10 Short Story Publishers that Pay $150 Per Story

These venues pay $150 for fiction, and some pay significantly more. A few also accept non-fiction, poetry, and translations. Several of these markets have just opened their submission periods, and some have submission windows/deadlines coming up. Here they are, in no particular order. — S. Kalekar

Constellary Tales
This is a new science fiction magazine and podcast. They do not want stories without a necessary speculative element, nor do they want horror. Read more about the kind of stories they want here.
They also say that the name “Constellary” betrays their love for science fiction, but they’re fans of fantasy, too.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 1,000-3,500 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.

For this podcast, stories and poetry must be speculative and must have some queer content.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 7,500 words of prose; up to 5 poems
Pay: $0.03/word for fiction, $10 per poem
Details here.

This is a magazine for dark fiction: “We go for stories that are dark, literary; we are looking for the creepy, the weird and the unsettling.” They do not want stories about vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, or high fantasy.
Reading period: 15 September-15 November 2018; can accept only 300 submissions per month
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word, up to $150
Details here.

Antioch Review
This magazine has just opened its submission period. They accept fiction, non-fiction and poetry. For fiction, it is “the story that counts, a story worthy of the serious attention of the intelligent reader, a story that is compelling, written with distinction. Only rarely do we publish translations of well-known or new foreign writers. A chapter of a novel is welcome only if it can be read complete in itself as a short story.” Submissions must be mailed.
Deadline: 31 May for prose, 30 April 2019 for poetry
Length: Accepts up to 5,000 words of prose; can accept up to 8,000
Pay: $20/page
Details here.

One Story
They accept literary fiction, and publish one story per issue. Stories can be of any style or subject. They want stories which “leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” This market has just opened its reading period.
Deadline: 14 November 2018
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500
Details here.

They opened their reading period on 16 August. They accept fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They do accept genre fiction, but it must have literary merit, or transcend or challenge genre. Writers from the US must mail their submissions, and writers from elsewhere can email them.
Deadline: 15 April 2019
Length: Up to 7,200 words of fiction; 1,500-5,000 words of non-fiction; up to 6 poems (of 2 pages each)
Pay: $175-250 for fiction; $100-150 for non-fiction; $75-100 for poetry; more for commissioned work in each category
Details here.

The Southern Review
This literary magazine accepts fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and translations in all genres. They will waive the service charge for online submissions of translations during September, in celebration of National Translation Month. There is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 1 December 2018 for fiction and non-fiction; 1 January 2019 for poetry and translations
Length: Up to 8,000 words of prose, up to 5 poems (15 pages in all)
Pay: $50 for the first page, $25 for each subsequent page, up to $200
Details here.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
They accept science fiction, fantasy, myth, legends, fairy tales, and eldritch stories in written, podcast, and/or graphic story form. They accept both serious and humorous work. See guidelines for details about what would be hard sells, and the editors’ preferences. They also accept non-fiction and artwork, as well as poetry. They have four short reading periods each year, and one is coming up.
Reading period: 21-28 September 2018
Length: Anything from 1,000 words and up; shorter is better
Pay: $0.06/word for fiction, $0.02-0.06/word for non-fiction
Details here.

Apex Book Company: Do Not Go Quietly
For this theme, they want stories of resistance and revolution set within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Their guidelines say, “Resistance can be a small act of everyday defiance. And other times, resistance means massive movements that topple governments and become iconic historical moments. Either way, there is power in these acts. What your characters are resisting is up to you, the writer. The things we fight against, the inequality, abuse, and unjust treatment are personal, and each define an individual’s life experience. Use your experiences, look at the world around you, and tell your story.”
Deadline: 19 September 2018
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.

Unlocking the Magic: A Fantasy Anthology
Their guidelines say, “In fantasy, we read about how people with mental illness are more susceptible to magic, closer to breaks in reality, more likely to be able to see the unseen. These stereotypes are harmful and contribute to keeping people from seeing the good in getting help, taking their meds, or talking to someone.

This anthology is about changing the narrative and telling stories of strength and perseverance, of getting help despite the darkness. Not the myth that getting help will kill creativity and magic. … I want stories that show what can be accomplished when we take care of ourselves and seek help. … I want to read realistic portrayals of mental illness in magical worlds.”
Deadline: 1 November 2018
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Pay: $300/story + royalties
Details here.


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