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On Spec[1] is a digest-sized, perfect-bound, Canadian quarterly magazine publishing stories and poetry in science fiction, fantasy, and allied genres broadly grouped under the "speculative fiction" umbrella.

On Spec
OnSpec Magazine winter 2006.jpg
OnSpec Magazine Winter 2006
Categoriesscience fiction, fantasy
PublisherDiane Walton, Managing Editor
Year founded1989
Based inEdmonton, Alberta


History and profileEdit

Based in Edmonton, Alberta,[2] On Spec was founded in 1989 by a small group of Edmonton writers who joined together to form The Copper Pig Writers Society.[3] At the time, there was no paying market for English speculative fiction in Canada (though paying markets in French did exist). On Spec is Canada's longest-running, and according to author Robert J. Sawyer, most successful, English-language magazine in the field.[4]

Much more like a traditional small literary magazine than the mass-market-styled American science fiction digests such as Analog and Asimov's, On Spec was founded to address the frustration that English-speaking Canadian SF writers faced having to "Americanize" their stories for the existing US markets.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "On Spec Magazine". On Spec Magazine. On Spec Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ "On Spec magazine loses funding, reaches out to readers". Masthead. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Andy Cox's Magazine Spotlight". dowse. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Science Fiction", The Canadian Encyclopedia
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