10 Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $600

These markets pay $50 to $600 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. They’re open now, or will open soon. – S. Kalekar

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine
They publish fairy tales – new fairy tales or mashups of fairy tales. Through 2022, the theme they’ll be accepting work on is ‘Weather’. They also publish poetry and non-fiction. They will have 5 open reading periods in 2022, from the 1st to the 3rd of certain months: January, March, May, August, and October.
Reading period: 1st to 3rd January 2022; see above for other reading periods
Length: 750-1,000 words for fiction and nonfiction, any length for poetry
Pay: $50
Details here.

Flame Tree Publishing: Two themes
They want fiction submissions for two anthologies. They also accept reprints.
Compelling Science Fiction: “The Compelling Science Fiction Short Stories collection is looking for new tales which are on the more plausible end of the SF spectrum. Time can be stretched, other worlds discovered, aliens can be present and quantum realms can be explored, but preferably all with a strong spine of internal self-consistency and dose of real-world science.
Christmas Gothic Short Stories: “The Christmas Gothic Short Stories collection … is a seasonal celebration of the dark and moody, the ghastly, the ghostly and the magical Christmas short story.” Deadline: 9 January 2022
Length: 2,000-4,000 words (see guidelines)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Solarpunk Magazine
This is another magazine that’s open for a short period in January. It is a new magazine, and they are reading solarpunk fiction, as well as poetry and non-fiction submissions for Issue 2. They’ve also announced their reading periods for 2022, including for themed issues, on their website. They have extensive guidelines – please read them before submitting.
Reading period: 1-14 January 2022
Length: 500-7,500 words for fiction
Pay: $0.08/word for stories, $40 per poem, and $75 per essay
Details here and here.

Adi Magazine
Their website says this is “a new US-based literary journal rehumanizing policy.” They want short fiction for their winter 2022 issue. “We’re looking for short stories that examine lives impacted by policy and politics. This should be interpreted expansively and imaginatively. Please familiarize yourself with the range and spirit of our archives; Adi tends toward creative, experimental approaches to political writing, with a particular focus on those on the margins and in the global south. … We’re not interested in the drearily righteous; we want stories that unearth new worlds, that plumb interior lives alongside external conflicts, that satirize and fantasize, that disturb, beguile, challenge, surprise, ignite.” They also accept fiction translations/proposals (see guidelines).
Deadline: 15 January 2022
Length: Unspecified
Pay: $200 for flash (up to 1,000 words); $500 for stories of 2,500 words or more
Details here.

Paper Lanterns
This literary journal is ‘for all things to do with Teen and Young Adult Literature’. They publish flash and short fiction (up to 2,000 words), and poetry. They accept submissions from writers ages 13+ and writers under 16 will receive book vouchers instead of cash payment.
Deadline: 15 January 2022
Length: Up to 2,000 words for fiction; up to 400 words for flash fiction; up to 40 lines for poetry
Pay: €50 for flash fiction and poetry, and €75 for fiction
Details here.

Arc Manor Books: The Reinvented Detective Anthology
CAEZIK is the SF/fantasy imprint of Arc Manor Books, an indie publisher, and they are reading submissions for a fiction anthology. Their guidelines say, “As we move forward into the age of information, what happens to our ideas of detection and crime? How do you handle it when your smart car blackmails you or you need to murder the downloaded personality of your enemy? What acts to enforce society’s norms and catch those violating them in the future? Will our definitions of crime — or punishment — change, and what new forms of either might appear?” Among the stories they hope to see are updated tropes like but not limited to the hardboiled detective, the police procedural, or the locked room mystery; kidnapped AIs, stolen memories and identities, virtual crimes vs physical ones.
Deadline: 15 January 2022
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Alpennia: The Lesbian Historic Motif Podcast
They want historic fiction with lesbian themes, which will be published online and on their podcast. “Stories must be set in an actual historic culture–i.e., a specific time and place in history–and the plot and characters should be firmly rooted in that time and place. (No time-travel or past memories, please.)” Stories may include fantastic elements that are appropriate to the historic setting (see guidelines) and must be set before 1900. Romance is optional, and romance stories should have some other significant plot element in addition to the romance; they do not want erotica. Stories should feature lesbian-relevant themes. Authors of all genders and orientations are welcome to submit.
Reading period: 1-31 January 2022
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Bennington Review
This literary magazine publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, film (and TV) writing and cross-genre work; “we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.” For fiction and non-fiction, they also accept self-contained excerpts from longer pieces. They publish translations, as well.
Deadline: 8 May 2022
Length: Up to 30 pages of prose; 3-5 poems; 10-20 pages of film (or TV) writing
Pay: $100-200 for prose; $20/poem
Details here.

Land Luck Review
This is a new magazine. They are currently accepting literary or experimental microfiction,  flash fiction, and prose poetry submissions for their first issue.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Micro fiction or prose poetry under 250 words, and flash fiction or prose poetry between 250 and 500 words.
Pay: $100
Details here.

Factor Four Magazine
They publish flash fiction in the genres of speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 1,000 words
Pay: $0.11/word
Details here.

This magazine is open for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions from creators of marginalized identities only – see their FAQ section for details. (They’re also accepting submissions for their poetry and prose contest from US-based writers only; the deadline for that is 31 January 2022, and the prize is $300.)
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose; up to 5 poems
Pay: $25 for flash & micro, $50-$75 for longer prose; $15/poem, plus $5 per additional printed page
Details here.

The Common Tongue Magazine
This is a dark fantasy magazine; they publish flash to novella length work, and translations. They also publish nonfiction and poetry. They only want high fantasy, not low fantasy, stories (see guidelines). They accept submissions for their Athuruin dark fantasy shared universe stories, as well.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 500-7,000 words for fiction, up to 40 lines for poetry, up to 2,500 words for non-fiction; 20,000-40,000 words for novellas
Pay: $0.03/word for short fiction and non-fiction, $20 for flash fiction and poetry; $0.03/word up to 6,000 words for novellas, $0.01/word after that
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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