Vision: A Resource for Writers
Lazette Gifford, Editor

Market Listing:
Mar's Market Report # 5

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 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, in many cases, markets with some compensation are more likely to stay around. 


Genre  Children's Fiction and Articles
Title  Cricket
Editor  Editor-in-Chief: Marianne Carus
 Executive Editor: Deborah Vetter
 Associate Editor: Julia M. Messina
 Associate Editor: Tracy C. Schoenle
Address  Submissions Editor
 CRICKET Magazine
 P.O. Box 300
 Peru, IL 61354
Sub Email  None
Specifics      Looking for stories, poems and articles for readers aged 9 to 14. Open to many genres with details in the guidelines. Note that an exact word count is required.
Requirement      Stories 200-2000 words, articles 200-1500 words and poems under 51 lines.
Payment      Stories and articles are up to $0.25 (25 cents) per word. Poems are up to $3 per line.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre  Science Fiction
Title  Futurismic
Editor  Christopher East, Fiction Editor
Address  None
Sub Email (Not for submissions)
Specifics      Looking for innovative, exciting stories that examine contemporary issues and speculate on the future through the tools of speculative fiction. A web form is provided at for submissions. Check guidelines for specific reading periods. Next reading period will begin January 1, 2005.
Requirement  Between 2000 and 10,000 words
Payment  $100 per short story
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre  Speculative Fiction
Title  Ideomancer
Editor  Amber van Dyk - Managing Editor
 Chelsea Polk - Editor
 Cathy Freeze - Editor
 Lori Ann White - Editor
 Dorian E. Gray - Editor
 Marsha Sisolak - Editor
 Elad Haber - Editor
Address  None
Sub Email
Specifics      Open to any story with a speculative element whether undiscovered, unexplained or supernatural. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream and flash fiction are all acceptable.
Requirement      Flash no longer than 500 words, stories up to 5000 but those under 4800 are preferred.
Payment  $0.03 per word up to $100
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre  Science Fiction/Fantasy
Title  Neo-opsis
Editor  Karl Johanson, Editor
Address  Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine
 4129 Carey Road
 Victoria, BC, Canada V8Z 4G5
Sub Email
Specifics      Looking for anything with a fantasy or science fiction theme that is well written. Open to professional and amateur submissions.
Requirement      Prefers stories under 6,000 words but are looking for good stories and so not rigid
Payment      $0.025 (2.5 cents Canadian) per word up to $125.00 (approximately $0.02 (2 cents) US per word up to $95) and two contributor's copies.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre  Speculative Fiction
Title  On Spec
Editor  Diane Walton, Susan MacGregor, Holly Phillips and Peter Watts, Fiction Editors
 Barry Hammond, Poetry Editor
Address  ON SPEC Magazine
 Box 4727
 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6E 5G6
Sub Email  None
Specifics      Looking for speculative fiction and poetry in all sub genres. Though grants required 80% Canadian writers, they are open to stories from all over the world.
Requirement      Fiction is 6000 word max, accepts short shorts up to 1000 and poetry max 100 lines (prefers disposable manuscripts) (Note new website address)
Payment      Payment ranges from $20-$180 Canadian dollars (approximately $15-$137 US) based on length and type.
URL for site
URL for guidelines