Vision: A Resource for Writers
Lazette Gifford, Editor
Vision@sff.net

Market Listing
Mar's Market Report # 3

By Margaret McGaffey Fisk
2004, 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 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 as 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.

While many of the markets below don't offer "pro" rates, they all provide some compensation.  In my opinion, offering payment is an indication of the editor/publisher's commitment and so markets with some compensation are more likely to stay around. 

 

Genre

 SF/Fantasy/Horror/Borderline

Title  The 3rd Alternative
Editor  Andy Cox, Editor
Address  The 3rd Alternative
 TTA Press
 5 Martins Lane
 Witcham, Ely, Cambs CB6 2LB, UK
Sub Email  None
Specifics      Looking for modern science fiction, fantasy and horror as well as borderline material that has genre elements for all it's relatively mainstream. http://www.quintamid.com/q/mdb/10011 has details not on the site.
Requirement      Fiction up to 40,000 words
Payment      2 pence/wd (approximately $0.04 US per word)
URL for Site
 http://www.ttapress.com/publTTA.html
URL for Guidelines
 http://www.ttapress.com/publTTAguides.html

 

Genre

 Horror/dark mystery/suspense

Title  Cemetery Dance Magazine
Editor  Richard Chizmar, Editor-in-Chief
Address  Cemetery Dance Magazine
 Richard Chizmar, Editor-in-Chief
 P.O. Box 623
 Forest Hill, MD 21050
Sub Email  None
Specifics      Horror, dark mystery and suspense stories that are powerful and emotional. Both psychological and supernatural stories are acceptable as well as suspense, mystery or crime with a horror element. This is a magazine where reading an issue is very important because their needs are specific.
Requirement      Up to 5000
Payment      3-5 cents per word plus two copies (max $150)
URL for Site
 http://www.cemeterydance.com/
URL for Guidelines
 http://www.cemeterydance.com/html/guidelines.html

 

Genre

 Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror

Title  Aurealis
Editor  Jeremy Davies, Submissions Manager
Address  Chimaera Publications
 PO Box 2164
 Mt Waverley, Victoria 3149, Australia
Sub Email  jk3cdavies@hotmail.com (queries about current submissions only)
Specifics      Looking for science fiction, fantasy or horror short stories, excluding stories derived from TV shows or other published works. Also accepts articles or reviews about Australian science fiction, fantasy or horror. Some Australian element is appreciated as long as it is integral to the plot. House Style Notes for spelling and punctuation are provided at http://aurealis.sf.org.au/housestyle.html. Closed to submissions between December 1st and February 1st. Note: new website address.
Requirement      Stories: 2000 to 8000 words, articles: 500 to 4000 words, reviews: 300 to 500 words.
Payment      Between $20-$60 Australian per 1000 words. Minimum payment of $20 and contributor's copy (approximately $15-$46 US per 1000 words)
URL for Site
 http://aurealis.sf.org.au/
URL for Guidelines
 http://aurealis.sf.org.au/

 

Genre

 Urban Horror

Title  City Slab
Editor  Dave Lindschmidt, Editor
Address  CITY SLAB PUBLICATIONS
 1705 Summit Ave.
 Apt. #211
 Seattle, WA 98122
Sub Email  submission@cityslab.com (Must be pasted into the body)
Specifics      Looking for urban horror that is multi-leveled, taut and well thought out. Stories with a supernatural element are preferred as are omniscient or third person over first person but the critical element is the story must occur in an urban setting.
Requirement      Up to 5000 words
Payment      $0.01 to $0.05 per word
URL for Site
 http://www.cityslab.com/
URL for Guidelines
 http://www.cityslab.com/guidelines.html

 

Genre

 Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror

Title  Scrybe Press
Editor  Nathan Barker, Chrysann Castro (Senior Editor)
Address  Scrybe Press
 Attn: Editor
 15 Cook St.
 Massena, NY 13662
Sub Email  editor@scrybepress.com
Specifics      Looking for science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror short stories that are strong, character-driven fiction. They are not a magazine or anthology but a small press publisher of fiction in e-zine, small, mass-market formats and chapbooks. All accepted stories will be published electronically and in print. There are very specific submission procedures to follow so read the guidelines carefully. Also, they are currently accepting unsolicited submissions only from authors with at least 1 published sale or a HWA or SFWA membership. Unpublished authors are welcome to query by email.
Requirement      4500 to 50,000, though these guidelines are not set in stone
Payment      Initial contract fee of at least $25 and 10%-15% Royalties on both electronic and print sales. The contract fee is not an advance against royalties, which begin with the first sale.
URL for Site
 http://www.scrybepress.com/
URL for Guidelines
 http://www.scrybepress.com/Submit/submissionguidelines.shtml