10 Fiction Markets Paying $100 to $350 for June 2020

These markets pay $100-350 for fiction, and one of these pays considerably more. Some also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. Most of these markets are open now, and one will open later for a very brief submission period. – S. Kalekar

Grimscribe Press: Vastarien
This journal is a source of critical study and creative response to the corpus of Thomas Ligotti as well as associated authors and ideas. They want literary horror fiction inspired by Ligottian and/or related themes. They also want scholarly and/or critical articles pertaining these themes, and they also publish poetry.   
Deadline: 30 June 2020
Length: 750-6,000 words for literary horror fiction, 2,000-7,500 words for articles, poetry of up to 50 lines
Pay: $0.05/word for prose, $50/poem
Details here.

Fiyah Magazine
This speculative fiction and poetry magazine only reads work from Black writers of the African Diaspora, and they’re reading on the ‘Joy’ theme currently. They also read reviews. Also, citing the traumatic circumstances of the moment, and the difficulty through which Black writers are currently writing, donors have contributed funds for this issue (see this Twitter update). Rates for fiction and poetry have increased substantially for the current issue – see below.
Deadline: 30 June 2020
Length: 2,000-7,000 words for short fiction; up to 15,000 words for novelettes
Pay: $600 for short fiction, $1,200 for novelettes, $100 for poetry
Details here.

The Muskeg Press Coronavirus Story Collection
This fiction anthology is inspired by Giovanni Boccacio, who would become famous for writing The Decameron. A collection of 100 short stories, which he wrote during the plague, The Decameron‘s main narrative tells the tale of seven young women and three young men who escape the plague by travelling to a countryside villa. There, they each tell one story each night for ten nights. The Muskeg Press guidelines say, “We’re now living through a similar moment in time, as we each do our part in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. At Muskeg Press, we look back and admire the attitude of Boccacio, who, in the midst of a terrible pestilence, wrote a great work of art that survives to the present day.” They will select 10 stories for an anthology. Also, “our preference is to receive stories that have nothing to do with this strain of the coronavirus. Instead of a personal history of how you dealt with being isolated from your community, we would prefer stories of a more distracting nature, similar to those 10 storytellers in The Decameron. “
Deadline: 30 June 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $350
Details here.

This magazine “connects South Asian diasporic writers and homeland writers; we also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. (By South Asia we mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.)  Our hope with Jaggery is to create a journal that offers the best writing by and about South Asians and their diaspora”, according to their guidelines. They publish fiction, art, non-fiction, poetry, and reviews.
Deadline: 1 July 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction
Pay: $100 for fiction, $25 for non-fiction, poetry, art, reviews
Details here.

This is a new literary journal by Dartmouth College, and they are reading work for their inaugural issue – they accept both prose and poetry. They are also accepting translations.
Deadline: 1 July 2020
Length: Up to 7,500 words per submission; can submit up to three pieces of prose and up to three poems
Pay: $100 minimum for prose, and $20/page for stories over 5 pages, $100 for poetry, according to this tweet
Details here.

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine
This fairy tale themed magazine is back after a hiatus. They publish one story and two non-fiction pieces every month. The theme for fiction for the entire year is Angels, and the non-fiction can be on any fairy tale related theme. Fiction guidelines say, “Angels may figure big or small in your story, and other otherworldly figures like fairies may be substituted, but, overall, the entire fiction year will feature winged entities, with angels being preferred, but not absolutely essential. So don’t send me a story without an otherworldly winged entity in it.” Also, the essence of classic fairy tales should be maintained in stories. Writers can retell a classical tale, or write an entirely new fairy tale from scratch. Happy endings are preferred, but not essential. No sci-fi, dystopian, erotica, high fantasy, excessive world building, time-travel, futuristic, space travel, western, love triangles, or children’s stories. For non-fiction, writers can explore any aspect of fairy tale culture. Scattering several links to outside sources throughout the essay is a good idea. Submission windows are scheduled to open for 72 hours at the beginning of every month (EST), and they started in June 2020.
Reading period: 1-3 July (for August 2020)
Length: 1,200-2,500 words for fiction; 900-1,200 words for non-fiction
Pay: $100 for fiction; $50 for non-fiction
Details here.

The NoSleep Podcast
They want horror stories for their podcast, written from a first-person perspective. Stories should provide good audio cues and make good use of dialogue. They would like to see more script submissions – formats written as an audio drama starring two or more characters, with more being preferred. Dramas should ideally last 20-40 minutes. Their flash fiction submissions are closed right now, but the other categories are open.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Flash (up to 1,200 words), short fiction (1,200-2,500 words), regular submissions (at least 2,500 words)
Pay: $40 for flash, $100 for short fiction, $125 for regular submissions
Details here.

Issues in Earth Science
They want middle grade and young adult fiction that incorporates earth science concepts as key, not incidental, elements, and also represent a key idea that might be taught in an earth science classroom. Stories should also be emotionally compelling. Those with adult characters but for a young adult or middle grade audience will also be considered. The purpose of these stories will be to serve as supplemental reading material for middle or high school students studying particular topics in earth science. They also accept nonfiction, for “Topics for Debate” and these should address a topic of interest in earth science, science education, or science in fiction. Deadline: Open now
Length: 1,000-3,000 words for fiction, 500-1,000 words for nonfiction
Pay: $0.06/word; additional pay if selected for print edition later
Details here.

The Masters Review: New Voices
For ‘New Voices’, they publish fiction and non-fiction online by new and emerging writers – that is, those who do not have a novel-length work of fiction or narrative non-fiction published, or forthcoming at the time of submission – published short-story collections do not count as a novel-length work and those authors are free to submit. They accept a variety of genres and styles.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.10/word, up to $200
Details here.

Nature Magazine: Futures
This prestigious journal publishes research in all fields of science and technology, and news and interpretation of topical and coming trends affecting science, scientists and the wider public. In their Futures section, they publish near-future, hard science fiction stories.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 850-950 words
Pay: £85
Details here.

Author Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She is the author of 182 Short Fiction Publishers. She can be reached here.


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