Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor

Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #21

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 Literary and Genre Fiction
Title The Pedestal Magazine
Editor John Amen
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for high-quality literary fiction, and genre works that either cross genres or comment on themselves. Stories should be character-driven and psychologically acute. No reprints are accepted and reading periods are detailed on the guidelines.
Requirement Short stories up to 6,000 words, flash up to 1,000 words, book reviews between 850 and 1,000 words, and no length restriction on poetry
Payment $30 per poem, $0.05 (5 cents) per word for fiction, and $0.02 (2 cents) per word for book reviews.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Pulp Fiction
Title Spacesuits & Sixguns
Editor David L Duggins
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for contemporary pulp fiction, straightforward story-telling that emphasizes the action. All genres are accepted including horror, science fiction, detective, adventure, mystery, and sword and sorcery.
Requirement Up to 4,000 with that as the soft top.
Payment $0.03 (3 cents) per word up to $100
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Fiction
Title Coyote Wild Magazine
Editor MacAllister Stone
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for stories and poems that contain fantasy, science fiction, horror, or wild-card elements; is thought-provoking; and can shock, surprise and make readers speculate. Non-fiction critical and humorous essays are also welcome, but they should be queried first.
Requirement Fiction up to 10,000 and query if longer, flash up to 1,000, and no length specified for poetry and non-fiction
Payment $0.01 (1 cent) per word for fiction and non-fiction, and $10 for poetry.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Mainstream
Title Workers Write
Editor Not listed
Address Blue Cubicle Press
P.O. Box 250382
Plano, TX 75025-0382
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for fiction stories about specific types of workers. The theme for each issue, along with the deadline, is listed on the guidelines.
Requirement Between 500 and 5,000 words
Payment Between $5 and $50 depending on length and requested rights
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Literary
Title Burst
Editor Kevin
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for thought-provoking, literary submissions, both fiction and non-fiction, for mobile device delivery.
Requirement Under 700 words
Payment $10 per submission
URL for site
URL for guidelines


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