Friday, 15 May 2015

Places to Submit Stories

Databases, Resources, Guides, Etc.

Wikipedia’s List of Current Mags

Preditors and Editors

Information for Artists, Composers, Game Designers, Poets, and Writers of all persuasions. Following is a detailed description of Preditors & Editors' contents, most of which you can reach using the menu options above.

Scroll down the list and see what field is relevant to you.

——— A list of book publishers and distributors:

Newspages is news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent publishers, creative writing programs, alternative periodicals, indie bookstores, writing contests, and more.

Places for Writers

[places for writers] helps writers find homes for their work. Our goal is to help you write more and get your writing published.

  —Emerging publications with ongoing submissions found on pow are:!query-guidelines/clh2

Top 10 Science Fiction Magazines,

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1. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

This is a professional magazine that began publishing in 1949 which makes it the second oldest continually publishing science fiction magazines in the country. They have one up on the oldest however, popularity. The publication is tremendously popular. It is the most widely read science fiction magazine in the country. It is consistently outstanding and publishing outstanding authors like (from their site) “Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz.” This magazine is the cream of the alien crop.” Fantasy & Science Fiction magazines represents all of what's best in science fiction today. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 135,000.

2. Analog Science Fiction and Fact

This is a professional magazine that began publishing started publishing 1930 and is as they say “often considered the magazine where science fiction grew up.” They do it very well and have published many outstanding science fiction authors including “Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Spider Robinson, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Michael F. Flynn.” The publication is the oldest science fiction magazine in the country, and they are consistently nominated for award after award. This publication has done an unequivocal job over the last 80 years of keeping great science fiction writing alive in print. They have an Alexa rating of about 691,000.

3. Asimov's Science Fiction

This is a professional magazine that began publishing began publishing in 1977 and is simply a high quality science fiction magazine that showcases some of the best in science fiction today. They publish great authors and the publication is one of the best science fiction magazines ever published, hands down. They have an Alexa rating of about 304,000,

4. Strange Horizons

Began publishing in 2000. They are a very popular online science fiction magazine. In 2007 they were nominated for a Hugo award. Works from their issues are consistently chosen for inclusion in many national anthologies. They are a science fiction magazine of the best kind. Strange Horizons represents where science fiction magazines are going in the future. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 200,000.

5. Space and Time Magazine

Space and Time Magazine began publishing in 1966. They publish high quality speculative fiction, and they have been doing it for a long time. The magazine publishes 4 times a year.

6. Interzone

Began publishing in 1982. They are the longest running science fiction magazine in the UK. They have published many greats including: “Brian Aldiss, Sarah Ash, Michael Moorcock, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, M. John Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Iain M Banks, J.G. Ballard, Kim Newman, Alastair Reynolds, Harlan Ellison, Greg Egan,” and many more. They are an outstanding magazine that has fought the odds to keep science fiction alive. Has an Alexa rating of about 1.4 million.

7. Weird Tales

Weird Tales began publishing in 1923. They stop publishing a couple of times and started again in in 1988 and was "revamped" in 2007. They are currently publishing speculative fiction.

8. Not one of us,

Began publishing in 1986 and is a wonderful science fiction magazine that has been nominated for many awards and has published many award winning authors. They work hard to keep science fiction alive in the world. Not One of Us is one of those magazines you wish would publish more issues! Has an Alexa rating of about 15 million.

9. Challenger

Was established in 1993. They have been nominated for a Hugo award many times. They work hard to publish great science fiction. The publication has an Alexa rating of about 6.1 million.

10. Clarkesworld Magazine

Clarkesworld is the newest magazines on our list established in 2006, but the magazine came on in a blaze of glory. They have won many many awards in the science fiction world, and they publish a yearly chapbook of all the stories that have appeared in their magazine. Clarkesworld is where we hope science fiction magazines are going. It is professionally done, full of outstanding science fiction writing, and devoted to creating a presence on the web and in the real world. Everyone science fiction writer trying to publish their stories should give series consideration to this magazine. They have an Alexa rating of about 1.1 million.

11. Escape Pod

Escape Pod publishes in both text and audio; you are offering both of those one-time and archival rights to us when you send us your story.

From Around the Web


Nightmare, October 2012Nightmare is an online horror and dark fantasy magazine. In Nightmare’s pages, you will find all kinds of horror fiction, from zombie stories and haunted house tales, to visceral psychological horror.

Fantasy Scroll Mag

Our mission: to publish high-quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction

Strange Horizons

Strange Horizons is an online speculative fiction magazine. It also features speculative poetry in every issue.

The Strange Horizons fiction department is temporarily closed to submissions. We will reopen on June 1, 2015.


Interzone has helped launch the careers of many important science fiction and fantasy authors, and continues to publish some of the world's best known writers. Amongst those to have graced its pages are Brian Aldiss, Sarah Ash, Michael Moorcock, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson...

It is strongly recommended that you study the magazine before submitting. Being familiar with what we publish will obviously greatly improve your chances of acceptance.

Albedo One

We are always looking for thoughtful, well written fiction. Our definition of what constitutes science fiction, horror and fantasy is extremely broad and we love to see material which pushes at the boundaries or crosses between genres.


Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. The best way to understand what we are looking for is to read an issue of the magazine. We’re most drawn to contemporary fantasy, and seek out stories with a strong emotional core. We like unusual stories with a fluid and distinctive voice, with specific and original images. Send us your odd, unclassifiable stories.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949, is the award-winning SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz.


Lightspeed is a science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope.

Fantasy Magazine

Fantasy Magazine is an online magazine focusing exclusively on fantasy fiction. In its pages, you will find all types of fantasy—high fantasy, contemporary urban tales, surrealism, magical realism, science fantasy, folktales…and anything and everything in between. Fantasy is entertainment for the intelligent genre reader—we publish stories of the fantastic that make us think, and tell us what it is to be human.

NOTE: Fantasy Magazine has merged with its sister-magazine, Lightspeed. If you want to submit a story, please submit any fantasy submissions to Lightspeed.

Fiction Magazines

Thank you for your interest in We are the only short fiction publishing company that produces a monthly magazine in each genre, and we are the only company to offer royalty compensation for short fiction. We hope you see the benefit of publishing with us.We ask that if this is your first time submitting work to, that you send only one submission of your writing to us. That includes all of our publications. We want your absolute best work.

Abyss & Apex

Hugo-Nominated Magazine of Speculative Fiction. Reading Periods:

The submissions editors at Abyss & Apex read short fiction and flash during designated reading periods ONLY, four times a year. The four up-coming reading periods are :

    first week of February 2015
    first week of May 2o15
    first week of August 2015
    first week of November 2015

Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet

Here are the submission guidelines for Small Beer Press (books), for our zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and for artists:

Misc. / More



Salon welcomes article queries and submissions. The best way to submit articles and story pitches is via email with the words “Editorial Submission” in the subject line. Send your query or submission in plain text in the body of your email, rather than as an attached file.


We publish fiction and nonfiction. There are no rules. The best way to get a sense of what we’re interested in publishing is to read the Quarterly. You can pick up a subscription or back issues here.

The Saturday Evening Post

We accept submissions for
    •    Non-Fiction
    •    Fiction
    •    Lighter Side
    •    Cartoons
    •    Post-Its Jokes


Go to the magazine section of your local library/bookstore. You’ll find ten or twenty literary journals on hand, relevant to your genre.

The current edition of "Writer's Market" is worth perusing. (Note: “perusing” means, “to study carefully.”)

Used bookshops will offer the previous year’s copies of “Writer’s Market” and other journals for a fraction of the price.

Another journal is “20XX Novel And Short Story Writer's Market (Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.)”

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Manuscript Format for Short Stories

I've just submitted a short story online not an hour ago.

I won't say which publication I submitted it to, the name of the story, or even what colour shirt I have on. (The Carter's have always been known to be a cagey bunch.)

What I will talk about here is what I've learned through grappling with Manuscript Format. This is just a general guideline, and I hope it's concise enough to useful for anyone who stumbles across my blog.

Have a look at a snippet of my story.

Lawns are riveting, I know.

  1. The header should contain the author's name, an element of the title, and the page number. It should be centered in the top right-hand corner. It is present on every page, except the first one.
  2. The margins of all four sides of the page should be indented by three cm. 
  3. The entire story should be double-spaced, and every paragraph and line of dialogue indented 1.27 cm (or 0.5 inches.) There shouldn't be extra spaces in between paragraphs. 
  4. Scene changes are shown with a centered "#" symbol.
  5. End the story by writing "End," and have it centered.
  6. The font should be Courier or Courier New, size 12, and italicized text should not be italicized, but underlined.  
  7. The body of the story should be aligned to the left. (Why? I'm not sure. Centering text, or "Justified" text looks better to my blue eyes, but whatever.)

Here's What the first page should look like. The story starts two lines underneath the author byline.

There's no header/page number on the first page.

...And here it is if you'd like to copy/paste it. Remember: Courier New and size 12 font.

{Author Name}                                      about 100 words
{Street Address}
{City and Postal Code}
{Phone Number}
{Email Address}

{Story Title}
by {Author Byline}
     Begin text here.

Some publications require you to list elements like the genre and word count in the top left-hand corner of the first page. Check with the publication to see what the submission guidelines are.

Most publications require a cover letter. These are meant to be short and formal. (If you happen to know the editor's name, don't begin the letter with something like "Greggy, baby.")

Here's the format I followed for mine:

Christopher Rafal Carter
City, State, Zip
Email Address
Word Count

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Christopher Carter.

Please find attached with this cover letter a copy of my GENRE short story, “I’m Not Actually Putting The Title Here Because This Is An Example Post For My Blog.” (I realize that the wording on this title seems a bit clunky, but I think it works.)

Thank you for your time and consideration.



 ...And that's pretty much it.

Honestly, I'm an amateur writer whose dream it is to master this craft. If you'd like to add or comment on anything I've posted here, I'd appreciate it.

Until then, keep well!


Monday, 4 May 2015

Edward Gorey: The Dark Soul Haunting John Bellairs

I've recently rediscovered John Bellairs' "Johnny Dixon" mystery series, which I absolutely loved as a child. The stories have their cheerful moments, but for the most part they are dark and genuinely creepy. Set in 1950's Massachusetts (the same setting as a lot of Lovecraft's lore) the stories feature young Johnny Dixon and his best friend, the fantastically named Professor Roderick Childermass, encountering the forces of darkness.

There are two things that make the "Dixon" novels scary: the sheer terror that Johnny Dixon, the protagonist, feels as he is thrust from one grim scene to the next, and the illustrations by Edward Gorey. Have a look.

The boy isn't even afraid anymore. Gorey did ghosts wonderfully.

"Somewhat unreal" indeed. Gorey's line style for the fog is nothing less than elegant.

Gorey and his ghosts. This phantom woman is still feminine, even in death, while the sleepers are terrified and helpless.

A recurring motif of Gorey's style is victimized children. Check out "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" to see more.

Gorey uses pen and ink for most of his work, rarely delving into colour or even ink washes grey tones. His work looks like a starker, bleaker version of Charles Adams', which was already famous for its macabre humour.

Gorey illustrates desolate settings featuring frail and helpless subjects, and his pairing with Bellairs was nothing short of sublime. His drawings for the "Dixon" series do more for me than just "set the mood"-- it paints the inside of my skull with the same black ink of Gorey's, preparing the darkly lit stage for Johnny Dixon to inch out on. Here are some more covers.

Some characteristics of Gorey's covers for the "Dixon" books are that the protagonists are usually facing away from the viewer, are thin and weak looking, and the supernatural characters-- like the skull in the "Sorcerer" cover or the robot just above-- are looking directly at the viewer, giving an unsettling, eerie feel of danger.

Later releases of Bellairs' "Dixon" books don't feature Gorey's illustrations. Maybe it's because both men have both passed on and there's some kind of legal thing inhibiting the publishers (or something.) But it's a shame. While Bellairs was no doubt a talented writer, the "Dixon" books are seriously diminished by Gorey's loss. 

It's amazing how much more a book becomes with the right illustrations and cover.

-An abandoned Tumblr page focused on Gorey's work.
-John Kenn's blog, a spiritual successor to Gorey.
-Another successor? Tim Burton.
-A Wiki devoted to John Bellairs.

Skulls, fur coats and Victorian clothing are further motifs.