If you want to submit to On Spec, keep watching here for updates. We are looking at new ways to manage the large number of submissions we get, especially during the window when we accept short fiction. Rest assured we are still on the lookout for new content.
Story Submissions are Closed!
Thank-you to everyone who submitted a story to us during this submission period. The editors will be busy; we received over 700 stories to read through. If your story is accepted or rejected you will receive notice from us, so please do not contact us asking the status of your submission. Thanks for your consideration.
– The Editors
- The first reader assigned to each manuscript will determine its literary merit and overall suitability for On Spec, and either flag it for the other editors, or send an immediate response to the author.
- After all the stories have been read once and culled, the remaining stories will be read by all the On Spec editors, and ultimately discussed in a face-to-face meeting, where selections are made. This takes some time, as we all volunteer our skills and hours for On Spec, but have other careers, families and lives to attend to. However, the editors aim to respond during the first quarter of the new year.
- You will receive either a rejection letter or an offer of a publication contract in due course. You can track progress and status of your manuscript through your Submittable log-in.
- Keep in mind that when we receive as many as 500 submissions, the most we tend to buy would be a dozen or so. While we do try to offer a bit of constructive criticism, sometimes there isn’t enough time in the day for the editors to do this. Have a look at this article by editor Barb Galler-Smith, and perhaps it might give you an understanding of what we, and other magazines, are trying to achieve.
Poetry Submissions are Closed!
EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2019, due to an overwhelming volume of submissions, On Spec will be closed to Poetry Submissions until further notice. If you have already sent us something and wish to inquire about its status, use the Contact Us box on the web site. Watch this space for updates.
Art Submissions are Closed!
EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 3, 2019 On Spec will be closed to Art Submissions until further notice. If you have already sent us something and wish to inquire about its status, use the Contact Us box on the web site. Watch this space for updates.
ON SPEC buys first North American serial (magazine) rights to your work. We pay upon acceptance.
Pay rates are as follows and in Canadian dollars:
- Poems (4-100 lines): $50 plus one contributor’s copy
- Short-short stories (under 1000 words): $50, plus one contributor’s copy
Fiction (6000 words max.)
- 1000-2999 words: $125 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription
- 3000-4999 words: $175 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription
- 5000-6000 words: $200 plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription
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:
- In Canada: $4.00 Cdn each, plus postage (includes GST
- IN USA: $4.00 US each, plus postage
- Overseas: $4.00 US each, plus postage