12 Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $480 for April 2021

These markets pay $50 to $480 for fiction. A few are also open for other genres, like non-fiction, poetry, cross-genre, comics, and graphic narratives. Some calls are themed. – S. Kalekar

SICK Magazine
This UK-based magazine only accepts work by chronically ill and disabled people. Apart from flash fiction, they publish personal essays and narrative non-fiction, reported features, op-eds offering a unique perspective, interviews with sick & disabled writers, musicians, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, flash non-fiction, poetry, and visual art of any medium. While full submissions are preferred, they also accept pitches. Writers can pitch up to three ideas or submit three written pieces per submission period. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 23 April 2021
Length: 1,000-2,500 words for prose, up to 4 poems
Pay: £0.11/word for prose; £45 for visual art and poetry
Details here.

Brink: Trouble
This is “an in-print literary journal dedicated to publishing hybrid, cross-genre work of both emerging and established creatives who often reside outside traditional artistic disciplines”, according to their website. They publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translations, and hybrid work. They’re reading work on the ‘Trouble’ theme (theme details in guidelines on Submittable page): “What does it mean to be on the brink of trouble? Can you sense when you are there? What lets you know you are safe and out of reach? What kept you from falling in that one time you were sure you would? What changes once you pass through it? When did you watch someone else teeter on its edge?
We are interested in work that focuses on the edge, the brink, of trouble. What surrounds trouble? What are the images, sounds, ideas, people, movements, and opportunities? Those are the stories we want to hear.”
Deadline: 30 April 2021
Length: Varies
Pay: $25-100
Details here.

The First Line
They want stories that begin with a pre-set first line; they are open to all genres. They also sometimes publish poetry, and these too have to begin with the first lines provided. For non-fiction, they want critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work. For Summer, the first line is: “Lena was raised on violin lessons and minimal parental supervision.”
Deadline: 1 May 2021
Length: 300-5,000 words for fiction; 500-800 words for non-fiction
Pay: $25-50 for fiction, $25 for non-fiction, $5-10 for poetry
Details here (first lines) and here (guidelines).

Autostraddle: Trans Fiction, Trans Imagination
This is a call for short stories from writers who identify as trans. This is a six-month series, for six stories. Their guidelines say, “There’s no thematic requirement. The work need not contain queer and trans characters or content (though by all means, it can).” They have also issued a call for trans illustrators (see guidelines). Each story will be accompanied by an illustration.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $150 for fiction, $100 for illustrations
Details here.

The Threepenny Review
This respected quarterly journal is open for submissions. They accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and submissions for their ‘Table Talk’ column.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
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, up to 100 lines for poems
Pay: $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece
Details here.

Extraordinary Visions: Stories Inspired by Jules Verne
The North American Jules Verne Society is seeking short fiction and illustrations for its upcoming anthology. They want short stories inspired by the writings of Jules Verne. Their guidelines say, “Your story may be set in any time or place. You may use characters from Verne’s novels (they’re all in the public domain) or make up your own. You need not write in Verne’s style. The connection between your story and at least one of Verne’s works must be obvious and significant.” They also accept reprints. They pay for artwork, as well.
Deadline: 30 April 2021 (or until filled)
Length: 3,000-5,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.

Consequence Forum
This forum addresses the human consequences and realities of war and geopolitical violence through literature, art, and community events. They publish fiction (including flash fiction and story excerpts), non-fiction, poetry, translations, and visual art (including artwork, graphic narratives, video essays, and photo essays). They no longer charge a submission fee.
Deadline: 1 May 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose; up to 5 poems
Pay: $25 for print poems and print art, $25-75 for print prose; $50 for online reviews, art, and poetry; $100 for online prose
Details here.

Midnight & Indigo
This literary magazine publishes stories by Black women writers only. They have three open calls currently – for general fiction, Black speculative fiction, and essays. For general fiction, their guidelines say, “We are looking for previously unpublished, CHARACTER-DRIVEN fictional short stories written by Black women writers. All genres are welcome. Subject matter and plots can run the gamut, but we want emotion, grit, soul, and writing that forges an immediate connection with the reader.”
Deadline: 2 May 2021 for fiction and essays; reviews accepted year-round
Length: At least 1,500 words for fiction; at least 1,200 words for essays
Pay: $50-125
Details here.

Weird Little Worlds: Humans Are the Problem Anthology
This is a horror fiction anthology. Their guidelines say, “Monsters are losing their place in a world flooded with technology and false movie representation. Their hunting grounds are diminishing in an “always-on” world. These are the stories of how monsters are adapting to the 21st century and fighting back to regain their place of power.
Bring us your tired tropes reimagined for the new world. Tell us the story that no one has told from the monster that we all think we know. Funny, smart, sad…but always scary.” Also, “All of the stories will have a supernatural element. They might be psychological horror, eldritch, gothic, and more. They will not be slasher/splatter horror, erotic horror, or anything that contains gratuitous violent and/or sexual elements.” This is a Kickstarter-funded anthology, and at the time of writing, the first stretch goal has been met; they will pay more if the second stretch goal is met.
Deadline: 15 May 2021
Length: 1,000-3,500 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.

Escape Artists: Escape Pod
This is an audio science fiction market; they publish in text and audio format. Their guidelines say, “We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people.” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Length: 1,500-6,000 words (longer for reprints)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here (guidelines), here (schedule), and here (submission portal).

Gumshoe Review
This magazine publishes short fiction mysteries, and essays on topics of interest to readers, writers and students of the mystery genre. Their guidelines say, “We’re looking for stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice.” They’re also looking for reviewers currently.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 1,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.05/word, up to $50 for fiction
Details here.

Going Down Swinging
This literary magazine is open for their online edition submissions and pitches. They publish fiction, creative non-fiction, spoken word, commentary, essays, comics, poetry, and experimental work online. They also pay for illustrations.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 2,000 words for prose; up to three poems
Pay: $60-170 for prose, $100 for poetry, $180-220 for comics
Details here.

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She is the author of 182 Short Fiction Publishers. She can be reached here.


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