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. Today, our focus is the UK Sci-Fi magazine, Interzone. Their writers' guidelines keep it simple:
"We are always open to submissions of new science fiction and fantasy short stories of up to about 10,000 words in length. It is strongly recommended that you study the magazine before submitting. Being familiar with what we publish will obviously greatly improve your chances of acceptance."
Pro: a paying market (3 cents/pence per word -- UK)
Con: snail-mail submissions only -- Bah!
I haven’t submitted anything to them yet, but I've read a few Interzone stories selected for inclusion in The Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies, and I've been impressed. Do I have what it takes to submit? Maybe if I can drag myself away from my computer to print out my story, stick it in an envelope, find some stamps around here somewhere, and drive over to the post office. Honestly, it's a pain, but there sure is something "official" about mailing a submission; I feel like a "real" writer every time.
Thanks for visiting; enjoy the next "I" stop on your A to Z tour!