10 Fiction Magazines Paying $50 to $400 Per Story

These magazines pay up to 400 for short fiction, and a couple of them pay more for longer works. Most of them also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. – S. Kalekar

Haven Speculative
They publish science fiction and fantasy – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. The publish climate-crisis focused work twice a year, in their Wet (published in September) and Dry (published in March) issues. They have extensive guidelines, including on the special issues. They also accept translations. They do not want reprints. They have recently changed their submission schedule, and they now accept submissions via a form.
Deadline: 7 April 2024
Length: Up to 6,000 words for fiction, up to 1,000 words for nonfiction, and up to 5 poems
Pay: $0.08/word for prose, $20 for poetry
Details here.

Electric Lit
They accept flash prose, poems, and graphic narrative for The Commuter section (up to 1,500 words), and longer fiction for their Recommended Reading section (2,000-10,000 words); and essays (2,000-6,500 words) are open, as well.All three sections opened on 1st April, and will stay open for two weeks for non-subscribers, or until they reach a submission cap. They also accept pitches/queries for interviews and reading lists on an ongoing basis (see guidelines).
Deadline: 14 April 2024, or until filled, for The Commuter, Recommended Reading, and essay submissions
Length: See above 
Pay: $300 for Recommended Reading; $100 for The Commuter and essays; $75 for interviews and reading lists
Details here and here.

The Threepenny Review

This respected quarterly journal is open till mid-April for submissions. They accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and submissions for their ‘Table Talk’ column.
Deadline: 15 April 2024
Length: Up to 4,000 words for stories or memoirs, 1,200-2,500 for critical articles, up to 1,000 words for Table Talk, up to 100 lines for poems
Pay: $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece
Details here and here.

They want “work about how we seek out, discover, and grasp onto connection. Into the woods. Across a line. Beneath the ocean. Along a seam. Into the branches of an alternate present or the crevasse of an alternate future. Across the rifts between one another. And then, once we find one other, the myths we make. We’re excited to see as many interpretations of this broad theme as there are stars in the night sky. We’re open to work of all genres, with a particular fondness for anything that moves beyond realism in form or content or spirit.” And, “We’ll happily consider fiction and CNF in all prose forms—prose poetry, micro, flash, and beyond—but we’re not considering lineated poetry at the moment.” They list their fee-free submission periods on their website.
Deadline: 20 April 2024 (for fee-free submissions)
Length: Up to 3,000 words for prose
Pay: $50
Details here.

Pulp Literature
They want any genre or between-genre work of literature up to 50 pages in length. They accept short stories, novellas, poetry, and comics. They take all genres of fiction, not just pulp – including fantasy, romance, mystery, literary. They do not publish non-fiction, memoir, or children’s stories. They take more short fiction than novellas, and stories under 5,000 words have the best chance of publication. They also publish reprints. Please note, fiction submission is via a form on their website, which may close temporarily even during open reading periods, if submissions get overwhelming.
Deadline: 30 April 2024, or until filled for fiction (see guidelines); open now for poetry and art
Length: See above
Pay: $0.05-0.08/word for short stories (to 5,000 words),  $0.03-0.06/word for stories between 5,000 and 10,000 words, $0.02-0.04/word for stories over 10,000 words; $25-50 for poetry and art
Details here.

Book Worms: Rock n Roll

This is a mail-order only horror zine. They want horror fiction and non-fiction on the Rock n Roll theme. “From hair-raising riffs to head-banging oblivion, horror and rock n roll are a match made in Hell! … We generally enjoy “fun”, “80s style” horror reminiscent of the zine’s old-school vibe, but we’ve also been blown away by fresh voices that take the genre in a new direction.” Please note, submissions have to be mailed.
Deadline: 30 April 2024
Length: Up to 1,500 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Baltimore Review

They publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Some editor preferences are in the bios on their Staff page.
Deadline: 31 May 2024, or until filled
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose, up to 3 poems
Pay: $50 (via a gift certificate or PayPal, if preferred)
Details here and here.

Matter Press: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
They publish fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as fiction and creative non-fiction prose poetry, as long as it is compressed in some way.
Deadline: 15 June 2024
Length: Up to 600 words
Pay: $50
Details here and here.

They are reading speculative fiction or literary novella submissions of 20,000-40,000 words, as well as nonfiction on specific themes. Their website says, “Psychopomp.com is a Vermont-based small press that publishes otherworldly fiction and rad, gothy essays, as well as a little magazine about death you may have heard of called The Deadlands.” For fiction, they want stories that contain one (or more) of the elements they’ve listed, including (but not limited to) stories where grief or loss play a leading role, stories that feature the afterlife or the underworld, stories that take place in, or utilize a multiverse, and stories that involve time travel (esp. those that involve time travel + a previously mentioned theme). The press is run by the publisher of The Deadlands magazine.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 20,000-40,000 words for fiction
Pay: $750, as well as 25% of net receipts for fiction, $50 for nonfiction
Details here and here.

After Dinner Conversation
This magazine publishes short stories on philosophical / ethical themes, and have extensive guidelines. They publish work for adults, as well as young adults and children. As with all magazines, please read the stories in the category you wish to submit to, to see if your work is a good fit. Submission is via a form.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Children’s Stories:  under 1,500 words; Young Adult:  under 3,500 words; Adult: 1,500-7,000 words (see their notes for story length in the last category)
Pay: $75
Details here and here.

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She can be reached here.


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