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Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF) 686

About

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, founded in 1949, is the award-winning SF magazine which is the original publisher of SF classics like Stephen King's Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz.
FICTION: We have no formula for fiction. We are looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories. We receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor.

Fantasy & Science Fiction (F&SF)United States
Important: Postal submissions may still be sent when electronic submissions are closed.
Want more insight into the editors' preferences? Read our interview with the editor(s).

Genres

F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Slipstream, Urban Fantasy.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Hard Science Fiction, Slipstream, Soft Science Fiction.

Classifications

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words
Novella Novella15,000 - 25,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 6 x per year
P Print PublicationPublished 6 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)

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

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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:
05 Mar 2017