200 Fantasy Magazines and Journals Seeking Submissions

Getting short stories published in the likes of fantasy magazines and fantasy journals can not only help build an impressive writing resume, but it can do wonders for your confidence.

I can still vividly recall reading my first ever acceptance email from a fantasy journal. 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 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).

You may also be looking for fantasy magazines that pay, and ones that offer more than some token form of compensation. 

Lastly, some online 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 some sci-fi magazines down there too, with many both science fiction and fantasy magazines.

I’ve also included a small section on fantasy writing magazines beneath the table. And I’ve got a section on dark fantasy publishers too and fantasy literary magazines too.

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

Is It Worth Submitting To A Fantasy Journal?

You may think that writing short stories is a distraction, that if your focus is on becoming a novelist that it’s all a waste of time.

Well, I disagree with that position. Getting your short stories published in a fantasy journal or two can bring many benefits. Firstly, confidence. You’re getting external acknowledgement that your writing is good, that people want to read it.

Second, you build your writing resume. When it comes to landing the bigger whales in the publishing ocean, it can help to have a few publication credits to your name. It’s evidence that other editors and magazines have enjoyed your writing.

Third, you get to sharpen your writing skills. If you just write novels, you may miss out on the crucial skills that other forms of fiction can teach you. For example, writing short stories teaches you the need to use every word—you don’t have the luxury to waste them.

As a writer myself, getting my work published by a fantasy journal has helped me massively, and it may help you too.

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Useful Resources For Fantasy Magazine Submissions

I’ve put together a few useful guides and writing tools 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.

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. The pro-rate is eight cents per word.

Semi-pro: Generally, all fantasy magazines that pay a semi-pro rate are reputable and pay a very good rate.

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

(Updated July 2021)

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
PodCastlePaid6,000TBC upon receipt of submission / up to 90 daysYes
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 Quarterly – defunctSemi pro1,5005 to 8 weeksYes
Selene Quarterly – defunctSemi 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
Aliterate – defunctPro8,00028 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 Magazine – defunctPaid2,00015 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 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
The Common Tongue$0.03/word600-6,000Not statedNo
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
OmbakPro4000Months’Yes
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
96th of OctoberUnpaid1,000-10,000‘Startling rapidity’Yes
Analogies and Allegories Literary MagazineUnpaidUp to 3,0001 monthYes
Baffling Magazine$0.08/wordUp to 1,200Up to 90 daysYes
Boneyard Soup Magazine$0.05/wordUp to 6,000Up to 6 weeksYes
Welkin Magazine$0.01/wordUp to 1,500Not statedYes
Of Metal and Magic PublishingTokenUp to 7,500A few weeksYes
Constelación Magazine$0.08 per wordUp to 6,400Not statedNo
Improbable Press$0.05 per wordUp to 5,000Not statedNot stated
The Dark SireNon-paymentUp to 5,000Up to 6 monthsYes
Danse MacabreNot statedUp to 2,50010 weeksYes
Death Throes MagazineToken payment of $20Up to 5,000Not statedYes
     
Flash Fiction    
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
     
Fantasy Novella Publishers 15,000 – 45,000 words unless stated otherwise  
Asimov’s Science Fiction$0.08 per word 5 weeksNo
Bewildering StoriesNone Not statedNo
Black Bed Sheet BooksNot stated 6 months maxNot stated
Bold Strokes BooksNot stated 16 weeksNot stated
Deep Magic$200 capUp to 40,00010-12 weeksNo
Distant Shore Publishing$2,500Between 20,000 and 70,000Not statedNot stated
Finch BooksRoyalties Not statedNot stated
Gypsy Shadow PublishingRoyalties Up to 3 monthsNo
Ink Smith PublishingNot stated30,000 to 50,000Not statedNot stated
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF)$0.08 – $0.12 per wordUp to 25,0008 weeksNo
Night PicnicNot stated Not statedYes

Thank you for checking out this list of fantasy magazines and fantasy journals. I sincerely hope you’ve found it useful.

Other Tips On Getting Stories Published By Online Fantasy Magazines and Fantasy Journals

Here are some more top tips on getting your fantasy stories published in journals and magazines:

  • Always read the submission guidelines! This one has already been mentioned but it’s worth repeating. Each publisher has its own preferences. Some may ask you to use a specific font. Others may have a specific preference over line spacing. Regardless of what it is, you should adhere to it.
  • Research – spend time reading some of the stories published by the fantasy magazine or journal before you submit. Are there any similarities to your stories or style? If so, you may have a good chance here. Reading is subjective, and if a magazine editor and its readers prefer a certain kind of story, it makes sense to focus on those. Also, if you’re after some form of money, make sure you focus on fantasy magazines that pay.
  • Be patient – expect long delays in between your submissions and hearing a response. As you can see in the list of online fantasy magazines above, some publishers take a while to respond. Patience, therefore, is key!
  • Never give up – rejection will become the norm. You just need to get into the habit of brushing yourself down and sending out fresh submissions to other fantasy magazines right away.
  • Be organised. It can help to have a spreadsheet with details of all of your submissions. Note down the submission date, name of the publisher and their email address in case you lose it. If it states on the presses’ website that they’ll get back to you within a certain amount of time, note down that anticipated date too. You know then when best to send a follow up email. 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines

In the table above I’ve obviously included a good few fantasy magazines and journals, but there are also a lot of Science Fiction magazines in there too. So here, I wanted to highlight some of my favourites that I think you might enjoy.

Analog Science Fiction

Winner of over 75 literary awards, Analog was launched all the way back in 1930 initially as Astounding Stories of Science Fiction.

Some of the defining features of this magazine is its scientific accuracy, coupled with impeccable and far-reaching imaginations, with stories often possessing strong literary flare. Analog also publishes non-fiction articles on current research in science.

Discover more about Analog Science Fiction here.

Asimov’s Science Fiction

Founded by Isaac Asimov, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine is a publisher of quality science fiction. In recent years, their stories have been nominated for more Hugo awards than any other.

It’s regarded as an innovative magazine, and one of the most readable in the sci-fi genre. And it’s a publisher that gives opportunities to newer writers too. Learn more about Asimov’s here.

Dark Fantasy Publishers

Dark fantasy is a thriving sub-genre at the moment. It’s one that I’ve gravitated toward myself. And it’s why I’ve put together this short section on dark fantasy publishers, to help you narrow your focus.

Some online fantasy magazines worth checking out for dark fantasy stories include:

  • Hellbound Books – publishers of long fantasy fiction and horror too.
  • Dark Regions Press – an award-winning dark fantasy publisher. Keep an eye on their competitions. The prizes can be upwards of $2,000
  • Crystal Lake Publishing – I love their website; very sleek and cool. Keep an eye on their calls for submissions.
  • Blood Bound Books – have a browse of their calls for submissions page. They page a decent rate (1 cent per word) and have all different kinds of anthologies throughout the year).
  • Unlit Press – UK based, they publish novellas and novels as well as short stories

These are but a smattering of the dark fantasy publishers out there. A quick Google search will bring you dozens more.

Fantasy Literary Magazines

Now you may query the difference between fantasy journals and fantasy literary magazines. And that’s totally fair—I did the same.

The distinguishing feature lies in the style of the stories published.

A literary approach to writing fiction is one that experiments with form and structure, perhaps lacking punctuation for example. It’s also one in which the prose tends to lean toward the florid scale as opposed to clear and easy to follow.

Here are a few examples of fantasy literary magazines:

  • Clarkesworld – one of the heavyweights of the fantasy short fiction genre, Clarkesworld consistently publishes high-quality fiction, sometimes taking a literary style.
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies – one of my favourite fantasy literary magazines. They publish brilliant fiction. Check out their ‘best of’ anthologies. You’ll find plenty of great stories.
  • The Dark – another dark fantasy publisher but one that promotes a literary style.

Just like with dark fantasy publishers, have a search on Google for literary magazines and you’ll find a bunch.

Fantasy Writing Magazines

Now there aren’t many fantasy writing magazines that are dedicated to the craft of writing stories, which is quite funny if you think about it because fantasy writing is so popular.

There are, however, some platforms that you can submit to and below I’ve highlighted a few examples.

  • British Fantasy Society Journal – they have a monthly imprint that runs alongside their short story anthology that’s dedicated to essays and non-fiction pieces.

You can, of course, get in touch with online fantasy magazines. Many publishers also publish non-fiction. Tor is one great example, and they’re a big player in the publishing industry.

You can also submit guest posts to my website. I do pay a fee for the best quality pieces submitted.

Fantasy Journals FAQ

What is a fantasy magazine?

A publication that specialises in fantasy fiction. Publication of such magazines may be monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, every 6 months or yearly. Some online fantasy magazines may focus on specific sub-genres like dark fantasy or epic fantasy.

How much do fantasy magazines pay?

Payment for submitted pieces of fiction varies from magazine to magazine. Some offer no payment at all. Others offer a token payment, that is a free copy of the magazine, for example. There may be some payment offered, like $10-$20 or so, and from there you have semi-pro rates which offer between 3 and 5 cents per word. Publishers that pay 5 cents or more per word are considered professional.

How long do short story submissions take?

Depending on the size of the publisher and the review process they have, this can range from anywhere from a few days to over 6 months. Most publishers aim to respond within 1-2 months.

Do fantasy journals pay?

Yes, many fantasy magazines offer a payment of some kind. That could be a professional rate of eight cents per word, or it could be a token payment, which may just include receiving a free copy of the book. It’s always important to do your research and check the pay rates offered by each fantasy journal.

Is it worth submitting short stories?

Yes. Successfully submitting short stories to publishers is a great way to build your author resume, grow your name and reputation, and develop greater confidence in your abilities.

Thanks for checking out this list of online fantasy magazines!

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