Eight Markets Seeking Speculative Fiction

Written by Emily Harstone

The markets on this list include anthologies and magazines, most are interested in short fiction but some are also interested in graphic novels, plays, poetry, and other cross genre work. Almost all of the markets on this list pay, some professional rates, others less. Most specifically focus on speculative fiction, some with an additional theme filter.

Make Your Way: An Anthology of Choices (working title) is a new anthology from Manawaker Studio that focuses on interactive story telling. It is open to submissions of prose, poetry, art, graphic novels and various cross genre work. They are a paying market. For fiction they pay 1 cent per word, other forms the price varies.  They accept reprints but only under certain circumstances.

There is currently no deadline. They have plans to keep the submissions call open until the book is full. Rejections will be sent out more quickly than acceptances, and everything will be on a rolling basis.

Learn more at their website here.

 Lackington’s is a speculative fiction magazine open to submissions for their next themed issue. They opened to submissions on December 1st. They do rolling submissions, so they do not have a strict deadline. They will announce the deadline on Twitter a few weeks in advance. The current theme they are reading for is Gothics. This is what the editors have to say about it “There are many types of ‘Gothics’ out there. If you know your eighteenth-century Gothic fiction, send us your homage, pastiche, subversion, or reinvention of a much-loved movement. If you’re of a more modern bent, show us what you got, so long as it’s uncanny. If you write proto-Gothic—which has roots the world over and deep into ancient times—celebrate it. And if you happen to have a story about any of the eponymous Goths (Visi-, Ostro-, or other), we’d love to see that, too, because we don’t get enough historical fiction sent our way.”

They pay 1 cent CAD per word for stories ($25 CAD minimum). To learn more visit their website.

Cast of Wonders is a young adult short fiction market, open to flash fiction and short stories up to 6,000 words in length. They publish primarily science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  They have extensive and detailed submission guidelines so make sure to read them closely. They pay $.06/word for original fiction. For reprints, they offer a $100 flat rate for Short Fiction, with a $20 flat rate for Flash Fiction.

They close to submissions for the current issue on December 31st. To learn more visit their website here.

Factor Four Magazine publishes flash fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, focusing on science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these.  They accept stories up to 2,000 words in length, but because of how they manage their budget, stories of 1,000 words or less have a higher chance of acceptance. They pay 8 cents per word with a starting minimum of 60 dollars (US).

They currently do not have a deadline for submissions, but it is important to note that they occasionally do themed issues. To learn more visit their website here.

Strange Economics is an anthology of original, high-quality stories that explore economic ideas through speculative fiction: money in worlds of magic, trade in worlds of advanced technology. They pay 1.5 cents (Canadian) per word. They have a lot of prompts/story ideas on their website.

They close to submissions on January 31st. To learn more visit their website here.

Territory is a literary journal that publishes work interacting with maps and geography. They are currently open to submissions for three themed issues, including alternative earths. See the guidelines  here. They don’t list a deadline, but the publication date is February 2018.

The other two themes are love and journeys. To learn more visit their website here.

Electric Athenaeum is a Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine publishing short fiction, articles, poetry, and interviews. Each issue features an accompanying theme, and is available for free to readers.  They are open to submissions for this issue’s theme, Future Generations, and consider any genre of speculative fiction. They pay 50GBP per story.

They are open to submissions through February 15th 2018. To learn more visit their website here.

Triangulation, Parsec Ink’s themed speculative fiction annual, is now in its 14th year. They are looking for fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, or speculative horror. This year’s theme is music. Music or a musical instrument must play a major role in your story. They consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but their ideal length is around 3,000. They do not allow simultaneous submissions.

They pay 2 cents per word. They close to submissions on February 28th. Expect a response by March 31st. Learn more at their website here.