Sunday, March 7, 2010

Seven markets for mystery writers

The New Mystery Reader is an on-line magazine dedicated to the mystery genre, and it's a great place to get some of your first pieces publishes.  New Mystery Reader welcomes submissions for articles, reviews, recommendations, and author profiles:

For book reviews and summaries: We are looking for talented individuals to write reviews and summaries on a regular basis of new and future mystery releases for our new mystery magazine. If you are interested, please send sample reviews/summaries to

Short Story Submissions: We welcome your short stories at New Mystery Reader magazine! Please send email of interest before submitting full story. Only stories under 2,500 words will be accepted. At this time, we do not offer financial compensation, but one never knows what the future holds!

For article submissions: Please email all query letters to
Include nature of article, intended length, or in the case of book reviews and summaries, please send the entire article. Please note in your subject line "Article Query" to ensure reading by our editor.

We are currently most interested in popular series discussions, author profiles, general mystery interest articles, and true crime stories.

Stephanie Padilla, Editor, New Mystery Reader

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine welcomes submissions from both new and established writers. We publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case – the gamut of crime and detection from the realistic (including the policeman's lot and stories of police procedure) to the more imaginative (including "locked rooms" and "impossible crimes"). We need hard-boiled stories as well as "cozies," but we are not interested in explicit sex or violence. We do not want true detective or crime stories.

Ellery Queen uses stories of almost every length, but 2,500-8,000 words is the preferred range. We occasionally use stories of up to 12,000 words and also consider shorter stories, including minute mysteries of as little as 250 words.

EQMM has been in continuous publication since 1941. From the beginning three general criteria have been employed in evaluating submissions: We look for strong writing, an original and exciting plot, and professional craftsmanship. Pays 5¢ to 8¢ a word.

Stories should be submitted by mail only. We are especially happy to review stories by authors who have never before published fiction professionally. First story submissions should be sent to the attention of
Department of First Stories
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
267 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10007-2352
Full submission guidelines:
Also see Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

The Strand Magazine

In the summer of 1891, a new magazine called The Strand published two stories by a then unknown Scottish physician, Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his ingnious detective, Sherlock Holmes. As Holmes' popularity grew, so did that of The Strand. In the years that followed The Strand featured the works of other mystery greats, such as Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, W. Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, P.G. Wodehouse, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley and many others. For sixty years The Strand was the most important magazine in the world for mystery fiction. Unfortunately, in 1950, economic difficulties in England caused a drop in circulation, which forced The Strand to stop publishing.

It would take nearly half a century for The Strand Magazine to once again appear on the scene, with a new editor and publisher, whose main goal it is to uphold the tradition of exceptional mystery fiction for which The Strand was known.
We are interested in mysteries, detective stories, tales of terror and the supernatural as well as short stories. Stories can be set in any time or place, provided they are well written, the plots interesting and well thought.
We are interested in stories of almost any length, but preferably the 2000-6000 word range. However, we may occasionally publish short shorts of 1000 words, and sometimes we may consider even a short novella. At the moment, our payment rate for stories is $25 – $150. No submissions accepted by e-mail. We purchase first North American serial rights.
We urge you to follow in the footsteps of the greatest writers of the 20th century by having your work published in The Strand Magazine.
P.O. Box 1418
Birmingham, MI 48012-1418
Full guidelines here:

Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine publishes short stories, mystery fiction, illustrations, crime, suspense tales, cartoons and book reviews, and runs contests. Will consider stories 500 to 10,000 words – submit entire story. Pays $5 on publication.
Submission guidelines here.

Crimespree Magazine accepts submissions only in Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov. Stories should be related to crime fiction. Maximum 5000 words. Non-paying.
Submission guidelines here.

Mystical E is an on-line mystery magazine that accepts stories of all lengths, from 500 words to 40,000 or more. Non-paying.
Submissions guidelines here. 

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Peterborough, Kingston, Orangeville, Barrie, Sudbury, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


  1. Web Mystery Magazine seems to be stuck in its Fall 2005 issue.

  2. It looks like The Strand is not accepting submissions. The Guidelines link just sends you to the top of the home page.


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