S is for Strange

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: Strange Horizons. Here’s what they look for:

“We want good speculative fiction. If your story doesn't have a clear fantasy or science fiction element, or at least strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it's probably not for us. We'd like to help make the field of speculative fiction more inclusive, more welcoming to both authors and readers from traditionally underrepresented groups, so we're interested in seeing stories from diverse perspectives and backgrounds. We want stories that have some literary depth but aren't boring; styles that are unusual yet readable; structures that balance inventiveness with traditional narrative. We like characters we can care about. We like settings and cultures that we don't see all the time in speculative fiction, as long as they're well-researched and not exoticized. We like stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways. However, we don't like heavy-handed or preachy or simplistic approaches.”

Pro: a pro-paying market (7 cents per word), online submission form; a list of stories they see too often

Con: form letter rejections; so UNhelpful

So far, I've submitted seven of my stories to Strange Horizons, and I received a personal rejection letter for only one of them, telling me they didn’t like the “horror-type ending”—but none of my other submissions caught their attention. I won’t, however, be giving up on them anytime soon.

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