Alternative Markets

If your story doesn’t fit our submission guidelines we encourage you to consider these alternate podcast and digital magazine venues. Each one aligns with our goal of ensuring authors are compensated for their work.

The Escape Artists Family

YA / Middlegrade / KidLit Publications

  • Cicada (ages 14+) – The lyric and strange; committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths
  • Cricket (ages 9-14) – Realistic contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, folk tales, myths and legends, and humor
  • Foreshadow (YA) – New! Original YA short fiction
  • Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide (ages 9-12) – An annual anthology, with submissions generally running in April/May supported by a summer Kickstarter

Digital Magazines and Podcasts

  • Analog – Original science fiction
  • Anathema – Original speculative fiction by queer people of color published tri-annually
  • Andromeda Spaceways – Original science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror
  • Apex – Original science fiction, fantasy and horror
  • Arsenika – Quarterly original poetry and flash fiction
  • Asimov’s – Original science fiction and fantasy
  • Bastion – Original science fiction
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies – Original literary adventure fantasy
  • Clarkesworld – Original science fiction and fantasy
  • Daily Science Fiction – Original flash fiction
  • Diabolical Plots – Original speculative fiction
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction – Original science fiction, fantasy and humor
  • Fireside – Original speculative fiction
  • Fiyah – Black speculative fiction, published in quarterly themes
  • Flash Fiction Online – Stories under 1000 words of any genre
  • Gallery of Curiosities – New! Market catering to the steampunk and retro-futurist niche
  • Gamut – Neo-noir speculative fiction and poetry with a literary bent
  • Glittership – LGBTQ science fiction and fantasy
  • Grimdark Magazine – Original grimdark fiction (dark settings, grey characters, gritty, etc.)
  • Holdfast – Speculative fiction that explores all things fantastic
  • Kaleidotrope – Original speculative fiction, published quarterly
  • Lightspeed – Science fiction and fantasy
  • Liminal Stories – Beautiful, sharp and unsettling fiction
  • Nature Futures – New! Original fiction between 850 and 950 words
  • Nightmare – Horror and dark fantasy
  • Omenana – Original speculative fiction by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Samovar – Quarterly magazine of and about speculative fiction and poetry in translation
  • Shimmer – Unusual, beautifully written, odd and unclassifiable
  • SQ Magazine – Quarterly magazine of internationally-oriented speculative fiction
  • Story Seed Vault – Science-based micro fiction (140 character or less)
  • Strange Horizons – Original speculative fiction
  • The Dark – Original and reprint horror and dark fantasy
  • Toasted Cake – Idiosyncratic flash fiction
  • Truancy – Revisions / retellings of folklore and mythology from marginalized voices
  • Uncanny Magazine – Original speculative fiction

You can also find a great list of semiprozine (the Hugo category) markets, curated by Neil Clarke, here. Qualified semiprozines purchase work at a minimum rate of $0.06/word.

If you’d like to submit your publication for consideration on this list, please contact our editor. Please include a link to your submission guidelines or market listing (Grinder, Ralan, Duotrope, etc.) containing your story payment details. And thanks!

Last updated April 2018