To Writers and Artists
We Want to See Your Work
We are looking for stories of any length in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.
"Science fiction" includes hard sf, sf adventure, alternate history, near-future, far-future, psi, alien, and any other kind of sf you can think of.
"Fantasy" includes heroic fantasy (based on any culture's mythology), fairy tales, contemporary fantasy, and "horror" in the sense of supernatural suspense (not gory bloodfests, thanks).
Within these genres, we like to see well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. We also look for clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are more likely to be our literary exemplars than James Joyce.
We pay 6 cents a word.
With this payment we buy exclusive rights in any language or any medium throughout the world for one year from date of first publication in the magazine, and nonexclusive electronic and/or online rights in any language in perpetuity. We also buy nonexclusive print and audio rights throughout the world and in all languages for inclusion in multi-author anthologies based on the magazine, for which you will receive a pro rata share of the authors' share of advances and royalties, to be reported and paid when reports and payments are received by us from the publisher (or, if we are the publisher, every six months after one year after publication, if there are any earnings to report).
In plain language, that means that for one year you can't sell the story anywhere else or allow it to be published or duplicated. After that, we can leave the magazine online forever, and you can go ahead and sell the story to anthologies and collections in print and online. We can sell or publish anthologies of stories that appear in IGMS for print or audio publication in any language on a nonexclusive basis, but you receive your share of royalties.
If you wish to offer us a story that has appeared in print, but so obscurely that you think we might still be interested, tell us the circumstances of prior publication along with your submission.
If your story appears in IGMS it will count toward the publication requirement for membership in the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Submissions are all via the internet, using our submission form. Please make sure your submission has your contact information, especially your email address, directly on the story. Failure to do so may significantly delay our ability to respond to you. Due to the large volume of submissions please wait at least three months from the time of submission before expecting a response. We do not accept multiple submissions. Please submit one story at a time, then wait to hear back from us before submitting again.
Please note: IGMS is a PG-13 magazine and website. That means that while stories can deal with intense and adult themes, we will not accept stories with explicit or detailed sex of the sort that would earn a movie rating more restrictive than PG-13; nor will there be language of the sort that earns an R rating.
All illustrations and artwork in IGMS are by assignment. If you wish to be considered for art assignments, we would like to be shown samples of your work.
After filling out our submission form , you will be asked either to send us a .zip file containing .jpg files showing your work in black and white or color, or provide us with a link to your website, where we can see free and easily accessible samples of your art at a size that lets us see details of your technique.
Our standard rates are $400 for the one color illustration in each issue (the "cover") and $200 for black and white illustrations. (We will consider higher rates for established professionals.) We do not make assignments on an open-ended hourly basis.
We buy exclusive rights in all media for one year, then nonexclusive online/electronic rights in perpetuity for all editions of the magazine. We also retain the option on nonexclusive print rights in all markets for inclusion in anthologies of stories and/or art from the magazine, for which you will be paid a pro rata share of artists' share of all royalties and advances, to be accounted and paid when we receive payment from publishers (or, if we are the publisher, every six months after one year after publication, when there are any earnings to report.)