10 Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $800 for Short Stories

These markets pay $50 to $800 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. They’re open for submissions now, or will open for a brief period soon. – S. Kalekar

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
This speculative fiction magazine publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and artwork. They publish science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form; see guidelines for the hard sells, and the kind of stories they won’t accept. They also accept reprints of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They read submissions for two days at the beginning of every month.
Reading period: 1-2 April 2021
Length: Anywhere from 1,000 words and up for fiction (shorter works favored); unspecified for others
Pay: $0.06/word for fiction, $0.02-0.06/word for nonfiction, $1/line for poetry up to 40 lines (lower for longer poems)
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. They want work that is dark and literary.
Deadline: 2 April 2021
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Pay: “$10 per 1,000 words” ($0.01/word)
Details here.

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine
They publish fairy tale themed fiction and poetry; both of these have to follow the specific yearly theme, while nonfiction can be on any fairy tale subject. They’re open for 72 hours at the beginning of each month (January-November). For 2021, the theme is ‘Healers, Midwives and Cunning Folk.’ Their guidelines say, “I’m looking for old fashioned herbal healers who served villages way back in the day, midwives also tended to help with a variety of ailments, and “cunning folk,” who used folk magic as well as potions, salves and poultices, etc. Think of regular herbalists, hedge witches, kitchen witches, regular midwives, etc. I am looking for folklore to merge into fairy tales here.
What does that mean? It means you should submit works that have at least an element of the theme above. You may retell an existing fairy tale or use a story for a jumping off place for your poem or story. You can mashup two or more fairy tales. The theme may figure into your work in subtle or large ways.” The editor prefers stories that end happily, though that’s not essential. And please keep in mind the classic fairy tale form when writing stories.
Reading period: 1-3 April 2021
Length: 750-1,000 words for prose; poetry of any length
Pay: $50
Details here.

Ninth Letter: Distanced
They want work for their online edition, on the ‘Distanced’ theme. They publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Their guidelines say, “What forces push us apart? What choices made, or not, put distance between us and our loved ones and places? Send us your distanced pandemic stories, poetry and essays, but also those pieces that deal with other separations. We want the topical as well as the unexpected, and distances both great and small: the strained conversations of both mask wearers and exes; families seen weekly on video calls and long-lost relations; digital art gallery tours and moon rovers; dogs on leads and dogs in head cones. What keeps things distanced, no matter the distance?” Apart from cash payment, they also offer a two-year subscription to the magazine.
Deadline: 5 April 2021
Length: Up to 3,500 words, up to 3 poems
Pay: $75 for prose, $25 per poem for online edition
Details here.

Bronzewood Books: Gaslamp Fantasy Anthology
They want fiction submissions for an anthology that will be “filled with short stories that highlight a magical or haunting Victorian setting. The tentative plan is to release in time for Halloween, so the more spooky you can make the story, the better.
If you’re curious about what Gaslamp Fantasy entails, think about Steampunk but less about tech and more focus on magic.” Gaslamp is a subgenre of both fantasy and historical fiction – see their extensive guidelines for more.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Pay: $0.015/word
Details here.

The Georgia Review
This literary magazine publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and book reviews. Regarding length for fiction and non-fiction, their guidelines say, “Although we are willing to read work of any length, we rarely publish prose works 9000 words or longer.” They charge a $3 fee to non-subscribers wanting to submit online, but there is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 15 May 2020
Length: See above for fiction and non-fiction; 6-8 pages for poetry
Pay: $50/printed page of prose; $4/line of poetry; $150 for book reviews
Details here.

The Dread Machine: Darkness Blooms

The Dread Machine is a magazine, publishing house, and community of writers and fans of dread-inspiring fiction, according to their website. For the ‘Darkness Blooms’ fiction anthology their guidelines say, “Identity, security, and community are inexorably entwined.

We’re looking for stories touching on at least one of these themes. We want you to explore the boundaries of who we are, what makes us feel safe (and at what cost), with whom we choose to surround ourselves, and our darkest secrets.” All submissions must inspire dread. See their extensive guidelines for details, including their wish list, hard sells, and hard passes. Writers can submit up to three stories.

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Mystery Weekly Magazine: Die Laughing – An Anthology of Humorous Mysteries
This magazine publishes mystery stories, and they are reading work for mysteries with a humour element for an anthology. They want “stories with off-beat characters, bungling detectives, or funny premises. Be creative, but make it about a mystery/crime, and make us laugh!” They want fiction and B&W comics.
Deadline: 1 June 2021
Length: 1,000-8,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word for fiction, $25 for black and white comics
Details here.
(Another mystery magazine open for submissions is Strand Magazine – they haven’t specified a deadline, and they pay $100 to 150 for 2,000 to 6,000 word mystery stories.)

Orion’s Belt
This is a literary speculative fiction magazine. Their website says, “We specialize in the strange and poignant and awe-inspiring, stories that have a cosmic scale and intimate personal stakes.” They publish one story a month.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 1,200 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Boneyard Soup Magazine
They publish fiction in the horror and dark fantasy genres, including traditional Gothic, pulpy horror with an ’80s vibe, body horror, ghost stories, horror comedy, and stories within the horror and dark fantasy genres. They also publish reprints, as well as non-fiction and artwork. They’re now open to reprint flash fiction of 500-1,500 words, as well (see guidelines).
Deadline: Open now
Length: 2,000-6,000 words for fiction; up to 3,000 words for non-fiction
Pay: $0.05/word
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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