Interzone Enters the Electronic Age

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.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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2 Responses to Interzone Enters the Electronic Age

  1. mobewan says:

    I find it fascinating that there are places that don’t accept electronic submissions. Surely it is far more effective in terms of filing things, workflow, distributing the copy, preparing it for printing and the like. Appreciate some people like to read off paper to make notes, but if printing costs are a worry, a tablet, a stylus and an app can be just as effective. I wonder if its a prestige thing? An almost snobby attitude about how they view their company. Which intrigues me more.
    But not enough to move them up from the bottom of my list…

    • I still like to read on paper, so I can understand why some editors might not want electronic files. If I worked as an editor, however, I think I could get over that using the newer tools you mention. I don’t think it’s a prestige thing per se—I’ve heard through friends of the editor at F&SF that he actually has a hard time reading off a screen—but the bigger publications certainly have a better chance of getting away with it. I doubt many new markets could survive if they didn’t accept electronic submissions.

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