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Strange Horizons 705


FICTION: We want good speculative fiction. If your story doesn't have a clear fantasy or science fiction element, or at least strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it's probably not for us. We'd like to help make the field of speculative fiction more inclusive, more welcoming to both authors and readers from traditionally underrepresented groups, so we're interested in seeing stories from diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We want stories that have some literary depth but aren't boring; styles that are unusual yet readable; structures that balance inventiveness with traditional narrative. We like characters we can care about. We like settings and cultures that we don't see all the time in speculative fiction.
NONFICTION: Our goal is to publish a regular rotation of non-fiction articles, including: interviews with authors of speculative fiction; articles on aspects of science (such as astronomy, ballistics, artificial intelligence) or technology (historical or futuristic) that would be of interest to readers and writers of speculative fiction; criticism of books, movies, games and any other media relating to speculative fiction; and articles on history and culture that relate to speculative fiction. Strange Horizons publishes in-depth reviews of speculative art and entertainment, especially books, films, and television, three times a week. Reviews normally cover new works, although we do occasional features on older works, and will not reject a review because its subject has been available for a while. We're especially interested in reviews of worthy material that might not otherwise get the exposure it deserves; similarly we are interested in reviews of works that push traditional genre boundaries.
POETRY: We're looking for high-quality SF, fantasy, horror, and slipstream poetry. We're looking for modern, exciting poems that explore the possible and impossible: stories about human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, past and future, the here-and-now and otherwhere-and-elsewhen. We want poems from imaginative and unconventional writers; we want voices from diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We want poems that understand "literary" does not have to equal "boring"; poems that know how to write strange without being senseless; poems that balance inventiveness with traditional structures. We like mischievous poems, pensive poems, and everything in between. We don't see nearly enough true science fiction or formal poetry. However, poems must substantiate their forms; a rhymed weak concept is still a weak concept. Sonnet plus spaceship is not enough.

Strange HorizonsUnited States
Important: For fiction, submit early in the week. They close fiction submissions when they reach their weekly cap and re-open on Mondays.


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


Audience:Open to a broad Audience, including: All ethnic groups/populations, All sexual identities.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms. Excluding: Rhyming.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Critical, Dark, Humorous, Literary, Surrealist.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics, including: Astronomy/Astrophysics, Film/Television, Literature/Books, Science, Technology.

Types & Lengths

Interview Interview2,000 - 5,000 words
Review Review1,000 - 2,000 words
Article Article2,000 - 5,000 words
Poem Poemno line limits known; up to 6 pieces
Flash Fiction Flash Fictionup to 1,000 words
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words

Media & Publication Frequency

A Audio PublicationPublished 52 x per year
E Electronic PublicationPublished 52 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionP Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)
N NonfictionS Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word)
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem)

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 NoText format submissions
N Nonfiction OK No No NoText format submissions
P Poetry OK No No NoText format submissions

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Before Submitting

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  • 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.
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  • Be professional, patient and persistent.


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