gaskin
Address None
Sub Email submissions@astropoetica.com
Specifics Looking for poems that focus on cosmology, astronomy, archeoastronomy, astrophysics, or planetary science. The poems themselves can use any approach.
Requirement No length limits
Payment $5 per poem
URL for site http://www.astropoetica.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.astropoetica.com/guidelines.html