10 Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $500 for November and December 2021


These markets pay $50 to approximately $500 for fiction. Some also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. They are open for submissions now, or will open soon.
– S. Kalekar


Night Shift Radio: The Storyteller Series
This podcast has The Storyteller Series and they choose two stories to publish each month. One story will be chosen for the Full Cast Audiobook treatment; that author will receive $50 for audio rights and non-exclusive print rights. A second piece will be chosen for their mid-month print only piece. The author of that piece will be offered $25. They publish fiction, nonfiction, memoir – anything that reads with tension and excitement. They read work from 21st-28th during certain months.
Deadline: 28 November 2021
Length: 7,000-10,000 words
Pay: $25, $50 (see guidelines)
Details here (episodes) and here (guidelines).

Weirdpunk Books: Stories of the Eye Anthology
This is a fiction anthology. They want “horror stories that explore the complex relationships between artists and models. Go beyond the male gaze. Show us the queer gaze, the disabled gaze, the un-colonialized gaze, the intergalactic gaze. Turn the model’s gaze on the artist or audience. Explore the power of images, why we bring them to life or destroy them through duplication and representation, and how the act of creating changes them and changes us. Invent a future art form or resurrect a forgotten handicraft. Define “model” as widely and surprisingly as you like”.
Deadline: 30 November 2021
Length: 2,500-5,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.

(Submissions are also open for the Greater & Gander Collective Folk Fiction Writing Competition, which focuses on at least two people from different walks of life coming together to accomplish something, and on a science lesson; a contest which counteracts the superhero narrative. The deadline is 8 December 2021, and the top prize is $250.)

Mukana Press: Anthology of African Short Stories
They are reading for their inaugural fiction anthology. This call is for African authors only. They accept original work. Also, “Stories previously published only on online literary platforms are welcome if rights were reverted to the author upon publication.”
Deadline: 30 November 2021
Length: 1,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500 advance + royalties
Details here.

Scare Street: Night Terrors
They want short horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales for their Night Terrors anthology. “We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling” according to their guidelines.
Deadline: 30 November 2021
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Pay: “$10 per 1,000 words” ($0.01/word)
Details here.

They publish speculative fiction and poetry – “science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but also compelling work that blurs the lines between these and falls outside of neat genre categories. Man does not live on space ships, elves, and ghostly ax murderers alone, after all.” They also accept artwork.
Deadline: 1 December 2021
Length: 250-10,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.01/word for fiction; $5/poem
Details here.

Scary Dairy Press: Bloody Rock anthology
This is a horror fiction anthology that combines a rock song theme and creepy horror. It draws inspiration from the terrifying tunes of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Stories must not use the original song lyrics, however the song inspiring the tale should be clear. “We are looking for stories that channel deathly waves on the air! Bonus points if tales champion animals or animal rights …, focus on human rights, climate change, gender issues, and other important social issues.”

Deadline: 1 December 2021
Length: 2,000-5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

The Puritan
This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction – interviews, essays and reviews – from all over the world. They accept a certain number of fee-free submissions every month. Deadline: 25 December 2021 for the Winter issue; reads year-round Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for non-fiction (see guidelines)
Pay: CAD200 per essay; CAD150 for fiction; CAD100 per interview or review; CAD25 per poem (or page, capped at CAD80)
Details here.

The Cincinnati Review
This literary magazine accepts fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, poetry translations, and art. They also have a weekly online Flash feature called miCRo (payment for this is a digital contributor copy). Their submission cap is usually reached well before the close of the reading period.
Reading period: 1 December to 31 December 2021, or until filled
Length: Fiction can be up to 40 pages, non-fiction up to 20 pages, and up to 5 poems
Pay: $25/page for prose in the journal, $30/page for poetry
Details here.

Short Édition: Short Circuit

They publish work for short story dispensers around the world, and also on their website. Please note, their length guidelines are given in the number of characters, not words. See guidelines about poetry submission details. They only accept fictional works, and they may be any style or genre, excluding erotica.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Short stories and poems of maximum 7,500 characters (spaces included) or children’s works of maximum 7,000 characters; up to three poems, up to two children’s stories, or one short story per submission
Pay: €100 for fiction and €50 for poetry
Details here.

This is a young adult magazine – they publish fiction and creative nonfiction, and also craft essays. They read submissions year-round. They’re also reading submissions for a contest, which has a fee.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $200 for fiction and non-fiction; $50 for craft essays
Details here.

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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