The Overcast

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We are interested in speculative fiction, whatever that means to you, be it Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternate History, Steampunk, Magical Realism, or an as-yet-unnamed genre. Anything that looks at the world from an unexpected angle, we want to see it. We want the lyrical vision of William Gibson. The magic and beauty of Erin Morgenstern. The uncompromising voice of Margaret Atwood. The technical brilliance of Ted Chiang. We want to read stories that infuse us with extraordinary feelings, transport us to places we’ve never imagined, and fill our lives with characters that we love and loathe. We want to still be thinking about a story days after reading it. Be original. Be amazing.

DO NOT SUBMIT! This market is temporarily closed.

Market Submission Schedule
  • Submission Window - Jan 1, 2019 thru Jan 31, 2019 (Begins 13 days from now)
  • Submission Window - Apr 1, 2019 thru Apr 30, 2019 (Begins 103 days from now)
  • Submission Window - Oct 1, 2019 thru Oct 31, 2019 (Begins 286 days from now)

Market Genres, Styles & Subjects
Science Fiction

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
Short Story
1000 to 5000 words
1 cent/word

Market Submission Types
Electronic Submissions?: Yes
Postal Submissions?: No
Reprints?: Yes
Multiple Submissions?: No
Simultaneous Submissions?: No

Market Response Data
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There are 74 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
3 min | 26.89 mean avg | 21 median | 66 max days
16.21% - avg 51 days
82.43% - avg 22 days (8.19% of rejections are personal)
Dead Letters:
Never Responded:
2 pending responses (513 min | 519 mean avg | 519 median | 526 max days waiting)
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