Apex Magazine: A Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Written by Emily Harstone | August 22, 2013

Apex is an online journal that publishes short stories, and poetry in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres. They also publish stories that combine the aforementioned genres. However they are most interested in work in these genres that also has literary merit.

Apex may focus on genre work but it is a highly respected journal with an enormous readership that has achieved much critical acclaim. Being published by Apex is a significant achievement. They are the science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine.

Because they are both established and acclaimed they get to be fussy about what they publish. They publish less then 1% of the work they receive. They publish 12 issues a year, each released on the first Tuesday of the month.

They close to unsolicited fiction submissions on the 31st of August, so make sure you submit before that point.

Their average turn around time to respond to submissions is less than a month, but sometimes it takes them up to 3 months.

Besides the prestige of being published by Apex, if your work is chosen you will be paid for it. They pay 5 cents a word and they publish stories up to 5,000 words in length. So they pay up to $250 per short story.

They do not consider unsolicited reprints. They also do not accept unsolicited poetry  or non-fiction submissions, even though they publish both.

Submissions are processed by email, and they do not consider simultaneously submitted work. They have several other formatting guidelines so may sure to read them over on the website before submitting.

If you write fiction in the horror, science fiction, or fantasy genre’s, Apex should be the first publication you submit to. They are respected and established. They also pay their writers well.

To learn more and get a feeling for the writing they publish, visit their website here: http://www.apex-magazine.com/