Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Short Story Markets Are Shrinking

This is not a new phenomenon, but for authors of short stories the market for their work seems to be forever shrinking. This past November, we saw the demise of one of the higher-end publications for speculative fiction, Realms of Fantasy magazine, and now there is news that Zahir, A Journal of Speculative Fiction, is no longer publishing new issues (although their website will remain indefinitely).

When I was shopping one of my short stories, Mava’s Echo, there weren’t that many markets to pursue. Fortunately, Mava’s Echo found a home at MindFlights, which continues to publish good short stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres.

This is a great pub for speculative fiction!
Decades ago, short stories helped define the speculative fiction genre. Just think of all the well-known films inspired by the short stories and novellas of Philip K. Dick: Total Recall, Minority Report, and The Adjustment Bureau, to name a few. It would be a shame for this type of fiction to fade away because the markets for short stories are disappearing.

So, if you have a favorite magazine or online journal that publishes short stories, please give them your support! And if you have one you particularly love, let me know and I’ll post a link to it on this blog.

You can't overstate how influenential short stories have been to speculative fiction.

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