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About

The ON SPEC editors are looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction (SF) and poetry -- fantasy, horror, ghost stories, fairy stories, magic realism, etc. Our mandate is to give our readers the best SF we can find, regardless of the author's nationality, and we have published authors from Canada, the U.S., Britain, New Zealand, South America, and more. In order to qualify for grants, we do have to maintain 80% Canadian content.

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Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Submission Periods

F Temporarily closed to fiction submissions. 
P Open to poetry submissions. 
V Open to visual art submissions. 

Genres

F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Supernatural.
H HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Supernatural.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.

Classifications

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Blank verse, Free verse, Prose poetry.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.
Visual Art Media:Open to all/most Art Media.
Visual Art Styles:Open to all/most Art Styles.

Types & Lengths

Poem Poemno line limits known; unknown number of pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words; unknown number of pieces
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 6,000 words; unknown number of pieces
Artwork Artwork 

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year

Payscale

We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionS to P Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem)
V Visual ArtP Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece)

Submission Types

Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.
  ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousFormats Accepted
F Fiction OK No No OKText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No OKText format submissions
V Visual Art OK No No UnknownImage format submissions

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Before Submitting

We cannot guarantee that the information on this page is correct. It is not unusual for publications to evolve or close without notice. We do our best to keep up, but it isn't always possible. Just remember…

  • Always read the full guidelines provided by the publisher.
  • Try to read at least one previous publication to get a better idea of what the editor would like to see.
  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
  • For novel/collection publishers, it is standard to submit a cover letter, synopsis, and sample instead of the full manuscript. Do this unless otherwise instructed.
  • Include a SASE with all mailed submissions, queries, and requests for guidelines, unless the editor replies via or email or guidelines state otherwise.
  • Be professional, patient and persistent.

Dates

Date Added:
25 Jul 2005
Last Updated:
20 Mar 2017