Dear reader, what do you mean you haven't heard of On Spec? Well, then, allow me to enlighten you.
On Spec: the canadian magazine of the fantastic is a haven of great Canadian-written speculative fiction. That is, since 1989, its founders, The Copper Pig Writers Society, have published the best Canuck horror, sci-fi and fantasy writing.
On Spec is a respected, pro-paying market where many struggling Canadian authors have gotten their big break in the publishing business. On Spec's mandate? To "discover and showcase quality works by predominantly Canadian writers and artists, in the genre we call “Fantastic” literature." However, they do publish non-Canadian works as well.
My big break was publishing a little sci-fi story called "Living Under the Conditions" in number 69 , Summer 2007 Vol. 19 No. 2. You can buy it here by scrolling down to issue 19. My little story went on to be nominated for the prestigious Journey Prize.