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LOCUS is the only periodical I read from cover to cover ­- including adverts!
--Arthur C. Clarke
Without LOCUS we would be groping around in the dark. But LOCUS is there, shining light into all the dark corners.
--Robert A. Heinlein

LOCUS is a monthly trade journal, founded in 1968, whose readership consists of chain and independent book buyers, librarians, publishers, bookstore owners and managers, and other science fiction professionals, as well as dedicated SF readers. It has won the Hugo Award, science fiction's highest honor, 30 times.

LOCUS is famous for its book reviews and author interviews, recommended titles lists and analysis of the SF field, monthly bestseller lists, monthly listings of all SF books published, and its up-to-date coverage of newsworthy events.

Thanks to the annual LOCUS survey, we can give you a fairly complete picture of our average reader. He is 45 years old, college educated, has been reading science fiction since his teenage days, and spends over $2,000 per year on science fiction books, magazines, movies, and conventions.

Approximately 6,000 copies with a readership of about 18,000.

LOCUS is published monthly. It appears the last Thursday of the month before cover date.

Material is due on the 20th of the month, six weeks before issue date; e.g.: March 20 for the May issue.

Electronic copy may be submitted as an at­tached file to For print advertising: all documents must be submitted as PDF files. CMYK files must be 350 dpi and grayscale files must be 300 dpi. No RGB files. All fonts (Postscript Fonts and Open Type fonts only; no True Type fonts), TIFFs, and EPSs used must be embedded. No artificial bolds or italics. For online advertising: accepted file types are .jpg and .gif. No flash files. Advertisers must provide link with ad.


All prices are per ad, per insertion, and include placement in our digital edition. *Multiple insertion discounts apply only to the same copy inserted more than once. Special packages and yearly contracts are available. No agency discounts offered.
Size 1X 2X* 3X*
Full page $1075 $975 $875
Two-thirds page 735 670 605
One-half page 620 570 510
One-third page 430 385 345
One-quarter page 335 310 275
One-sixth page 235 210 195

Additional Charges

Special Positions (When Available)  
Center Spread (2 pages) +$425
Inside front cover +$550
Inside back cover +$400
Back cover +$550
1 extra color +$325
Full color on 70-lb. gloss stock +$540*
Full color on uncoated stock +$440
Special Charges  
Full Bleed +$25/ad
Live Link for the Digital Edition +$75/link**
*Note: We only accept full-page ads or 1/2 page hori­zontal ads on the 70-lb gloss stock.
** Live link your ad in our digital edition to your website

Mailing Inserts*  
Postcard $350
Full page ad $600
Half page horizontal ad $350
*Insert your postcard or full-page flyer or advertise on the back of our mailing insert. Insertions reach all domestic subscribers. Call for info.

  Width Height
2-page spread 15-3/4" 10"
Full page 7-1/2" 10"
2/3 vertical 5" 9-7/8"
1/2 island 5" 7-1/2"
1/2 vertical 3-3/4" 9-7/8"
1/2 horizontal 7-1/2" 5"
1/3 island 5" 5-1/4"
1/3 island 3-3/4" 7"
1/3 vertical 2-1/2" 9-7/8"
1/3 horizontal 7-1/2" 3-1/2"
1/4 island 5" 3-3/4"
1/4 island 3-3/4" 5"
1/4 horizontal 7-1/2" 2-1/2"
1/6 island 3-3/4" 3-1/2"
1/6 vertical 2-1/2" 5"
Bleed Sizes    
Full-page bleed 8-5/8" 11-1/8"
Full-page trim 8-3/8" 10-7/8"
2-page spread bleed 17" 11-1/8"
2-page spread trim 16-3/4" 10-7/8"

Locus Online, the Hugo Award-winning website, receives over 70,000 unique visitors per week. Contact or 510-339-9196 to reserve ad space or for billing arrangements.

Banner Ads
Size: Super-Wide (thick): 728 x 90 pixels
Super-Wide (thin): 728 x 60 pixels
Box: 300 x 300 pixels
Half box: 300 x 150 pixels
Tower: 160 x 600 pixels
Half Tower: 160 x 300 pixels
Quarter Tower: 160 x 150 pixels
To see a sample of the various banner ad sizes go to


We offer a 5% prepayment discount on print ads.

Multiple and Special*
Combinations of two or more online ads will be discounted by 20% of the total.

Concurrent Print & Online Ads*
We offer a 5% discount on concurrent print and online ads.

*Discounts are not available to our contract advertisers but can be combined with any applicable prepayment discount

LOCUS and Locus Online reserve the right to reject any advertisement which does not conform to professional standards of presentation or which appears to be misleading, unethical or offensive, or which in any way would tend to lower the credibility of the magazine and/or its advertisers. The advertiser and/or advertising agency assume liability for all content (including text, representation and illustrations) of all ads sent to LOCUS and Locus Online, and responsibility for any claims against the publisher arising therefrom.

Locus Online does not guarantee minimum views or clicks for ads, and we do not provide reports to the advertiser. Access to traffic reports is available by special request.

By authorizing an agency to place advertisements in its behalf, an advertiser also agrees to pay for such ads in full if for any reason its authorized agency is or becomes unable to do so.

LOCUS is now an intrinsic part of everything that science fiction is and does, a primary resource for innumerable enterprises, and a continuing source of information and entertainment.
--Michael Swanwick
Anyone whose interest in SF extends beyond reading it to wanting to read about it should be aware of LOCUS.
--The New York Times

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