12 Calls for Submission: $50 for Short Stories

These markets pay up to $50 for fiction, and a few pay more. They have deadlines or reading periods coming up. — S. Kalekar


For this call, they are seeking writing from unpublished writers (see guidelines) – poetry, fiction, nonfiction and comics. Each selected piece will also be eligible for a $500 prize by Mythic Picnic. See what the fiction editors are looking for here and here.
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Length: Up to 5 poems; no more than 10,000 words for nonfiction
Pay: $50; all entries eligible for a $500 prize
Details here.

Under the Full Moon’s Light

For this fiction print anthology, the editors want stories about “the spells the moon has placed on humanity since the dawn—or should we say dusk—of time. We want to hear your loveliest and creepiest stories about the full moon: armies attacking under the cover of darkness, wretches making pacts with fiends under a Harvest Moon, scientists working in their laboratories in the dead of night, monsters most cruel, spells that work under a moon’s shadow, tsunamis that rain destruction upon unsuspecting sailors caused by the moon’s pull on the oceans, children with supernatural powers born during a solstice, and fairy circles in the heart of the woods.”
Deadline: 30 June 2018
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: $50
Details here.

Crannóg Magazine

This Irish magazine publishes fiction and poetry by Irish and international writers. They nominate works for the Forward Prize and the Pushcart Prize.
Reading period: 1-31 July
Length: Up to 2,000 words for fiction; up to 3 poems
Pay: €50 for fiction, €30 per poem
Details here.


They accept work from writers who are women, femmes, or non-binary people – poetry, nonfiction, fiction and hybrid work. They also have a humor section in each issue.
Deadline: 1 August 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose, 3-5 poems
Pay: $50
Details here.

Blue Cubicle Press: The First Line

All stories must be written with the first line provided, which is “The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air.” All genres are accepted. They also accept nonfiction – short critical essays about your favourite first line from a book.
Deadline: 1 August 2018
Length: 300-5,000 words for fiction, 500-800 words for nonfiction
Pay: $25-50 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction, $5-10 for poetry
Details here.

Also check out The Last Line, where the last line is provided, and which pays $20-40.


They want Canadian content, and publish creative writing. They accept short stories, novel excerpts, non-fiction, writing related or general-audience topics, creative non-fiction, plays, and postcard stories.
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Length: Up to 4,000 words
Pay: CAD10/page, up to CAD100
Details here.

Broken Pencil

This magazine accepts fiction as well as articles and columns, and is currently open for fiction submissions. There is an optional submission fee.
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Length: Up to 3,000 words
Pay: CAD50-100 for fiction, CAD30-300 for articles
Details here and here.

The Puritan

This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction – interviews, essays and reviews – and poetry from all over the world.
Deadline: 25 September for Fall issue; reads year-round
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for nonfiction (see guidelines)
Pay: CAD100 per interview, essay or review; CAD75 for fiction; CAD20 per poem (or page, capped at CAD80)
Details here.

The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Vol IV

The editor wants genre fiction that explores and entertains. The guidelines say, “Readers like to get involved with bright characters and strange worlds. They like to be frightened and unnerved and they like to see magic and fantasy worlds that are not a slightly different Tolkein or Martin.” No erotica, fan fiction or cookie-cutter settings that could be anywhere and have no real bearing on what is happening.
Deadline: 15 October 2018
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Pay: AUD75
Details here.

Workers Write! More Tales from the Classroom

Workers Write! publishes work about jobs that define who we are as individuals and communities. For this anthology, they want stories and poems about anyone who works in classroom settings – fiction about teachers, councelors, admins, school librarians, principals, or janitors.
Deadline: 31 December 2018, or until filled
Length: 500-5,000 words
Pay: $5-50
Details here.

Red Room Press: Year’s Best Hardcore Horror

This is a reprint anthology for horror – extreme, harder side of horror which breaks boundaries and taboos. They want work that has been (or will be) published in a 2018 anthology, single author collection, magazine, or online magazine. Self published anthologies and collections are also ok.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Up to 6,000 words; longer works accepted, but payment capped at $60
Pay: Up to $60
Details here.

Bracken Magazine

They publish “lyrical, character-driven stories inspired by old-world storytelling” and lean towards “literary, magic realism, and hard-to-classify pieces.” They also accept poetry.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Up to 2,500 words for fiction, up to 4 poems
Pay: $0.02/word for fiction, $15 per poem
Details here.



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