10 Short Story Publishers that Pay $50+ Per Story

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These magazines and websites pay $50 for fiction submissions, and a few pay considerably more. Some of these are also open for other genres, like nonfiction and poetry. — S. Kalekar
Hinnom Magazine

They want stories that fit the themes of weird fiction and cosmic horror. Horror, science fiction and fantasy are welcome, as long as they are weird and cosmic. They welcome a combination of genres. See their guidelines for further specifications of the aesthetic. They have reading periods every other month.
Deadline: 15 May 2018
Length: 250-3,000 words for flash fiction; 3,001-5,000 words for short stories
Pay: $30 for flash fiction, $55 for short stories, $45 if the work is republished in an anthology
Details here.

Grain Magazine

This Canadian literary quarterly accepts “engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging” fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry by Canadian and international authors.
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Length: Up to 3,500 words of prose, up to 6 pages of poetry
Pay: CAD50/page, up to CAD250
Details here.

Blood Bound Books: ‘Best of’ Anthology

To celebrate their 10th year of publishing anthologies, Blood Bound Books is publishing a ‘Best of’ fiction anthology, a limited-edition hardcover, which will feature picks from their old books and also new work. All sub-genres of horror are accepted – extreme, bizzaro, erotic, new weird or splatterpunk.
Deadline: 31 May 2018
Length: 500-7,000 words
Pay: At least $0.05/word, up to $0.08/word (see guidelines)
Details here (scroll down).


This is a journal of dark fiction. They want stories that are dark, literary – creepy, weird or unsettling. There are no sub-genre or theme restrictions. However, they do not accept stories with vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, or high fantasy. They have extended their reading period to mid-June for their next issue, but their submissions portal has a cap, and closes after 300 submissions a month; submissions open again the following month.
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word, up to $150
Details here.

Spring Song Press: Oath and Iron

The theme, oath and iron, is a reference to fairies and the treacherous bargains they make. The editors want both classic and new interpretation of fairies, and are looking at stories with speculative elements. They are looking for fantasy rather than science fiction. They strongly prefer noblebright stories.
Deadline: 1 July 2018
Length: 1,000-10,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

NonBinary Review#18: The Wind in the Willows

They want writers and poets to explore the theme “in any way that speaks to them: re-write a familiar story from a new point of view, mash genres together, give us a personal essay about some aspect of our theme that has haunted you all your life.” Submissions must have a clear relationship with a specific aspect of the source text. They want fiction, essays and poems relating to Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 book The Wind in the Willows.
Deadline: 24 July 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words, or up to five flash pieces of 1,000 words each; poetry up to three pages
Pay: $0.01/word for prose, $10 for poetry
Details here.


This Hugo award-winning podcast wants science fiction of all shades, ranging from soft, social science fiction to weird pulp to hard SF and YA adventure. The SF element must be the backbone of the story. They are particularly interested in work that is outside the US/Anglo-sphere and welcome translations. Second person is a tough sell, as are didactic and preachy stories. No fantasy or supernatural horror.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 2,000-10,000 words; they also accept stories under 2,000 words but these are unpaid
Pay: $50
Details here.

The Lascaux Review

The magazine provides a space for emerging and established writers. They want work that shares a message and has a broad appeal. They accept stories, poems and essays of a literary quality.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 10,000 words of prose; up to five poems
Pay: $100 per story, essay and poem (or group of poems)
Details here.

Flash Fiction Online

They accept fiction in several genres, including science fiction, fantasy and slipstream, horror, mainstream, literary, humor, seasonal and other, each with their specific guidelines.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 500-1,000 words
Pay: $60
Details here.

Burbon Penn

They want highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. They want “genre/speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist and the surreal.” They want fully-drawn characters, mysterious stories, ideas and action. See guidelines for the kind of stories they enjoy.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 2,000-7,500 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.


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