Yesterday I successfully submitted my piece for round five of NPR’s three-minute fiction and decided it was great time to explore a few new markets. These are a few of the literary magazines I stumbled upon while searching Duotrope’s Digest, the free writer’s resource. Not only do these magazines have great fiction on site to read, but many have great advice for writers as well. My search leaned toward the scifi/fantasy genre, if that’s not your thing feel free to head over to Duotrope and do your own search.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies – Another literary fantasy magazine seeking secondary-world tales. Will accept up to 10,000 word stories but they have to be good. Pay is 5 cents/word. According to Duotrope only 2% of stories are accepted.
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly – As the title suggests, this magazine only wants swords and sorcery stories and poems. Word limit up to 10,000. If published they pay $100 per short story or $25 per poem (or flash fiction). This is a tough market to submit to so be warned! They also have great suggestions on their submission guidelines page.
Clarksworld Magazine – Seeking fantasy/horror/sci fi up to 8,000 words. Pay is 10 cents/word for the first 4,000 and 5 cents/word after. Preferred length is around 4,000 words. Acceptance rate hovers around 0.1%.
Daily Science Fiction – is seeking shorter scifi, fantasy, slipstream, etc. stories. They currently need flash fiction, but will take up to 10,000 words. Pay scale is 8 cents/word. They receive a huge number of stories and around 5% are accepted.