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Stephen W. Potts

Submission Suggestions for Science Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, and Irrealism

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I have checked the websites for all of the following submission suggestions. There are more markets, but harder to track down, so feel free to search on your own – and share your discoveries in the comments.

Make sure you check  the websites for more details before submitting. Many of these want electronic submissions, but only in specific formats and often only in rtf or doc (not docx).

Pro(fessional): Pay competitive rates; readers in thousands

BULL SPEC: Quarterly. Science fiction (optimistic about future), “non-contemporary”  fantasy, slipstream. 1000-8000 words, preferably 2000-4000. Accepts simultaneous but not multiple submissions. Submit electronically during reading period.

Clockwork Phoenix: Anthology. Wants “rococo” speculative fiction, with interesting and unusual writing, surreal, poetic but still plotted to a conclusion. Up to 10,000 but prefers 5000 or below. Accepts multiple but not simultaneous submissions. Submit electronically during reading period at clockworkphoenix@gmail.com.

Strange Horizons: Speculative fiction (but no horror) with multicultural or political perspective, ingeniously written. Up to 9000 words, but preferably under 5000. Submit through their online gateway.

Apex: E-mag. Dark, “awesome” speculative fiction, interesting style, no clichés. Nothing over 5000 words. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Submit during reading period at apex.submission@gmail.com.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Fantasy set in a credible alternate world. Focus on character and clear style. Up to 10,000 words. Accepts simultaneous (with heads-up) but not multiple submissions. Submit attachment to submissions@beneathceaselessskies.com.

Buzzy Mag: Science fiction, fantasy, horror. Up to 10,000 words. Nothing a 15 year old couldn’t read. Accepts ms by mail or email (see site for addresses).

Clarkesworld: Paper and e-book. Science fiction and fantasy. 1000-8000 words but prefers 4000. See website for long list of what they don’t want. Submit through electronic portal.

Daily Science Fiction: E-mag. Science fiction, dark fantasy, slipstream. 100 to 10,000 words, but particularly wants “flash” fiction under 1000. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Submit through website.

Lore: Horror, science fiction, fantasy, genre-bending. Like authors like Borges, Ellison, Tolkien. 2000-6000 words. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Submit at submissions@lore-online.com.

Penumbra: Monthly e-mag. Speculative fiction around 3500 words. submissions@penumbra.musapublishing.com

Nightmare: Horror and dark fantasy, 1500-7500 words but prefer 5000 words or less. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Submit through online portal.

Shimmer: Speculative fiction but preferably beautifully written contemporary fantasy, under 5000 words. No multiple or simultaneous submissions. Submit at shimmersubs@gmail.com.

Shock Totem: Horror and dark fantasy, up to 5000 words. Likes flash fiction (under 1000). Submit through website.

Tor.com: See website. Basically a standard sf/fantasy mag but online, and better paying so probably more competitive. Accepts stories up to 12,000 words.

Semi-pro markets: Pay lower rates, have smaller readerships

Dark Discoveries: Horror, dark fantasy, dark SF. 500 to 6500 words. Electronic submission to DDsubmissions@gmail.com

Interzone: SF stories up to 10,000. See website for U.K. address. Paper submission, SASE.

Lamplight: Horror, quarterly. Submission guidelines just changed, so see website.

On Spec: Canadian genre magazine, accepts anything genre (from sf to magic realism), but leans toward Canadian content. Up to 6000 words. See site for mailing instructions.

GUD: Genre and literary fiction, any length. Accepts simultaneous or multiple submissions, paper or electronic.

Bourbon Penn: Slipstream, surrealism, magic realism. 2000 to 7500 words. Want weird ideas, interesting characters, inventive prose.

Electric Velocipede: Weird fiction that slips between genres, up to 40,000 words, but prefer 5000-8000. Submit electronically through Clarkesworld portal.

Innsmouth Free Press: Lovecraft-inspired weird fiction, set in any historical time, 1300 to 5000 words.

Conjurings: Fantasy up to 5000 words. Bi-annual, White Cat Publications. Electronic submissions.

Blue Shift: Science fiction up to 5000 words. Bi-annual, White Cat Publications. Electronic submissions.

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About runawayserfer

I am a writer and editor living on the Left Coast & writing my first novel: a 1980s-era political thriller titled El Imperio.

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