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Market Report:

Mar's Market Report #26

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 Science Fiction
Title Cosmos Magazine
Editor Damien Broderick
Address None
Sub Email fiction_at_cosmosmagazine.com (change _at_ to @)
Specifics Looking for well written short stories that have some element of science as their basis, whether a different world, a new technology, an alternate reality, or what have you, as long as they use scientific principles, premises, and possibilities. Nothing fantasy or lecture-based is of interest.
Requirement Between 2,000 and 4,000 words.
Payment $400 Australian (or approximately $357 US)
URL for site http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/pdf/CMag_FictionGuidelines.pdf

 

Genre All Genres Flash Fiction
Title Flash Fiction Online
Editor Jake Freivald
Address 10 Ridgeview Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
Sub Email submissions@flashfictiononline.com
Specifics Looking for flash fiction with strong characters and plots. Details are in the guidelines. Put the genre in the email so it is sent to the appropriate reader.
Requirement Prefers 700-1,000 words but occasionally takes shorter pieces.
Payment $0.05 (5 cents) per word.
URL for site http://www.flashfictiononline.com/index.html
URL for guidelines http://www.flashfictiononline.com/submit.html

 

Genre Women and Writing
Title WOW!
Editor Annette Fix, Senior Editor
Sue Donckels, Managing Editor
Chynna Laird, Contributing Editor
Address None
Sub Email submissions[at]wow-womenonwriting[dot]com (replace the words in brackets with their symbols)
Specifics Looking for articles and column pieces about women and writing and the current theme.
Requirement Between 750 and 3,000 words depending on the column.
Payment Pays between $25 and $150 for different sections.
URL for site http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contact.php

 

Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy Podcasts
Title The Great Beyond
Editor Amory Sherman Lowe
Address None
Sub Email TheGreatBeyondPodcast@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for fast-paced science fiction and fantasy stories that translate well into the audio medium. Upbeat stories are preferred, and moody or depressing ones have to be really strong.
Requirement Stories between 6,000 and 20,000 words serialized between 2 and 4 episodes of 20-60 minutes.
Payment Between $25 and $100 ($25 for each episode)
URL for site None
URL for guidelines http://www.ralan.com/sfpay/listings/greatbeyond.htm

 

Genre Fantasy/Science Fiction/Crossover
Title New Myths
Editor Scott T. Barnes, Editor
Sheila Murdock, Assistant Editor
Address None
Sub Email editor@newmyths.com
Specifics Looking for submissions that include some element of science fiction or fantasy, including mythology, folklore, and alternate time periods. No pornography.
Requirement Up to 10,000 words
Payment Short stories are $30, flash (under 1,000) is $10, poetry is $10, and non-fiction or artwork is $30.
URL for site www.newmyths.com
URL for guidelines www.newmyths.com