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All Worlds Wayfarer



Description
We love stories that take us on tours through the fantastic—whether in other dimensions or in the hidden spaces of our own world. We're looking to highlight an often unseen side of speculative fiction: we want to encounter characters so vivid that our souls slip into their bodies, themes that challenge and move us, and language that makes us swoon. Immersive world building and twisting plots are awesome aspects of our genres, but we're looking for stories where these factors are shaped around the characters and themes, instead of the other way around. So often speculative stories are seen as escapist romps or slow, encyclopedic affairs—while there’s nothing wrong with these styles, we know the possibilities are infinite!

Rekindle the wonder and horror we all experienced as children. Make our eyes stretch wide as we read. Make our pulses pound faster. Raise our spirits. Break our hearts. Haunt us. Make us look at our own world just a little differently after we reach "the end."

Help our readers escape reality and experience it more deeply all at once in the way that only stories—especially speculative stories—can.

What We're Seeking
Show us your best work in any of the speculative genres or their sub-genres:

Fantasy
Science Fiction
Horror
Magical Realism
Slipstream
Paranormal, Surrealism, Weird Fiction, or anything else with speculative elements.
As long as your story emphasizes characters, themes, or craft, it may be a fit for us.

We're especially fond of: High fantasy without traditional genre races or creatures; fantasy or science fiction that crosses over with horror; unusual takes on common sub-genres (such as post-apocalyptic); rare sub-genres (such as biopunk, solarpunk, or Gothic fantasy); themes exploring identity, purpose, or existence; stories centering platonic relationships; diverse and LGBTQIA+ characters; #OwnVoices; genre-blending stories. What we crave most, however, is sincerity, meaning, and intensity.


Market Genres, Styles & Subjects
Genres
Fantasy
Horror
Science Fiction
Young Adult

Market Types, Lengths & Pay Scale
Flash
100 to 1000 words
1 cent/word

Short Story
1000 to 5000 words
Less than 1 cent/word


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

Market Response Data
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numbers will be so please be sure to log all of your submissions here and not just your rejections or acceptances.


Accuracy:
There are 15 completed reports in the past 12 months.
Averages and Boundaries:
2 min | 7.00 mean avg | 6 median | 23 max days
Responded:
100.00%
Accepted:
-
Rejected:
100.00% - avg 7 days (0.00% of rejections are personal)
Rewrites:
-
Dead Letters:
-
Lost/Returned:
-
Never Responded:
-
Withdrawn:
-
Pending:
1 pending responses (25 min | 25 mean avg | 25 median | 25 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.


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