10 Publishers Seeking Short Stories ($100 to $450 Per Story)

These markets pay $100 up to $450 for fiction, and some accept other genres too, like non-fiction and poetry. – S. Kalekar

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
They publish fiction – science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, eldritch. They care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability. They also publish non-fiction.
Reading period: 21-28 March 2020
Length: Anywhere from 1,000 words up; shorter pieces will be favored
Pay: $0.06/word for fiction
Details here.

On Spec
­­­­­This Canadian magazine is open for fiction, poetry, and art submissions. They publish science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, horror, and other speculative fiction stories.   
Deadline: 31 March 2020
Length: 1,000-6,000 words for fiction, 4-100 lines for poetry
Pay: CAD50 for poetry, CAD50-200 for fiction
Details here.

Mocha Memoirs Press: SLAY – Stories of the Vampire Noire
They want stories of vampire noire, the black vampire. Their guidelines say, “Remember, this entire anthology is dedicated to stories of the black vampire. They can be in space, superheroes, but they must be from the African Diaspora.” Also, “We want stories of vampire hunters, of anti-vampiric heroes/heroines, and more. If you can take the story out of westernized culture, we’d love to see those, too! We want stories that speak of inclusivity“, so stories with disabled vampires or those with LGBTQ+ themes are welcome.

Deadline: 31 March 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.

This Australian magazine publishes short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism. Non-subscribers will be asked to take magazine subscription as part payment for their work. Submission of scholarly articles is accepted year-round.
Deadline: 31 March 2020
Length: Up to 3,500 words for fiction and creative non-fiction; up to five poems; up to 5,000 words for essays; 500-700 words for reviews
Pay: AUD200 for short stories and articles, AUD120-150 for poetry, AUD120 for visual art/intro essay and online pieces, AUD100 for reviews
Details here.

West Branch
This literary magazine publishes fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and translations.
Deadline: 1 April 2020
Length: Up to 30 pages of prose; up to six poems
Pay: $0.05/word for prose up to $100; $50 for poetry
Details here.

Translunar Travelers Lounge
The editors of this speculative fiction magazine want stories that are “fun”. Their guidelines say, “A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible.” ” Also, “Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella.”
Deadline: 15 April 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word ($20 minimum)
Details here.

The Massachusetts Review
­­­­­They publish fiction, poetry, essays, hybrid submissions, and translations. Translations are accepted year-round. There is no fee for mailed submissions.    
Deadline: 30 April 20
Length: Up to 8,000 words for fiction, up to 6 poems; no length guidelines for essay submissions
Pay: $100
Details here.

This magazine has recently opened its submission period. They publish fiction that is dark, literary – creepy, weird, and unsettling. Their guidelines say, “No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”,” – and also the first volume of their stories. They do not want work about vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex. They also accept reprints. They can accept only 300 submissions a month during their reading period.
Deadline: 15 May 2020 (Their guidelines page has this deadline, though the Submittable link gives a slightly later date).
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word, up to $150
Details here.

Cricket Media: New themes

They have announced several special themes for their children’s literary magazines: Beep-Beep, Vroom-Vroom! and Breezy Summer (for BabyBug); Making Make Believe and My Family (for LadyBug); Wordplay and Get a Move On! (for Spider) and Best Friends Forever? and Tales of the Sea (for Cricket). Non-themed submissions are open too. They also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry, craft, and recipes. 
Deadlines: Various
Length: Up to 1,800 words for fiction in Cricket, their flagship magazine (can serialize longer works); varies for others
Pay: Up to 0.25/word
Details here

Cemetery Gates Media: Personal Local Lore/Oddities Anthology
This is a horror fiction anthology on your personal local lore/oddities. Their guidelines say, “Write something dark into a setting you’ve experienced — it could be a place you’ve lived, or even just somewhere you’ve visited on a vacation. Is there a landmark in your town that you can write a nightmare into? Have you ever legend tripped somewhere and thought, well, that cave, mausoleum, torture tree was neat, but I wish there was more to the story?” Also, “In our fifth year of publishing we’re looking to expand our reach into 21st Century folklore, urban legends, and the space between creepypasta and literary horror.” The submission window may close earlier than expected because they will begin accepting work before the deadline.
Deadline: 1 August 2020, or until filled
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.

Author 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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