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Market Report:

Mar's Market Report #25

By Margaret McGaffey Fisk
Copyright 2008 by Margaret McGaffey Fisk, All Rights Reserved

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 Literary Fiction
Title The Kenyon Review
Editor Editor David H. Lynn
Associate Editor Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
Managing Editor Tyler Meier
Fiction Editor Geeta Kothari
Poetry Editor David Baker
Drama Editor Daniel Elihu Kramer
International Editor John Kinsella
Editor at Large G. C. Waldrep
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Literary magazine seeking short fiction, essays, poetry, translations, excerpts, and plays.
Requirement Short stories and essays up to 7,500 words, plays and excerpts up to 35 pages.
Payment $30-$40 per page
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Speculative Fiction
Title Serpentarius Magazine
Editor N. E. Dix
Address None
Sub Email Formula in guidelines
Specifics Looking for fiction with some speculative angle. Specific dislikes are listed in the guidelines, along with the formula for creating the submission email. Also check guidelines for submission periods.
Requirement Between 1,500 and 5,000 for stories, poetry up to 36 lines.
Payment $0.05 (5 cents) per word calculated based on character count for stories, $5 per poem.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Contemporary Science Fiction
Title Futuristic
Editor Christopher East, Fiction Editor
Jeremy Lyon, Publisher
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for compelling science fiction that explores the impact of contemporary issues or what is coming in the near future such as cultural, technological, social, and scientific changes.
Requirement Up to 15,000 words. Storise of 2,000 or less are hard sells.
Payment $200 per story
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Dark Fiction
Title Nossa Morte
Editor Melissa De Kler
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for stories that touch the darker side of human nature.
Requirement Between 500 and 5,000 words (query for longer)
Payment Scale based on length from $20 to $40, which works out to between $0.01 (1 cent) and $0.03 (3 cents) per word.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre All Genres
Title TQR
Editor Theodore Q. Rorschalk
Address none
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for any fiction that is good and solid enough to stand the test of time. This means anything from romance to obscure speculative future tense stories.
Requirement Between 4,000 and 12,000 words
Payment $50 per story
URL for site
URL for guidelines