20 Places to Submit Your Speculative Short Stories

Despite frequent cries to the contrary, there are lots of great places buying speculative fiction these days. Professionally-paying science fiction markets top the list, followed closely by fantasy, trailed distantly by markets open to horror. Still, there are many options—even more if you expand your search to include semi-pro rates, one-off anthologies, or open forums. But today I thought I’d gather up some of the strongest markets for speculative fiction writers to submit their work to. These twenty options all pay professional rates, have been around a while, and are ether currently open to submissions or plan to be within the next month.

Standard disclaimers: I am not personally endorsing any of these markets or their work. I have submitted to some but not all; I’ve had work published in some but not all. You still need to do your due diligence to see if you like the publications and/or feel good about their terms of agreement. Nor can I promise maintained accuracy of the details; contributor guidelines change frequently, as do submission windows and the markets themselves. So be sure you check their websites for details before sending in your own work.

Without further ado and in no particular order, twenty great places to submit your speculative short stories right now:

1. Apex Magazine

What: science fiction, fantasy, horror

Publication format: digital, audio, print

Length: up to 7,500 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

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2. Shimmer

What: science fiction, fantasy, horror

Publication format: digital

Length: up to 7,500 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.05/word

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3. Fantasy & Science Fiction

What: science fiction, fantasy

Publication format: digital, print

Length: up to 25,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.07-$0.12/word

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4. Strange Horizons

What: science fiction, fantasy

Publication format: digital, audio

Length: up to 10,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.08/word

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5. Pseudopod

What: horror

Publication format: audio

Length: up to 6,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

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6. Clarkesworld Magazine

What: science fiction, fantasy, horror

Publication format: digital, print

Length: 1,000-16,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.10/word for the first 5000 words, $0.08/word over 5000

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7. Pantheon Magazine

What: science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery/crime

Publication format: digital, print

Length: up to 7,500 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

Guidelines: general magazine & open prompts

 

8. Daily Science Fiction

What: science fiction, fantasy

Publication format: digital

Length: 100-1,500 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.08/word

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9. Asimov's Science Fiction

What: science fiction, fantasy

Publication format: print, digital

Length: 1,000-20,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.08-$0.10/word

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10. Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

What: science fiction, fantasy, horror

Publication format: digital

Length: up to 17,500 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

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11. *PodCastle

What: fantasy

Publication format: audio, digital

Length: up to 6,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06

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*next window opens April 1

 

12. sub-Q Magazine

What: (interactive) science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance

Publication format: digital

Length: 1,000-5,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word, $0.03/word for interactivity

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13. Escape Pod

What: science fiction

Publication format: audio, digital

Length: 1,500-6,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

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14. Reckoning

What: science fiction, fantasy, mainstream

Publication format: digital, print

Length: up to 45,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

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15. Analog Science Fiction & Fact

What: science fiction

Publication format: print

Length: up to 40,000 words (excluding novels)

Pay for original fiction: $0.08-$0.10/word

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16. Beneath Ceaseless Skies

What: fantasy

Publication format: digital, audio

Length: up to 14,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

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17. Third Flatiron Publishing

What: science fiction, fantasy

Publication format: digital, print

Length: 1,500-3,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.06/word

Guidelines: general & themed calls

 

18. Galaxy's Edge

What: science fiction, fantasy

Publication format: digital

Length: up to 7,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.07/word

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19. *Fireside Magazine

What: science fiction, fantasy, horror, mainstream

Publication format: digital, print

Length: up to 4,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.125/word

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*next window opens April 23

 

20. Terraform

What: science fiction

Publication format: digital

Length: up to 2,000 words

Pay for original fiction: $0.20/word

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A final reminder to check the details before sending in your work, plus encouragement: hop to it! The worst they can say is no. Now get to work.

Annie Neugebauer

Column by Annie Neugebauer

Annie Neugebauer likes to make things as challenging as possible for herself by writing horror, poetry, literary, and speculative fiction—often blended together in ways ye olde publishing gods have strictly forbidden. She’s a Bram Stoker Award-nominated author with work appearing and forthcoming in more than a hundred publications, including magazines such as Cemetery Dance, Apex, and Black Static, as well as anthologies such as Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volume 3 and #1 Amazon bestseller Killing It Softly. She’s the webmaster for the Poetry Society of Texas, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and in addition to LitReactor, a columnist for Writer Unboxed. She’s represented by Alec Shane of Writers House. She needs to make new friends because her current ones are tired of hearing about House of Leaves. You can visit her at www.AnnieNeugebauer.com for news, poems, organizational tools for writers, and more.

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Tom Adams's picture
Tom Adams from Middleland, England. is reading The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury April 2, 2018 - 4:59am

I would recommend ‘Broadswords and Blasters’ as a decent publication to submit to. It’s relatively new but growing in readership. Submissions are opening on 18th of April: https://broadswordsandblasters.com/submissions/