Magazines and Editors Who Want More Diversity in Their Slushpiles

As I continue posting lists of POC short fiction, you may start to notice a trend in the markets you see attached to the stories. The same ones come up more than once while others never appear at all. Sometimes that’s due to the editor/s, but often it’s also due to writers not sending their stories to particular markets.

As a writer I can be a bit picky about which markets I’ll submit to and which I won’t. I have a list in my head of places I feel aren’t worth my time or postage because the editor doesn’t seem interested in fiction with a POC perspective at all. But markets change, editors change (or move on, allowing for new editors), and sometimes editors actually want to publish more POC but just aren’t getting a lot of submissions from them.

Last year I make a list of magazines I knew wanted more diversity and asked editors to let me know if they wanted their markets added to the list. Here it is again (minus those markets that no longer exist):


  • Delia Sherman

Editors, if you want your market or name added to the list, say so in comments.

Hopefully this list will be useful to readers as well. It’s not always easy to know which magazines are more likely to have stories written by POC or even including POC characters. This is a good place to start.

7 Replies to “Magazines and Editors Who Want More Diversity in Their Slushpiles”

  1. My friend and I just recently discovered your website as she was doing research for her paper on multiculturalism in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Thanks so much for existing and for providing this list of potential markets.

  2. Brain Harvest ( is POC and queer friendly, too. I’m one of the editors (and was the 2008 Octavia Butler scholar–thx, CBS–at Clarion West).

  3. I just found your blog through Twitter – thank you so much for sparking interesting discussion and addressing the whitewashing of spec-fic. You’ve inspired a blog post of my own. Thank you!

  4. I produce Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction ( I updated our guidelines after reading comments on the William Sanders controversy: “We are always interested in stories with point-of-view characters from ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations different to our own. Admittedly, most of what we publish features bespectacled white men in trouble, but that’s not because we don’t want to publish anything else.”

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