January 2020 Submission Challenge update

27 Oct


Next year in January I am going to be submitting at least 1 story every day for the entire month.

If you’d like to join me in this attempt, the markets are listed below. Obviously you’ll need at least 31 pieces of SF (flash & short stories) written & ready to sub. If you are a Science Fiction writer who really wants to start subbing stories or already are, why not take the challenge?

UPDATE:- You may have noticed I removed Tell-Tale Press from both lists. Andrea has advised me she’ll be closing Dec 31st ’19 until May 31st ’20.

I’ve removed Anotherealm from both lists. While they are open all year round to subs, their only reading period is Oct-Nov & I have no wish to make people wait so long to hear back from a sub made in January, hence their removal.

I won’t be doing any further alterations to the list after Dec 15th ’19.


01 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm
02 – Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
03 – Daily Science Fiction https://dailysciencefiction.com/submit
04 – Sirius Science Fiction https://siriussciencefiction.blogspot.com/
05 – 87 Bedford https://87bedford.com/submission/
06 – Strange Constellations http://www.strangeconstellations.com/?page_id=8
07 – AGNI https://agnionline.bu.edu/submit
08 – Visions https://www.readvisions.com/submission-guidelines
09 – The Overcast http://theovercast.libsyn.com/submissions-guidelines
10 – Trouble Among The Stars https://troubleamongthestars.com/submit/ (close Jan 12th ’20)
11 – Constellary Tales http://constellary.com/story-submissions/
12 – Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html (before Jan 15th
13 – Strange Horizons (after 4pm BST) OR Every Day Fiction http://strangehorizons.com/submit/fiction-submission-guidelines/
14 – Strange Horizons (before 4pm BST) OR Every Day Fiction https://everydayfiction.com/submit-story/
15 – Strange Fictions http://strangefictionszine.com/submissions/
16 – NewMyths https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/submissions/sub-2
17 – Chrome Baby http://robindunn.com/chrome-submit.html
18 – Flash Fiction Online http://flashfictiononline.com/main/submission-guidelines-flash-fiction/
19 – Metaphorosis Magazine https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/
20 – Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
21 – Space & Time https://www.spaceandtimemagazine.net/submissions.html
22 – Asimovs https://www.asimovs.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
23 – Beneath Ceaseless Skies http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/submissions/
24 – Interzone http://ttapress.com/interzone/guidelines/
25 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
26 – Analog https://www.analogsf.com/contact-us/writers-guidelines/
27 – The Weird And Whatnot https://www.theweirdandwhatnot.com/submit
28 – Liquid Imagination http://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submissions/
29 – Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
30 – Augur http://www.augurmag.com/submissions/
31 – Timeworn Literary Journal https://www.timewornlit.com/submit

Be aware, once F&SF or Interzone send rejections, you can resub there right away. Clarkesworld have a 7 day cool-off period after rejections but those are all markets you can sub to more than once during the month.

SPARES:- Kyanite Press https://kyanitepublishing.com/kyanitepress/kpress-submissions/ dystopian & post-apocalyptic SF theme (closes Jan 30th 2020)
Kanstellation Magazine https://www.kanstellation.com/submissions.html The Dark Side of Science (close Jan 15th ’20)

This year I am also offering horror writers the chance to take part. I’ve sourced 24 different markets, as below. I’ve checked them all, they either take horror or speculative fiction covering the horror genre. The same rules as above apply here, you can sub to Black Static as soon as you get rejection, likewise F&SF.

Unless I’ve stated to get in quickly or put an early deadline, most of these markets can be passed over or moved down to the bottom of the list in favour of a market with a fast turnaround like Black Static or F&SF. I’ve spoken to Charlie Finlay, editor of F&SF and he’s fine taking horror stories.


01 – Dark Moon Digest https://darkmoondigest.submittable.com/submit (close after 300 subs, get in quickly!)
02 – Coppice and Brake (dark speculative fiction), deadline Jan 6th ’20.
03 – The Fiends In The Furrows II https://www.nosetouchpress.com/call/ closes Jan 7th ’20
04 – Black Static http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/
05 – Clarkesworld http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
06 – The Dark Magazine http://thedarkmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
07 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm (will take horror!)
08 – No Sleep Podcast https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/submissions (short & regular fiction ONLY)
09 – HYPNOS MAGAZINE Radium Town Press Guidelines – http://radiumtownpress.com/guidelines.html
10 – Black Static http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/
11 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm (will take horror!)
12 – The Weird And Whatnot https://www.theweirdandwhatnot.com/submit
13 – Metaphorosis – https://magazine.metaphorosis.com/guidelines/
14 – Electric Spec https://www.electricspec.com/Submissions.html (before Jan 15th
15 – Bards & Sages Quarterly https://www.bardsandsages.com/contact_us/fiction_submission_guidelines
16 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm (will take horror!)
17 – Black Static http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/guidelines/
18 – The Overcast http://theovercast.libsyn.com/submissions-guidelines
19 – Three-Lobed Burning Eye Guidelines – https://www.3lobedmag.com/submissions.html
20 – Three Crows Magazine http://threecrowsmagazine.com/submissions/
21 – Stories We Tell After Midnight (horror), deadline June 1, 2020.
22 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm (will take horror!)
23 – Mithila Review https://mithilareview.com/submission-guidelines/
24 – Every Day Fiction https://everydayfiction.com/submit-story/
25 – Liquid Imagination http://liquidimagination.silverpen.org/submissions/
26 – Not One Of Us https://not-one-of-us.pub/about/guidelines/
27 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm (will take horror!)
28 – NewMyths https://sites.google.com/a/newmyths.com/nmwebsite/submissions/sub-2
29 – 34 Orchard https://34orchard.com/guidelines/
30 – Hungur http://www.whitecatpublications.com/guidelines/hungur/
31 – F&SF https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm (will take horror!)

This link is a huge post of horror markets compiled in 2018. Some of them may no longer exist. If you use this, be sure to check the market is still open & is actually paying! Thanks to Erica Verrillo for making this list.

It’s your job to read the guidelines & work out what kind of story to send each market. I’ve given you the links. Make sure stories are proofed & audioproofed. If you don’t want to sub every day, you don’t have to. If there’s a market you don’t want to sub to, then don’t. I’m not forcing you to do anything here, it’s just an opportunity to get your work in front of people who might buy it.

This is the 2nd time I’ll be running the challenge, I can already report we generated sales in the previous one. People don’t submit for many reasons. I’ve removed a lot of those reasons by giving you paying markets checked as open during the challenge.

The rest is up to you, take the chance.

5 Responses to “January 2020 Submission Challenge update”

  1. Iseult Murphy December 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

    Thanks for the markets, Ray. I’m looking forward to January. I sold 2 stories in the September challenge. Let’s see if I can better it next month1


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