10 Themed Calls For Short Stories that Pay $100 to $300

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These markets pay up to $100, and above, for fiction. Most of these venues also accept other genres, like non-fiction, including reviews, poetry, and translation. Also check out these markets for fiction that have tight deadlines, and these markets, which pay $150 and up. — S. Kalekar
Tin House Online
They are accepting submissions for their daily blog. They want fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Deadline: 14 April 2019
Length: Up to 1,500 words for fiction, up to 3,000 words for non-fiction, and up to three poems
Pay: $100 for flash fiction and poetry, $300 for non-fiction
Details here.
West Branch
This literary magazine welcome submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and translations. Reviews are only of poetry, and by assignment – reviewers are welcome to query.
Deadline: 15 April 2019 (extended)
Length: Up to 6 poems or 30 pages of prose
Pay: $0.05/word for prose, up to $100; $50 per poem; $200 per assigned review
Details here.
Fiyah: Open issue
This is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation. They want stories that reject regressive ideas of blackness, respectability politics, and stereotype. They are currently reading for their open issue (no theme) and they accept short fiction and novelettes. They also publish poetry with a clear speculative element that “struggles, reveals, instructs, comforts, and fights back.”
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Length: short fiction 2,000-7,000 words; novelettes up to 15,000 words; up to four poems
Pay: $150 for short stories, $300 for novelettes, $50 per poem
Details here.
The Fiddlehead
This Canadian magazine is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. They also read excerpts from novels, creative non-fiction, and poetry. They also publish reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays. The deadline is for Submittable submissions; mailed submissions are accepted year-round.
Deadline: 30 April 2019 (for Submittable)
Length: Up to 6,000 words for fiction or creative non-fiction, up to six poems
Pay: CAD60/page; CAD40/page for reviews
Details here.
Black Rainbow
They want horror stories from LGBTQIA authors. Stories must feature LGBTQIA people living normal lives, until the horror happens. They may be any mix of genre (no erotica) but they have to be mixed with horror and the primary focus of the story should be horror. They are ok with multiple submissions but not reprints.
Deadline: 30 April 2019
Length: 500-3,500 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.
Colorado Review
This literary magazine is open for submissions of short fiction and personal essays with contemporary themes, and poetry. While there is a reading period for fiction and poetry, non-fiction is read year-round. Query for book reviews. There is no fee to submit by mail.
Deadline: 30 April 2019 for fiction and poetry
Length: 15-25 pages for prose, up to 15 pages for poetry
Pay: $200 for prose, $10 per page for poetry ($30 minimum)
Details here.
­While they frequently publish writers with previous credits, they are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise.­­­­ They publish fiction, poetry (no light verse), and non-fiction. They do not accept science fiction, erotica, westerns, horror, romance, or children’s stories. There is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 1 May 2019
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, up to five poems
Pay: $100-300 for prose, $25-250 for poetry
Details here.
This is a magazine for dark fiction – dark, literary; creepy, weird, and unsettling. They don’t publish stories about vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex, excessive abuse against women, revenge fantasies, cannibals, or high fantasy. They can accept only 300 submissions a month during their reading period. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 15 May 2019
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word, up to $150
Details here.
Pole to Pole Publishing: Not Far From Roswell
This anthology will contain dark stories of aliens, alien abduction, alien experimentation, cows, paranormal investigation and more. They may also include one or two humorous pieces as long as the material is dark. See guidelines for details on the tropes that will be hard sells, and the kind of material that is unacceptable.
Deadline: 30 July 2019, or until filled
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.
They want stories, essays, non-fiction and poems that relate to music in subtle, oblique and surprising ways.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Up to 12,000 words for fiction and non-fiction; up to 1,500 words for flash fiction and non-fiction
Pay: $12/page for fiction and nonfiction, up to $250; $75 for flash prose; $50/poem, negotiated rate for a set of poems
Details here.


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