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Market Report:

Mar's Market Report #29

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 Dark Science Fiction/ Horror SF
Title Apex Digest Online

(Note: This magazine was profiled before but has significantly changed its pay rates.)
Editor(s) Jason Sizemore, Managing Editor/Publisher
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for dark science fiction or horror science fiction.
Requirement Up to 7,500.
Payment $0.05 (five cents) per word.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Science Fiction/Fantasy
Title Leading Edge Magazine
Editor(s) Senior Editor: Celadon James
Address Attn: [Genre] Director
4087 JKB
Provo, UT 84602
Sub Email None
Specifics Looking for science fiction and fantasy that does not have excessive violence, sex, profanity, or a negative outlook on religion or traditional family values. All submissions will be returned with comments as Leading Edge intends to nurture beginning writers.
Requirement Up to 15,000 words with stories under 10,000 preferred.
Payment $0.01 (1 cent) per word with a $10 minimum for stories, and $10 for the first 4 pages with $1.50 for every additional for poetry.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Audio Fantasy
Title PodCastle
Editor(s) Rachel Swirsky, Submissions Editor
Ann Leckie, Associate Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for fantasy stories of any type from magical realism to high fantasy with meaningful fantastical content. Though not open to horror, they are interested in dark fantasy. PodCastle prefers reprints and converts stories to audio format with their readers.
Requirement Between 2,000 and 6,000 words for short fiction and up to 1,000 words on flash. In between are treated as short or flash based on the editor's discretion.
Payment $100 for short fiction and $20 for flash.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Literary Fiction
Title bravado
Editor(s) Jenny Argante, Prose Editor
Sue Emms, Fiction Editor
Bryan Walpert, Poetry Editor
Address PO Box 13 533
New Zealand 3141
Sub Email Fiction:
Specifics Looking for good, strong fiction. The extremes of genre writing such as simple romances or straight horror are unlikely to be accepted, nor is erotica for erotica's sake. Also accepting poetry and opinionated essays.
Requirement Stories up to 3,000 words, no length specified for poetry, and essays up to 3,000 words.
Payment $20 New Zealand ($14.10 US) for stories, $10 New Zealand ($7.05 US) for poems, and starting at $20 New Zealand ($14.10 US) for essays. Only essays are paid submissions for non-New Zealanders.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Erotica
Title Ruthie's Club
Editor(s) Neil Anthony, Fiction Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for erotic stories that fit within their themes and preferences. Read the guidelines page for details.
Requirement Flash under 300, and stories from 300 to over 14,000. However, stories under 3,500 are rarely accepted.
Payment Flash up to 300 pays $10, short shorts up to 1,000 pay $15, up to 3,500 pays $20, and standalone stories between 3,500 and 7,000 words are $45. $60 for two installments stories between 7,000 and 14,000. Stories over 14,000 words are between $75 and $350.
URL for site
URL for guidelines