Market Report

The SFWA Blog is now offering a monthly market report. Here’s the first of the New Year.

January, 2016


The Open Door submission period at ANGRY ROBOT BOOKS will end at “Midnight GMT on 31st January 2016. Anything sent after that time will not be read.”

Semiprozine FARSTRIDER MAGAZINE will close to submissions on January 25, 2016.

Publisher GOLLANCZ will close to Direct Submissions on January 22nd 2016; details.

Prozine LIMINAL reading period closes January 15, 2016. will close to submissions on February 28, 2016.

The next reading period for ORTHOGONAL is January 15-31, 2016.

The submission period for PEOPLE OF COLO(U)R DESTROY SCIENCE FICTION! Special Issue of prozine LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE will close on February 19, 2016.

SORCEROUS SIGNALS is shutting down.

SPECKLIT: A WORLD OF WONDER has a deadline of February 28, 2016.

Reprint-only podcast StarShipSofa closes to submissions on January 14, 2015.

Prozine STRANGE HORIZONS is remaining closed to fiction submissions until February 1, 2016.

Prozine TOR.COM has closed to short fiction submissions: “Our dedicated editors and readers will read through and respond to everything that is submitted up to that point, but we do not plan to reopen in the foreseeable future.” Full details at



COSMIC ROOTS AND ELDRITCH SHORES will “probably reopen to submissions February 1, 2016.”



Prozine DAILY SCIENCE FICTION has reopened to submissions.


NOTE: The following market pays 3 cents/word with a $3 minimum.

From guest editor Josh Brown:

Happy New Year! I’m happy to announce that I have been chosen as guest editor for issue 20 of EYE TO THE TELESCOPE, the official online journal of the SCIENCE FICTION POETRY ASSOCIATION (SFPA). The theme I have chosen for this issue is “family.” Family means many different things to many different people, and I think there is a lot of potential for this theme in terms of exploration through speculative poetry.

I hope to see poetry that explores the myriad and diverse ways that define family. I hope to see poetry that challenges my own preconceived notions and definitions of what family means. I hope to see poetry that defines family through emotion. Show me the worlds of the universe through family. I look forward to receiving your submissions!

Deadline: March 15, 2016. Submissions guidelines.


New prozine Recompose: a journal of short interstitial works is now funded and open to submissions.


SPECULATE! (Submissions Open on 1 Feb 2016)

Magic and mystery. Murder and mayhem. These are the things we want for EVIL GIRLFRIEND MEDIA‘s new Speculate! feature. Once a month, we will feature a dark speculative fiction story that embodies the EGM aesthetic. Editor: Jennifer Brozek.



The new science magazine UNDARK is seeking “nonfiction science/culture articles. The Knight Science Journalism Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA) is debuting a new type of science magazine called Undark in April 2016. The magazine will explore the intersection of science and society.” They pay unspecified “fair and competitive” rates.



NOTE: Reprint market:

FUNNY FANTASY Submissions Guidelines.

I’ll be publishing an anthology of reprint stories in the summer of 2016 titled FUNNY FANTASY. It will follow on the heels of FUNNY SCIENCE FICTION, my 2015 reprint anthology.


Submission window: Now through February 29, 2016



The NELSON ALGREN LITERARY AWARDS (for short fiction <8k words; hosted by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE) has a grand prize of $3,500 + publication. Four finalists receive $1,000, and five runners-up receive $500. Total prizes are worth $10,000. No entry fee. U.S. residents only. Maximum of two entries. No genre limits specified. DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016 (time zone not specified, but probably Central).


Market report by Cynthia Ward. Cynthia has published stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful (Prime Books), Weird Tales, and elsewhere. She edited the anthologies Lost Trails: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West: Volumes One and Two (WolfSinger Publications). With Nisi Shawl, she coauthored the diversity fiction-writing handbook Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (Aqueduct Press).

If you’re looking for more SF/fantasy/horror/paranormal market news, Cynthia publishes the monthly Market Maven e’newsletter, where a sample issue may be found.