P is for Pedestal

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 SFWA-qualifying market: The Pedestal Magazine. Here’s what they prefer:

“Generally, we are receptive to high-quality literary and genre fiction of all sorts, including traditional and experimental works. Please read the fiction in our current and archived issues to get a sense of what we publish; this said, we are always looking for the original piece, the piece that defies categorization and egregiously asserts its uniqueness. There is no need to query prior to submitting fiction; also, please do not send fiction directly to the fiction editor's email, as emailed submissions will not be read. As noted above, please submit work via the submission form.”

Pro: a pro-paying market (5 cents per word), online submission form

Con: form letter rejections – so UNhelpful

So far, I've submitted six of my stories to The Pedestal, but I’ve hooked the attention of their slush readers only once. I shan't be giving up anytime soon, though. Cool thing: their themed issues for slipstream and bizarro fiction last year inspired me to write stories outside of my genre-box, and I’ve managed to have those Pedstal-rejected tales published by other markets.

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