Duotrope and British Science Fiction Publishers

Duotrope, that excellent website that shows you what markets are available where, has taken the reluctant decision to go down the subscription route as of 1st January 2013. You can’t blame them as they have to make enough money to pay the people who run it a living wage.

You’ll still be able to see some limited information for free, but the more interesting stuff will be behind the subscription wall. They say that they expect their statistics to become more accurate as a consequence of this move.

So, if you are a writer struggling financially (as a lot of creative writing students will be), where can you find information from in one place? For science fiction, the only alternatives to scouring the websites that I know of are the ralan.com (yes, it also deals with fantasy and horror) and the SFWA websites. Information-wise they aren’t a patch on that of duotrope, but it’s much better than nothing.

It also means that the less well-known publishers may miss out on some good stories because the writer doesn’t know about them. The first to be hit will the new anthologies. They are usually one-offs. The less well-known publishers will follow as their writership (is there such a word?) changes with the course of time.

So what can be done?

I’m sure in due course, other websites will start listing those publishers they want to, not sure who, where or when.

When I get the time, I’ll add a list of British publishers here… (time is very tight because of seasonal activities and other things… more anon when I can say something).

So if you want to be sure to be added to this list, leave a comment.

The following are already ones I know about:

Jupiter, Interzone, Victor Gollancz, HarperVoyager, Angry Robot, PS Publishing, Newcon Press, Random House, Murky Depths, Solaris and Whippleshield.

And sorry no – I’m not interested in fantasy or horror. And again, sorry no, I’m not interested in anything other than British (other wise the list will get too long for me to manage).

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5 thoughts on “Duotrope and British Science Fiction Publishers

  1. It is a sad day when Duotrope is to charge for accessing their site. There is no one like them out there. Many small magazines will see their submissions dwindle.

  2. Hello Orpheusword,

    I fear you may be right, which is why I’m happy for the time being (until someone better or more comprehensive in their coverage comes along) to act as another focal point for the British magazines.

    The one thing I don’t want to lose is the great British tradition of writing and producing interesting science fiction, which goes all the way back to Thomas Moore’s Utopia and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s the small magazines that nuture the talent, so they’re the ones we need to encourage to keep going. Without them in place there would have been far fewer excellent SF writers today.

  3. Jo Fletcher Books (imprint of Quercus) publishes SF as well as fantasy and horror. They have a clutch of SF debut novels out next year – I know because mine is one of them. And interestingly (well I think it’s interesting, given the prejudices and presumptions around this topic), there are currently as many female as male SF authors on their list.

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