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Adamant Press

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Lightspeed is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. Lightspeed was a finalist for the 2011 and 2012 Hugo Award, and stories from Lightspeed have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.
FICTION: All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We believe that the science fiction/fantasy genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

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Market Submission Schedule
  • BIPOC-only science fiction, short fiction - Mar 24, 2023 thru Mar 31, 2023 (Begins 3 days from now)
  • General science fiction, short fiction - Apr 1, 2023 thru Apr 7, 2023 (Begins 11 days from now)
  • BIPOC-only fantasy, short fiction - Apr 23, 2023 thru Apr 30, 2023 (Begins 33 days from now)
  • General fantasy, short fiction - May 1, 2023 thru May 7, 2023 (Begins 41 days from now)
  • BIPOC-only science fiction, flash fiction - May 24, 2023 thru May 31, 2023 (Begins 64 days from now)
  • General science fiction, flash fiction - Jun 1, 2023 thru Jun 7, 2023 (Begins 72 days from now)
  • BIPOC-only fantasy, flash fiction - Jun 23, 2023 thru Jun 30, 2023 (Begins 94 days from now)
  • General fantasy, flash fiction - Jul 1, 2023 thru Jul 7, 2023 (Begins 102 days from now)

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 10000 words
8 cents/word

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Multiple Submissions?: Yes
Simultaneous Submissions?: No
Translations: Original Language Only
Estimated Response: 30 days

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There are 398 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 0 | Average: 55.13 | Median: 62 | Max: 121
10.55% - avg 49 days
86.93% - avg 55 days (13.00% of rejections are personal)
Dead Letters:
Never Responded:

There are 5 pending responses. (0 min | 10 average | 3 median | 44 max days waiting)
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Listing added: 14 December 2012

Last officially checked: 8 March 2023

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