C is for Clarkesworld

For the month of April, all of my "A to Z" posts are directly related to my writing: the markets where I submit my work, in particular.

Here's another one of the Big Guns in the Fantasy and Sci-Fi community, Clarkesworld Magazine. What do they look for?

"Science fiction need not be "hard" SF, but rigor is appreciated. Fantasy can be folkloric, medieval, contemporary, surreal, etc. Horror can be supernatural or psychological, so long as it is frightening. There are no barriers as to levels of profanity, gore, or sexuality allowed, but high amounts of profanity, gore, and sexuality are generally used poorly. Be sure to use them well if you do use them."

Pro:  a pro-paying market (10 cents per word!) with an online submission form; response time is usually 7 days or less; they've posted a list on their site of "hard sells" to avoid when submitting

Con:  form-letter rejections, but I understand they'd be swamped otherwise

So far, I've submitted seven of my stories to Clarkesworld over the past year and a half, and while they have yet to accept any of my work (or anybody else's that I know), I refuse to quit them. "Never give up, never surrender!" (Galaxy Quest)

Thanks for visiting; enjoy the next "C" stop on your A to Z tour!