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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic

Literary Magazine




Aurora Award-winning quarterly journal of fantastical literature from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

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  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

    From the editors

    yes, copies and a one-year subscription

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 6000 words max

Max words: 6000

Sub Genres: Speculative

We want speculative writing of all kinds, but nothing derivative. Try to avoid what you think are trends, because by the time we’d publish them, they won’t be. Keep in mind that most of these will eventually need a hard edit to reduce a thousand words of exposition.


Max lines: 100

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    No cover letter advice

  • Eligibility

    Creators from a specific location / ethnic group

  • Formatting

    We don't have formatting requirements for this magazine

  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    We need to be aware of Canadian content. We DO buy works from non-Canadians, but our mandate was always to showcase works by writers from our own country. Payment. Poems (4-100 lines): $100 CAD plus a one-year subscription and 2 contributor copies. Short-short stories (under 2000 words): $100 CAD, plus a one-year subscription and 2 contributor copies. Fiction (6000 words max.) $0.05 CAD per word plus 2 contributor’s copies plus a One year subscription.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

53 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

21 days

Fastest response time

143 days

Slowest response time

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    Diane L. Walton