Clarkesworld Magazine: Accepting Science Fiction and Fantasy

Written by Emily Harstone | August 3, 2016

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction on a monthly basis. Electronic issues are available to read online or through subscription on their website.  All original fiction is also published in paperback.

They are currently accepting art, nonfiction, and short story submissions. Short stories and nonfiction must be between 1000 and 16,000 words in length. They pay 10 cents per word for the first 5000 words, and 8 cents per word after that.

They respond to most submissions within a month. They ask that you do not query about a submission until two weeks have passed.

It should go without saying that Clarkesworld Magazine rejects the vast majority of what is submitted to them. They are a highly respected, well paying, genre magazine.

All stories should work in audio format as well, even though they are submitted in text. They should be well written and easy to read on a screen because most readers will be reading a digital version.

The editors have put together a long list of hard sells – story topics that they generally do not want to see, although you might be able to convince the editor that your particular take on the topic is worth it. The list includes zombies, cannibalism and approximately 50 other things, so read it carefully before submitting.

They have an easy to use submission manager. They do not accept simultaneous submissions. They ask that you wait at least 7 days after being rejected to submit again.

To learn more about their submission guidelines, visit their submission guidelines here.