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    Fantasy & Science Fiction Mag.

    Just curious to know if anyone here has been published in this magazine. I basically wanted to know if they felt it was a real challenge and how hard they had to work at it.

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    I have not, nor have I ever submitted anything to them. A couple of years ago I read their guidelines and as I recall they were very interested in good, "original concept" science fiction. I believe the quote was something like, "We get lots of fantasy, but never enough quality science fiction . . . " (something like that anyway).

    If you've got a good story, especially if it's SF, it might be a good place to submit it.

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    For a new writer breaking in, it is a fairly big challenge. They're one of the top print magazines in the industry.

    You can read John Joseph Adams blog. He's the assistant editor/slush reader for them. He's posted quite a few tales from the slush over the years.
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    I've submitted to them before. I was turned down, but based on the rejection letter I got I felt that they gave my story a fair read in spite of the fact that I'd never been published before, and that their reasons for rejecting it were very sound.

    I know they are pretty hungry for sci-fi, as most of what they get is fantasy and they want to present a wider selection for their readers.

    It's a great magazine, highly esteemed.

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    Well, I believe that my story is a pretty original idea. The concept of it may not be, but the presentation and actual series of events I have never seen anything like before. So, being that it's sci-fi, if I polish it enough hopefully they'll give it a go.

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    I submitted to them in mid May and I'm still waiting to hear back. Like everyone has said - this is the top tier of sci-fi/fantasy mags. Response time is lightning fast (typically under 2 weeks), so either they're still considering my story, or my submission (or SASE) got lost in the mail. Given that I am unpublished, it's probably the latter! Good luck with your sub!

    Of course it could also be that JJA is on vacation, etc...
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    I think it took six weeks for me to hear back from this magazine. That's certainly a lot faster than many others that consider sci-fi and fantasy. IGMS took a full fifteen weeks to get back to me with a form rejection. Yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libbie View Post
    I think it took six weeks for me to hear back from this magazine. That's certainly a lot faster than many others that consider sci-fi and fantasy. IGMS took a full fifteen weeks to get back to me with a form rejection. Yikes.

    They may have been seriously considering your story. I swear that I and others have gotten most rejections from them in less than two weeks.
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    Other than F&SF and IGMS, what are some other sci-fi magazines that you guys think are worth submitting to?

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    I would check out www.duotrope.com - they have a great listing of all mag's, not just sci-fi. The ones I always submit to are Strange Horizons, Shimmer, Atomjack (not yet but I will), Futurismic, Jim Baen's Universe, Clarkesworld, and there are probably more. I haven't submitted yet to Asimov's or Analog yet, but intend to. Difinitely check out Duotrope.
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    Thanks for the info. I'll definitely give it a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libbie View Post
    I've submitted to them before. I was turned down, but based on the rejection letter I got I felt that they gave my story a fair read in spite of the fact that I'd never been published before, and that their reasons for rejecting it were very sound.
    I had the same experience. (And, remarkably, I got my rejection in ten days.)

    They were my favorite sf magazine when I was growing up; I'd love to be published by them.

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