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.
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Country of Publication & Year Established
United States||Established in 2009
|Open to a broad Audience, including: All nationalities, All ethnic groups/populations, All genders, All religions, All sexual identities.
Publication Medium & Frequency
|Electronic Publication ||Electronic Publication||Published 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.
|Fantasy Fantasy||Open to all/most Subgenres, including: Fabulism, Heroic Fantasy, Magic Realism, Science Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Urban Fantasy.|
|Science Fiction Science Fiction||Open to all/most Subgenres, including: Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, Contemporary/Near Future, Cyberpunk, Dystopian, Hard Science Fiction, Soft Science Fiction, Space Opera.|
- Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.
- Open to all/most Topics, including: Folklore/Mythology, Other (May vary).
|Short Story Short Story||1,500 - 7,500 words.|
|Novelette Novelette||7,500 - 10,000 words.|
- We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
|Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).|
| OK|| No|| OK|| No||Text format submissions |
- Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our . glossary
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