Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor

Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #19

By Margaret McGaffey Fisk
2007, 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; and Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. 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 Ralan's SpecFic & Humor Webstravaganza, Quintamid Market Database, and Duotrope are good places to get the latest news. They 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 Dark Fiction
Title Book of Dark Wisdom
Editor William Jones, Editor
Address Dark Wisdom
P.O. Box 389
Lake Orion, MI 48361-0389
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for dark fantasy, horror, and dark science fiction stories that are well written and examine the human condition. Though they appreciate Lovecraftian tales, they want original works. They do not want explicit bloodshed, violence, or sex if only present to shock the reader. Any location and time period is fair game once the above criteria are met.
Requirement Up to 5000 words for short stories but they do accept queries for anything longer, though novella or serial works are not of interest. Flash and short shorts are welcome. Also accepts dark poetry up to 150 words.
Payment Fiction is $0.05 (5 cents) per word up to $250 and poetry is $0.05 (5 cents) per word with a $5 minimum.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Horror
Title Withersin
Editor Misty Gersley
Address Withersin Magazine
PO BOX 892665
Temecula, CA 92589-2665
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for original, polished horror that inspires fear and is unique. Traditional horror figures should be used originally if at all.
Requirement Between 1500 and 3000 words firm
Payment $0.05 (5 cents) per word
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Satirical Speculative Fiction
Title Blood, Blade & Thruster Magazine
Editor Lucien Spelman, Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for speculative fiction, horror, science fiction, and fantasy, including light-hearted satirical approaches.
Requirement Up to 10,000 for short stories
Payment $0.005 (1/2 cent) per word
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Title Aurealis Magazine
Editor Ben Payne, Editor
Robert Hoge, Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for all kinds of science fiction, horror, and fantasy short stories. Though the stories do not have to have an Australian focus, some Australian elements are preferred as long as they are truly part of the story. Non-Australian authors are asked to query first.
Requirement Short stories between 2000-8000 words
Payment Between $20-$60 Australian dollars (approximately $15.75-$47.28 US) per 1000 words.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy
Editor Cameron Harne, President
Kris Schenk, Editor
Address Riamac Group
POB 691298
Charlotte, NC 28227
Sub Email None
Specifics This is an audio publication and it is seeking mostly science fiction, though fantasy is accepted. Horror is not wanted.
Requirement Up to 8500 words per story.
Payment $0.01 (1 cent) per word with a $10 minimum and $50 maximum per story
URL for site
URL for guidelines