10 Short Story Publishers that Pay $100 to $300+

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These markets pay $100 for fiction, and some pay significantly more. A few of them also accept other genres, like poetry, non-fiction, reviews, and drama. Some also accept translations. These do not charge a fee to submit, or have fee-free options, like mailed submissions. Some deadlines /reading periods are coming up. – S. Kalekar
Apparition Lit: Retribution They accept speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror, literary) and poetry and they are reading on the ‘Retribution’ theme. Deadline: 31 May Length: 1,000-5,000 words for fiction, up to five poems Pay: $0.03/word for prose, $15/poem Details here.
New England Review This literary magazine publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction (several types), drama, translation, creative writing for the web site. They prefer online submissions, which have a fee, but they also accept mailed submissions from those unable to use Submittable. There is no fee for mailed submissions. Deadline: 31 May 2019 Length: Up to 20,000 words for fiction and non-fiction, up to six poems Pay: $20/page for print, $50 for digital Details here.  
Cast of Wonders: Banned Books Week – Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Turn the Light On! They want young adult fiction for Banned Books Week and this year, the theme is ‘Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Turn the Light On!’ Stories are for their website and podcast. The guidelines say, “We want to see stories of hope and warmth, but we’re also open to stories that might not have happy endings. Sometimes the light of day is harsh, and sometimes we need that harshness to better see the truth. We’re looking for clarity, hope, light, resistance, and love. Religious and political themes are welcome, though we’re not looking for anything preachy or dogmatic. We’re open as far as genre and tone go. Just give us your truth.” All their regular submission guidelines apply. Deadline: 1 June 2019 Length: Up to 6,000 words Pay: $0.06/word Details here.
PseudoPod This horror audio magazine will open a brief submission period soon. They accept horror in all forms (though writers are better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless these have a really unique spin). What matters most is that stories be dark and compelling. They accept reprints. Reading period: 24 May-2 June 2019 Length: Up to 6,000 words Pay: $0.06/word Details guidelines here and here.
Helios Quarterly Magazine This is a magazine of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. For their upcoming submission call (the magazine is turning five years old in 2020), they are especially interested in horror fiction and poetry by Black, Indigenous, and other poets and writers of color. They are interested in Dieselpunk, Solarpunk, Arcanepunk, Weird Westerns, Cyberpunk, Magic Realism, Gothic Romance, Retrofuturism, Afrofuturism, Cli-Fi and other lesser-known sub-genres. They accept reprints and translations. Reading period: 1-15 June 2019 Length: 100-7,500 words Pay: $0.06/word for fiction, $50 for poetry Details here.
Consequence Magazine This annual literary magazine publishes short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, interviews, reviews, and visual art mainly focused on the culture of war. They have opened their submission period in May. Deadline: 31 August 2019 Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose, up to three poems Pay: $10/page for prose (up to $250), $25/page for poetry, $15/page for translations (up to $250) Details here.
Stupefying Stories They publish science fiction, fantasy, and horror, in roughly that order of preference. Deadline: 31 August 2019 Length: Up to 10,000 words (query for longer) Pay: 1.5c/word for short stories, $15 for stories less than 1,000 words Details here.
Monster Out of the Closet This LGBTQ+ Horror Fiction podcast is accepting work on several themes, including ‘Uncanny’ and ‘Games’ (scroll right down to the video panels under ‘Forthcoming themes’ at the bottom, and click on each to see the themes that are open). They also accept reprints and only accept work from LGBTQ+ artists. Deadline: Unspecified Length: Up to 5,000 words Pay: $0.02/word Details here.
Carve They publish literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. They accept novel excerpts if these stand alone as a story. There is no fee for mailed submissions. Deadline: Rolling Length: Fiction and non-fiction up to 10,000 words; up to three poems Pay: $100 for fiction, $25 for non-fiction and poetry Details here.
The Malahat Review This Canadian literary magazine accepts submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews and criticism, poetry, and translations. They also have a ‘Publishing Tips’ column. Deadline: Rolling Length: Up to 8,000 words for fiction, up to 4,500 words for creative non-fiction, and 3-5 poems Pay: CAD65/page; CAD50 for the ‘Publishing Tips’ column Details here.

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