7 Paying Science Fiction and Fantasy Markets for Writers That Pay $0.08/word OR MORE! – by Avery Springwood

7 Paying Science Fiction and Fantasy Markets for Writers That Pay $0.08/word OR MORE! – by Avery Springwood

There are loads of paying science fiction and fantasy markets out there. You’ve probably heard of long-established giants like Asimov’s Science Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF), Apex, Analog Science Fiction & Fact, and Clarkesworld, but here are seven more markets that pay SFWA professional rates of 8c/word, or more.

Happy speculative fiction writing everyone!

Cossmass Infinities is a SF and fantasy magazine, paying 8c/word for 2000-10000 word stories. They publish some stories online and some only in their ebook and print editions, and welcome stories from new writers and stories from Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors. The magazine has a regular submissions window which runs from the 1st to the 7th of every month (which opens/ closes at midnight UTC). Average response time: rejections 25 days, acceptances = 66 days, but allow 3 months before querying.

Examples of accepted stories online are worth studying.

Full guidelines: https://www.cossmass.com/submit


Daily Science Fiction pays 8c/word for speculative fiction stories of 100-1,500 words. They accept all sub-genres/styles of fantasy and SFEvery accepted story is available to read for free onlineand you can also subscribe to receive a new story every weekday by email if you wish, also for freeTheir accepted stories can be browsed, by topic, HERE.

Average response time: rejections 21 days, acceptances = 63 days, but allow up to 3 months before querying.

Full guidelines: https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit/story/guidelines


Dark Matter Magazine is a SF market that aims to ‘bring you stories that explore the shadow side of reality.’ They welcome dark science fiction and darkly humorous science fiction stories (in a wide range of sub-genres) of 1000-5000 words, and pay 8c/ word on acceptance. Average response is 14 days, but allow 30 days before querying.

Full guidelines: https://darkmattermagazine.com/submission-guidelines


Escape Pod is an audio magazine that pays 8c/word for science fiction stories of 1,500-6,000 words. They are ‘fairly flexible on what counts as science’ and ‘want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people’.

They are open to submissions annually for 9 months of the year, from Sep 1st – May 31st. Average response time: rejections 12 days, acceptances = 86 days, but allow up to 3 months before querying.

Full guidelines: https://escapepod.org/guidelines/short-fiction


Fantasy Magazine is a market that pays 8c/word for 1500-7500 word fantasy and dark fantasy stories. ‘No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. If you’re not sure whether your story is fantasy (vs. horror or science fiction) go ahead and submit and let the editors decide.’

The magazine has a regular submissions window which runs from the 1st to the 7th of every month. Average response time: rejections 36 days, acceptances = 63 days, but allow up to 3 months before querying.

Full guidelines: https://adamant.moksha.io/publication/fantasy/guidelines


Podcastle is an audio magazine, that pays 8c/word for fantasy stories of up to 6,000 words, published by the same publishers as Escape Pod. They’re open to ‘open to all sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between’, They are open to submissions four months of the year, in March, June, September, and December. Average response time: rejections 28 days, acceptances = 84 days, but allow up to 3 months before querying.

Full guidelines: https://podcastle.org/guidelines


Strange Horizons is a speculative fiction magazine that pays 10c/ word for stories up to 10,000 words (they prefer stories under 5000 words). They favor literary science fiction and fantasy stories, and are open to submissions once a week, between Monday 1600 UTC and Tuesday 1600 UTC.

Average response time: rejections 51 days, acceptances = 66 days, but allow up to 3 months before querying.

Full guidelines: http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines

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Avery Springwood is a science fiction writer and photographer living in the UK. When she’s not working, she can be found spending time with her family and their beloved cockapoo, or trying to find time to read speculative fiction stories.

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2 Responses to "7 Paying Science Fiction and Fantasy Markets for Writers That Pay $0.08/word OR MORE! – by Avery Springwood"

  1. jedidiah manowitz  October 30, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    I see others at B&N but do not see the ones listed here.
    Don’t the mags at B&N pay for stories?

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    • By Angela Hoy - Publisher of WritersWeekly.com  October 31, 2020 at 9:10 am

      You have to check each publication’s writer’s guidelines.

      Angela

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