Marty’s Plan

You have to have a plan to succeed–or at least I do. And this here is part of my plan. I have a goal to be published in some (if not all) of the following pro-paying publications. They’re listed in alphabetical order. This is a long-term plan, let’s say a five-year one, but that still constitutes a plan, doesn’t it?

This page will be updated over time as the markets open/close or, worst case scenario, shut for good. And if new ones arise that I grow fond of, I’ll add them here, too.

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APEX MAGAZINE

Frequency: monthly webzine
Word Limit: 7500 words maximum
Pay Rate: 5c/word
Genres: sheer, unvarnished awesomeness (of the dark speculative fiction kind)
Read the Submission Guidelines – closed until Jan 1, 2013
Online submissions only
Response Times: <60 days

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CEMETERY DANCE MAGAZINE

Frequency: irregular print/e-zine
Word Limit: <5000 words
Pay Rate: 5c/word to a max of $250
Genres: horror/dark mystery/suspense
Read the Submission Guidelines – currently closed to submissions until God knows when…
Moving to a new online submissions procedure when they reopen
Response Times: 2-4 months

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CLARKESWORLD MAGAZINE

Frequency: monthly webzine
Word Limit: 1000-8000 words (preferred length is 4000)
Pay Rate: 10c/word up to 4000, 5c/word after
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, and horror
Read the Submission Guidelines
Online submissions only
Response Times: <2 weeks

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DARK DISCOVERIES

Frequency: Quarterly print/e-zine
Word Limit: 500-6500 words maximum
Pay Rate: 5c/word to a max of $250
Genres: Horror/dark fantasy/dark sci-fi/mythos and dark mystery. No straight sci-fi, fantasy, or mystery.
Read the Submission Guidelines (accepts subs from Oct 1 to June 1 each year)
Online submissions only
Response Times: varies, but query at 4 months

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JAMAIS VU – The Journal of Strange Among the Familiar

Frequency: quarterly print/e-zine
Word Limit: 2000-4000 words
Pay Rate: 5c/word
Genres: all speculative fiction
Read the Submission Guidelines
Online submissions only
Response Times: unknown at this time

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LORE

Frequency: biannual print/e-zine
Word Limit: 2000-6000 words
Pay Rate: 5c/word : 2c/word for reprints (query first for reprints)
Genres: all speculative fiction
Read the Submission Guidelines
Online submissions only
Response Times: <90 days

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MIDNIGHT ECHO MAGAZINE

It’s on the list cos it’s awesome and because as my bio says, I was one of the creative minds behind its birth, and Executive Editor for a while.

Frequency: biannual print/e-zine
Word Limit: up to 5000 (query if longer)
Pay Rate: 3c/word
Genres: horror/dark fiction
Read the Submission Guidelines (Annual Reading Periods: Mar-Jul; Oct-Jan)
Online submissions only
Response Times: <8 weeks

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NIGHTMARE MAGAZINE

Frequency: monthly webzine
Word Limit: 1500-7500 words maximum (prefers <5000 words)
Pay Rate: 5c/word : 1c/word for reprints
Genres: original horror/dark fantasy
Read the Submission Guidelines - currently closed to submissions (reopen mid-late June 2013)
Online submissions only
Response Times: <2 weeks

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SHIMMER

Frequency: 1, 2, or 3 issues/year print/digital
Word Limit: up to 7500 words but prefers 4000 words
Pay Rate: 5c/word
Genres: Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters
Read the Submission Guidelines
Online submissions only
Response Times: <3 weeks

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SHOCK TOTEM

Frequency: biannual print/e-zine
Word Limit: 5000 words (also accepts Flash <1000 words)
Pay Rate: 5c/word to a max of $250 : 2c/word for reprints
Genres: dark fantasy/horror
Read the Submission Guidelines (Annual Reading Periods: Feb-May; Sept-Nov)
Online submissions only
Response Times: <60 days

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TOR.COM

Frequency: monthly webzine
Word Limit: <12,000
Pay Rate: 25c/word for the first 5000; 15c/word for next 5000; 10c/word thereafter
Genres: all speculative fiction
Read the Submission Guidelines
Online submissions only
Response Times: 3 months

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WILY WRITERS

Frequency: biweekly audio/e-zine
Word Limit: 1000-4000 words
Pay Rate: 5c/word
Genres: sci-fi/fantasy/horror/paranormal
Read the Submission Guidelines - different themes all the time
Online submissions only
Response Times: <90 days

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