10 Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $1,000

These magazines pay $50-1,000 for fiction. Some magazines also accept other genres, like nonfiction and poetry. One call is for novella-length stories. A few of the submission calls are themed. – S. Kalekar

Uncanny Magazine
This award-winning speculative fiction magazine will open for flash fiction submissions on 1st February; there is no deadline given yet. Please do not send other genres, or longer works, during this submission period. Their submission portal will be open during the reading period.
Opens on: 1 February 2023
Length: 750-1,499 words for flash fiction
Pay: $0.10/word
Details here and here.

This is a fiction, nonfiction, and poetry magazine. Their website says, “Our mission is to create a literary space that pays writers for their work and revels in the beauty of nature.” Also, “We will be looking for nature-inspired pieces. We are leaning into our sylvan vibes this year; send us your forest poems, tales of fairies, and moments in nature.” They are reading for all seasons during the current submission period. They will open next in June, when they will accept submissions for Autumn, Winter, and Spring themes. Please note, “Payments will be made via PayPal or bank transfer to a UK bank account only.”
Deadline: 3 February 2023
Length: Up to 1,500 words for prose, up to 5 poems
Pay: £1.75 per line for poetry (not including titles or line breaks) and £0.25 per word for prose
Details here.

Parsec Ink: Triangulation – Seven-Day Weekend Anthology
This is a fiction and poetry anthology, part of an annual anthology series. They have detailed guidelines on the theme, including, “Automation simplifies our lives, to the point where a production facility is so automated it makes no sense wasting energy to run lights. These “dark factories” are currently present in the auto industry, the electronics industry, and even the robotics industry itself. What does the world look like when jobs are automated to the point that the labor force is non-existent? We’re looking for outstanding fantasy, science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror”.
Deadline: 28 February 2023
Length: Up to 5,000 words (prefer up to 3,000); up to 100 lines for poetry (see guidelines)
Pay: $0.03/word for fiction; $0.25/line for poetry
Details here and here.
(They’re also open for fiction submission from new writers for a contest, on the Preserve or Purge theme. The deadline is 31 May 2023. The top prize is $200 for stories up to 3,500 words. There’s also a $50 prize in the Youth category. Details here and here – please make sure to submit in the correct category.)

Hungry Shadow Press: The First Five Minutes of the Apocalypse Anthology
They want horror, weird, dark fiction that deals with a fictional apocalypse. “The story must take place within a short period of time (less than a day) at the beginning of a fictional apocalypse. The story shouldn’t be the inception point or the origin of the apocalyptic event. It shouldn’t even be about the event itself. Rather, it should be about when it all started for the POV character(s). Make it personal. Make it weird. Make it disturbing. Make it beautiful. We’re gonna get a lot of zombies, so points for originality.”
Reading period: 1-28 February 2023
Length: 1,500-4,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

Paper Angel Press: We Fear Not the Sea Anthology
This is a fiction anthology of stories inspired by sea shanties. “Each tale should be based on, or somehow incorporate, one sea shanty and include a speculative element of some kind. Give us your adventures with ghosts, sea monsters, and mermaids! Put us in the salty sea boots of sailors, whalers, pirates, and privateers!”
Deadline: 30 March 2023
Length: 2,000-6,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.

West Branch

West Branch is affiliated with Bucknell University. They publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations. Reviews are by assignment.
Deadline: 1 April 2023
Length: Up to 30 pages for prose; up to 6 poems
Pay: $0.05/word for prose, up to $100; $50 for poems; $200 per assigned review
Details here.

Dark Recess Press Magazine
This is a magazine of horror and dark fiction. They also commission non-fiction – articles, essays, briefs – on related themes (query for non-fiction, interviews, and reviews). Submissions are ongoing, with quarterly cut-off dates for issues.
Reading period: 1 February – 30 April 2023 for the Summer issue
Length: 500-5,000 words for fiction; varies for non-fiction
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.

This is a new press and they are reading novella submissions of 20,000-40,000 words, as well as nonfiction on specific themes. Their website says, “Psychopomp.com is a small press that seeks to publish otherworldly novellas (and eventually novels) about death, multiverses, time travel, and other strange lands.
We also publish a weekly newsletter that features nonfiction and curated content about death, science, literature, and entertainment.” The press is run by the publisher of The Deadlands magazine.
Deadline: 30 April for fiction; unspecified for nonfiction
Length: 20,000-40,000 words for fiction
Pay: $750, as well as 25% of net receipts for fiction, $50 for poetry
Details here and here.

This is a fiction magazine and they accept stories by Latinx writers only. Their website says, “LatineLit promotes fiction by and about Latinx people. We publish short stories, though we might consider publishing longer works in serialized form. We are looking for works that are primarily written in English, though we expect there will often be other languages imbedded in these stories.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 6,000 words (will consider longer)
Pay: $250
Details here and here.

The Drift
This is a magazine of culture and politics, and they also accept submissions of fiction and poetry. Essays and work for the Mentions column have to be pitched (do not send direct submissions of these; also, they list their likes and dislikes on the submission page). As always, please read the magazine first to ensure your submission is a good fit.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: No length guidelines for fiction, up to 6 poems
Pay: $2,000 for essays, $500-1,000 words for fiction, $150 for poetry, $25 for Mentions
Details here.

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




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