On Spec

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

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.

History and profile[edit]

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]


  • 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, Aurora Award Best Work in English: Other.
  • 2020 Aurora Award Best Related Work.

See also[edit]


  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
  5. ^ http://onspec.ca/about

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