10 Fiction Markets Paying $70 to $600 for Short Stories

These magazines/anthologies will pay approximately $70 to $600 for fiction (one market pays considerably more for novella-length stories). A couple of them also publish other genres, like fiction and poetry. They’re are open now, or will open soon for submissions. – S. Kalekar

The Wild Hunt
They publish fiction (flash and short). According to their website, the magazine “celebrates the weird, surreal, the other, and imaginary worlds. Its aim is to feature writing and artwork that includes strange occurrences, mysterious places, magic, creatures and monsters, the uncanny, fairies, folklore, horror, the ghostly and ghoulish, and any whirlwind adventures.”
Deadline: 17 December 2021
Length: 500-3,000 words
Pay: £0.02/word
Details here.

(Women-identified authors are invited to submit to submit horror fiction to a Baba Yaga themed anthology, titled Into the Forest, from Black Spot Books. Pay is $0.06/word for stories of 1,000-5,000 words, and the deadline is 31 December 2021.)

Neon Hemlock Press
They’re currently open for three projects; two for original stories (see below), and one is for a reprint anthology, titled We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2021, details here and here – payment is unspecified, and the deadline for that is 31 December 2021.
— Baffling Magazine – This is open for flash fiction submissions. “We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.”
Deadline: 20 December 2021
Length: Up to 1,200 words (specially want to see more stories under 500 words)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here and here.
— Luminescent Machinations: Queer Tales of Monumental Invention – They want “Speculative stories focusing on queerness in the darker side of science-fiction, fantasy and horror: mechs, mecha and cybernetics as both extensions and perversions of humanity” for this anthology.  They have extensive guidelines, including: “Starships, piloted and unpiloted machines of war or industry, the occasional cyborg… mecha are a representation of war, of power and resistance, of transcending human limits, a representation of extension of the body itself. We are looking for stories about these machines and the people who interface with them through a queer lens, in the most inclusive definition of queer. Queer, trans, undefinable.”
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: Up to 6,000 words (1,000-4,000 preferred)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here, here (scroll down), and here (Submittable).

The Kenyon Review
This magazine usually publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. For the current submission call, their guest editors will edit a portfolio of literature in translation, to be published in one of their issues in 2023. Their guidelines say, “If translation is about transcending boundaries, what are the boundaries we can transcend through translation other than that of language and culture? What false binaries can we interrogate through experimental approaches, and what new permutations can we include under the umbrella of “translation”? What if we inverted the adjectives usually allocated to translations in reviews and attempted translations that are not smooth but rough, not seamless but seamful, not bold but timorous, not nimble but ungainly? We are interested in experiments that undermine traditional hierarchies of original and translation, behind-the-scenes accounts of translation, hybrid translations, fiction and poetry about translation and translators, and fungal translations—a breaking-down and reconstituting of the source in an entirely new form, as opposed to the translation-as-reproduction paradigm. We would be particularly delighted by translations from literatures, both in terms of source languages and forms, that are traditionally underrepresented in white Anglophone publishing.” They’re also reading submissions for a non-fiction contest, and that has an entry fee.
Deadline: 31 December 2021
Length: Up to 7,500 words for prose; up to 6 poems, according to general submission guidelines
Pay: For translators, $120 per poem or $300 for a work of prose; and $75 honorarium to the author of the original work
Details here and here.

Zombies Need Brains
They are open for three speculative fiction anthologies – Noir, featuring “science fiction, fantasy, or urban fantasy stories with a detective/private investigator set-up and a noir atmosphere” in a variety of genre settings; Shattering the Glass Slipper, about “stories of known fairy tales that have been upended, gender-bent, or twisted around in some way” – see guidelines for fairy tales that the anchor authors are intending to use, and they’re unlikely to use the same fairy tale twice; and Brave New Worlds, featuring “science fiction stories set along the pathway of us leaving Earth for the stars”.
Deadline: 31 December 2021
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: At least $0.08/word
Details here.

This Ireland-based journal was born out of the climate crisis, publishing poetry and prose with an environmentalist perspective.
They publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry – they want work that engages with the natural world, and have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self. They also accept translations. Deadline: 31 December 2021
Length: Up to 6,000 words for prose, up to 4 poems
Pay: €50/poem, and €50/page of prose up to €150
Details here.

This magazine publishes work by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. “This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation.” They are reading speculative fiction (short fiction to novella length) and poetry submissions for an unthemed issue; non-fiction is closed. They also accept reviews.
Deadline: 31 December 2021
Length: 2,000-15,000 words for fiction; up to 1,000 words for poetry
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $50 for poems
Details here.

Cosmic Horror Monthly
This magazine will open in January for submissions of Cosmic Horror, Lovecraftian, Weird, and dark science fiction stories. They also accept reprints, and artwork. Please do not send submissions before 1st January.
Reading period: 1-14 January 2022
Length: 1,000-7,500 words (up to 5,000 words preferred)
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

Planet Scumm
They are reading submissions for issue #14, for Fall 2022 – they publish “Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, sci-fi that melts in your mouth-brain not your hand-brain” as well as speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream.
Deadline: 17 January 2022
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.04/word
Details here.

Wyldblood Magazine
Wyldblood is open for speculative fiction submissions for their Wyld Flash series, and for Wyldblood Magazine, a print and digital magazine. They also accept reprints. (The press is also open for submissions, and pays royalties).
Deadline: Open now
Length: 250-7,000 words
Pay: £0.01/word up to £75
Details here.

This is a print-only annual literary magazine. They publish fiction, and they are reading now for their third issue. There is no deadline; submissions will remain open until filled.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 4,000 words
Pay: CAD50-200
Details here.

(Submissions are also open for Mumber Mag – they want fiction, nonfiction, and translations, of up to 2,000 words, as well as poetry. They want work suited to the internet – it could mean short, or work with hyperlinks. Pay is $25 for poetry and shorts, and $50 for other work. The deadline is 1 January 2022.)

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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