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Market Report:

Mar's Market Report #28

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 All Genres
Title Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine
Editor(s) Julia Bernd
Sal Coraccio
Kaolin Fire
Sue Miller
Debbie Moorhouse
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for engaging writing of any genre, but it must have something atypical. They accept fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews. This magazine offers literary writing for the genre folks and genre writing for the literary folks.
Requirement Works between 20 and 15,000 words.
Payment $0.03 (3 cents) per word for longer pieces with a $5 minimum. Shorter works are $2 per piece. These are advances on royalties based on sales.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Humor
Title On the Brighter Side
Editor(s) Gregg Winkler, Editor
Susan Taylor, Editor
Address None
Sub Email gregg (at) othebs (dot) com and/or susie (at) othebs (dot) com
Specifics Looking for humorous essays and short stories. Any genre is welcome as long as it makes the editors laugh, even horror. Originals are preferred, but reprints may be accepted at a lower payment.
Requirement Stories between 50 and 2,000 words firm.
Payment Between $0.03 (3 cents) and $0.05 (5 cents) per word.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Fantastical Fiction
Title Cafe Irreal
Editor(s) Alice Whittenburg
G.S. Evans
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for fantastical fiction along the lines of Franz Kafka where there is more need for unrealistic portrayals and less for full resolution.
Requirement Up to 2,000 words for fiction.
Payment $0.01 (1 cent per word), $2 minimum.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Dark Fiction
Title Dred
Editor(s) Bill Hughes, Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for character-driven dark fiction.
Requirement Up to 4,000 words.
Payment $25 per story.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Most Genres
Title Espresso Fiction
Editor(s) Jill Brennan
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for engaging, well-written stories from any genre except science fiction or fantasy.
Requirement Stories between 1,000 and 3,500.
Payment $30 via PayPal.
URL for site
URL for guidelines