Writing Resources

Duotrope — statistics on markets (each market’s recent response times and acceptance rate, how much they pay, interviews with editors, listings of markets based on response times and selectivity, etc.); free trial for a week, $5/mo thereafter

The (Submission) Grinder — free search engine with recent publishing market stats, giving you the same type of information that you get from Duotrope for pay (recent response times for rejection/acceptance, acceptance rate, etc.). Plus awesome graphs! It is particularly good for speculative fiction markets; for literary zines, there is sometimes less user-reported data, so poorer statistics.

Ralan.com — a comprehensive and up-to-rate list of speculative-fiction markets, organized  according to pay rate, with critical information (subgenre, response time, story length, editor names, etc.) presented in a compact format

Poets & Writers — information about various publishing markets

Literary Devices

How I Submit Short Fiction — by John Wiswell, Nebula-winning author of speculative fiction

On Writing (Heinlein’s Rules) — by Robert J. Sawyer

How to classify your story by genre (by Suzanne Vincent, editor of Flash Fiction Online)

Managing story length (same author as above)

How to write a short story (elucidates the “moving parts” of a successful story)

Standard formatting for a short story (many markets link to this template for desired formatting)

A list of tired speculative-fiction tropes as per Strange Horizons magazine. The list is scarily long and exhaustive.

Common tropes to avoid in fiction (by Alisa Golden, editor of *82 Review)

Tropes to avoid in humor (by the editors of Defenestration)

Top Ten Plotting Problems (by Alicia Rasley)

Why Stories Get Rejected, Even Good Ones (by the editors of On Spec)

A Comprehensive and Totally Universal Listing of Every Problem a Story Has Ever Had (hilarious and informative, by the editors of Andromeda Spaceways)

From the Slush Pile (by Marie Vibbert)

Rejectomancy  — this excellent blog written by Aeryn Rudel sheds light on the process of crafting short fiction, the expectations that accompany submitting work for publication, and learning from inevitable rejections.

Chris Fielden’s aggregator of short-fiction advice, competition calls, and other writerly goodness

Six Questions For…  (blog by Jim Harrington, where editors and publishers discuss writing flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and novels)

Markets for Novelettes and Novellas (by Aeryn Rudel on his Recejtomancy blog)

Nectar for Rejectomancers (by C.C. Finlay, editor of Fantasy & Science Fiction)

Things I’m tired of seeing in lit mag submissions (by Nathan Tower, editor of Bartleby Snopes, guest post in freeze frame fiction)


Publication markets that might be suitable for the type of fiction I write

This is mostly a list for myself, to record the markets I have found as potentially suitable for the stories I have ready or under review. Some of the markets below focus on science fiction, some on literary fiction, and some welcome all genres.

The list is in no particular order, other than by maximum length and/or somewhat by genre (lit/spec; humor has its own list as there are few dedicated markets). I am definitely drawn to markets that are fast and likely to give personal feedback. (If you want a finer search by length, DL Shirey has a great list.)

MICROFICTION (generally up to 101 words)

50-Word Stories (exactly 50 words, weekly best story gets a small prize)

Blink-Ink (50-word stories, themed issues)

101 Words (exactly 101 words)

Microfiction Monday Magazine (M3) (no more than 100 words)

The Drabble (no more than 100 words)

Black Hare Press: Dark Moments (exactly 100 words; themed)

Detritus Magazine (up to 100 words; trashy/sassy)

Drabblez Magazine

100 Words of Solitude

100 Word Story

Martian Magazine (100 words exactly, science fiction)

101 Fiction (speculative fiction only, themed issues; 100 words plus a one-word title)

Frozen Wavelets (drabbles and longer flash)

Horror Tree: Trembling with Fear (horror; drabbles and longer flash)

Speculative 66 (speculative fiction only; 66 words sans title)

Nanoism (no more than 140 characters)

FLASH FICTION (generally up to 1000 words, but some require shorter)

Flash Fiction Online

Flash Fiction Magazine 

Jellyfish Review (very fast response and very personable)

Ellipsis Zine (web zines plus print anthologies)

Every Day Fiction  (great variety, but 4-6 months for response)

Smokelong Quarterly

Freeze Frame Fiction (hiatus)

Daily Science Fiction (speculative)

Factor Four Magazine (speculative; up to 1,500 words, prefer under 1,000) RIP

Arsenika (speculative) (hiatus)

The Arcanist  (speculative)

The Molotov Cocktail (dark)

The Grievous Angel (speculative; up to 750 words; newly SFWA )  (hiatus)

Brilliant Flash Fiction (check out prompt-based contests)

Zeroflash (up to 300 words, monthly prompts; generally speculative) (hiatus)

CHEAP POP (up to 500 words)

HUMOR (many other zines will take humorous stories on a case-by-case basis;
Lee Blevins has a comprehensive list of humor markets here)

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Robot Butt


The Dirty Pool

The Community Heckler

The Big Jewel

Funny in 500

Jokes Review

Space Squid (SF and humor, slow to respond right now)

The Higgs Weldon

Drunk Monkeys

Fabula Argentea

Jersey Devil Press

SHORT STORIES (consult The Submission Grinder or Duotrope for more listings)

Short stories — literary (woefully incomplete)

Note: Many will also take speculative or slipstream

Split Lip


Gone Lawn (fast response)

Riggwelter (fast response)

Sick Lit Magazine (no length limit; magazine emphasizes author-editor interaction)

Jersey Devil Press (<4,200 words; they like wacky, humorous, beautiful fiction)

Literally stories (should be fast, 500–3,000 words; by writers, for writers)

*82 Review (very short fiction and art)

The Nottingham Review (quite fast)   (“…looking for diverse characters, voices and settings in stories that focus on the ordinary, mundane aspects of contemporary life…”) (hiatus?)

The Fiction Pool  (hiatus)


After the Pause

Necessary Fiction


Atticus Review

The Forge Literary Magazine

Fabula Argentea

3Elements Review (quarterly issues, story must include three specified words)

Short stories — speculative (shamefully incomplete)

(List of pro-paying zines that qualify for SFWA membership can be found here; directory of semipro zines can be found here; the best thing is to use The Submission Grinder and seek open markets for your story by length, genre, payment, and/or response time)




Intergalactic Medicine Show (hiatus)

Fantasy & Science Fiction


Strange Horizons


Compelling Science Fiction

Galaxy’s Edge 

Unidentified Funny Objects (anthology)

Liminal Stories

Lightspeed Magazine

Nightmare Magazine


Diabolical Plots

The Dark


Black Static

Three-Lobed Burning Eye

Abyss & Apex

Metaphorosis (SFF with focus on quality of language, atmosphere; very fast)

Syntax & Salt

Andromeda Spaceways

On Spec

Asymmetry (hiatus)

Exoplanet Magazine

Aphotic Realm (dark fiction)

The Martian Wave


Kasma SF

Alien Dimensions (“Set it in space, in the future, and include some friendly non-humanoid aliens”)

Liquid Imagination

Altered Reality


Here are OTHER PEOPLE’S LISTS that I found very useful (some skew literary, some SF):





https://michaelalexanderchaney.com/2013/09/06/top-ten-literary-magazines-to-send-very-very-short-flashes/ (microfiction venues)

https://thewritelife.com/publish-a-short-story/   (emphasizes some up-and-coming markets that are, as Doutrope would say, approachable)

http://www.thereviewreview.net/publishing-tips/extremely-helpful-incredibly-comprehensive-g/        (as promised, they are incredibly comprehensive)

http://www.sfwa.org/about/join-us/sfwa-membership-requirements/ (click to see the markets that qualify for the membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America)

http://semiprozine.org/semiprozine-directory/ (directory of semipro zines)





Ralan.com — a comprehensive and up-to-rate list of speculative-fiction markets, organized  according to pay rate, with critical information (subgenre, response time, story length, editor names, etc.) presented in a compact format