December 12, 2017, 08:19:41 AM

Author Topic: Free Fiction Magazines  (Read 2833 times)

Online CameronJohnston

Free Fiction Magazines
« on: June 03, 2015, 11:16:25 AM »
Hello folks,

Thought it would be worth posting a list of online magazines/sites that publish decent fantasy/scifi/horror stories that you might enjoy. Free fiction! It's so good that so many great stories are available for free :D

That said, if you enjoy the free fiction on offer perhaps some of you might find magazines you really enjoy (enough to take out some subscriptions or offer donations). Even if you can't afford to pay, authors and magazines would be very happy indeed if you choose to tweet/blog/post/review about the stories or magazines you enjoy.

This is far from a complete list, and if you find any others offering quality free fiction then let me know and I will add them on.

Abyss and Apex - http://www.abyssapexzine.com/
Apex - http://www.apex-magazine.com/
Beneath Ceaseless Skies - http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/
Betwixt - http://betwixtmagazine.com/
Buzzymag - http://buzzymag.com
Clarkesworld - http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/
Crossed Genres - http://crossedgenres.com/
Crowded Magazine - http://www.crowdedmagazine.com/
Daily Science Fiction - http://dailysciencefiction.com/
Fantastic Stories of the Imagination - http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/
Fantasy - http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/
Fantasy Scroll - http://fantasyscrollmag.com/
Heroic Fantasy Quarterly - http://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/
Holdfast - http://www.holdfastmagazine.com/
Ideomancer - http://www.ideomancer.com/
Lightspeed - http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/
Nightmare - http://www.nightmare-magazine.com/
Pseudopod (horror fiction podcasts) - http://pseudopod.org/
Shimmer - http://www.shimmerzine.com/
Strange Horizons - http://www.strangehorizons.com/
Stupefying Stories Showcase - http://stupefyingstoriesshowcase.com/
Swords and Sorcery Magazine - http://www.swordsandsorcerymagazine.com/
The Colored Lens - http://thecoloredlens.com/
The Dark - http://thedarkmagazine.com/
The Lovecraft eZine - http://lovecraftzine.com
Tor - http://www.tor.com
Three-Lobed Burning Eye - http://www.3lobedmag.com/
Uncanny - http://uncannymagazine.com/
« Last Edit: June 04, 2015, 09:57:04 AM by CameronJohnston »
The Traitor God, published by Angry Robot June 2018

http://www.cameronjohnston.net/

Offline SJBudd

  • Writing Contest Regular
  • Writing Group
  • Godling
  • **
  • Posts: 262
  • Total likes: 65
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
    • SJBUDD
Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2015, 11:22:24 AM »
Cheers! There's a few I haven't heard of  :)

Offline Nora

  • Dropped in from another planet avec son sourire provocateur - et Hades and Writing Contest Regular
  • Writing Group
  • Dragonrider
  • ***
  • Posts: 4159
  • Total likes: 3304
  • Gender: Female
  • The Explorer
    • View Profile
Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2015, 04:15:48 PM »
Cheers. It's pretty similar to the list in the submission threads, as most of these magazines are open to subs, but it's a good reminder. Let it be said too then, that most of these will gladly read your own stories and eventually publish you if they like what you send to them!  :D
"She will need coffee soon, or molecular degeneration will set in. Her French phrasing will take over even more strongly, and soon she will dissolve into a puddle of alienation and Kierkegaardian despair."  ~ Jmack

Wishy washy lyricism and maudlin unrequited love are my specialty - so said Lady_Ty

Offline Saraband

  • Haggis eater, fantasy scribbler and a Writing Contest Regular
  • Writing Group
  • Master Namer
  • ******
  • Posts: 2136
  • Total likes: 880
  • Gender: Male
  • Geeky Reading (and Writing) Introvert
    • View Profile
Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2015, 04:19:00 PM »
This thread deserves to be a Sticky! Thanks for compiling that list for the rest of us, @CameronJohnston  ;)
"Poor gauzy souls trying to express ourselves in something tangible." - F. S. Fitzgerald

"Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands for ever I love." - Robert Burns

Online CameronJohnston

Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2015, 04:21:18 PM »
Cheers. It's pretty similar to the list in the submission threads, as most of these magazines are open to subs, but it's a good reminder. Let it be said too then, that most of these will gladly read your own stories and eventually publish you if they like what you send to them!  :D

Yeah, it is pretty similar but quite a few magazines don't offer free fiction at all, or only a few samples. Also, many readers probably won't look at the Open for Submissions sub-board of Writer's Corner so I reckon it's worth it's own post to highlight the quality and availability of free short fiction out there.
The Traitor God, published by Angry Robot June 2018

http://www.cameronjohnston.net/

Offline Nora

  • Dropped in from another planet avec son sourire provocateur - et Hades and Writing Contest Regular
  • Writing Group
  • Dragonrider
  • ***
  • Posts: 4159
  • Total likes: 3304
  • Gender: Female
  • The Explorer
    • View Profile
Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2015, 04:34:55 PM »
I agree, that's why it'd be best as a sticky post too, like Saraband suggests, because it'll get lost otherwise.
"She will need coffee soon, or molecular degeneration will set in. Her French phrasing will take over even more strongly, and soon she will dissolve into a puddle of alienation and Kierkegaardian despair."  ~ Jmack

Wishy washy lyricism and maudlin unrequited love are my specialty - so said Lady_Ty

Offline Idlewilder

Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2015, 08:34:41 AM »
Agreed, this would be a good sticky post. @xiagan could you oblige?  :D
Make Another World.

Offline xiagan

  • Writing Contest Organizer
  • Powers That Be
  • Elderling
  • *
  • Posts: 5256
  • Total likes: 2119
  • Gender: Male
  • Master Procrastinator
    • View Profile
    • Fictional Times
Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2015, 09:07:35 AM »
Agreed, this would be a good sticky post. @xiagan could you oblige?  :D
Of course. 8)
"Sire, I had no need of that hypothesis." (Laplace)

Offline treadmikeway

Re: Free Fiction Magazines
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2016, 09:06:10 PM »
This is a great sticky thread. Thanks for posting it!