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.
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
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There are 1416 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
Min: 0 | Average: 41.12 | Median: 19 | Max: 477
3.53% - avg 151 days
93.99% - avg 36 days(15.77% of rejections are personal)
There are 15 pending responses.
(45 min | 163 average | 160 median | 324 max days waiting)
Note: pending statistics may skew high if some users neglect their data. We recommend querying after the time the market suggests to query.