10 Markets Paying $50 to $480 for Short Stories

These markets pay $50-$480 for fiction. Some also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. – S. Kalekar

Short Fiction
This fiction journal is affiliated with the University of Essex and it publishes short fiction from writers in all countries, except the US. “We have wide-ranging tastes and have happily published traditional character-driven stories next to non-conformist work of extraordinary innovation.” Writers who have never had a short story published before should submit work under the ‘Introducing’ section.
Deadline: 12 December 2021
Length: 500-5,000 words
Pay: £0.02/word up to £100
Details here.

Augur: Joyful Imaginations
This Canadian speculative fiction magazine wants fiction and poetry on the ‘Joyful Imaginations’ theme. “We’re looking to explore the full spectrum of joy—burgeoning, intense, uncertain, confident, playful, hopeful. Joy that exists without opposition, and in absence of confrontation, where familiar worlds thrum with life. Joy despite opposition, as resistance, and in revolution.” They are initially open for marginalized creators in Canada (see guidelines), and later, for all writers.
Reading period: Until 5 December only for marginalized creators in Canada (see guidelines); 6-19 December 2021 for all writers
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction; up to 5 poems
Pay: CAD0.11/word, CAD110 for flash (up to 1,000 words) fiction; CAD60/poem
Details here.

Escape Artists: Cast of Wonders
This is a young adult online / audio fiction avenue. “Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range”. They read fantasy, science fiction, horror (not visceral), as well as comedy, steampunk, age-appropriate paranormal romancesuperheroes and many other genres. “All that matters is adherence to our core concept and that critical spark of wonder.” Also, “We don’t exclusively define YA as stories featuring children or young adult characters, though they are very common. We would particularly like to receive more stories about older people having first experiences!” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 20 December 2021 (see their schedule)
Length: Up to 6,000 words (prefer 3,000-4,500 words)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Ninth Letter
They accept submissions of fiction, poetry, and essays for their print edition from September 1 to February 28; submissions are fee-free via Submittable during the months of November and December. “We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.”
Deadline: 31 December 2021 (for fee-free submissions)
Length: 3-6 poems; up to 8,000 words for prose (1 story or essay, or up to 3 flash prose pieces)
Pay: $25/page up to $150
Details here and here.

Folkloric: Lovecraftian Inspired Tales of Folklore & Horror
This is a fiction anthology. They want a “dark fantasy and horror collection of stories inspired by history, folklore, cults, religion, myth, and legend—with just a touch of Cosmic Horror. We want to read about traditional beasties that lurk within the dark places of the world and the slithering tentacles that follow them! While Lovecraftian themes are encouraged, we would prefer it if these submissions were more ‘loosely inspired’ by his works than if they took place within the Cthulhu Mythos, Dream Cycle etc. … We’re looking for stories that blend traditional folklore with themes of cosmic horror. We are not looking for modern tales of horror. We’d prefer it if these submissions took place within an historical setting (preferably before the 20th century).”
Deadline: 1 January 2022
Length: Prefer stories of 5,000-9,000 words
Pay: $100-150
Details here.

(Two other Lovecraft-inspired projects are also open currently:
Cthulhu FhCon, a shared-world anthology by Impulsive Walrus, a speculative fiction publisher – the setting is a hotel in the middle of the river, but unknown to anyone but its mad designer, this hotel was built as an altar to the Old God that rests under the dark, flowing current – and this is the place where fans throw a con; interaction between the Lovecraftian-style Old God in the river and the convention must be a focal part of the story; pay is at least $0.03/word for stories of 2,000-6,000 words, and the deadline is 15 April 2022.
Soldiers of the Old Ones, a horror fiction anthology by Hiraeth Publishing – tales of the people who fight for, sacrifice for, and work toward the takeover of the world by the Old Ones; pay is $25, and submissions are open till 30 June 2022, or until filled.

They publish fiction, essays & interviews, poetry, and reviews, as well as art & photography. The magazine “connects South Asian diasporic writers and homeland writers; we also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. (By South Asia we mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.) Our hope with Jaggery is to create a journal that offers the best writing by and about South Asians and their diaspora”, according to their guidelines.
Deadline: 17 January 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction; varies for other genres
Pay: $100 for fiction; $25 for other genres
Details here.

Dark Recess Press Magazine
This is the quarterly print magazine of Dark Recess Press (they also have a webzine, and stories for this pay up to $25) and they accept horror/dark fiction. For the print magazine, they read through the year, with deadlines for each quarter’s issues. They are reading until 15 February 2022 for the Spring issue. They also accept non-fiction (query first for non-fiction).
Deadline: 15 February 2022
Length: 500-5,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.

(Submissions are also open for the Monstroddities anthology from Sliced Up Press, horror stories and poems “about monsters or unexplained occurrences that are rarely used in horror. Think cryptids, long-forgotten myths, melt monsters…phenomena like spontaneous combustion, dark matter, physical impossibilities” – pay is $25/poem, $50/story, and submissions are open until 31 December 2021, or until filled.)

Triangle House Review
They are currently open for fiction and poetry. Their guidelines also say, “And, of course, we are ALWAYS looking to consider pieces by writers who have never been published in any capacity before.”
Deadline: Open now
Length: Unspecified
Pay: $50
Details here (scroll down).

This is a new Substack newsletter, which paying subscribers can get full access to. Each newsletter contains one story – the payout for the author whose story is chosen will be $100, and 50% of subscription revenue.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 6,000-10,000 words
Pay: $100 + potential additional fee (see above)
Details here.

Three-Lobed Burning Eye
This speculative fiction magazine is published online twice per year and print anthology (every other year). They want “Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, science fiction. We’re looking for short stories from across the big classifications and the shadowed places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, and the weird tale. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental.”
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 7,500 words (2,000-5,000 preferred)
Pay: $30 for flash, $100 for short fiction
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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