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Issues in Earth Science is open to submissions. Fiction should be written for the feature, “Eww, there’s some geology in my fiction!”  We are interested in MG and YA fiction that incorporates Earth Science concepts as key, rather than incidental, elements. Stories should be between 1000 and 3000 words, with preference for stories around 2000 words. Payment will be $0.06/word ($60 minimum). Stories received before April 15 will be considered for the May 2017 publication window. Full guidelines here.

Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,500 words in length: science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. They will consider flash series–three or more flash tales built around a common theme. DSF pays 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, they pay more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies. Full guidelines here.

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Persistent Visions is looking for fresh fiction that skirts the edges of reality.  They pay 7 cents a word for first English world rights, and first option on anthology and podcast reprint rights. Stories selected for reprint in anthologies and podcasts will receive addition payment. Stories can be up to 7,500 words long, and previously unpublished in English. Payment on acceptance. Full guidelines found here.

Worlds Without Master is currently seeking works of fiction totaling 2,500 words or less in the sword & sorcery genre. They pay $200 for the rights to accepted works. Full guidelines can be found here.

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Zombies Need Brains LLC is accepting submissions to its three science fiction and fantasy anthologies SUBMERGED, ALL HAIL OUR ROBOT CONQUERORS!, and THE DEATH OF ALL THINGS. Stories for this anthology must be original (no reprints or previously published material), no more than 7,500 words in length, and must satisfy the theme of the anthology.  Payment is 6 cents a word, with possible future royalties. Full details here.

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Persistent Visions is looking for fresh fiction that skirts the edges of reality. They want science fiction and fantasy that is truly revolutionary, and that embraces the variety of human experience in all of its glory.

They pay seven cents a word for first English world rights, and first option on anthology and podcast reprint rights (stories selected for anthologies and podcasts will receive further payment). Stories should be up to 7500 words long and previously unpublished. Full details can be found here.

 Compelling Science Fiction has two main goals: to find, publish, and promote the best science fiction stories, and to support and encourage the authors who write them. They pay 6 cents/word for accepted stories between 1,000-10,000 words. Full guidelines are here.

Fantastic Stories accepts original stories up to 3000 words in length, and reprints of any length. They’re looking for stories that cover the entire science fiction and fantasy spectrum; everything from magic realism to hard SF.  They pay 15 cents per word on acceptance for original stories, and 1 cent per word (up to $100, and a minimum of $25) for reprints. Full guidelines are here.


Fireside Fiction reopened to submissions April 1 and will remain open until April 30. Noted writer and editor Daniel Jose Older is guest editing  during this submission period, and the stories he chooses will be spread over several issues. Fireside pays 12.5 cents per word. Full details here.

If you write SFF or horror screenplays, the Austin Film Festival’s 2016 Screenplay & Teleplay competition is now open for entries. They accept feature screenplays, short screenplays, television specs, television pilots, and digital series. Their horror and Sci-Fi categories are sponsored and judged by a production company each year.There is an entry fee for this competition, but it is a tiny fraction of the prizes awarded. You can find full details here.


As of January 2016, PodCastle publishes in both text and audio. They pay 6 cents a word for original fiction 6000 words or less, $100 flat rate for reprints over 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 2000 words). Payment is for both text and audio rights. Full details here.