On Spec Magazine showcases the best examples of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror and magic realism) by new and seasoned writers, many of them Canadian. On Spec readers are looking for challenging and entertaining fiction, with a particular element of the fantastic that steps away from the ordinary and takes them out of this world. On Spec discovers and showcases quality works by predominantly Canadian writers and artists, in the “Fantastic” literature genre. They foster the growth of emerging writers by offering support, constructive criticism, education, mentoring, and manuscript development. Alongside established writers, they publish as many new writers as possible, and create innovative cover art for every mind-bending and emotion-provoking issue!
On Spec began in 1989, with a small group of Edmonton writers who formed The Copper Pig Writers Society in order to fill a niche in Canada. At the time, the only paying markets for SF short fiction were the major American magazines. When they sent their work south, they would often be told it was good, but simply too “alien” for their audiences.
English-speaking Canadian SF writers were frustrated with having to “Americanize” their stories for the paying markets. They knew there was an audience hungry for thoughtful, intelligent (often unconventional) SF and Fantasy with a uniquely Canadian perspective.
After selling out their initial print run of a test issue filled with stories sent to them by invitation, they began receiving inquiries as to when the “next one” would appear. That was a very long time ago. Their most recent issue, Summer 2015, is their 101 issue. Editors have come and gone, and some of them have made significant contributions to Canada’s literary scene, by becoming novelists.
Check out their contributor gallery at: contributor gallery
Interested in becoming a contributor? Check out their submission guidelines at: submission guidelines
Want to check out a issue? Check out their free issue at: freeissue
Subscriptions are available online at the On Spec website and single copies and subscription are also available at Variant Edition, a new comic shop in Edmonton. As well as carrying hard copies of On Spec, you can also purchase digital versions through Variant Edition’s website.
Frequency: 4 issues per year
Newsstand Price: $6.95 + tax
Subscription Price: $24.00 (includes tax) per year
Digital Single Copy Price: $5.00 (includes tax)
Digital Subscription Price: $14.99 (includes tax) per year
The Copper Pig Writers Society
PO Box 4727
Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 5G6