Ask the Editors Begins in January

As you may recall, we mentioned that some SFF magazine editors have initiated  a series of free, informal, online Ask-the-Editors sessions for anyone to ask questions of an SFF editor. Attendance is going to be limited to allow for folks to ask their questions. We understand the sessions will be recorded for later viewing.

There’s a rotating lineup of 3-4 editors per session, on the first Saturday of every month, with varied times to accommodate different audiences. The first session is Saturday, 7 January 2023, at 8:00 AM PST.

The signup sheet for the first session is open now. Some details and materials:

Still time for a gift subscription!

Issue #122 of On Spec has just been sent to the printer. If you get a new subscription right now, for a friend, family member, or even a gift for yourself, we will send a copy of issue #121 absolutely free, and begin the new subscription with issue #122.

Yes, that’s right– FIVE issues of On Spec for the price of four. This offer is good until the end of December.  Think about it.

Subscribe now and save!

Ask the Editors

If you are interested, a group of SFF magazine editors from the US and Canada are starting up a regular ASK THE EDITORS Zoom session in the new year. Editors from On Spec plan to participate as time goes on.

You can get more information from the following links. There will be a cap on session participants to ensure people can get their questions answered.

Submission deadline has passed

Now the work begins. Final count of submissions for 2022 is 160 poems and 602 short stories!  Our first readers are hard at work, and we’d love to give some writers a nice Christmas present. Thanks to everyone who sent us their babies to read. We have nothing but respect for you!

By the way, speaking of Christmas presents, remember that we love our subscribers too, and it is gift-giving season. If everyone who follows us finds at least one person on their gift list for an On Spec subscription, we’d be absolutely thrilled.

Congrats to our authors

We don’t often publish works in the horror genre, so it is gratifying to see when the stories we publish get noticed. Ellen Datlow, editor of the annual “Best Horror of the Year” anthology, just posted her long list of stories that deserve notice.

Two of On Spec’s authors made the grade this year!

Congratulations to :

Michael Harris Cohen “I Pay You”, On Spec #118

James Edward O’Brien “A Meriwether Jacket” On Spec #118




Just a reminder to writers looking to submit a story to On Spec. Our submission deadline is November 30.  After that we get to work  and read everything that has come in. From the look of things, that is upwards of 500 stories and about 200 poems, assigned to a handful of first readers. You can imagine that our response time will be a bit slow, but we do want to find the best work possible.

Please give us some time before you inquire about your submission.

The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic

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