50 Publications Accepting Sci-Fi/Fantasy Submissions – Winter 2019

Dear Writers,

In Fall 2019 I made a list of 26 magazines accepting Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy submissions. This is the updated list for Winter 2019 – there are some removals due to closing, hiatus, or reading period limitations. Many additions have been added – I’ve really scoured the web this time.

I’ve broken this into three groups:

SFWA Qualifying Markets
Qualifying Rates but Not Approved SFWA Venues
Non-SFWA Markets

New to magazine submissions? Then this link will take you to something I previously wrote – What the ****? Things Beginners Might Want to Know about Magazine Submissions.

SFWA Qualifying MarketsFantasy castle backlit by pastel sunset.

  • Analog Science Fiction and Fact
    Geared toward hard sci-fi. Up to 20,000 words.
    Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
  • Cricket Media
    This is a children’s magazine company in association with a children’s education company that focuses on teaching resources and e-mentoring.
    They offer four literary magazines with an age range from 6 months to 14 years and up. They use Submittable, and also offer a “Calls for Submission” mailing list.
    Click here for more information.
  • Asimov’s Science Fiction
    No sword and sorcery. Not shorter than 1000 and not longer than 20,000. Reportedly 5 weeks response time typical. I had a rejection take about two days.
    Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
  • Strange Horizons
    Speculative Fiction of under 10,000 words – 5,000 preferred. “Several weeks response time”. I had a rejection take about six weeks.
    Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    Secondary world setting required – meaning not on Earth. Character driven. Narrative style. Reportedly 2-7 response time typical. Their requested length is less than 15,000 words.
    Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
  • Clarkesworld Magazine
    1000-22,000 words. Many guidelines regarding topic. Reportedly 2 week response time; I had a rejection take about 1 week.
    Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
  • Pegasus flying in a medium blue, cloudy sky over a crumbling stone arch. Qualifying Rates for SFWA but Not Listed

    I can’t confirm that the SFWA will qualify these venues, but they are the appropriate rate.

    • Flame Tree Press
      To submit, you must sign up for their fiction newsletter. They announce a theme each month via their newsletter, and on social media. Your story must fit either the sci-fi or horror theme of that month.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    • Fantasy and Science Fiction
      Reportedly about 8 weeks for a response; I received a rejection in less than 24 hours once.
      Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
    • Pale, brunette woman holding an hourglass in moonlight with a shimmering tree behind. Non-SFWA Qualifying MarketsWhile these publications offer payment, the rate is lower than the required rate for SFWA. As a reminder, the pay rate changed to eight cents per word effective September 1st of this year. Their guidelines page does not reflect this clearly in all spots.

      • The Dark Magazine
        Horror or Dark Fantasy. 6000 word limit.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • The Arcanist
        Medium-based literary magazine requesting 1,000 words or less and paying $50.
        Click here for their Submission Guidelines.
      • Interzone
        Honestly, I have no idea what or if they pay. They do use Submittable, and have won the Hugo Award several times, and various other awards.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Phantaxis – Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine
        Flash Fiction from 100-500 word. Short Fiction of 1,000-15,000 words. Artwork. Submit on their website, or via email. Pay rate is 1 cent per word.
        Click here for their Submission Guidelines.
      • AE Micro
        To the theme of stars. 200 (that’s right two hundred) word limit. They will accept three Canadian stories and two international. They offer $0.10 CAD with a minimum of $20 for very short tales.
        Click here for their Submission Guidelines.
      • Unfit Magazine & Unreal Magazine
        Unfit Magazine (science-fiction) and Unreal Magazine (fantasy) stories of 500-5000 words at $0.12 per word. They want stories “with metaphors and emotional ambiance and imaginative descriptive writing”.
        Click here for their Submission Guidelines.
      • ParABnormal
        Paranormal stories from 4000-8000 words. $25 for original stories. It says, “If your story also has science fiction or fantasy elements, we regard that as a plus.” 2020 Submissions open February 1st thru March 31st.
        Click here for their Submission Guidelines.
      • Through the Gate | A Journal of Fantastical Poetry
        Fantastical poetry publishing 1-2 poems a month at the rate of $20.
        Click here for their Submission Guidelines.
      • Three-Lobed Burning Eye (3LBE)
        “[S]peculative fiction magazine published online twice per year.” Pays $100 for short fiction and $30 for flash fiction. Response within 90 days.
        Click here for their Submission Guidelines.
        Tiny butterflies on a forest floor with minute mushrooms, and blue twilight sky in the background.
      • Electric Spec
        Fiction magazine publishing quarterly. Stories between 250-7000 are paid $20. Response time within three and a half months. Does not close for submissions, but February issue reading period will close January 15 and May will close April 15.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • East of the Web
        Science fiction short stories paying .05 per word.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Black Static
        Stories up to 10,000 words. I’m not sure if they do pay, or how much.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Vestal Review
        Flash fiction of less than 500 words. Pay is $25. Reading periods are February to May and August to November.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Lackington’s
        Speculative fiction from 1,500 to 5,000 words in length. Opening February 1st to a specific theme. 1 cent CAD.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Perihelion
        Science fiction of 2,500 – 4,000 words. 1 cent per word. Typically one to two month response time.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Silver Blade
        Flash fiction and short stories quarterly. December break, no reading. Submissions close first week of January for February issue. Pay is $15 for novellas, $8 for short stories, $8 for single poems, and $3 for flash fiction.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Theme of Absence
        Fantasy horror and sci-fi. 3000 words for short stories – pay is $5; 1000 words for flash fiction – pay is $3.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Tales from the Moonlit Path
        Speculative fiction of 2000 words. Pay is $10 per story. Timeframe is less than 6 weeks.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Write Ahead/The Future Looms
        British company with very specific guidelines.
        Click Here for Writer’s Guidelines.Swirling sky behind a futuristic cityscape with towering skyscrapers glittering with light.
      • Reckoning
        This is a very niche publication focusing on environmental justice, including non-fiction. The deadline for the fifth issue is September 22, 2020. They accept work via Moksha.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Anotherealm
        5000 words or less for $25. Yearly magazine. December 1st begins the reading period for next year.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Bourbon Penn
        Highly imaginative stories of 2000-7500 words. Payment 1 cent per word. Response between 1-3 months.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • The Future Fire
        “Reasonably flexible” for format and length and are “particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, and writing by under-represented voices”. Response typically within a month. $20 for original story over 1000 words.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
        Shorter pieces favored. December 21st – 28th 2019. Listed on the SFWA website, but has not been updated to be the current qualifying rate.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Liquid Imagination
        Quarterly magazine for short stories of up to 6000 for $8.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Allegory
        Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Between 500-5000 words. Submission period open thru 12/31/19 for May issue. $15 per story.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Chrome Baby
        Odd science fiction. Up to 5000 words. $5 per story regardless of length.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Mirror Dance Fantasy
        “Dark fantasy, science fantasy, and historical fiction with fantasy elements. We do not publish science fiction or non-supernatural horror.” Less than 5000 words preferred. $5 per story.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Strange Constellations
        Speculative fiction between 3000-7500. Open from January 1 – February 28. Response within a month typical.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.A starship before a swirling wormhole with an earth like planet in the distance.
      • Swords and Sorcery Magazine
        Fantasy of 1,500-6000. Paying $10 per story. Typical response around 60 days.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • JayHenge Publishing
        Short stories for anthologies. One scifi and one fantasy open at this time. Stories from flash up to 15k. Payment for stories $5. Grace Sabella, who was published by them, suggested them to me.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Luna Station Quarterly
        Quarterly spec. fiction magazine by women-identified authors. Open December 15th-February 15th. 500-7000 words. $5 per story. Around one month after the end of the submission date per publication.
        Click here for Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Flash Fiction Online
        Max length 1000 words. They are listed on the SFWA website as a qualifying market, an they state on their page that their publication counts toward the requirements for SFWA, but their page has not been updated for the new rate, so I don’t have better information at this time.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Terraform
        2000 words or shorter. These stories need to focus on near future pieces and “less far-flung alien space operas”. They appreciate creative formats. Response time – less than four months, or consider it a pass. Cool fact: they’re associated with Vice – like Vice News.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Drabblecast
        Eclectic short fiction. They accept stories from 500-400 words. They also accept “Drabbles” of 100 words, and “Twabbles” of 100 characters.
        Click Here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Kasma Magazine
        One science fiction story of 1000-5000 words is selected a month. The editor was very polite when he rejected me.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Cast of Wonders
        YA Market for up 6,000 words. Open thru December 15th 2019 for General Submissions for 2020 publication. Closed beginning December 16th for the rest of the winter.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Escape Pod
        Opening October 1st, 2019 thru summer 2020.
        Stories centered on science, technology, future projection, and/or alternate history. It took about three weeks for me to receive a rejection from them.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Leading Edge
        Must follow the honor code of affiliated Brigham Young University. 1000 word minimum. They accept science fiction and fantasy, but there must not be nudity, sex, or violence. There are additional guidelines listed in their Honor Code.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Andromeda Spaceways
        Up to 10,000 words (unless you’re from Australia/New Zealand, and then you may submit up to 20,000 words). They accept science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, poetry, and articles about writing and a few other related topics.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.A pale young woman with glowing red eyes and a pompon topped toboggan stands with sinister, faceless, scarlet eyed beings.
      • GigaNotoSaurus
        Pays $100 for stories between 5,000 – 25,000 words. They publish one story a month.
        Click here for their Writer’s Guidelines.
      • Metaphorosis
        Speculative adult fiction with a focus on “intelligent, beautiful” stories. They give bonus points for your characters being vegan , but it’s not a requirement.
        Click Here for their Writer’s Guidelines.

    A curved arc of light stretching from a large moon to the surface of a planet. That’s it for my updated list as of December 2019. I may post additional venues as I continue to search. In Spring 2020 I plan to update a list mentioning markets that may have reopened as of that time.

    Let me know please if you recommend any other markets.

    Keep Writing!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Simon says:

    There’s so many of them, I’ve seen a few that I wouldn’t mind a stab at.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah! When I first started looking, I was getting overwhelmed by the same defunct ones being referenced over and over. It’s good to know there’s more options out there. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Simon says:

        I agree there…

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