$300 for Short Stories: 10 Publishers that Pay Writers

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These magazines publish fiction, and pay ranges from $50 to $300. Some accept other genres too, like non-fiction, poetry, and drama. – S. Kalekar

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182 Short Fiction Publishers

Sci Phi Journal
This is a speculative fiction magazine and they aren’t interested in character-driven fiction. What they want is “hard SF that zooms out of the personal and lifts off into the structural, the systemic, the epic. We yearn for carefully crafted philosophical speculation that puzzles over the questions of the future and alternate pasts. And we have a soft spot for stories created as ‘artefacts’ (fictional, ‘in-universe’ non-fiction).” They also accept speculative philosophy, and translations.
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Length: Up to 2,000 words
Pay: 3 cents (Euro)/word
Details here.
Blood Bath Literary Zine
They want fiction, poetry, and art on the Hauntings theme. Their guidelines say, “Ghosts and hauntings have traditionally been used to exorcise our cultural and societal fears, and the ones that have the most lasting impacts are ones that address and challenge those in a deliberate way. Social issues like race, class, gender and mental health all have a place in horror and we want to read stories about them.” And although they accept all genres, stories must also contain an element of horror.
Deadline: 1 August 2019
Length: Up to 2,500 words for fiction; up to four poems
Pay: £20 per 1,000 words for prose, £20 per 15 lines for poetry, and £20 per image for visual art
Details here.
Fiyah Magazine
This is a magazine by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. They accept speculative fiction and poetry and are reading work on the theme of Chains, both seen and unseen (see guidelines).
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Length: 2,000 – <15,000 words
Pay: $50 for poetry, $150 for short stories, $300 for novelettes
Details here.
Abyss & Apex
This award-winning speculative fiction magazine will be open for a short period in August. They will accept flash fiction only during this time. This is their last reading period for the year, according to the open submissions periods listed on their website. Their guidelines say that they want work “with special attention to character-driven stories that examine the depths and heights of emotion and motivation from a broad variety of cultural and social perspectives. A&A wants to publish powerful stories with emotions that resonate in our minds and hearts long after a first reading, stories that make us want to read them again and again. We look for the unique: stories that stand out in a genre that pushes the envelope of unusual. We take special delight in detailed world-building: we like slipstream, YA, hypertext fiction, dark fantasy, science fiction puzzle stories, magical realism, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, science fantasy, urban fantasy, military science fiction, ghost stories, space opera, cyberpunk, steampunk . . . there is very little we will not look at, although we have a severe allergy to zombies, elves, retold fairy tales, sports, westerns, vampires, and gratuitous sex and violence.” They do not publish horror. The magazine also publishes short fiction, poetry, and small press book reviews.
Reading period: 1-7 August 2019
Length: Up to 1,250 words (for this submission period)
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
El Chapo Review
They accept fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. They will read any genre for fiction including sci-fi, fantasy, crime, neo-noir, literary, historical, absurdist, surrealist, magic realism, romance, horror, mystery, and bizarre. This is a new magazine – they published their first issue in January 2019. Read the guidelines carefully – they do not offer contracts.
Deadline: 15 August 2019
Length: Up to 1,000 words for prose, up to five poems
Pay: $100
Details here.
For their tenth print issue they want fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and comics that address climate change. Potential topics could be: environmental, economic, and intergenerational justice; community-based responses to climate change; physical- and mental-health impacts of climate change; biodiversity, species and ecosystem conservation; environmental policy and programs; intersectional views (e.g. indigenous communities, re: contested lands and their stewardship; the vulnerability and strength of racialized and classed neighborhoods; the challenges faced by disabled people and those with mobility constraints).
Deadline: 31 August 2019
Length: 5,000-15,000 words for fiction; varies for other genres
Pay: $50
Details here.
Winter Tangerine
They publish poetry, prose, and visual art. This is not a market for erotica, graphic violence, or children’s stories.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 2,000-3,000 words for prose; 2-7 poems
Pay: $50
Details here.
Metaphorosis Magazine
The magazine’s tagline is “Beautifully made speculative fiction”. They want beautiful writing showing engaging characters in a science fiction or fantasy universe. Their guidelines also say, “You’ll get bonus points if your world is vegan.” They accept translations and have a list of things and tropes they do not want.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 10,000 words (prefer 1,000-6,000)
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.
They publish science fiction and fantasy stories and poems in translation, and non-fiction. They also accept translation reprints. The magazine is published by Strange Horizons — translations submitted to Samovar may also be considered for publication in Strange Horizons.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction, 2,000-3,000 words for non-fiction
Pay: $0.06/word for fiction, capped at $300 for writers and $300 for translators
Details here.
Burbon Penn
They want highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. They are looking for genre/speculative work and particularly like slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and surreal fiction. Deadline: Rolling
Length: 2,000-7,500 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

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