Payment: 6 cents a word.
We are looking for stories of any length in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.
“Science fiction” includes hard sf, sf adventure, alternate history, near-future, far-future, psi, alien, and any other kind of sf you can think of.
“Fantasy” includes heroic fantasy (based on any culture’s mythology), fairy tales, contemporary fantasy, and “horror” in the sense of supernatural suspense (not gory bloodfests, thanks).
Within these genres, we like to see well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. We also look for clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are more likely to be our literary exemplars than James Joyce.
We pay 6 cents a word.
With this payment we buy exclusive rights in any language or any medium throughout the world for one year from date of first publication in the magazine, and nonexclusive electronic and/or online rights in any language in perpetuity. We also buy nonexclusive print and audio rights throughout the world and in all languages for inclusion in multi-author anthologies based on the magazine, for which you will receive a pro rata share of the authors’ share of advances and royalties, to be reported and paid when reports and payments are received by us from the publisher (or, if we are the publisher, every six months after one year after publication, if there are any earnings to report).
In plain language, that means that for one year you can’t sell the story anywhere else or allow it to be published or duplicated. After that, we can leave the magazine online forever, and you can go ahead and sell the story to anthologies and collections in print and online. We can sell or publish anthologies of stories that appear in IGMS for print or audio publication in any language on a nonexclusive basis, but you receive your share of royalties.
If you wish to offer us a story that has appeared in print, but so obscurely that you think we might still be interested, tell us the circumstances of prior publication along with your submission.
If your story appears in IGMS it will count toward the publication requirement for membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Submissions are all via the internet, using our submission form. Please make sure your submission has your contact information, especially your email address, directly on the story. Failure to do so may significantly delay our ability to respond to you. Due to the large volume of submissions please wait at least three months from the time of submission before expecting a response. We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit one story at a time, then wait to hear back from us before submitting again.
Please note: IGMS is a PG-13 magazine and website. That means that while stories can deal with intense and adult themes, we will not accept stories with explicit or detailed sex of the sort that would earn a movie rating more restrictive than PG-13; nor will there be language of the sort that earns an R rating.
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