10 Calls for Short Stories: $150 to $450 Per Story

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These markets pay $150 to about $450 for fiction. Some of them also publish other genres like non-fiction and poetry. – S. Kalekar

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Apart from fiction, they also publish poetry, creative non-fiction (essays, memoirs, biography, literary journalism, social or cultural commentary or analysis), and visual art that can be reproduced in their print format. There is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 1 May 2019
Length: One story or essay, or three flash pieces; up to five poems
Pay: $10/page, up to $200
Details here.
This respected literary journal accepts fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations, and essays. All work will be considered for print and online publishing.
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Length: No word limit for prose; up to five poems
Pay: $10/page of prose, $20/page of poetry, up to $150
Details here.
Blood Bound Books: Chew On This!
This is an anthology of food horror stories. Their guidelines say, “we are looking for food-related stories, but we need you to dig deeper and get creative when it comes to the substances that keep us alive. Food should be integral to the story in some way, but not the entire focus. The plots can revolve around a wide range of cultures and belief systems, science and superstition, settings in the future or past. Above all we want stories that are macabre, scary, unsettling, and even gross.” See guidelines for the kind of stories and tropes they will not accept.
Deadline: 30 June 2019
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.
Nightscape Press: Nox Pareidolia
They want ambiguous horror/weird fiction. Their guidelines say, “Whether it be ambiguously supernatural or whether what exactly has or is happening is ambiguous, or any creative playing off of ambiguity could be interesting to see explored. But the element that is ambiguous must be intrinsic to the story.” They have extended the deadline, but for black writers only, to include underrepresented voices in speculative fiction.
Deadline: 30 June 2019 for black authors, 30 April 2019 for all others
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
Cricket Media
They have posted several calls for submissions for Babybug, Ladybug, Spider, and Cricket, their literary magazines for children – some of the themes are So Silly, All Aboard, and Encountering Nature. They are also looking for non-fiction, poetry, puzzles, and recipes.
Deadline: 1 July 2019
Length: Usually 1,200-1,800 for Cricket, their flagship magazine, can serialize longer stories; varies for others
Pay: Up to $0.25/word for fiction, $3/line for poetry
Details here.
Dark Moon Digest
They publish dark fiction – short stories and flash fiction, as well as reviews and columns. Their guidelines say, “Fiction reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, Black Mirror, Tales from the Crypt, and Tales from the Darkside. We want stories with complex characters and ideas spun in ways nobody’s ever conceived.” See guidelines for the kind of stories they’ve seen far too many times (including haunted GPS and anything involving zombies). They close submissions when they hit their monthly limit of 300 in that category, and submitters can try again the following month.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 1,500 words for flash fiction, 1,500-7,000 words for short stories, 500-3,000 words for non-fiction
Pay: $25 for flash fiction, $0.03/word for short stories, $30 for non-fiction
Details here.
Legendary Tales
This is an online speculative fiction magazine. They are looking for science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal, and supernatural stories. They are interested in strong character-driven stories.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 1,000-7,500 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.
Prairie Fire
This Canadian literary magazine accepts fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. General submissions need to be mailed.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction and creative non-fiction; up to 6 poems
Pay: CAD0.10/word, capped at CAD250 for fiction, CAD50-250 for other prose, CAD40/poem
Details here and here.
The Massachusetts Review: Working Title
Working Title publishes fiction and non-fiction that is longer than what is published in their print magazine. Work in this digital platform will also incorporate visual and interactive elements. They will accept mailed submissions only for Working Titles between May 1 and September 30, when regular submissions are closed for The Massachusetts Review. There is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 7,000-25,000 words
Pay: $250
Details here.
Escape Artists: Escape Pod
This is a science fiction online magazine and podcast. Their guidelines say, “We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people.” They also welcome stories from authors under 18, and they accept reprints.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: 1,500-6,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word; $100 for reprints
Details here.

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