Most markets these days accept electronic submissions, either via email or an online submission service such as Submittable. A few of the established markets, however, do not. Of the “big three” in speculative fiction, Fantasy and Science Fiction still accepts only postal submission, and it was only a few years ago that Asimov’s and Analog opened to electronic submissions. Up until a few days ago, the established British market, Interzone, only accepted postal submissions, too, but they have now moved into the electronic age. Last week, Interzone announced it will now accept submissions through Submittable.
Accepting electronic submissions is significant. The majority of writers I know don’t bother to submit stories to markets that accept only postal submissions. It’s a hassle, time-consuming, and expensive. This is especially true for foreign authors, who must find a way to obtain postage to affix to the self-addressed stamped envelope that must be enclose in order to receive a response (which odds are will be a rejection letter).
I have submitted to Interzone only once, and it was expensive and required a special trip to the post office to mail my manuscript—not to mention it seemed wasteful in terms of paper, which was going to wind up discarded (hopefully it was recycled). Fortunately I did not need to include a SASE because the editor would respond to foreign authors by email, but I still needed to send a hardcopy of my story. Now that they accept electronic submission, I will likely submit more stories to Interzone, and maybe one of these days I’ll sell one to this prominent British market.