Asimov's Science Fiction

Publisher: Dell Magazines

Established: 1977

Frequency: Monthly

Accepts Email Submissions: No

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Description: Asimov's Science Fiction contains modern science fiction, science fact and fantasy stories. It concerns the new, the old, the future and beyond. Asimov's also includes book reviews, cartoons, and editorials.

Editor(s): Sheila Williams, Editor

Needs: In general, we’re looking for “character oriented” stories, those in which the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will constitute the majority of our purchases, but there’s always room for the humorous as well. Borderline fantasy is fine, but no Sword & Sorcery, please. Neither are we interested in explicit sex or violence. A good overview would be to consider that all fiction is written to examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but that in science fiction the backdrop you work against is the size of the Universe.

Payment: Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. We pay on acceptance, and beginners get 6.0 cents a word to 7,500 words, 5.0 cents a word for stories longer than 12,500 words, and $450 for stories between those lengths. We seldom buy stories longer than 20,000 words, and we don’t serialize novels. We pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. We buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in our contract. We do not publish reprints, and we do not accept “simultaneous submissions,” (stories sent at the same time to a publication other than Asimov’s). Asimov’s will consider material submitted by any writer, previously published or not. We’ve bought some of our best stories from people who have never sold a story before.

How to Submit: Asimov's now uses an online submissions system that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. They do not accept email submissions.

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Address: 475 Park Ave. South, 11th Floor New York NY 10016 USA

This listing was last reviewed and/or updated on 2010-05-03