$50 to $480 for Short Stories: Ten Calls for Submissions

These magazines pay $50 to $480 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. They’re either open now, or will open for submissions soon.  – S. Kalekar

Apparition Lit: Redemption
They accept speculative fiction (fantasy, sci-fi, horror, literary) and poetry and they will soon open submissions for the ‘Redemption’ theme.
Reading period: 15-31 May 2020
Length: 1,000-5,000 words for fiction, up to five poems
Pay: $0.03/word for prose, $15/poem
Details here.

This respected literary journal accepts fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations, and essays. All work will be considered for print and online publishing.
Deadline: 31 May 2020
Length: No word limit for prose; up to five poems
Pay: $10/page of prose, $20/page of poetry, up to $150
Details here

Split Lip Magazine
They favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. They publish online monthly and in print annually – flash fiction, short stories, memoir, poetry, and art. May is one of the months when they accept fee-free submissions – these are sometimes closed earlier than scheduled due to overwhelming response. (Scroll down to see the free option.)
Deadline: 31 May 2020 (for fee-free submissions)
Length: Up to 3,000 words for fiction, up to 2,000 words for memoir, one poem
Pay: $50 for web contributions, $5/page for print
Details here.

Dark Moon Digest: Night Frights
This call is for an annual young adult edition for horror fiction, titled Night Frights. Their guidelines say, “We want to introduce young minds to the fabulous world of horror fiction. … We want stories with complex characters and new ideas. Scare us. But also, inspire young readers into a lifelong obsession with the genre.
Cool it on the profanities, no sexual situations, nothing too graphic.”
Deadline: 31 May 2020
Length: Up to 3,500 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

Escape Artists: 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. (An associated market, PseudoPod, is also open now for reprints only of horror fiction; yet another associated market, Cast of Wonders, will open for themed young adult fiction submissions in June).

Deadline: 1 June 2020
Length: 1,500-6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Occult Detective Magazine
The magazine, formerly called Occult Detective Quarterly, wants stories about occult detectives; they also accept reviews (unpaid), non-fiction, and artwork. Their guidelines say, “We are a magazine of many styles and approaches. We love both old-style and modern, cutting edge weird fiction, and we love folk horror; we embrace unashamed arcane adventure, and we also draw gritty noir mysteries into our domain. At the heart of all these tales are the occult detectives. … They may be a mistress of strange forces, a seasoned psychic, or a burned-out law officer who has nothing left to lose. And they come from every continent, and every walk of life. All we ask is that there is a mystery, there is something strange and dark is on the air – and someone has to buckle up and face it.”  The antecedents of their characters are the psychic investigators, mystics and meddlers who arose in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. See guidelines for extensive details.
Deadline: 5 June 2020
Length: 3,000-6,000 words for fiction; 2,000-4,000 words for non-fiction
Pay: $0.01/word (up to $50 for fiction, up to $30 for non-fiction)
Details here.

Fabled Collective: Women of the Woods
This collection is about the lore, myths, and legends of women who dwell in the forest. Historically, it’s the witches, artists, and outcasts who make the dark forest their home. Writers can retell a piece of folklore or create something altogether new. They want spooky, eerie, gothic tales, stories with rich, haunting settings that leave out the gore and focus more on a feeling of dread and foreboding. Think dark fantasy or quiet horror.
Deadline: 30 June 2020
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

The Binge-watching Cure: Science Fiction Edition
They want science fiction stories of various lengths, from 100 words to 25,000 words, and they recommend checking their Facebook and Twitter to see which length slots have been filled. They want to see all genres of science fiction – alien races, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic futures, colonization, cyberpunk, etc. However, “Remember, first and foremost, this is a science fiction anthology. It’s okay if your story has some genre crossover, but we are less likely to accept an alien invasion that reads like zombie novella.”
Deadline: 1 July 2020
Length: Various (see guidelines)
Pay: $100
Details here (FAQ) and here (guidelines).

The Forge Literary Magazine
They publish one prose piece per week, fiction or non-fiction, and are open to all genres and voices. They can accept a limited number of fee-free submissions in all months (the window closes when the limit is reached, and will re-open the following month) except September, which is when they run a contest.
Deadline: Until filled, each month except September
Length: Prefer up to 3,000 words; won’t accept anything above 5,000 words
Pay: $60
Details here.

Fractured Lit
Fractured Lit publishes micro and flash fiction from writers of any background or experience. Both micro and flash categories are open year round. They will also consider reprints, but they do not pay for these.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 400 words for micro-fiction; 401-1,000 words for flash fiction
Pay: $50 for micro, $75 for flash fiction
Details here.

Author 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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