Updated 21 November 2021 to add Podcastle & Escape Pod
Halfway through 2020, I decided I wanted to read more, especially science fiction and fantasy. That’s the genre I primarily write in and it’s the one I’m most interested in. Not only is it a good way to entertain myself, it’s a good way to see what the current market is like if I want to start trying to get my own fiction published.
When I think about reading, I primarily think about novels. But there are plenty of stories out there that aren’t novels, and a lot of them are available online for free! I went to Feedly (an RSS feed reader) and added every single magazine I ever read a story from (as well as a bunch of webcomics, non-fiction websites, blogs, & other things, but that’s another post entirely). Now instead of checking multiple websites each day or subscribing to a bunch of mailing lists (I’m still subscribed to a bunch of mailing lists) I visit one website and see everything gathered there for me.
This isn’t a list of every science fiction/fantasy/horror magazine out there – just the ones I read and keep up with:
Apex Magazine – a magazine of fantastical fiction, interviews, & essays.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies – a literary fantasy magazine. One story per issue is available in podcast form.
Clarkesworld – a monthly SF/F magazine. All stories are available in podcast form.
Constelación Magazine – a bilingual English/Spanish speculative fiction magazine prioritizing authors from Latin America & the Caribbean.
Daily Science Fiction – a website that publishes short science fiction every weekday. You can subscribe by email to have each story emailed to you.
The Dark Magazine – a magazine of horror and dark fantasy. Certain stories are available in podcast form.
The Deadlands – a monthly speculative fiction magazine exploring Death and its relation to the living.
Escape Pod – a weekly podcast of science fiction.
Fantasy Magazine – a magazine focusing entirely on fantasy. Two stories per issue are available in podcast form.
Fireside Magazine – a magazine of shorter stories (under 3000 words) of any genre.
khōréō magazine – a quarterly genre magazine that primarily focuses on themes of migration.
Lightspeed Magazine – a magazine of SF/F fiction & nonfiction. Four stories per issue are also available in podcast form.
Nightmare Magazine – a horror and dark fantasy magazine of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, editorials, and reviews. Two stories per issue are available in podcast form.
Omenana Magazine – a tri-monthly magazine of speculative fiction by African & African diaspora authors.
Podcastle – a weekly podcast of fantasy fiction.
Strange Horizons – a weekly magazine of SF/F/H fiction, poetry, reviews, essays, and interviews. Most (all?) of the fiction & poetry is available in podcast form.
Uncanny Magazine – a bimonthly magazine of SF/F fiction & poetry, interviews, essays, and editorials. Certain stories are available in podcast form.