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Asimov's Science Fiction 509

About

In general, we're looking for "character oriented" stories, those in which the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader's interest. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will constitute the majority of our purchases, but there's always room for the humorous as well. Borderline fantasy is fine, but no Sword & Sorcery, please. Neither are we interested in explicit sex or violence. A good overview would be to consider that all fiction is written to examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but that in science fiction the backdrop you work against is the size of the Universe.

Asimov's Science FictionUnited States
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Genres

FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, excluding Sword & Sorcery.
Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Cross-Genre, Hard Science Fiction, Slipstream, Soft Science Fiction.

Classifications

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream, Surrealist.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

PoemUp to 40 lines.
Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Novella15,000 - 20,000 words.

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 12 x per year.

Payscale

We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) per piece.
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) 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 OK No NoText format submissions
P Poetry OK OK No NoText format submissions

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Dates

Date Added:
25 Jul 2005
Last Updated:
25 Jan 2017