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First off, my heartfelt thanks to Jesse Bunch and Mikael Conley for the creation of the main logo (©2010) for these pages. The monster (a gargoyle actually) was originally created for a different purpose, but has come represent to me—and I hope to others—the image of my virtual monster and fictional helpmate, Fil Uhyre. To me the logo represents science fiction (the planet), fantasy (the feather), and horror (the monster), the three legs of literature that Ralan.com stands on.
* This web site has Pro, Semipro, Paying, Token, Novels, Anthologies, Humor, and Dead markets. There's also writer-related links, my personal response time log (not out of date and pretty much useless), and a rundown of my own works. Ralan and Ralan.com try to keep the information as up to date and accurate as possible, but it's a fast moving business and things can change without my knowledge. Ralan and Ralan.com therefore cannot accept any responsibility for inaccurate information. All persons using this information agree to hold Ralan and Ralan.com blameless for any and all effects this might cause. If you intend to submit, you should snailmail, e-mail, or check the URL for the magazine's most current guidelines. Always include SASE for snailmail replies unless the listing indicates e-mail responses.
The best way to find the right market is to read some issues. Most of these listings will sell a sample copy, or you can subscribe (best if you can afford it — support the hand that feeds us!). Libraries may have copies of some publications. Web or e- zines will have stories on the web or available electronically. Many print magazines now have web sites with sample stories.
Besides the fiction needs I do also list the other needs of the markets at Ralan.com. On each listing I have a section that names all the material each listing accepts: example: (fic/nonfic/poem/art/comics/photo). So a page search for any of those words will spot those listings that have that particular need.
HOW TO READ THE LISTINGS AT RALAN.COM:
Here's what a typical listing (only this one's made up, so don't submit to it) will look like:
MARKET NOTE: does not accept submissions dated on the 13th of any month
TALES OF THE SPITTOON - quarterly webzine; sf/f/h (fic/nonfic/poem/art). Pay: 1¢/word ($100 max.), poem=$5. Words: <25k words (50 lines). RT: 30 days. Reprints: query. E-subs: YES. Huck A. Lugee, Editor (QS).
Okay ... now excuse me if I'm being too basic, but I didn't know how much you do and don't understand, so I'm trying to hit all the bases.
The top line is very important. A "MARKET NOTE" or "UPDATE" at Ralan.com contains vital information about the current situation at the listed market. In this case a superstitious editor who won't read anything sent or dated on the 13th of any month!
The meat of the listing is this: "Tales of the Spittoon" is published every three months (quarterly) on the web (webzine). They are looking for works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (sf/f/h). Between the parentheses it shows what kind of material they are interested in seeing, in this case fiction, nonfiction (articles, reviews, columns, etc), poetry and artwork. They pay one cent per word for stories, $5 per poem, of any length up to 25,000 (25k) words, or 50 lines of poetry. They also have a payment limit of $100 maximum, which means that if they do publish your 25,000 word story you won't get 1 cent a word ($250), you'll get $100 (or a little less than ½¢/word). Some other market listings will have a lower word limit on their range, like 2-6k (2,000 to 6,000 words). Some may say "no word limits given" meaning their range is wide open, or they may qualify it by saying "no word limits within reason" which means they are pretty much wide open, but probably won't publish your novel. In the RT (Response Time) they say they usually respond (think reject — acceptances almost always take longer) to submissions within 30 days. Remember that this is what the editor says, and editors are usually optimistic — it will probably take longer. A good rule of thumb is to add 30 days (or more) onto their stated RT before you query them about your story. You can find actual response times (how long it really takes them) to many publications on my "Market Responses" page and at http://critters.critique.org/blackholes (a part of The Critters Writers' Workshop, which you would do well to consider joining). Where it says, "Reprints: query," that means that if your story has been published before (even on your own web site!), this editor will still consider it, but only if you e-mail him a brief letter telling him about the story, and where and when it was published. Remember keep this brief — a half page (250 words) is more than enough. This line may also read "no," in which case you should never query, or submit a reprint to this editor; or it might read "yes," which means you can send the editor a reprint without querying first, BUT always, ALWAYS tell the editor that it is a reprint and where and when it has been published. The next point is, "E-subs: YES" (Note: if this is blue, click on it and more submission info will pop-up). This tells you that this publication will accept your submission by e-mail. Do not submit via e-mail if this reads no. And be sure you follow the editor's wishes about how to send the story (cut-&-pasted in the body of the e-mail, or attached as a certain type of file (.doc, .rtf, or .txt). Next to last is the name of the person you should address your submission to (Huck A. Lugee in this case) and his or her title (editor, publisher, etc.). Many of the listings the name is also an e-mail link and there may be special instructions embedded in that too — always click on that link and read those instructions. The (QS) means that the linked e-mail address can be used to send queries (Q) and/or submissions (S). If there's only a (Q), do not send submissions to that e-mail address — the editor may have another e-address for submissions (check the full guidelines for that), or might not accept e-mail submissions at all.
Listing Rules and Conditions:
Ralan and Ralan.com is not, and cannot be held, responsible for any action, or inaction, of any publisher/editor. Listings are not to be considered endorsements. Since some publishers decide not to be included in these listings for various reasons (most notably not wanting to deal with the increased level of submissions a listing on Ralan.com has proven to cause), the lack of a listing is not to be considered a slur, slander, defamation, or any other negative act. Ralan and Ralan.com reserve the right not to carry any publication that has proven itself to act contrary to any writer's (including my own) rights, or for any other reason Ralan and Ralan.com deem appropriate. All publishers and editors (in the publishers name) agree to this and to hold Ralan and Ralan.com blameless in the event a listing is removed.
In the event that a market is reported as being dead or inactive, Ralan.com will start a process of verifying the market's status by sending the editor three (3) e-mails, one per week, and waiting a week after the last one before declaring said market dead. This is an agreement is binding for every publisher or editor at the time their listing is first posted. The editor or publisher legally grants Ralan.com the right to declare their publication dead as long as this verification process is followed. Ralan.com cannot be held liable for any loss of income resulting from such a declaration. Each editor or publisher also agrees to report any change in their guidelines that affect their listing at Ralan.com, especially including changes of e-mail address(es), so they can be contacted in case of need.
Ralan and Ralan.com will not abide anything that has to do with any kind of forced sexual assault, or with sexual content dealing in or about underage persons whether forced or not. In some cases offending words or lines will be deleted from the listing. In other cases the entire listing may be deleted without notification.
Due to censoring by some ISPs and e-mail servers (who are mostly trying to stop spam pornographers) certain words may be coded or contain asterisks in place of letters. This is entirely up to the discretion of Ralan.com.
Ralan's SpecFic & Humor Webstravaganza endeavors to maintain a "PG" type rating and be open to all ages, except for the Mature Markets page, which is clearly marked as such. However, the web site is for authors and due to the variety of market listings, certain exceptions in some listings can be expected. Ralan and Ralan.com are not responsible for underage persons encountering words or phrases that may not be appropriate for them, nor for underage persons utilizing links to other web sites, which may contain content for mature persons.
The Token market page does not have New Listings or Updates. New markets are added and defunct markets are deleted without fanfare. Changes and/or temporary conditions (like being closed to submissions for a period of time) are noted in Market Notes.
About Response Times (RTs):
The times quoted in my listings are taken from the guidelines or given to me by the editors. They represent the editor's own estimation of how long a response should take, not the actual averages. Ralan and Ralan.com also have several years of my own actual response times listed on my "Response Times" page, but it has been static for a number of years now and, therefore, almost useless. There's also a response time web site run by the Critters writing workshop, Submitting to the Black Hole where you can report your own RTs (Ralan and Ralan.com highly recommend that you do!) and check out what others have reported. The point is, the RTs in the market listings represent what the editors want writers to go by. Some like to give themselves a little leeway. It's like Scotty's old trick on the original Star Trek: tell the captain it will take twice as long to repair something, then you look like a genius when you finish faster. Others underestimate, for whatever reason. My recommendation is to add at least 30 days to what is listed before sending off a query.
The information provided on all my pages is provided in good faith with the belief it is correct, but Ralan and Ralan.com accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. Each visitor assumes all risk associated with its use or misuse.
Ralan and Ralan.com get most of the leads for these listings from writers & editors (directly & from information left on web sites and bulletin boards), some from various magazines and publishing journals, more from various search engines (search: magazines, SF; etc.) & others. Ralan and Ralan.com then check the guidelines to see if they are compatible with common "writer-friendly" standards, then contact the editor or publisher to ask if they want to be listed (Pro markets may, or may not, be asked). If they agree, a standard set of questions are sent and they are asked to agree to Ralan.com's terms. Based on the answers to the questions, a listing is formulated and posted, along with a link to the online guidelines, or to a copy of the guidelines maintained at Ralan.com if the publisher does not have online guidelines. While Ralan and Ralan.com actively pursue most Pro, Semipro, Pay, and Antho, market listings — and welcome user recommendations for these by offering a Tip Thanks with a link to the tipster's web site of choice (if approved)—Token, Contests, and other token listings on the "Books," "Audio," "Flash/Poetry," "Humor," and "Mature" market pages are only added by editor/publisher request; no user recommendations are acted upon. Therefore, there are no Tip Thanks for these.
.DOC=Microsoft Word File
.DOCX=newer MS Word file
IBoE=In Body of E-mail
IRC=International Reply Coupon
POA=Pays On Acceptance
POP=Pays On Publication
reprints=previously published stories
RT=response time; sub=submission
.RTF=Rich Text File
.TXT=plain text file
s&s=sword & sorcery
CA=Canada (to avoid confusion ca=California, but rarely used as ca is part of US)
US=United States (rarely used as US is the default location)
GL4SASE=send self-addressed, stamped envelope for guidelines
SAE=self-addressed envelope (no stamp)
SASE=self-addressed, stamped envelope
SASP=self-addressed, stamped postcard
FNASR=First North American Serial Rights
FUKSR=First United Kingdom Serial Rights
Writing Links Page:
Ralan.com also has a page filled with categorized & alphabetized writer-related links. *All links were operational & 'as described' at the time Ralan.com added them and efforts are made to keep them updated and accurate. However, Ralan.com cannot in any way be held responsible for their present accuracy, ability to operate, loading time, contents, etc. Please let me know if you encounter any difficulties or disappointments. These listings (©1996-2010) may not be reprinted, posted, or otherwise circulated without permission.
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