10 Calls for Submissions of Short Stories ($50 Per Short Story)

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These fiction markets pay $50 for short stories, and a few pay more. Some also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. Also see this list of markets, which pay $100-450, and this one, of magazines paying $200. They are open now, or will open soon, and have deadlines coming up.  — S. Kalekar
Atlantean Publishing: Two themes
They are looking for fiction and poetry for two anthologies: The Realm of British Folklore (about creatures found in British folklore – the guidelines list several of these), and The Children of Clarke Ashton Smith (stories in the vein of the fantasy writer Clarke Ashton Smith).
Deadline: 31 October 2018 for British Folklore, 31 January 2019 for Clarke Ashton Smith
Length: Very short to quite long stories
Pay: £0.01/word for prose, minimum £10 for poems and very, very short stories
Details here.
Occult Detective Quarterly
They want fiction based on investigators who explore the weird, exotic and bizarre. “These are the people who explore the darkness, both within and beyond, often to their own peril and the expense of their very lives and sanity.” Stories do not have to be set in Victorian or Edwardian London, though they can be. They want a diverse range of characters, cultures and periods. They accept reprints, articles on any aspect of occult detectives, reviews, and artwork.
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Length: 3,000-5,500 words for fiction, 3,000-5,000 words for nonfiction
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.
Red Sun Magazine
They publish science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative, and military science fiction. They also publish interviews, articles and reviews.
Deadline: 1 November 2018
Length: 500 words and up for fiction, pay capped at 3,000 words; 1,000-2,500 words for non-fiction
Pay: $0.03/word for fiction, $25 for non-fiction
Details here.
Ninth Letter: Haunting
They are accepting fiction, non-fiction and poetry for a special web edition on the theme of ‘Haunting’. Their guidelines say, “We can be haunted by things, by people, by places, by moments; by what we’ve done and what’s been done to us. We can be haunted by the past; haunted, even, by the future. We can be haunted by what we know, and by what we never will.” They are also accepting work for their print issue, with a later deadline.
Deadline: 4 November 2018
Length: Up to 3,500 words for prose, or up to three poems
Pay: $75 per story or essay, $25 per poem
Details here.
Speculative City: Knowledge
The magazine publishes “provocative works that are centered within a cityscape.” They want fiction, poetry and essays on the theme of ‘Knowledge’. Special consideration will be given to writers and characters underrepresented in speculative fiction.
Deadline: 11 November 2018
Length: Up to 5,500 words
Pay: $20-75
Details here.
They publish Irish and international writers. They accept fiction and poetry, and nominate their authors for the Forward and Pushcart prizes.
Reading period: 1-30 November 2018
Length: Up to 2,000 words for short stories, up to three poems
Pay: €50 per short story, €30 per poem
Details here.
They want speculative flash fiction and poetry. Their guidelines say that the magazine “looks for gorgeous, emotional writing: poetry that shimmers with multiple layers of meaning, prose that explores and interrogates. From hard science fiction to the lightest of magical realism, Arsenika is not bound by genre, though we do prefer the speculative.”
Reading period: 1 November-15 December 2018
Length: Up to 1,000 words
Pay: $60 for fiction, $30 for poetry
Details here.
Strangehouse Books: Not All Monsters
They want writers who identify as women for this horror anthology. “There are monsters in every woman’s life. And while maybe not ALL monsters are so bad, I want you to tell me about the dark and twisted ones. … Show me women who save themselves. Does the hero slay the beast, or is she the monster? All types of monsters, protagonists, and antagonists are welcome here.” The editor wants speculative fiction of character-driven stories that convey powerful messages, and particularly likes the beautiful grotesque, gothic elements, the macabre, and poetic prose.
Reading period: 1 November until filled
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.
The New Southern Fugitives
They seek fiction, reviews, essays, poetry and visual art. They say they offer their subscribers work that “challenges our comfortable perspective of the South.” They nominate their writers for Best of the Net, Million Writers Award, and the Pushcart Prize.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Up to 2,000 words for fiction, 1,000 words for non-fiction, and five poems
Pay: $60 per book review, essay or story, $25 per poem or visual art
Details here.
Constellary Tales
This is an online magazine and podcast of speculative fiction, and the name is a homage to Geoffrey Chaucer. They love science fiction stories that carry their characters from their beginning to their end.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 1,000-3,500 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.


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