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Offline Eli_Freysson

Online Magazines
« on: August 22, 2017, 08:46:56 AM »
I think most of my talent lies in longer stories, but but I did write a 3800 word sci-fi adventure story last year, and now I've written a brief fantasy character piece. I submitted the sci-fi one to a contest, and now the results are finally in and I didn't even make the long list. Kind of a bummer, but okay.

Some extra money and publicity sure would be nice, and so I'm going to try to submit to online magazines. I started with Clarkesworld, but both stories got rejected.

Is anyone here more experienced in all this than me? Any recommendations? A lot of these magazines list their response times as weeks or even months.
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Offline CameronJohnston

Re: Online Magazines
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 04:33:50 PM »
Unfortunately those response times are entitely typical. It is not a quick game this. I usually have a few shorts out and about so it doesn't feel quite so long between responses.

I use http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/ and www.ralan.com to look at what markets are open.
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Offline Eli_Freysson

Re: Online Magazines
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 06:56:34 PM »
Unfortunately those response times are entitely typical. It is not a quick game this. I usually have a few shorts out and about so it does feel quite so long between responses.

I use http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/ and www.ralan.com to look at what markets are open.

Thanks for chiming in @CameronJohnston.

Since I don't subscribe to any of these magazines I can't see exactly what kind of material they're publishing. Would you say that's something I should be trying to look into, and keep in mind while picking one to submit to?
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Offline JRTroughton

Re: Online Magazines
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 12:01:15 AM »
Plenty of the best magazines make their material available for free.

Check out Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Shimmer as well paying and well respected starting points. The first two regularly publish award winning stories. :)

Offline CameronJohnston

Re: Online Magazines
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 08:06:39 AM »
In a world of endless free time and resources you should really be reading all the magazines and sites to see what kind of thing they publish. But in reality I would just read some of stories published for free and take a punt and submit blind (unless you find a paid magazine or podcast you love and subscribe) to the rest that publish the genre your piece fits into. All you will lose is time waiting for a response (while you work on something new).
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Offline S. K. Inkslinger

Re: Online Magazines
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 04:32:02 AM »
@Eli_Freysson I would recommend Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) and Diabolical Plots for fast response time (which is usually only around 5-10 days). Metaphorosis also had a quick response time, it's only semi-pro, though.