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Market Report:

Mar's Market Report #30

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 Adventure Fantasy
Title Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Editor(s) Scott H. Andrews, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
Address None
Sub Email submissions[AT]
Specifics Interested in literary adventure fantasy where the setting is different from this world and the style resembles traditional or classic fantasy. Characters that grow are preferred, and all stories should have a clear plot, whether driven by external events or internal character experiences. No content beyond what would be in an R-rated movie will be accepted, and sadistic violence or sex involving children is not welcome. No science fiction, but science fantasy and other subgenres that do not focus on the technology are fine. Note that they want cover letters with all submissions.
Requirement Stories under 10,000 words are preferred.
Payment $0.05 (5 cents) per word, with possible inclusion in an anthology at reprint rates specified in the contract.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Scary Stories of Any Genre
Title Wrong World
Editor(s) None Listed
Address None
Sub Email Online Form
Specifics Looking for scary short stories of any genre, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, horror, paranormal, supernatural, etc. Stories need well-developed character arcs, strong blurbs, and must have a compelling hook with a satisfying, twist ending.
Requirement Stories between 2,500 and 3,500 words.
Payment $0.075 (7.5 cents) per word.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Weird or Fantastic Short Fiction
Title Arkham Tales
Editor(s) Nathan Shumate, Editor
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for stories that are either weird or fantastic, including pulp adventure and weird horror. Science fiction or murder mysteries that lack a fantastical element are not of interest.
Requirement No length limits specified.
Payment $0.01 (1 cent) per word using PayPal.
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre Gothic Horror/Science Fiction/Weird Inspirational
Title Ethereal Gazette
Editor(s) Nickolaus Pacione, Editor-in-Chief
Address None
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for gothic horror, science fiction, and weird inspirational as well as modern day science fiction, literary fiction and nonfiction. No erotica or slash accepted.
Requirement Fiction between 2,500 and 13,000 words, non-fiction stories between 2,000 and 6,000.
Payment $15 per submission via PayPal
URL for site
URL for guidelines


Genre All Genres
Title Glassfire Magazine
Editor(s) Matt Randall
Address GlassFire E-zine
PegLeg Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 75409
Oklahoma City, OK 73147-5409
Sub Email
Specifics Looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry of any genre, but not interested in R-rated material so no erotica or unnecessary violence or strong language.
Requirement No limit, but pays only up to 3,000 words
Payment $0.01 (1 cent) per word up to 3,000 for stories and $5 per poem.
URL for site
URL for guidelines