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, we take a look at another giant in the F & SF community: Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.
"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."
Pro: a pro-paying market (6 cents per word), online submission form
Con: form letter rejections -- so UNhelpful
So far, I've submitted six of my stories to IGMS, but I have yet to hook the attention of their slush readers. I shan't be giving up anytime soon, though. The Ender Saga is one of my all-time favorites, and I hope to have one of my tales in Mr. Card's mag long before I'm dead and buried.
Thanks for visiting; enjoy the next "O" stop on your A to Z tour!