10 Calls for Submission: $100 to $450 for Short Stories

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These fiction markets pay $100 for short stories, and a few of them pay significantly more – deadlines are coming up. Some of these markets also accept work in other genres, namely poetry, non-fiction, and plays. — S. Kalekar
DreamForge: Future Best
They want traditional stories, flash fiction, vignettes, or poetry in any genre or sub-genre of science fiction or fantasy for their anthology, ‘Future Best’. This first issue will include 10 short stories that show mankind as recognizing the challenges in its own success and ready to deal with the situation in a humane way. They want stories which have a future with a hopeful ending, where humane values triumph, and/or where protagonists struggle to improve the lives of others as well as themselves.
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Length: Up to 1,500 words
Pay: $0.06-0.08/word, and $100 to the best story among the 10
Details here.
Room Magazine
This feminist magazine is currently accepting fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art for an unthemed issue. They only publish work written by women, transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people.
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Length: Up to five poems; up to 3,500 words for prose
Pay: CAD50 (for one page) to CAD150 (for five pages and up)
Details here.
Literature for Life
This is a Los Angeles based online literary journal and resource for middle and high school educators, to spark a love of reading and writing. They publish fiction, non-fiction, articles, essays, short plays and poems spanning multiple genres. All work should be appropriate for use in a high school classroom. Most of the works are set in LA and are by LA-based creators, though they do take some non-Los Angeles work in each issue. See guidelines for details.
Deadline: 6 November 2018
Length: No restrictions, though stories shouldn’t be so long as to be novella-length
Pay: $100
Details here.
Escape Artists: PseudoPod
This horror audio magazine has just opened a brief submission period. They want dark, weird fiction, and their stories range from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. Beautiful language at the expense of plot does not translate well, as it is an audio magazine. Anything holiday-themed (for any holiday) needs to be submitted, ideally, six months in advance. Every quarter, they have Flash on the Borderlands episodes that contain three flash stories with a common theme – these are short, and quirkier and more experimental than the weekly features. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 12 November 2018
Length: Up to 1,500 words for flash, 1,500-6,000 for short fiction
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
Nothing Without Us
For this anthology, they want fiction about and by disabled people. Their guidelines say, “We welcome writers across the disability, mental illness, developmental disabilities, neurodiversity, blind, and Deaf spectrums. We welcome those who manage invisible and visible disabilities and/or chronic conditions.” Fiction based on lived experiences is welcome. The lead character must be disabled, blind, Deaf, Autistic, neurodiverse, and/or live with mental illness.  Canadians will receive preferred status.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: 1,000-3,500 words
Pay: Currently at $0.03/word; will try to increase this amount via Kickstarter
Details here.
Zombies Need Brains: Three Anthologies
The three science fiction and fantasy anthologies are: Portals (stories that contain a portal opening up between two different worlds and the consequences that come from that portal; both science fiction and fantasy), Temporally Deactivated (stories where the author explores what the phrase “temporally deactivated” could mean with regards to a person, place, or thing), and Alternate Peace (alternate history stories where the divergence from our timeline comes from some kind of peaceful change to our past; writers must explore the consequences of this divergence). See guidelines for additional details. The anthologies are Kickstarter funded, and the goal has been met; if stretch goals are met, authors will be paid more.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: At least $0.06/word
Details here.
The Cincinnati Review
This literary magazine reads poetry, fiction, literary non-fiction, translations of poetry, and artwork. Query for drama and review submissions. There is also an online feature, micro, which is unpaid. They accept work through their submission portal only. Writers who are disabled or incarcerated can mail their submissions, though. They have detailed guidelines about what kind of work each editor is looking for.
Deadline: 1 March 2019
Length: Up to five poems (a total of 10 pages), up to 40 pages of fiction, up to 20 pages of non-fiction
Pay: $25/page for prose, $30/page for poetry
Details here.
Escape Artists: Escape Pod
This science fiction podcast has opened up again for general submissions. They want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how these intersect with people. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: 1,500-6,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
Factor Four Magazine
They want speculative flash fiction – science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 1,500 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
Three-Lobed Burning Eye
This speculative fiction magazine is published online twice yearly, and they have a print anthology once in two years. They accept horror, fantasy and science fiction. Also: “We’re looking for short stories from across the big classifications and those shadowy places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, Weird fiction. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental.” They’re not looking for excessive violence or gore, or extreme horror.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 1,000-7,000 words for short fiction, 500-1,000 words for flash fiction
Pay: $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction
Details here.

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