Submission Guidelines

F&SF is open to submissions.
F&SF : Fiction Open

This is the electronic submissions form for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction has no formula for fiction, but we like to be surprised by stories, either by the character insights, ideas, plots, or prose. The speculative element may be slight, but it should be present. We prefer character-oriented stories, whether it's fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, or another genre. F&SF encourages submissions from diverse voices and perspectives, and has published writers from all over the world.

We strongly prefer to read stories submitted in standard manuscript format, something that looks more-or-less like the example described here http://www.sfwa.org/2008/11/manuscript-preparation/. In short, that means we prefer double-spaced, one inch margins, and a serif typeface like Courier or Times New Roman. Please include your contact information on the manuscript. We consider story lengths from flash up to 25,000 words. We do not consider simultaneous or multiple submissions. We are primarily a market for original fiction, which means we are not currently interested in seeing unsolicited reprints. .doc, .docx, and .rtf are all acceptable electronic formats. 

When you submit, you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number and link to let you see your story's progress in the submission queue. Our current median response time is about 4 days, but we take longer on stories that make our second read queue. There is currently no waiting period to submit a new story to the queue. Please wait 90 days before querying about the status of your story. 

F&SF pays on acceptance. Our rates are 8-12 cents per word. We buy first North American and foreign serial rights, and an option on anthology rights. All other rights are retained by the author. It usually takes 8-12 months to publish a story after we buy it. 

It may be helpful to read an issue of the magazine before submitting in order to get a sense of the range of our tastes and interests. A sample copy is available for $7.00 in the US and $15.00 elsewhere, at this link: https://www.sfsite.com/fsf/glines.htm