Lightspeed 451

About

LIGHTSPEED is a science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. LIGHTSPEED is a 2014 Hugo Award Winner (and a four-time Hugo finalist), and stories from LIGHTSPEED have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.

Lightspeed
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Audience

Country of Publication

Open to a broad Audience, including: All nationalities, All ethnic groups/populations, All genders, All religions, All sexual identities. United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and we encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. We believe that the science fiction/fantasy genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
F FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Heroic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Science Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Urban Fantasy.
S Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary/Near Future, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Space Opera.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Folklore/Mythology, Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Short Story1,500 - 7,500 words.
Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
P Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK NoText format submissions
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Visual Art Temp Closed

Art Media:
Open to all/most Art Media.
Art Styles:
Open to all/most Art Styles, including: Fantastical, Science fiction art.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Folklore/Mythology, Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
? Unknown payment.
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No Unknown UnknownImage format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated:
20 Nov 2017
Date Added:
20 Nov 2009