Foreign Short Fiction Markets

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This week I'm taking a look at some overseas (non-US) markets for short
fiction. Writing for these magazines can be a great way to resell previously
published stories for which you've retained rights or for selling new fiction.
Pay close attention to each magazine's guidelines. Some will accept email
submissions, but some require you to mail the manuscript to them, in which case
you'll need to purchase International Reply Coupons (IRCs) at your post
office and include them with your submission to pay for the return postage.

Park Publications

In the UK, produces several short fiction magazines that welcome submissions from freelancers. One is Countryside Tales, issued quarterly. It publishes humour, romance, supernatural, crime, etc. as long as it has a rural/countryside theme or setting. Up to 2000 words. See the guidelines.

The Edge

Please see Comment from Anonymous.

Horror, science fiction, fantasy, crime fiction, slipstream and erotica. Stories should be over 2000 words. Editor is Dave Clark. See Guidelines.


Magazine of science fiction and fantasy that has been published in the UK since 1984. Editor Andy Cox is interested in short stories of up to 8000 words. Detailed guidelines.

My Weekly

Popular women's magazine in the UK. The primary readership is women over the age of 45. They've been around a long time and publish a lot of short fiction. They publish romance, crime fiction, fantasy and other fiction either 1300 words or 2000 words. They also like "Twist in the Tale" stories with surprise endings. The editor is Sally Hampton. You can learn more or email: myweekly at dcthomson dot co dot uk or write: My Weekly, D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL.

D.C. Thompson and Co also publishes The People's Friend, aimed at women over 60, with short stories and longer serials. Stories are 1000 to 4000 words and nostalgia is always popular. Guidelines are here or contact the magazine for more detailed guidelines: The People's Friend, DC Thomson and Co. Ltd, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee DD4 8SL.


Short stories of 1000-1500 words. The editors particularly like romance and family stories. The audience is women over 50. They have great guidelines.

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