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Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #23

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 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.

NOTE: Darker Matter, profiled in the last issue of Vision, has closed its doors.

Genre Scientific Theme Articles and Fiction
Title Odyssey
Editor Elizabeth Lindstrom
Address Editorial Department
Cobblestone Publishing
Attn: Elizabeth Lindstrom
30 Grove Street, Suite C
Peterborough, NH 03458
Sub Email blindstrom@caruspub.com
Specifics Looking for scientific articles and fiction targeted to a 10- to 16-year old audience. The material should be presented in a lively fashion and must relate to one of the upcoming themes. Send a query letter and a writing sample.
Requirement Feature articles between 750 - 950 words, supplemental nonfiction between 200 - 500 words, fiction up to 1,000 words, department features between 400 - 650 words, and activities up to 750 words.
Payment Between $0.20 and $0.25 (20 to 25 cents) per word for all sections.
URL for site http://www.cobblestonepub.com/magazine/ODY/
URL for guidelines http://www.cobblestonepub.com/guides_ODY.html


Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Title PARSEC Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest
Editor Ann Cecil, Contest Coordinator
Address PARSEC Short Story Contest
2966 Voelkel Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15216-2036
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for short stories using a specific theme. The theme for the 2008 contest is "Metallic Feathers." This market is open only to non-professional writers (not meeting SFWA standards). Genres allowed are horror, fantasy, and science fiction. There is no entry fee for this annual contest, and the three judges who are listed on the information page choose the winning stories.
Requirement No longer than 3,500 words
Payment $200 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd, and $50 for third (with second and third not guaranteed).
URL for site http://www.parsec-sff.org/
URL for guidelines http://www.parsec-sff.org/contest08.html


Genre All Types
Title On the Premises
Editor Tarl Roger Kudrick
Bethany Granger
Address None
Sub Email Entries@OnThePremises.com
Specifics Looking for well-written, creative, compelling works based on the current contest theme that do not contain anything that is present solely to shock or to preach. All stories should be aimed at an adult audience. No children's or young adult fiction.
Requirement Stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
Payment $130 for first prize.
URL for site http://www.onthepremises.com/index.html
URL for guidelines http://www.onthepremises.com/contests/rules.html


Genre Most Genres
Title Virtual Tales
Editor P. June Diehl, Director of Submissions
Address None
Sub Email http://www.virtualtales.com/contact~t~Submitting%20Your%20Writing.html
Specifics Looking for novels or novellas in many genres for serialization on the website and delivered in email then for e-book sales. Short story collections with a strong theme and reprints are also of interest. Acceptable genres include Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mysteries, Action/Adventure, Romance, Westerns, and General Fiction. Please use the contact form listed above to request the submission email address.
Requirement 20,000 words and up.
Payment 60% of all sales after PayPal fees through a PayPal account.
URL for site http://www.virtualtales.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.virtualtales.com/submissions.aspx


Genre Horror/Dark Fiction
Title Dark Recesses
Editor Bailey Hunter, Publisher
Address None
Sub Email submissions@darkrecesses.com
Specifics Looking for dark fiction and horror that inspires waking nightmares. Exploitation of minors or sexual abuse is not acceptable and gratuitous gore is not appreciated.
Requirement Stories between 500 and 5,000 words as a soft top.
Payment $0.03 (3 cents) per word with a $150.00 cap.
URL for site http://www.darkrecesses.com/index.htm
URL for guidelines http://www.darkrecesses.com/SubInfo.htm