When we are open to new works, please follow the submission guidelines: http://www.onspec.ca/submissions/email
Before you inquire about the manuscript you sent us, please read the following.
So what happens next?
How long does it take?
That depends on the next step. If your story makes the first cut, it will be placed in a folder where all the editors have an oportunity to read and comment on it. After a suitable length of time (we all have day jobs, so we're doing this work in our spare time), we get together for an event we affectionately call "Fight Night". Stories are discussed in depth and final decisions are made. We try to get this done within 4 months of receipt, although circumstances often alter these plans.
If we reject your story at this time, but tell you we'd be happy to give it another look after you do a rewrite, we are quite serious about this. We do want to see it again!
If, on the other hand, we offer to buy the rights to publish your story, here's what you can expect:
We look forward to receiving new manuscripts when the next reading period begins. Keep checking the website and our Twitter feed or Facebook page for announcements.
PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING TO ON SPEC!!!
You can submit fiction, poetry or artwork to On Spec for our careful consideration providing you follow our submission guidelines. Please NO unsolicited non-fiction.
We do not buy work that has appeared in print or on the Internet.
On Spec now will accept EITHER a mailed submission or an emailed submission for SHORT STORIES ONLY. Poetry remains accepted ONLY by mail. For submitting artwork, please send a link to your website or mail us examples (including a CD or USB key).
Here's a story by author Tom L. Waters about his experience trying to find International Reply Coupons (IRC). This is an experience we've heard from many writers.
Note: An alternative to IRCs is to include $1 US, which covers return postage for US and interntional subsmissions, and is less expensive than an IRC. For responses to writers, we can ONLY use Canadian stamps (NOT US or other).
The best way to contact us regarding order requests, subscriptions, change of address, advertising opportunities, and general inquiries is to email us.
The ON SPEC editors are looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction (SF) and poetry -- fantasy, horror, ghost stories, fairy stories, magic realism, etc. Our mandate is to give our readers the best SF we can find, regardless of the author's nationality, and we have published authors from Canada, the U.S., Britain, New Zealand, South America, and more. In order to qualify for grants, we do have to maintain 80% Canadian content, which means it may take longer (an issue or two) for a non-Canadian work to appear in the magazine than a Canadian work bought at the same time. Send your short stories (max. 6000 words), short short stories (under 1000 words) or poetry (max. 100 lines) to the address above. Please note: we no longer require submissions in competition format.
Non-fiction is commissioned only. We are not looking for nonfiction articles, reviews, etc. at this time.
ON SPEC buys first North American serial (magazine) rights to your work. We pay upon acceptance. Minimum payment for fiction is $50 and maximum payment is $200.
Pay rates are as follows and in Canadian dollars:
Extra copies may be purchased at the following Contributor Rates, regardless if the issues is current or a back issue at the time of the order:
Sample copies (current issue) are now $8, including postage and tax (U.S. and overseas: US $10.) Please make checks or money orders payable to ON SPEC or include your Visa information (card number, expiry date, and name as it appears on your credit card.)