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On Spec

Total Issues: 93 (as at Jan-2014)

Semi-prozine. "The On Spec editors are looking for original, unpublished speculative fiction (SF) and poetry -- fantasy, horror, ghost stories, fairy stories, magic realism, etc. Our mandate is to provide a market for the Canadian viewpoint, but we welcome submissions from writers everywhere, and have published authors from Canada, the U.S., Britain, New Zealand, South America, and more."

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1989 – present: Miller/Contento (Missing: any issues after #93)
Publishers:   The Copper Pig Writers' Society, Box 4727, Edmonton T6E 5G6, Canada
Website:   www.onspec.ca (or www.icomm.ca/onspec/)
Editors:   Marianne O. Nielsen to Fall 1998, then Jena Snyder; Diane Walton in 2013
Formats:   digest
Prices:   C$5
Pagecounts:   84pp
Frequency:   thrice yearly at outset but quarterly from Fall 1992
Related Sites:   Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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Ontario Review

Total Issues: 57 (to Dec-2002)

Joyce Carol Oates one of the founders; has published work by Margaret Atwood, Pinckney Benedict, Russell Banks, Donald Barthelme, Saul Bellow, Raymond Carver, Doris Lessing, Philip Roth. Although it does not publish a huge amount of fiction, Ontario Review "has one of the highest batting averages for prize-winning fiction in the field," (DeWitt Henry, Wilson Library Bulletin). Circulation 1,100.

Issues & Index Sources:  Fall 1974 – present: website
Publishers:   Ontario Review Press, Windsor, Ontario; 9 Honey Brook Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540 (in 2000 - 2002)
Website:   www.ontarioreviewpress.com
Editors:   Raymond J. Smith (in 1998 - 2002)
Formats:   review
Pagecounts:   152pp
Frequency:   twice yearly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Onthebus

Subtitled "A New Literary Magazine".

Issues & Index Sources:  1989? – ?: FictionMags Index (sample issue only)
Publishers:   Bombshelter Press, Los Angeles
Editors:   Jack Grapes
Prices:   $7.00

On the Spot Detective Tales

see under New All-Action Stories

On-Time Railroad Stories

see under Near-Miss Western

Oomph Bedtime Stories

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  c. 1950
Publishers:   Paget Publications, 106 Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, London

Opaline Series

Total Issues: 1

Issues & Index Sources:  1895
Publishers:   Hobart Pub.
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Open City

Total Issues: 16 (to Dec-2002)

Tries to emulate Partisan Review from the 1940s. Has published Cyril Connolly, Jim Thompson. Publishes perhaps 10 stories per year. Circulation 5,000.

Issues & Index Sources:  1990 – present
Publishers:   Open City, 225 Lafayette Street, Suite 1114, New York, NY 10012 (in 2000 - 2002)
Website:   www.opencity.org
Editors:   Thomas Beller, Daniel Pinchbeck (in 2000 - 2002)
Email Address:   ocmagazine@aol.com
Formats:   review
Pagecounts:   200pp
Frequency:   quarterly
Sources:   O. Henry Awards Website (in 2002)

Open Confessions

Total Issues: 1?

Issues & Index Sources:  1948?
Publishers:   Scion Ltd.
Prices:   1/3d
Pagecounts:   30pp

The Open Road

Boys magazine encouraging the outdoor life. Ran regular stories.

Issues & Index Sources

  Nov-1919 – May-1925?: General Fiction Index (sample issue only)
  Oct-1925 – Mar-1950, as The Open Road for Boys: General Fiction Index (sample issues only)
  Apr-1950 – Jun-1953, as Open Road: The Young People's Magazine: General Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
  Jul-1953 – 1954?, as American Boy and Open Road: General Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)

Publishers

  Open Road Publications, Illinois

Editors

  in 1940: Clayton H. Ernst

Prices

  in 1940: 10c

Pagecounts

  in 1940: 34pp

Frequency

  monthly

Related Sites

  Wikipedia
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Open Window

Total Issues: 12

An artistic and imaginative "new age" magazine with the emphasis on poetry, illustration, plays and stories. Authors include Lord Dunsany, E.M. Forster, Frank Swinnerton, Katherine Mansfield ("A Fairy Story" Dec-1910).

Issues & Index Sources:  Oct-1910 – Sep-1911
Publishers:   Locke Ellis, London
Editors:   Vivian Locke Ellis
Formats:   an early "little" magazine (6" x 4.5")
Pagecounts:   65pp
Frequency:   monthly
Sources:   British Literary Magazines Vol. 3

Operation Fantast

Total Issues: 17

Fanzine.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jul-1949 – May-1955: FictionMags Index
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Operator #5

Total Issues: 17+31=48

A character pulp. The lead novels are all SF but the back-up stories almost never are. The novels from June 1936 to March 1938 are sequential and tell the story of the "Purple Invasion." Another sequence, featuring an invasion by the "Yellow Vulture," was begun in May 1939 and had not been resolved when the magazine folded.

Issues & Index Sources

  Apr-1934 – Aug-1935: Miller/Contento
Adventure Fiction Index
  Sep-1935 – Nov/Dec-1939, as Secret Service Operator #5: Miller/Contento
Adventure Fiction Index

Publishers

  Popular Publications

Editors

  Rogers Terrill with Henry Sperry

Formats

  standard pulp

Prices

  10c

Pagecounts

  Apr-1934 – Sep-1935: 128pp
  Oct-1935 – Nov/Dec-1939: 112pp

Frequency

  monthly to Apr-1936; then mostly bi-monthly

Related Sites

  Science Fiction Encyclopedia

Sources

  The Adventure House Guide to the Pulps, Ultimate Guide to the Pulps, Mystery, Detective, and Espionage Magazines
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Operator #5 (Canada)

Canadian reprint edition of Operator #5.

Issues & Index Sources:  in 1930s: Adventure Fiction Index (Missing: all issues)
Formats:   standard pulp
Sources:   The Pulpster #11, 2001
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Opportunity

A magazine aimed at salesmen that ran some fiction in 1929/1930 at least. Succeeded by "Salesman's Opportunity" which may or may not have run any fiction.

Issues & Index Sources:  Jun-1923 – May-1950: FictionMags Index (sample issues only)
Publishers:   The Opportunity Publishing Company, 750 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Editors:   James R. Quirk
Formats:   13.5" x 9.5" slick
Prices:   10c

Opportunity: A Journal of Negro Life

The house organ of the Urban League of Chicago "A journal of Negro life that would devote itself religiously to an interpretation of the social problems of the Negro population." From 1924 launched a literary competition to foster creative expression among young black writers, and to expose that writing to an audience outside of the African American community.

Issues & Index Sources

  Jan-1923 – Winter 1949

Publishers

  National Urban League, NY

Editors

  Jan-1923 – Sep-1928: Charles Spurgeon Johnson
  Oct-1928 – Jan-1945: Elmer Anderson Carter
  Jan-1945 – Jun-1947: Madeline L. Aldridge
  Jul-1947 – Jan-1949: Dutton Ferguson

Formats

  tabloid?

Pagecounts

  around 32pp

Frequency

  Jan-1923 – Dec-1944: monthly
  Jan-1945 – Summer 1948: quarterly
  Winter 1949: Special Issue

Optimus Series

Total Issues: 36

Issues & Index Sources:  1891 – 1894
Publishers:   Donohue-Henneberry
Sources:   Dime Novel Bibliography

Opus Quarterly

Total Issues: 5

Issues & Index Sources:  Spring 1987 – Spring 1988: Miller/Contento
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