Calls for Short Stories: $100 to $500 Per Story

These markets pay about $100 to $500 for fiction; some also accept non-fiction and poetry. Also see this list of fiction markets paying $150-540, and this one, paying $50-180 – some deadlines are coming up. — S. Kalekar

Hinnom Magazine
This is a quarterly magazine of weird fiction and cosmic horror, and they publish short fiction and poetry. Their guidelines say, “Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy are all welcomed, as long as they fit in the realms of Weird and Cosmic. All stories and poems must also be speculative in some way.”  All horror must be otherworldly or supernatural, SF must be dark and speculative, and fantasy, morally ambiguous and grim. They welcome any combination of the above genres. They have only one submission period in 2019.
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Length: 1,000 to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.

Uncanny Magazine: The Disabled People Destroy Fantasy

For this issue, they want fantasy stories from writers who identify themselves as disabled. Their guidelines say, “We’re seeking fantasy stories that invite readers to enter worlds they’ve never seen before. We’re looking for immediate and visceral tales of danger, fun and inventive adventures, and fateful journeys to distant lands or to the dragon’s lair in your own backyard. We’re looking for intricate, challenging tales with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.” They do not require stories to explore issues relating to disability, though those are welcome. They are also looking for essays that explore the relationship between fantastical literature and disability, and will accept pitches or fully written essays. They accept poetry, as well.
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Length: 750-6,000 words for fiction, 1,000-2,500 words for essays,
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction; $60 for essays; $30 for poetry
Details here.

Orbannin Books: Letters from the Grave – A Collection of Epistolary Horror
Their guidelines say, “The epistolary form has a long, proud tradition in the horror genre. From the classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, through modern classics like World War Z. We want to see your fresh takes on the idea.” They want writers to remember that the epistolary genre doesn’t just include letters; stories can created from nearly any kinds or combinations of documents, i.e. crime scene reports, diary entries, interview transcripts, modern electronic and digital “documents” such as texts, voicemails, Tweets, or blog posts.
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.

The Arkansas International
Launched by the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing & Translation, this biannual literary magazine publishes fiction, poetry, essays, comics, and works in translation. They accept fee-free submissions via Submittable until a monthly cap is reached, after which they charge for submissions.
Deadline: 1 April 2019
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose (excerpts from longer works should be self-contained), up to 5 poems
Pay: $20/page, capped at $250
Details here.

This magazine has recently opened for submissions. They accept literary fiction, and publish only one story per issue. They also publish translated works and select reprints (see guidelines).
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500
Details here.

The Threepenny Review
This well-regarded quarterly journal has opened its reading period in January. They accept fiction, nonfiction, as well as poetry, and their response time is usually quick.
Deadline: 30 June 2019
Length: Up to 4,000 words for stories or memoirs, 1,200-2,500 for critical articles, up to 1,000 words for Table Talk pies, up to 100 lines for poems
Pay: $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece
Details here.

Galaxy’s Edge
This bi-monthly online magazine of science fiction and fantasy is currently open for submissions. They also accept translations.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.07/word
Details here.

Apex Magazine
This is an award-winning online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. They do not accept unsolicited reprints or poetry.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: $0.06/word (min. $60); additional $0.01/word if podcast
Details here.

The Drabblecast
This is a weekly audio fiction podcast. Their guidelines say, “Our singular focus is off-beat, funny, eclecticism in science fiction, fantasy, and horror.”
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Short fiction of 500-4,000 words; Drabbles of 100 words and Twabbles of 100 characters – fiction under 500 words is unpaid
Pay: $0.06/word for short fiction
Details here.

Highlights Magazine
This is a general-interest magazine for children ages 6-12. They publish stories, puzzles, articles, and activities. Stories should have an engaging plot, strong characterization, a specific setting, and lively language. Stories for beginning readers should not seem babyish to older readers, and stories for independent readers should be appealing to younger readers if read aloud. There is a list of themes they are interested in currently for short stories, and will only accept those: historical fiction set during periods other than World War II, mystery stories featuring boy protagonists, humorous stories featuring girl protagonists, and more.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Up to 750 words for fiction (see guidelines)
Pay: $175 and up for fiction and nonfiction, $75 and up for My Sci submissions, $40 and up for crafts and puzzles
Details here.


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