10 Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $600 for May 2022

These markets pay $50 to $600 for fiction; one of them pays more for novella-length work. A few also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. – S. Kalekar

They publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry “for every season”. “We are looking for nature-inspired pieces for summer, autumn and winter. We are leaning into our sylvan vibes this year; send us your forest poems, tales of fairies, and moments in nature.”
Deadline: 15 May 2022
Length: Up to two pieces of 1,500 words each for prose, up to 5 poems
Pay: £1.75 per line for poetry, £0.25 per word for prose
Details here.

This is a new, modern magazine of swashbuckling adventure – you can read more about them here. “We love fantasy, steampunk, and historical fiction, but we’ll read anything that fits the Rakehell vibe. We’re looking for small-scale conflicts with personal motivations. We’re less interested in epic quests and straight military fiction. … Feel free to draw on other genres, like mystery, comedy, and romance. No erotica, please.” Think Robin Hood, the Three Musketeers, Horatio Hornblower, Flashman, Indiana Jones (and more). Please send submissions only during the reading period.
Deadline: 14 May 2022
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

Western Anthology
This is an anthology from Bridigs Gate Press and they want Western horror. “Splatterpunk Western Horror set in the late 1800s in the Old West. All horror tropes welcome. Violence, gore, and explicit sexual content are no replacement for story. These elements must drive the story forward, not distract from the story.” The anthology title is yet to be decided. (They’ll open submissions for another anthology, Dangerous Waters – Deadly Women of the Sea, in June.)
Deadline: 15 May 2022
Length: 2,500-5,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Some other themed fiction submission calls open now are:
Literally Dead – Halloween Ghost Anthology, dark fiction of “classic paranormal, poltergeists, ghosts, spirits, haunted places and objects, and the eerily unexplained that take place on or around Halloween. Bonus points if they’re about families, siblings, longtime pals, or pets.” Pays $0.06/word for stories of 2,000-4,000 words, deadline 31 May 2022.
Nightmare Skies – Stories of astronomical horror, fiction and poetry anthology from Death Knell Press; “astronomy or night-sky themed horror stories about humans and our connection to the stars. Get scientific. Get mystical. Get psychological or supernatural. Get cosmic or earthly, but make it about the character’s experience.” Pays $0.01/word for stories of 1,000-5,000 words, deadline 31 May 2022.
the other side of hope, a journal of refugee and immigrant literature. Fiction and poetry are open to refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants only; they accept non-fiction, book reviews, and author interview submissions by everyone on the theme of migration. Pay is £100 for the print issue, and £50 for the online issue, and £300 for cover art. Authors seeking asylum will receive a £100/£50 online gift card. The deadline is 31 May 2022.
Azathoth: Ordo ab Chao anthology, based on the Lovecraftian god of chaos, Azathoth. Pays $0.05/word for stories of 5,000-7,000 words, deadline 31 May 2022.
Mother – Tales of Love and Terror, a horror, fantasy, and SF anthology from Weird Little Worlds Press. Their stretch Kickstarter goals have been met. It pays $0.05/word and $50 for poems; fiction submissions can now be 1,000-5,000 words, and the deadline has been extended to 1 June 2022 – see this update on Kickstarter for these details.
Rural Writers of Color Fiction Anthology from EastOver Press, a reprint anthology by BIPOC writers who live in or hail from rural or semi-rural locales in the US and whose short stories feature characters living and/or working in rural or semi-rural spaces. Pay is $100-300. There is no deadline specified.)

Night Shift Radio: The Storyteller Series
Night Shift Radio 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, non-fiction, memoir – anything that reads with tension and excitement. They will read work from 21st-28th during certain months: May, August, and November. Please send submissions only during the reading period.
Reading period: 21-28 May 2022
Length: 7,000-10,000 words
Pay: $25, $50 (see guidelines)
Details here (episodes) and here (guidelines).

Uncanny Magazine
This award-winning speculative fiction magazine will soon open for short story submissions. They are currently open for novella-length fiction.
Deadline: 15 May 2022 for novella-length stories; reading period 16-31 May 2022 for short fiction
Length: 17,500 to 40,000 words for novellas; 750-6,000 words for short fiction
Pay: $0.10/word
Details here.

Nashville Review
This literary magazine publishes fiction (flash, short fiction, and novel excerpts), non-fiction, poetry, translations, and comics. They have reading periods for all genres (apart from comics, which are open year-round) – January, May, and September. Category-wise submissions may close earlier than the deadline, if volume demands.
Deadline: 31 May 2022, or until filled
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose; up to 3 poems
Pay: $100
Details here.

The Cincinnati Review
This literary magazine is accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and queries for drama. Print magazine submission windows are May, September, and December; online submissions are open year-round. Their submission window closes 31 May or until filled – submissions usually fill up quickly; at the time of writing, though, they were still open for submissions.
Deadline: 31 May 2022, or until filled
Length: Up to 40 pages for fiction, up to 20 pages for nonfiction, up to 5 poems
Pay: $25/page of prose and $30/page of poetry for the print magazine
Details here (guidelines) and here (submission manager).

New Gothic Review
This is a magazine of modern Gothic and Weird short fiction. They want stories “that reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century. We want stories that are beautifully written, heavily atmospheric, and psychologically chilling.” Please read the guidelines to what kind of elements they welcome, and what they do not want.
Deadline: 30 June 2022
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Pay: $65
Details here.

Old Moon Quarterly
This is a new fiction magazine and their first issue will be forthcoming in Summer 2022. You can read more about them here. They have extensive guidelines about the kind of stories they want, including “character-focused, weird sword-and-sorcery: stories of a dark and transgressive nature, set in a secondary or historical-paranormal (“our” reality, but with a twist, if you will) world, with a focus on rounded characters undergoing some sort of conflict, resolved (though not always successfully!) by the might of their main or mind.
We love stories that combine that sense of action and adventure with well-rounded characters who make us question our own realities and perceptions. We love to see the gothic, the baroque, the eldritch, and we love to see it hit with an axe.”
Deadline: Open now
Length: 1,000-4,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.

Etherea Magazine
This journal, established in July 2021, is seeking fantasy and science fiction short stories. “We are not too interested in horror or grimdark, however every submission is read and considered on its merits.” Also, “We are an Australian publication, and have dedicated ourselves to publishing a minimum of 25% Australian content.” They also accept reprints, and will consider completed serials (see guidelines).
Deadline: Open now
Length: 500-1,000 words for flash fiction, 2,000-5,000 words for short fiction
Pay: AUD25 for flash fiction, AUD100 for short fiction
Details here.

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



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