$150 to $500 for Short Stories: 10 Publishers Seeking Submissions

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These magazines and websites pay around $150-500 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like poetry and non-fiction. They are open now, or will open shortly for submissions. All are free to submit to, or have fee-free options. – S. Kalekar

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

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They publish literary fiction, which can be of any style and on any subject. Their guidelines say, “We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” Regarding reprints, if a story has been published in print (not online) outside of North America, it will be considered. They publish one story per issue, and also accept translations.
Deadline: 14 November 2019
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500
Details here.
Bronzeville Books: Twisted Love
For this anthology, they want stories with unsettling and unconventional relationships. “Give us stories of toxic relationships or lovers bound by crime or fetish. Think Soldier and Angel from Hap and Leonard, season 1”, their guidelines say.
Deadline: 26 November 2019
Length: Up to 3,150 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.
This literary magazine publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. They also pay for artwork. Their guidelines say, “We seek vigorous, fresh writing, with well-developed and believable characters. Dialogue should be realistic without being banal.” Online submissions are charged, but postal submissions are free. They do not accept email submissions unless the writer lives outside the US, and is unable to submit using their online submission system.
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Length: Up to 7,500 words for prose, up to 7 pages for poetry
Pay: $10/page, up to $200
Details here.
Neon Hemlock: Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die
They want short fiction for the anthology, ‘Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die’. Their guidelines say, “We are looking for speculative stories that explore ramifications of the apocalypse through queer narratives. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want indefinable stories. We welcome a broad interpretation of the post-apocalyptic genre; give us your scraps of hope in every ruined future (we love genre elements from fantasy, horror and science fiction). Throughout, we’re looking for rich, varied and nuanced understandings of gender, family and ethnicity.”
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Length: Under 6,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
Black Cat Mystery Magazine
They want contemporary and traditional mysteries, as well as thrillers and suspense stories. They are looking for “Private eye stories, cozy stories, and edgy, noir-tinged stories—all of which happen to contain a crime of some sort. We want stories with characters who feel real, in situations that are possible (and plausible),” according to their guidelines. They do not want flash fiction, poetry, routine revenge stories, stories that feature sadism for the sake of sadism, or stories that feature supernatural elements: no vampires, werewolves, ghosts, or otherworldly monsters—unless thoroughly debunked by story’s end. They particularly do not want genre fantasy, horror, science fiction, romance, or westerns, unless they feature a crime. Even then, it’ll be a hard sell.
Deadline: 30 November 2019
Length: 1,000-8,000 words (will read up to 15,000)
Pay: $0.03/word up to $250
Details here.
Flame Tree Publishing: Two themes
Flame Tree wants fiction submissions for two themed anthologies. Their guidelines say, “For Bodies in the Library we need tales of crime in stately houses, lonely mansions, ancient castles. Footsteps in the Dark will tease out the terror of the alleyways, the edges of the town, the frontier shacks, the winter forests and lonely mountain hideaways. An emphasis on heightened senses would differentiate the best stories from the rest!” Their reading period will open shortly. They also accept reprints.
Reading period: 11 November-1 December 2019
Length: Stories of 2,000-4,000 words are most likely to be successful, though they will also read slightly outside of this range
Pay: $0.08/word for original fiction; $0.06/word for reprints
Details here.
Fiyah Magazine
This is a speculative fiction and poetry magazine by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. There is no set theme for this submission window.
Deadline: 31 December 2019
Length: 2,000 – <15,000 words
Pay: $50 for poetry, $150 for short stories, $300 for novelettes
Details here.
Vernacular Books: The Way of the Laser – Future Crime Stories
For this fiction anthology, they want “Crime stories that take place in the future. Preferably these stories will go beyond simple murders or capers to reveal something about how technology and the powers that wield it have changed our world. Is poisoning the nanobots responsible for programming the ads in your neural feed a crime? Is organized crime society’s only hope or responsible for its downfall? Consider what will constitute a crime and what unique problems it poses for your characters.

Keep in mind what is criminal behavior one day may be legal the next and vice versa. We want to see people caught up in the pitfalls of society ruled by corporations, ideologies, and demagogues and what lengths people will go to when there simply is no other choice.”
Deadline: 1 January 2019
Length: 4,000-8,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word + royalties
Details here.

This literary magazine accepts fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. They greatly prefer receiving submissions via their online system (which are charged for non-subscribers), but they also accept mailed submissions, which are free.
(Also see Ploughshares Solos for submitting longer works of fiction and non-fiction.)
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Length: Up to 6,000 words for prose, up to 5 pages for poetry
Pay: $45/page, up to $450 per author
Details here.
Escape Pod
This is an online and audio science fiction magazine. 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.
(Associated market PodCastle is also open for fantasy fiction submissions until 15 November 2019 and pays $0.08/word.)
Deadline: 1 June 2020
Length: 1,500-6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.


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