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Clarkesworld Magazine

A project of Wyrm Publishing (see other related projects).

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Clarkesworld is a science fiction and fantasy magazine that has been regularly publishing since October 2006. Monthly issues typically include six-to-eight works of original fiction and a variety of non-fiction, such as interviews, articles, and editorials. The magazine is published online and in a variety of subscribable ebook and print editions. Their fiction is also available in audio podcast editions and collected in annual anthologies. Clarkesworld has been recognized with a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, and a British Fantasy Award. Works published have been finalists for, or won, the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, BSFA, Sturgeon, Locus, Shirley Jackson, Ditmar, Aurora, Aurealis, WSFA Small Press, and Stoker Awards.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2006

Publication Media & Frequency

Audio Publication Audio PublicationPublished 12 x per year.
Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 12 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 12 x per year.

Fiction Open

Science fiction need not be "hard" SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, contemporary, surreal, etc.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Contemporary, Slipstream, Supernatural.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Contemporary/Near Future, Hard Science Fiction, Slipstream, Soft Science Fiction.
Lengths:
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Novella Novella15,000 - 22,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary, Surrealist.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $0.12/word.

Submissions:

Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Open

Clarkesworld Magazine is looking for articles of interest to readers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We are looking for a wide range of types of article including, but not limited to: discussions of the genre publishing business, essays on the writing process and the reading experience, scientific material that might be of use in SF stories, and so on.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Article ArticleUp to 2,500 words.
Essay EssayUp to 2,500 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.

Topics:

Literature/Books (Writing, See guidelines), Science (General, See guidelines).

Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $0.10/word up to 2500 words.

Submissions:

Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Open

Genre art doesn't have to look genre. It can, but we strongly suggest that you take a look at the cover art from prior issues.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork ArtworkUnknown number of pieces.
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media, including: Illustration.

Art Styles:

Fantastical, Science fiction art.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) (Provides free copy/copies) Professional payment. Provides free copy/copies. Details: USD $400.

Submissions:

Method: Online form.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Media: Image.


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Clarkesworld Magazine Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
This project ranks among the 25 Fastest Fiction Publishers in our database.
This project ranks among the 25 Most Challenging Fiction Publishers in our database.
AccuracyWe have received 570 reports from 355 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported0 min | 3.8 mean avg | 2.0 median | 74 max days (7.3 std dev)
Responses99.82 %
Acceptances0.35 % of submissions accepted (50.5 avg. days per acceptance) | 0.56 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections99.47 % (3.6 avg. days per rejection) | 2.7 % personal, 81.3 % form, 16.1 % unspecified | 0.2 % shortlisted
Non-Responses0.18 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals0.18 % (0.0 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending4 responses are pending (1 min | 15.8 mean avg | 14.0 median | 34 max days waiting | 16.8 std dev) from 4 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 2 days. (42.3 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 2 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 14 days have passed.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 22 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 21 Jul 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 30 May 2024
Last Audited: 19 Feb 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 22 Aug 2006

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