Are you someone who enjoys science fiction stories? But more than that, are you someone who enjoys writing science fiction stories? If you are, then you should know that Analog, a prestigious science fiction magazine, is willing to pay you up to $2,000 for your science fiction story. Interested? Then read on and find out if you have what it takes to become the next Isaac Asimov, or Arthur Clarke, or Ursula Le Guin.
What is Analog?
Analog Science Fiction and Fact is an American science fiction magazine that features ‘award-winning authors, compelling fiction stories, intriguing science fact articles, editorials, news, reviews’. First published in 1930, Analog calls itself ‘the most enduring and popular science fiction magazine in history’. The magazine offers ‘imaginative fiction reflecting the highest standards of scientific accuracy, as well as lively fact articles about current research on the frontiers of real science. A guiding principle for both fiction and provocative opinion columns is the exploration of the impact of science and technology on the human condition’.
Originally published as Astounding Stories of Science Fiction, Analog prides itself as ‘the unparalleled literary magazine in the genre, and rewards readers with realistic stories that reflect both the highest standards of scientific accuracy and the far reaches of the imagination, as well as lively articles about current research on the cutting edge of science’. Since its launch, Analog has won won scores of Hugo Awards – for stories, for Best Editor, and for Best Magazine – as well as nearly two dozen Nebula Awards.
What is Analog looking for?
Analog is open to submissions for science fiction stories.
Apparently, the magazine has no hard-and-fast editorial guidelines, because ‘science fiction is such a broad field that they don’t want to inhibit a new writer’s thinking by imposing Thou Shalt Nots. Besides, a great story can make an editor swallow his preconceived taboos’.
Analog emphasizes that they ‘publish science fiction stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. Try to picture Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein without the science and you’ll see what they mean. No story!’.
Moreover, Analog states that the ‘science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn’t be human) doing believable things – no matter how fantastic the background might be’.
Apart from science fiction stories, Analog is also accepting submissions for serials, fact articles, and poetry.
Who can write for Analog?
According to the magazine’s Writer’s Guidelines, which is published on their website, Analog ‘will consider material submitted by any writer solely on the basis of merit’. They emphasize that ‘they are eager to find and develop new, capable writers’.
That means anyone from anywhere are most welcome to submit their stories to Analog.
How much can you earn with Analog?
Analog pays 8-10 cents per word for short fiction, which can run up to approximately 20,000 words. So if your story reaches the maximum word count, and you’re paid the maximum amount for each word, then you can earn up to $2,000 for your science fiction. Not bad.
Now Analog also pays for other literary pieces, and not just short fiction stories. The magazine pays 6 cents per word for serials (40,000-80,000 words), 9 cents per word for fact articles, and $1 per line for poetry. They buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in their contract.
Why should I write for Analog?
There are quite a few benefits to writing for Analog.
First, the honor and the privilege. Analog is a magazine of international renown with a long and illustrious history. Getting your story published on such a famed platform is an honor and quite the accomplishment. Plus, such a platform can help you further your name and career, and help you gain important networks and connections.
Second, the compensation. Analog is offering quite a handsome fee for your efforts. Very few magazines and publishers can match Analog’s price. If you already enjoy writing science fiction stories, then getting paid for it is a double win.
How do I submit my story?
Analog uses an online submissions system – they do not accept email submissions.
Their online submissions form for fiction asks for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, and story. Your cover letter should contain the length of your story, your publishing history, and any other relevant information (e.g., if you send them a story about a medical disaster and you happen to be an emergency room nurse, mention that).
They ask for the same information for poetry. You can include up to six poems in one submission for poetry, and you have wait until you have heard back on those before sending them more.
Analog instructs that all stories and poems should be in standard manuscript format and submitted in .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF format. After you have submitted your work, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated email confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this email within twenty-four hours, you can notify them by email. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission through the magazine’s website, so you’re not supposed to lose it.