10 Fiction Markets Paying $100 to $500

These markets pay $100-500 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like poetry and non-fiction. They are open now, or will open in a few days for submissions. Deadlines for some of these outlets are approaching quickly. – S. Kalekar

­­­­­This literary magazine publishes stories, essays, creative non-fiction, excerpts of novels in progress, poems, comics, and translations of all of the above. Their current submission window is for prose submissions, not poetry. They accept comic submissions and translations throughout the year.
Deadline: 15 September 2019; can accept only 800 submissions per month
Length: Up to 8,000 words for fiction and creative non-fiction; up to 5 poems
Pay: $100 per 1,000 words of prose up to $500, $50 per page of comics up to $500, $100 per poem
Details here.

The Southampton Review
This literary magazine can accept a limited number of free fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork submissions during the reading period. All submissions will be considered for their print as well as online issues; print contributors are paid cash, and online contributors get a year’s subscription to the magazine. They accept flash fiction, short stories and novel excerpts. In non-fiction, they read creative non-fiction, memoir, personal essay, and traditional essay. They encourage submissions from unpublished authors.
Deadline: 15 September 2019 (extended)
Length: Up to 7,500 words for prose, up to 5 poems
Pay: $100+ for prose, $75 per poem, $100 per page for illustrations, and $200 for art portfolios of up to 12 images
Details here.

This is a magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. They want work that is dark, literary — creepy, weird, and unsettling. Their guidelines say, “No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”,” – and also the first volume of their stories. They do not want work about vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex. They also accept reprints. They can accept only 300 submissions a month during their reading period.
Reading period: 15 September-15 November 2019
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word, up to $150
Details here.

Carrion Blue 555: Seasons of Rot
They want horror, fantasy, scifi, experimental, and bizarro fiction, poetry, and art for four seasonal volumes, collectively called ‘Seasons of Rot’. These hope to explore seasonal themes in unique, surreal, and festering ways. Their guidelines say, “Spring is cancer blossoming in new growth, a single breath of moist soil. Summer begets overripe fruit in Persephone’s withered right hand. True decay is beautiful and clashing in the cordyceptic autumn. All of winter flinches beneath the Wicker King’s gaze, intimidating even the light of day.” Also, “Interpretations of seasons are purposefully elastic for your artistic benefit. A season’s atmosphere is just as gripping as its setting.”
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Length: No length guidelines, but will cap payment at 5,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word, up to $100
Details here.

Epoch Magazine
­­­­­This literary magazine is edited by faculty at Cornell University. They publish fiction, poetry, essays, cartoons, screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. They only accept mailed submissions. They will read unsolicited submissions from 15 September. They read work submitted by literary agencies year-round.
Reading period: 15 September 2019 – 15 April 2020
Length: No guidelines for prose; up to 5 poems
Pay: Up to $150 for stories, more for long stories and novellas, and those submitted by literary agencies; $50/poem
Details here.

Antioch Review
This literary magazine opened its submission period on 1 September. They accept fiction, non-fiction and poetry. For fiction, it is “the story that counts, a story worthy of the serious attention of the intelligent reader, a story that is compelling, written with distinction. Only rarely do we publish translations of well-known or new foreign writers.” They also accept a chapter of a novel, but only if it can be read complete in itself as a short story. Submissions have to be sent by post.
Deadline: 31 May for prose, 30 April 2020 for poetry
Length: Accepts up to 5,000 words of prose; can accept no more than 8,000 words
Pay: $20/page
Details here.

For this podcast, stories and poetry must be speculative and must have some queer content.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 7,500 words of prose; up to 5 poems
Pay: $0.03/word for fiction, $10 per poem
Details here.

This Welsh magazine was established with the aim of creating a forum for debate about Wales in English, as well as encouraging a dialogue between English-speaking Wales and Welsh-speaking Wales. They publish unsolicited fiction and poetry. They also accept pitches for articles. Their guidelines also say, “We are particularly interested in seeing work that connects in some way with the broad range of issues and concerns of the magazine.”
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 1,500-2,500 words for fiction in the print magazine; 4-6 poems; 600-1,000 words for online material
Pay: £40 per 1,000 words for prose (or part thereof), £30 per poem for the print magazine; £30 for online material
Details here.

The Big Click
This is a bimonthly electronic journal of crime fiction. They are interested in publishing work under the broad umbrella of crime. They are especially interested in noir, tales of the criminal lifestyle, confessional fiction, peculiar literary specimens, and great characters, and are somewhat less interested in tales of pure ratiocination, police procedurals, and any story whose title includes a colon followed by “A Firstname Lastname Investigation/Mystery/Case.” They do not want outright supernatural fiction, science fiction stories that use mystery-detection plots simply to tour the future, stories about killing pedophiles, or tales of frustrated writers of short stories who kill their obese wives, or vampire stories.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Unspecified
Pay: $100
Details here.

St Anthony Messenger
This is a Catholic monthly magazine. Apart from articles, they also accept fiction and poetry. Their guidelines say, “Stories that sound more like essays or monologues with no dialogue or interaction on the part of the characters will not succeed.” Also, “Dialogue should move the story forward and sound real—the way people speak in real life.” For features they want pitches, not unsolicited submissions.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 2,000-2,500 words for fiction; up to 2,000 words for features; up to 20 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.20/word for prose ($500 for 2,500 words), $2/line for poetry
Details here.


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