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On Spec The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic

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The ON SPEC editors are looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction (SF) and poetry -- fantasy, horror, ghost stories, fairy stories, magic realism, etc. Our mandate is to give our readers the best SF we can find, regardless of the author's nationality, and we have published authors from Canada, the U.S., Britain, New Zealand, South America, and more. In order to qualify for grants, we do have to maintain 80% Canadian content.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

Canada Established in 1989

Publication Medium & Frequency

Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Supernatural.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Supernatural.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 6,000 words; Unknown number of pieces.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Electronic submissions.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Temp Closed

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Supernatural.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Magic Realism, Supernatural.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Poem Poem4 - 100 lines; Unknown number of pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Blank verse, Free verse, Prose poetry.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Electronic submissions.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Temp Closed

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork Artwork
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.

Submissions:

Method: Electronic submissions.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Media: Image.


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On Spec 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.
AccuracyWe have received 53 reports from 49 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported3 min | 90.2 mean avg | 96.0 median | 269 max days (55.8 std dev)
Responses96.23 %
Acceptances13.21 % of submissions accepted (136.4 avg. days per acceptance) | 12.24 % 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.
Rejections83.02 % (85.8 avg. days per rejection) | 68.2 % personal, 25.0 % form, 6.8 % unspecified | 1.9 % rewrite requests | 3.8 % shortlisted
Non-Responses3.77 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals3.77 % (24.5 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending1 response is pending (162 days waiting). This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 14 May 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 15 Dec 2023.

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Dates

Last Updated: 25 Jan 2024
Last Audited: 23 Jan 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 25 Jul 2005

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