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Market Report:

Mar's Market Report #27

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 and Fantasy
Title Jim Baen's Universe
Editor Eric Flint
Mike Resnick
Address None
Sub Email http://www.baensuniverse.com/submit.cgi
Specifics Looking for science fiction and fantasy stories. Stories can also be submitted through the Baen's Bar slush pile. Two slots at minimum in each issue will be reserved for stories submitted by new writers in the Bar slush. See guidelines for specifics.
Requirement No length limit but longer stories will have to be very strong to be accepted.
Payment Pays between $0.08 (8 cents) and $0.15 (15 cents) per word for unsolicited manuscripts except for the introducing slot, which pays $0.06 (6 cents) per word. Additionally, the stories will earn royalties.
URL for site http://www.baensuniverse.com
URL for guidelines http://www.baensuniverse.com/subguide.html

 

Genre Science Fiction Poetry
Title Star*Line
Editor Marge Simon, Editor
Address 1412 NE 35th St.
Ocala, FL 34479
USA
Sub Email SFPASL@aol.com
Specifics Looking for science fiction poetry.
Requirement Up to 5 poems.
Payment Poems up to 10 lines are $3, 11-50 lines are $5, and poems over 50 lines are $0.10 (10 cents) per line.
URL for site http://www.sfpoetry.com/index.html
URL for guidelines http://www.sfpoetry.com/index.html

 

Genre Modern Day Stories Revealing What Is Under the Surface
Title The Edge of Propinquity
Editor Jennifer Brozek
Address None
Sub Email gaaneden@gmail.com
Specifics Looking for stories that fit the theme and use a modern day setting where the character is buried deep in a hidden world within mundane society. This hidden world does not have to be supernatural, but they are not interested in far future, alternative dimensions, or medieval stories. The theme for 2008 is Retaliation.
Requirement Stories between 2,000 and 6,000 words.
Payment $50 per story.
URL for site http://edgeofpropinquity.net/
URL for guidelines http://edgeofpropinquity.net/library.asp?id=61

 

Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
Title AlienSkin Magazine
Editor Katherine A. Patterson - Senior Editor
Address None
Sub Email Submit@Alienskinmag.com
Specifics Seeking science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a speculative element.
Requirement Stories between 1,001 and 3,500 words, flash between 500 and 1,000 words.
Payment $0.005 (1/2 cent) per word, $5 per flash.
URL for site http://alienskinmag.com/
URL for guidelines http://alienskinmag.com/ssubguide2.htm

 

Genre Christian Speculative Fiction
Title MindFlights
Editor Large Editorial Team: http://www.mindflights.com/about.php
Address None
Sub Email http://www.doubleedgedpublishing.com/contributorLogin.php
Specifics Looking for Christian- or faith-influenced speculative fiction. The stories should not preach or have a heavy-handed message. Stories should be strong with themes that represent Christian principles and traditional values.
Requirement Prefers stories under 5,000 words, but accepts exceptional stories up to 7,000.
Payment Pays $0.005 (1/2 cent) per word with a $5 minimum and a $25 maximum for stories and poetry. $10 for illustrations.
URL for site http://www.mindflights.com/
URL for guidelines http://www.mindflights.com/guidelines.php?show=all