Lazette Gifford
Publisher & Editor
zette@cableone.net

Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #22

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 Science Fiction
Title Darker Matter
Editor Ben Coppin
Address None
Sub Email darkermatter06@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for science fiction stories, though fantasy with a science fiction basis is acceptable. Darker SF is appreciated, but absolutely no horror. A fuller definition of what darker SF means is linked to the guidelines.
Requirement Short stories between 500 and 4,000 words are preferred but up to 6,000 are acceptable.
Payment 5-10 cents per word (story donations are also appreciated)
URL for site http://www.darkermatter.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.darkermatter.com/authors.php

 

Genre Non-Fiction Real Estate Stories
Title True Real Estate Stories
Editor Tom Everitt
Kerrie Everitt
Address None
Sub Email tom@thinktom.com
Specifics Looking for any horror or disaster stories related to a real estate deal or owned home. You can submit through the forum or through email.
Requirement None listed
Payment Between $50 and $200 per story if published in the first volume of books
URL for site http://www.truerealestatestories.com/index4.php
URL for guidelines http://www.truerealestatestories.com/index4.php

 

Genre Young Adult Speculative Fiction
Title Shiny
Editor Alisa Krasnostein
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Ben Payne
Address None
Sub Email shinystories@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for young adult stories that fall in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Non-speculative stories with young adult appeal are also acceptable. Teenage protagonists and contemporary settings or feels are preferred.
Requirement Stories between 2,000 and 8,000 words
Payment $50 Australian ($42.24 US)
URL for site http://shinymag.blogspot.com/
URL for guidelines http://shinymag.blogspot.com/2007/01/submission-guidelines.html

 

Genre Spiritual Science Fiction
Title Wayfarer's Journal
Editor Terri Main
Address None
Sub Email submissions@wayfarersjournal.com
Specifics Looking for quality science fiction in which the characters or the plot contain a spiritual component but not so as the spiritual takes over the basics of engaging plots and strong characters.
Requirement Short stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words, short shorts are between 500 and 1,000 words, novellas are between 8,000 and 20,000 words, reviews and essays between 500 and 5,000 words, and no length specified for poetry
Payment Short stories are $10 to $20 for first rights and $5 to $10 for reprints, short short stories are $10 for first rights and $5 for reprints, and novellas are $20 per issue where the story is serialized, $10 for reprint rights. Poetry is $5 to $10 for first rights and $5 for reprint rights. Reviews and Essays are between $10 and $20 for first rights and $5 to $10 for reprints.
URL for site http://www.wayfarersjournal.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.wayfarersjournal.com/authors_guidelines.htm

 

Genre Romantic Fiction in all genres
Title Lyrica Magazine
Editor Sharon Partington
Address None
Sub Email lyricazine@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for romantic fiction of all genres from contemporary to fantasy, science fiction, or whatever story or poem shows two people in a romantic situation. However, this does not extend to erotica or gratuitous sex.
Requirement Short stories between 1,000 and 7,500 words, serials between 8,000 and 40,000, flash between 200 and 1,000, and no length limit on poetry.
Payment Short stories and poems are $5 Canadian ($4.71 US); serials are $10 Canadian ($9.42 US). Payments made using PayPal
URL for site http://www.geocities.com/elandryn2/portal.html
URL for guidelines http://www.geocities.com/elandryn2/guidelines3.html