Researching where to submit short stories can be something of a chore but if you happen to be looking for Sci-Fi magazines accepting submissions (and paying) then you might well be in luck – we have five of them.
UK Sci-Fi magazines
Interzone was founded in 1982 and counts Michael Moorcock, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, and Sir Terry Pratchett among the people that have had high praise for the publication.
They accept short stories up to 10,000 words and are also keen to hear from artists looking to illustrate stories. It is worth reading their submission guidelines before you send them anything.
Shoreline to Infinity
The website says:
We are looking for a good science fiction story. Something that gives reality a tweak on the nose. An idea that makes us stop and think.
They require digital and world English rights and accept stories up to 5,000 words long. That said they were not accepting fresh submissions at the time I was ready to publish this article. Check the submissions page for details and to see if things have changed.
US Sci-Fi magazines
Just because you are a British writer, there is no reason why you should not submit to an American publication. American publications can be a touch demanding when it comes to rights (a few ask for world serial rights rather than country specific).
American publications can be a touch demanding when it comes to rights. A few ask for world serial rights rather than country specific. However, as long as you are aware of what you are offering (selling) this should not be too much of a problem most of the time.
The Future Fire welcomes submissions of speculative fiction with progressive, inclusive and socially aware disposition. We are particularly interested in feminist, queer, postcolonial and ecological themes, and we actively seek out submissions by under-represented voices, including but not limited to women, people of colour, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and writers from outside the English-speaking world.
Future Fire accepts fiction, poetry, illustrations, and reviews. You can find out more on their submissions page.
Clarkesworld is an award winning science fiction magazine which has been pushing since 2006. It was the winner of the 2014 British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine/Periodical. It was the first publication added to the early version of our Story Tracker.
The accept stories from 1,000 to 16,000 words. For more details see their submissions page.
Strange Horizons work to a schedule so if you want to get your work published with them you will need to submit it at the right time.
They accept stories up to 10,000 words long but prefer stories under 5,000 words. Unless you are extremely confident I suggest you treat 5,000 words as a hard limit. For more information see their submissions page.
Over to you
- Which publication would you have added to this list?
- Have you ever been published in any of these magazines?
- Are you a reader of any of these magazines – what particularly appeals to you?
This post was created as part of an increased effort to get even more useful information listed in our growing writer’s directory. All the British publications listed here can be found in the Sci-Fi section of the directory.