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):
- Fantasy Magazine
- Sybil’s Garage
- Electric Velocipede
- Clarkesworld Magazine
- Strange Horizons
- Southern Fried Weirdness
- Dog Versus Sandwich
- Weird Tales
- Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD) Magazine
- Brain Harvest
- Three-lobed Burning Eye
- 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.