To Writers and Artists
We Want to See Your Work
We are looking for science fiction and fantasy stories of up to 17,500 words. Please query the editor for longer works.
"Science fiction" includes hard science fiction, science fiction adventure, alternate history, near-future, far-future, psi, alien, and any other kind of science fiction you can think of.
"Fantasy" includes heroic fantasy (based on any culture's mythology), fairy tales, contemporary
fantasy, and "horror" in the sense of supernatural suspense (not gory blood-fests, thanks).
Within these genres, we like to see well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters.
We also look for clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are more
likely to be our literary exemplars than James Joyce.
We pay 6 cents a word.
With this payment we buy exclusive rights in any language or any medium throughout the world
for one year from date of first publication in the magazine, and nonexclusive electronic and/or
online rights in any language in perpetuity. We also buy nonexclusive print and audio rights
throughout the world and in all languages for inclusion in multi-author anthologies based on the
magazine, for which you will receive a pro rata share of the authors' share of advances and
royalties, to be reported and paid when reports and payments are received by us from the
publisher (or, if we are the publisher, every six months after one year after publication, if there
are any earnings to report).
In plain language, that means that for one year you can't sell the story anywhere else or allow it to
be published or duplicated. After that, we can leave the magazine online forever, and you can go
ahead and sell the story to anthologies and collections in print and online. We can sell or publish
anthologies of stories that appear in IGMS for print or audio publication in any language on a
nonexclusive basis, but you receive your share of royalties.
If you wish to offer us a story that has appeared in print, but so obscurely that you think we might
still be interested, tell us the circumstances of prior publication along with your submission.
Submissions are all via the internet, using our submission form. Please make sure your
submission has your contact information, especially your email address, directly on the
story. Failure to do so may significantly delay our ability to respond to you. Due to the large
volume of submissions please wait at least three months from the time of submission before
expecting a response. We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit one story at a
time, then wait to hear back from us before submitting again.
Please note: IGMS does not publish explicit sex or violence. We are a little quirky about
language as well: obscenity is fine in moderation, but profanity is not. (In short: We will not
publish the f-word, and if your story invokes divinity, we ask that it actually be invoking
In the past, we've used the PG-13 standard as a model for content restriction, and it is still a
useful comparison. Our aim is to have stories that people of all walks of life and ranges of
experience can enjoy (and maybe even feel a little uncomfortable about enjoying) and that they
can discuss. This means promoting stories that can be argued about at the coffee shop AND at
the dinner table.
You can get an idea of what kind of content we're looking for by perusing our free stories, here.
All illustrations and artwork in IGMS are by assignment. If you wish to be considered for art assignments, we would like to be shown samples of your work.
After filling out our submission form , you will be asked either to send us a .zip file containing .jpg files showing your work in black and white or color, or provide us with a link to your website, where we can see free and easily accessible samples of your art at a size that lets us see details of your technique.
Our standard rates are $400 for the one color illustration in each issue (the "cover") and $200 for black and white illustrations. (We will consider higher rates for established professionals.) We do not make assignments on an open-ended hourly basis.
We buy exclusive rights in all media for one year, then nonexclusive online/electronic rights in perpetuity for all editions of the magazine. We also retain the option on nonexclusive print rights in all markets for inclusion in anthologies of stories and/or art from the magazine, for which you will be paid a pro rata share of artists' share of all royalties and advances, to be accounted and paid when we receive payment from publishers (or, if we are the publisher, every six months after one year after publication, when there are any earnings to report.)