While searching for markets this morning I ran across an article over at Writer's Relief called "Trendy Short Story Topics that Editors are Loving". It sounded good but it was geared toward literary markets, which is okay if you're writing and submitting to that kind of market.
What really got to me was this - "Commercial genres or themes — Many literary journals avoid publishing works that fall into the commercial or mainstream category:
thrillers, fantasies, sci-fi, and romance. However, there are magazines
that exclusively publish sci-fi or only horror, etc. So if that’s what
you want to write, you can! Just keep in mind that you will be targeting
a limited market."
Since when are genre markets limited? I'm more apt to find markets for genre stories than literary ones and the best thing? They actually pay their writers. Very few literary markets pay and in many cases they charge a reading fee. For a professional writer that seems counter productive. Plus, I'm finding that many of the new genre markets are seeking more literary work instead of stories with straight up genre tropes.
What about you? Do you find genre markets limiting or do you feel that they are open to all sorts of writing and themes within the genres?