I’ve had little joy with submissions of late, but as we all do I picked myself up and went out on the hunt for more publishers. I decided to make a note of all that I found and codify it into a table to share with you folks.
A big thank you goes out to Ralan.com, where much of this information can be accessed.
Before we get to the nitty gritty, here’s a bit of a glossary:
Pro: A status afforded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America organization. Payment made for all accepted submissions.
Semi pro: Payments awarded for accepted submissions, though lacking the ‘pro’ status.
Token: A magazine that offers a ‘token’ in exchange for accepted submissions, for example a free copy of their issue.
Paid: A magazine that pays for accepted submissions but lacking the ‘pro’ status.
Non-payment: A magazine that does not offer anything for accepted submissions, save a well-deserved pat on the back.
Sim subs: Simultaneous submissions (or sim subs for short) refers to whether or not you can send the same story to more than one publisher.
So here’s a non-exhaustive list of publishers of short fantasy fiction. If you know of any others, please send me the details and I’ll add them to this ever-growing list. If you’d like an excel version of this table just drop me an email.
|Name||Status||Word limit||Turnaround||Sim. Subs.|
|Abyss & Apex||Pro||10,000||Not stated||No|
|Albedo||Token||8,000||2 to 4 months||No|
|Apex Magazine||Pro||7,500||30 days||No|
|Beneath Ceaseless Skies||Pro||14,000||2 to 4 weeks||Yes|
|Heroic Fantasy Quarterly||Semi pro||10,000||60 days||Not stated|
|Fantasy Scroll Magazine||Paid||5,000||60 days||Yes|
|Holdfast Magazine||Token||4,000||Not stated||Not stated|
|Inter Galactic Medicine Show||Pro||17,000||Not stated||No|
|The Magazine of Sci-Fi and Fantasy||Pro||25,000||8 weeks||No|
|On Spec||Semi pro||6,000||Not stated||Not stated|
|Pod Castle||Paid||6,000||Not stated||Yes|
|Shimmer||Semi pro||7,500||2 weeks||No|
|Strange Horizons||Paid||10,000||4 weeks||No|
|Uncanny Magazine||Paid||6,000||30 days||No|
|Fireside Magazine||Paid||4,000||30 days||No|
|Aurealis||Semi pro||8,000||2 months||No|
|Glittership||Semi pro||6,000||Not stated||Yes|
|Helios Quarterly||Semi pro||1,500||5 to 8 weeks||Yes|
|Selene Quarterly||Semi pro||1,500||5 to 8 weeks||Yes|
|Aurora Wolf||Token||5,000||30 days||No|
|Strange Constellations||Token||7,500||30 days||Yes|
|Mithila Review||Token||8,000||2 weeks||Not stated|
|Kzine||Token||8,000||30 days||Not stated|
|Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores||Pro||1,000+||12 weeks||No|
|Gamut Magazine||Pro||5,000||Not stated||Yes|
|Aphelion Webzine||Non-payment||7,500+||2 months||No|
|Cirsova||Semi pro||7,500||Not stated||No|
|Crimson Streets||Paid||6,000||Not stated||Not stated|
|Electric Spec||Paid||7,000||30 days||Yes|
|Expanded Horizons||Paid||6,000||30 days||Yes|
|Gathering Storm Magazine||Paid||2,000||15 days||Not stated|
|Leading Edge Magazine||Paid||10,000||A few months||Not stated|
|Longshot Island||Paid||5,000||Not stated||Yes|
|Metaphorosis Magazine||Paid||10,000||1 week||Yes|
|Mythic Delirium||Paid||4,000||Not stated||No|
|New Myths||Paid||10,000||90 days||No|
|Golden Fleece Press||Paid||5,000||Not stated||Not stated|
|Space and Time Magazine||Paid||7,500||4 weeks||No|
|SQ Mag||Paid||5,000||8 weeks||No|
|Tall Tale TV||Non-payment||3,000||A few days||Not stated|