List of Fantasy Magazines and Journals

Getting short stories published in the likes of fantasy magazines and fantasy journals can do wonders for your confidence. I can still vividly recall reading my first ever acceptance email. It banished my doubt, filled me with confidence, and spurred me to write even more short stories. I didn’t get much sleep that night for the excitement.

But finding a home for your fantasy short story can be tough. Not only do you have to find fantasy magazines, but you also have to check the submission guidelines for each one. There could be a big difference between the likes of Uncanny Magazine submission guidelines and the Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Clarkesworld submissions, for instance.

You also have to account for differences in location. For example, a UK fantasy magazine might have different formatting guidelines to a US fantasy magazine (such as to do with the type of dictionary you use).

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Lastly, some fantasy magazines only allow submissions that meet their theme. These themes often change throughout the year, or perhaps with different anthologies. Either way, take your time to do the research and if you don’t feel that your short story meets that theme, don’t waste your time with a submission.

It takes time to carry out this research, but worry not for help is at hand.

Over the years I’ve chronicled the various publishers I’ve come across and compiled a long list of fantasy short story publishers, which you can find below. There are no scifi magazines down there unfortunately, but many of them are both science fiction and fantasy magazines.

I’ve also put together some related guides, such as on writing cover letters and formatting a manuscript, also below.

Useful Resources For Fantasy Magazine Submissions

I’ve put together a few useful guides to help you with your fantasy short story submissions. You can also use these guides for submitting short stories to any type of publisher, including horror magazines and science fiction magazines.

A Guide to Cover Letters – this guide goes over writing cover letters for short story submissions in particular. 

A Guide to Formatting A Manuscript – if you’re unsure how to format your short story in preparation for a submission, this guide will talk you through everything.

List of Fantasy Novel Publishers – If you’re looking to get your novels published too, I have another list you may like.

List of Book Reviewers – And if you’re looking for reviews for your book, this list of over 100 book reviewers may be what you need.

Glossary of Fantasy Magazine Terms

While navigating your way through various fantasy journals and their submission guidelines, you’ll encounter a few different terms which you may be unfamiliar with. Here are some of them and their definitions:

Pro: A status afforded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America organization. Payment made for all accepted submissions.

Semi-pro: Payments awarded for accepted submissions, though lacking the ‘pro’ status.

Token: A magazine that offers a ‘token’ in exchange for accepted submissions, for example, a free copy of their issue.

Paid: A magazine that pays for accepted submissions but lacking the ‘pro’ status.

Non-payment: A magazine that does not offer anything for accepted submissions, save a well-deserved pat on the back.

Simultaneous submission: refers to whether or not you can send the same story to more than one publisher at the same time.

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List of Fantasy Magazines and Fantasy Journals

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NameStatusWord limitResponseSim subs
Abyss & ApexPro10,000Not statedNo
AlbedoToken8,0002 to 4 monthsNo
Apex MagazinePro7,50030 daysNo
Beneath Ceaseless SkiesPro14,0002 to 4 weeksYes
ClarkesworldPro16,0002 daysNo
Heroic Fantasy QuarterlySemi pro10,00060 daysNot stated
Fantasy Scroll MagPaid5,00060 daysYes
Holdfast MagazineToken4,000Not statedNot stated
Inter Galactic Medicine ShowPro17,500Not statedNo
LightspeedPaid10,000Up to 2 weeksNo
The Magazine of Science Fiction and FantasyPro25,0008 weeksNo
On SpecSemi pro6,000Not statedNot stated
Pod Castle (audiobook only)Paid6,000Not statedYes
ShimmerSemi pro7,5002 weeksNo
Strange HorizonsPaid10,0004 weeksNo
Uncanny MagazinePaid6,00030 daysNo
Fireside MagazinePaid4,00030 daysNo
AurealisSemi pro8,0002 monthsNo
Glittership (audiobook too)Semi pro6,000Not statedYes
Helios QuarterlySemi pro1,5005 to 8 weeksYes
Selene QuarterlySemi pro1,5005 to 8 weeksYes
Aurora WolfToken5,00030 daysNo
Strange ConstellationsToken7,50030 daysYes
Mithila ReviewToken8,0002 weeksNot stated
KzineToken8,00030 daysNot stated
GiganotosaurusToken25,00030 daysNo
AliteratePro8,00028 daysNo
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresPro1,000+12 weeksNo
Gamut MagazinePro5,000Not statedYes
Aphelion WebzineNon-payment7,5002 monthsNo
CirsovaSemi pro7,500Not statedNo
Crimson StreetsPaid6,000Not statedNot stated
Electric SpecPaid7,00030 daysYes
Expanded HorizonsPaid6,00030 daysYes
Gathering Storm MagazinePaid2,00015 datsNot stated
KaleidotropePaid10,000A few monthsNot stated
LackingtonsPaid5,00060 daysNo
Leading Edge MagazinePaid10,000A few monthsNot stated
Longshot IslandPaid5,000Not statedYes
Metaphorosis MagazinePaid10,0001 weekYes
Mythic DeliriumPaid4,000Not statedNo
New MythsPaid10,00090 daysNo
Golden Fleece PressPaid5,000Not statedNot stated
SockdolagerPaid5,0002 weeksNo
Space and Time MagazinePaid7,5004 weeksNo
SQ MagPaid5,0008 weeksNo
Tall Tale TV (audiobook only)Non-payment3,000A few daysNot stated
Far HorizonsNon-payment3,000Not statedNot stated
British Fantasy SocietyToken5,0003 to 4 weejsYes
East of the WebNot statedNot statedNot stated
Writer’ ForumPaid3,0003 to 4 weeksNo
Not One of UsPaid6,000Not statedNot stated
Bards and SagesPaid5,000Not statedNot stated
Fantasia DivinityPaid7,5003 weeksYes
Into the VoidTokenNot stated6 weeksYes
AsimovsPro7,500Five weeksNo
InterzonePro10,000Not statedNo
The Future FirePaid10,0001 monthNo
Timeless TalesPaid2,0004 weeksYes
Riddled With ArrowsPaid1,5002 weeksYes
Mad Scientist JournalPaid8,000Not statedNo
Hyperion & TheiaPaid40,0002 monthsYes
Alban LakePaid10,000Not statedNo
Flame Tree PublishingPro4,00030 days (after submission deadline)Yes
Odd Tales of WonderTokenNot definedNot statedYes
Eibon Vale PressToken4,0002 to 3 monthsNot stated
Third FlatironPaid30008 weeksNo
FIYAHPaid70004 weeks+No
Alien Pub MagazineToken2,000Less than two weeksYes
AugurTokenNot stated8 weeksYes
Snow Leopard PublishingCharitable2,500Not statedNot stated
Mythic MagPaid6,000Not statedNo
Unidentified Funny ObjectsPaid5,00030 daysNo
Fairytale ReviewNot stated8,0003 monthsYes
Reshwity Publishing (anthology)Token10,000Nov-18Yes
The Overcast (podcast)Paid5,000Within submission windowsNo
Spring Song PressPaid10,0001 monthNo
Country DarkPaid10,000Not statedNot stated
4RV PublishingRoyaltiesNot stated (standard short story length)3 monthsNo
Æther & IchorToken5000Not statedYes
AHF MagazineToken30001 weekYes
AllegoryPaidNo limit6 weeksYes
AlcyoneToken10000Not statedNo
Altered Reality MagazineTokenNot stated1 weekNo
Animal: A Beast of a Literary MagazineTokenNot statedNot statedYes
AnotherealmPaid5000Not statedNot stated
Aphotic RealmToken5000Not statedNot stated
Asymmetry FictionPaid30004 weeksNot stated
The WyrdPaid50006 weeksYes
Writers of the Future ContestPaidNot stated3 monthsNo
The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and HorrorPaid5000 to 10000Not statedNot stated
The WiFilesNot stated500090 daysYes
The Weird ReaderToken4500Not statedYes
3 Lobed MagPaid700090 daysNo
Stupefying StoriesPaid100001 weekNo
Stinkwaves MagazineNot stated3000A few weeksNot stated
The Star Lit PathToken7500Not statedNot stated
Pixie Forest PublishingPaidVaries1 monthYes
Castrum PressNot stated (novella and novel length)Not statedNot statedNot stated
Polu TexniProNot statedNot statedNot stated
Shock TotemPro500090 days or lessNo
Three-Lobed Burning EyePaid1000-7000Within 90 daysNo
Sub-Q MagazinePro1000-500060 days or lessYes
Little Blue MarblePaid2000 (5000 for reprints)Not statedYes
Hinnom MagazinePaid250 to 3000 or 3001 to 5000Within 30 daysNo
Enchanted ConversationPaid700-2000Not statedYes
LampLightPaid7000Not statedYes
Zombie Pirate PublishingToken7500Not statedNo
Blood Bath Literary ZinePaid2,500Not statedYes
Galli BooksPaid7500A few weeksNo
WaylinesPaid600030 daysNo
Farstrider MagazinePaidNot statedNot statedYes
Crossed GenresPaid6000Not statedNo
Black Denim LitUnpaid7500Not statedYes
Sorghum and SpearPaid2,000 – 7,500Not statedNo
Parsec InkPaid5,000Not statedNo
AGNI MagazinePaidNo limit2-4 monthsYes
B Cubed PressPaid500-5,000Not statedYes
The Irreal CaféPaid2,0002 monthsNo
Copper NickelPaidNot stated8 weeksNot stated
Flash Fiction – <1000
NameStatusWord limitResponse timeSimultaneous submissions
Aether and IchorPaidUp to 3,000 but flash fic preferredNot statedYes
Bewildering StoriesUnpaidUp to 3,000 but flash fic preferred3 weeksYes
The Colored LensPaidUp to 10,000 but flash fic preferredNot statedNo
Local NomadUnpaid1,000Not statedYes
Dark Fire FictionUnpaidUp to 5,000 but flash fic preferred1 monthYes
Deadmans TomePaid1,000 and higherNot statedNot stated
Fictional PairingsToken200-1,000Not statedNot stated
Leading EdgePaid1,000 and higherNot statedNot stated
Mirror DanceTokenUp to 6,000 but flash fic preferred2 monthsNot stated
Fiction WarPaid1,0006 monthsYes
Door is AjarToken1,0006 monthsYes
Storyland Literary ReviewUnpaid1,000Not statedYes
Syntax & Salt MagazinePaidUp to 3,50090 daysNo
Tell Tale PressPaid500-5,000Not statedYes

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