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Q: Where's my issue? Your website says it was mailed last week...

A: Every month a few copies of the magazine get delayed by the postal service. Please wait another week or two, and chances are it will show up. If not, contact Locus at

Q: I have a question about my subscription...

A: Send an e-mail to, or phone the Locus offices at 510 339 9198.

Q: I saw an article or photo in your magazine, but can't find it on your site; where is it?

A: It's probably not on the site. Only a selection of content from each issue of the magazine is posted on the site -- the table of contents, lists of bestselling and notable books, excerpts from the interviews, and a few sample reviews. (On the other hand, news stories are posted on the site in advance of publication in the print magazine.)

Q: Why isn't more content from the magazine available on the website? Do you plan archives of book reviews or other material?

A: As of early 2017, plans are under way to make all magazine content available on the site, for subscribers, with a limited number of posts each month available to non-subscribers.

Q: Would Locus Online be willing to exchange links with my site?

A: Locus Online is happy to consider websites for inclusion on our Links pages, but we have no special arrangements for 'exchanging' links. You are welcome to link to Locus Online from your site, and we will link to your site from Locus Online if we feel your site would be of interest to our readers.

Q: How to I submit my book for review in Locus, or listing on your site?

A: --For Locus Magazine: Mail a copy of the book to Locus Magazine, 1933 Davis Street, Suite 297, San Leandro CA 94577. A review isn't guaranteed, but your book will be included in the "Books Received" listing in the magazine with ordering information (and the entry will eventually be incorporated into the Locus Index to Science Fiction), and will be made available for consideration by the magazine's reviewers.

--For Locus Online: The website posts a small number of reviews special to the site (not sampled from the Magazine), made through direct arrangements with reviewers. The website also posts a weekly listing of selected new books, with descriptions, cover images, links to publisher sites, and quotes from reviews. As of August 2011, these listings are based on publishers' schedules and for-sale availability, and do not necessarily include all titles seen or received in mail for consideration.

Q: How do I submit news to Locus? Is there a special contact or e-mail address?

A: Send an e-mail to There's no separate e-mail address for news.

Q: May I submit my story or book for publication by Locus?

A: No. Locus does not publish fiction. You should submit your story or novel to a suitable magazine (see Links Portal) or publisher (see Publishers). It's best to become familiar with what they publish before you submit your work to them.

Q: May I submit an article / a review / artwork to Locus?

A: Locus Magazine is not an open market for freelance work of any kind. Locus Online is open to very occasional reviews or essays -- please query to before submitting anything. Neither the magazine nor the website runs artwork.

Q: How do I purchase a book I saw listed in your index?

A: Locus doesn't sell books listed in our indexes; the Locus Index is a bibliography, not a catalog of items for sale. To purchase books listed in the Locus Index or anywhere else, consult our Booksellers page for links to dealers of new, used, and out-of-print books.

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A: Send an e-mail query to, and we'll send you the latest rates.

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