Speculative City

Speculative City embraces the motivations of speculative fiction and integrates them into a focus of setting: the city. Cities instinctively draw marginalized individuals aspiring to create communities. Speculative City endeavors to elevate the voices of these communities through literary works that explore the potentials of their lived experience through the frame of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism.

Speculative City first found inspiration in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel We. We features a city enshrouded by a glass wall, a city that is monitored and controlled. Rather than acting as a veil to contain and limit, Speculative City looks to magnify exchanges, particularly of the unheard and invisible, in dense cityscapes. In this magnification, the magazine invites introspection, questioning, and confrontation of prevailing ideas and beliefs.

We call for those curious and laboring to envision altered realities.

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Market Genres, Styles & Subjects
Science Fiction

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

Short Story
1000 to 7500 words
Less than 1 cent/word

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

Market Response Data
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There are 18 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
3 min | 69.17 mean avg | 65 median | 136 max days
16.66% - avg 27 days
77.77% - avg 78 days (0.00% of rejections are personal)
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Never Responded:
7 pending responses (6 min | 27 mean avg | 22 median | 59 max days waiting)
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