11 Magazines that Pay Writers $200 Per Short Story

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These calls for submissions accept fiction and pay up to $200; a few pay considerably more. They are currently open for submissions or have submission windows ending soon. Also see this list for short story markets that pay $300; some deadlines are coming up. — S. Kalekar
Pulp Literature

They want any genre or between-genre work of literature, including fantasy, romance, mystery, literary, etc. They welcome work by and about underrepresented groups. They also publish poetry and graphic novels. They consider reprints. Writers may have to sign in via Google to get submission guidelines.
Deadline: 30 April 2018
Length: Stories under 5,000 words have the best chance of getting published; they do publish one longer work per issue, of 15,000-20,000 words
Pay: $0.035 – $0.07/word for stories up to 7000 words; $0.025 – $0.05/word between 7000 and 10000 words, and $0.015 – $0.035 per word for works over 10000 words; $25-50 for poems; $25-75/page for graphic novels and illustrations
Details here.

Colorado Review      

They consider short fiction and personal essays with a contemporary theme. They do not accept genre fiction or literary criticism. They also accept poetry. Mailed submissions are free.
Deadline: Up to 30 April 2018 for prose; not currently open for poetry
Length: 15-25 pages of prose; up to 15 pages of poetry
Pay: $200 for short stories and essays; $10/page of poetry
Details here.

Apex Magazine: Zodiac

This science fiction and fantasy magazine is open for a special Zodiac-themed issue. The editor wants stories that explore the heavenly cosmos and unveil mysteries, which reimagine Zodiacal archetypes and/or throw them on their heads. They also want poetry, and accept reprints.
Deadline: 1 May 2018
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word for fiction, $5 for poems
Details here.

Visions: Home

This is a new biannual publication for science fiction and they have extended the reading period for their first issue. Stories centre on the concept of home in the broadest sense, from the physical structure to the social construct. They want science fiction and speculative short stories. They will consider pitches for non-fiction.
Deadline: 1 May 2018 (extended)
Length: Micro fiction to 5,000 words
Pay: About $0.06/word (see guidelines)
Details here.

Bennington Review

They aim to carve out a “distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing and cross-genre work.” The magazine is published twice a year in print form, in Summer and Winter.
Deadline: 15 May 2018
Length: Up to 30 pages of prose; 3-5 poems; 10-20 pages of film (or TV) writing
Pay: $100-200 for prose; $20/poem
Details here.

The Antioch Review

The editors want “a story worthy of the serious attention of the intelligent reader, a story that is compelling, written with distinction.” They rarely publish translations of well-known or new foreign writers. They publish a chapter of a novel, but only if it can be read complete in itself as a short story. They also accept nonfiction and poetry (no “light” or inspirational poetry). Mailed submissions only.
Deadline: Up to 31 May 2018 for prose; up to 30 April 2018 for poetry (both are postmarked dates)
Length: Up to 5,000 words preferred for prose, up to 8,000 at most; 3-6 poems
Pay: $20/page (about 425 words)
Details here.

Slice Literary Magazine: Time

They will consider fiction, nonfiction and poetry on the theme of Time.
Deadline: 1 June 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose
Pay: $250 for long stories and essays, $75 for flash fiction and poetry
Details here.


They publish unusual, beautifully written and unclassifiable speculative fiction stories. These are contemporary fantasy, and sometimes science fiction with full plots and strong characters. See their submission guidelines for details about what are hard sells, and the kind of work they do not want. They welcome diversity.
Deadline: Now open
Length: Up to 7,500 words; query for longer
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.

Escape Pod

This is a both text and audio market for science fiction. While they’re quite flexible on what counts as science fiction (occasionally publishing steampunk and superheroes), they do not want fantasy, magic realism, or more than a tinge of horror. Their guidelines say, “If your story isn’t centered on science, technology, future projections, alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people, we’re probably not the right market for it.” They welcome diverse and underrepresented writers. They accept reprints.
Deadline: Now open
Length: 1,500-6,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.


This is a British magazine for children aged 8-13. They publish stories and features, content that is “designed to appeal to bright children who are confident and independent readers.” They prefer to publish work that has not been published before in Britain.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: One or two instalments of up to 1,150 words each (see guidelines)
Pay: Up to £180, or around $250
Details here and here.

St Anthony Messenger

This Christian-themed publication accepts fiction, nonfiction and poetry. For fiction, they say, “Stories that sound more like essays or monologues with no dialogue or interaction on the part of the characters will not succeed.” And that “Dialogue should move the story forward and sound real—the way people speak in real life.”
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 2,000-2,500 words for fiction; up to 2,000 words for nonfiction; up to 20 lines per poem
Pay: $0.20/word for prose; $2/line for poetry, at least $20
Details here.


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