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Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) - Fiction (Poetry)

Note: F&SF has been the subject of significant discussion lately that you might want to be aware of when submitting, including discussion of publishing timelines and contracts, and publisher behavior. Here's an explainer.

Note: wait 21 days between submissions.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction has no formula for fiction, but we like to be surprised by stories, either by the engaging voice, the character insights, ideas, plots, or prose. The speculative element may be slight, but it should be present and readily discernible by readers, ideally in the opening first or second page. We prefer character-oriented stories with strong voices and good pacing, whether it's fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, or other speculative fiction works not easily classified in a single genre.

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Market Genres
Science Fiction

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

Short Story
1000 to 7500 words
8 cents/word

7500 to 17500 words
8 cents/word

17500 to 25000 words
8 cents/word

Market Submission Types
AI Submissions?: Not Allowed
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: Yes
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No
Translations: Original Language and Translations
Estimated Response: 90 days

Market-Provided Data

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Market Response Data
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There are 425 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 0 | Average: 72.85 | Median: 67 | Max: 366
5.17% - avg 169 days
92.70% - avg 67 days (19.79% of rejections are personal)
Dead Letters:
Never Responded:

There are 6 pending responses. (221 min | 404 average | 352 median | 609 max days waiting)
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Listing added: 14 December 2012

Last officially checked: 29 August 2023

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