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Market Report 

Mar's Market Report #24

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.

Genre Hard Science Fiction
Title Nature
Editor Dr. Henry Gee, Editor
Address none
Sub Email futures@nature.com
Specifics Submissions only for the Futures column that appears weekly in Nature and monthly in Nature Physics. These are hard science fiction stories. Stories must be self-contained and entirely fictional.
Requirement Between 850 and 950 words.
Payment 85 pounds ($174 US)
URL for site http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html
URL for guidelines http://www.nature.com/nature/authors/gta/others.html#essay

 

Genre Children's Christian Fiction
Title The Kid's Ark
Editor Jim and Violette Burger
Address None
Sub Email writingwonder78@yahoo.com
Specifics Looking for engaging children's Christian fiction targeting 6-12 year olds and which follows the theme of a particular issue. Both contemporary and historical fiction is appreciated. Children should be able to identify with the stories while being inspired to follow Biblical principles.
Requirement Approximately 600 words long.
Payment $100 per story, $25 for reprints.
URL for site http://www.thekidsark.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.thekidsark.com/guidelines1-1.pdf

 

Genre South Asian Fiction
Title Desilit Magazine
Editor Anita Kesavan, Senior Editor
Address None
Sub Email fiction@desilit.org
Specifics Looking for fiction that pushes the boundaries of South Asian Literature. Stories can be literary or genre fiction, or some hybrid form. They should be insightful and innovative but not proselytizing a political viewpoint or specific message. Check guidelines for submission periods.
Requirement Stories under 5,000 preferred, though longer pieces are considered.
Payment $100 per story
URL for site http://www.desilit.org/
URL for guidelines http://www.desilit.org/guidelines/fiction.html

 

Genre Horror
Title Doorways Magazine
Editor Mort Castle, Editor
Address None
Sub Email doorwaysmag@yahoo.com
Specifics Looking for horror/paranormal stories that are original and well-written. Science fiction elements are okay, but every story must be horror. Check the guidelines for themed issues.
Requirement Up to 3,000 words.
Payment $0.02 (2 cents) per word plus contributor's copy.
URL for site http://www.doorwaysmagazine.com/news.php
URL for guidelines http://www.doorwaysmagazine.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?1182

 

Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy
Title Drabblecast
Editor Norm Sherman
Address None
Sub Email drabblecast@yahoo.com
Specifics Looking for short science fiction and fantasy stories most often with a humorous angle or a bizarre and unexpected result. Dark pieces do not have much of a chance. These are for audio productions.
Requirement Between 1,000 and 2,000 words.
Payment Between $5 and $20 per story.
URL for site http://web.mac.com/normsherman/iWeb/Site/Podcast/Podcast.html
URL for guidelines http://web.mac.com/normsherman/iWeb/Site/Submission%20Guidelines.html