I have a subscription to WritersMarket.com. This past year was the first year that I subscribed to their online market listing. I've purchased the print version of their annual market updates for many years, however.

I logged into their site for the first time in quite a while, and started to make use of their service. (About time, too.) I did a search for consumer magazines that publish science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and I was horrified at how short the list was! The print version of the 2009 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market listed 100 markets for fantasy. (This reviewer at Amazon gives a horrible review of the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. If this year's copy of Writer's Market is really that bad, then I'll end up skipping a year. It's too bad, though, as Writer's Market is usually very good. Makes me think that someone must've been recently laid off and this was their payback. I doubt it will happen, but I think Writer's Market should do a recall on this latest issue of the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, and then reissue a corrected version of the market listing.)

At my account, I created a folder for consumer magazines, and saved the following markets to that folder:

  • Asimov's Science Fiction
    475 Park Ave. S.
    11th Floor
    New York, NY 10016
    About: "Magazine consists of science fiction and fantasy stories for adults and young adults. Publishes the best short science fiction available." Magazine published 10 times/year, including 2 double issues.
    Fiction: "Science fiction primarily. Some fantasy and humor but no sword and sorcery. No explicit sex or violence that isn't integral to the story. It is best to read a great deal of material in the genre to avoid the use of some very old ideas. Buys 10mss/issue. Send complete ms and SASE with all submissions." Needs: fantasy, science fiction, hard science, soft sociological.
    Does Not Want: No horror or psychic/supernatural. Would like to see more hard science fiction.
    Length: 750-15,000 words. Pays 5-8¢/word.

  • The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
    Spilogale, Inc.
    P.O. Box 3447
    Hoboken, NJ 07030
    About: "We have been one of the leading magazines in the realm of fantastic fiction for almost 60 years. Prefers character-oriented stories. We receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction." Bimonthly magazine covering science fiction & fantasy.
    Fiction: Needs: fantasy, space fantasy, sword and sorcery, horror, dark fantasy, futuristic, psychological, supernatural, science fiction, hard science/technological, soft/sociological. Buys 60-80 mss/year. Send complete ms.
    Length: 25,000 words. Pays 6-10¢/word.

  • Leading Edge
    4087 JKB
    Provo, UT 84602
    About: "Leading Edge is a magazine dedicated to new and upcoming talent in the field of science fiction and fantasy." EDITOR'S NOTE: Accepts unsolicited submissions. Semiannual magazine covering science fiction and fantasy.
    Fiction: Needs: fantasy, science fiction. Buys 14-16 mss/year mss/year. Send complete ms by mail.
    Length: 12,500 words maximum. Pays 1¢/word; $10 minimum.

  • On Spec
    P.O. Box 4727
    Station South
    Edmonton, AB T6E 5G6
    About: "We publish speculative fiction and poetry by new and established writers, with a strong preference for Canadian authored works." EDITOR'S NOTE: Submission deadlines are February 28, May 31, August 31, and November 30. Quarterly magazine covering Canadian science fiction, fantasy and horror.
    Fiction: Needs: fantasy, horror, science fiction, magic realism, ghost stories, fairy stories. Buys 50 mss/year. Send complete ms.
    Does Not Want: No media tie-in or shaggy-alien stories. No condensed or excerpted novels, religious/inspirational stories, fairy tales.
    Length: 1,000-6,000 words. Pays $50-180 for fiction. Short stories (under 1,000 words): $50 plus 1 contributor's copy.

  • Steel City Review
    324 Carnegie Place
    Pittsburgh, PA 15208
    About: We publish stories that explore techy, mechanical, dry and scientific issues by providing them with juicy plots and characters we'd like to chat with. We are interested in stories featuring implements, code, machines, procedures, and expertise; academics and workers; masters and rebels. We are interested in hard, soft, and al dente sci-fi. We are interested in reading about the true Steel City: Pittsburgh, PA, where we both live. Quarterly magazine covering Pittsburgh-related stories, work/technology/academia/programming related stories.
    Fiction: Needs: experimental, historical, humorous, mainstream, science fiction. Buys 25 mss/year. Send complete ms.
    Does Not Want: Does not want romance, western, erotica, horror, religious, fables.
    Length: 100-10,000 words.

  • Talebones
    21528 104th St. Court E.
    Bonney Lake, WA 98391
    About: "Talebones publishes an eclectic mix of speculative fiction. We want literate stories that entertain readers." Magazine covering science fiction and dark fantasy.
    Fiction: Needs: fantasy, horror, science fiction. Buys 16 mss/year. Send complete ms.
    Does Not Want: "vampire stories, writer stories, or stories about or narrated by young adults or children."
    Length: 6,000 words maximum. Pays 1-2¢/word.

  • Tales of the Talisman
    Hadrosaur Productions
    P.O. Box 2194
    Mesilla Park, NM 88047-2194
    About: "Tales of the Talisman is a literary science fiction and fantasy magazine. We publish short stories, poetry, and articles with themes related to science fiction and fantasy. Above all, we are looking for thought-provoking ideas and good writing. Speculative fiction set in the past, present, and future is welcome. Likewise, contemporary or historical fiction is welcome as long as it has a mythic or science fictional element. Our target audience includes adult fans of the science fiction and fantasy genres along with anyone else who enjoys thought-provoking and entertaining writing." EDITOR'S NOTE: Fiction and poetry submissions are limited to reading periods of January 1-February 15 and July 1-August 15. Quarterly magazine covering science fiction and fantasy.
    Fiction: Needs: fantasy, space fantasy, sword and sorcery, horror, science fiction, hard science/technological, soft/sociological. Buys 25-30 mss/year. Send complete ms.
    Does Not Want: "We do not want to see stories with graphic violence. Do not send 'mainstream' fiction with no science fictional or fantastic elements. Do not send stories with copyrighted characters, unless you're the copyright holder."
    Length: 1,000-6,000 words. Pays $6-10.

  • Theatre of Decay
    322 Milford Ct.
    Apt. 5
    Davison, MI 48423
    About: Quarterly magazine covering horror fiction.
    Fiction: We accept anything that has an element of horror. Needs: experimental, horror, humorous, suspense. Buys 40-50 mss/year. Send complete ms.
    Length: 2,000 words. 1 contributor's copy.

As you can see, this is hardly a path to riches.

Next, I'll be going through book publishers. Fun, fun, fun!

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