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Departure Mirror - Fiction (Go to Poetry)

Departure Mirror is a quarterly of speculative fiction, that is to say fiction where some aspect of reality is altered in a way that casts light on our reality. That can be science fiction, fantasy, alt-history, magical realism, or slipstream. We’re targeting a mainstream audience. While craft matters, if a story requires readers to have an English degree for surface-level understanding or a deep knowledge of the genre’s canon to appreciate it, it’s probably not a good fit here.

We particularly like stories that show developed characters doing the right thing. We do not shy away from “issue” stories, but we’re not fond of anything overtly didactic. We’re most excited by stories that tap into the current cultural zeitgeist.

Market Submission Schedule
  • Submission Window - Apr 1, 2021 thru Apr 30, 2021 (Ends 17 days from now)

Market Genres
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
0 to 1000 words
10 cents/word

Short Story
1000 to 3000 words
10 cents/word

Short Story
3000 to 4000 words
7 cents/word

Short Story
4000 to 5000 words
6 cents/word

Short Story
5000 to 6000 words
5 cents/word

Short Story
6000 to 7500 words
4 cents/word

7500 to 10000 words
3 cents/word

10000 to 12000 words
2 cents/word

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Reprints?: No
Multiple Submissions?: Yes
Simultaneous Submissions?: Yes
Estimated Response: 90 days

Market Response Data
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There are 564 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 0 | Average: 14.88 | Median: 13 | Max: 82
1.95% - avg 32 days
96.45% - avg 14 days (19.66% of rejections are personal)
Dead Letters:
Never Responded:

114 pending responses (0 min | 10 average | 9 median | 166 max days waiting)
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Listing added: 20 September 2020

Last officially checked: 19 March 2021

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