7 Short Story Publishers that Pay $100+ Per Story

The following is a list of 7 short story publishers seeking submissions. All of these publishers pay at up $100 per short story; some of them pay significantly more.

The list is in no particular order.

Keep in mind that deadlines are approaching for many of these publishers.

  1. C.H.U.D. Tribute Anthology Series is seeking submissions of short stories for Tales from the Lake: Volume 4. They want “Non-themed short horror stories that arrests readers and leave them haunted for months to come.” They accept stories up to 10k words and pay 3 cents per word.  The deadline is December 31st. Read their submission guidelines.
  2. The Dark Magazine, an online magazine of horror fiction, is seeking short stories between 2k and 6k words. They pay 3 cents per word. They don’t want graphic horror. They say: “Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. ” Read their submission guidelines.
  3. Fiction Silicon Valley is seeking submissions for their online magazine. They accept “fantastic fiction”, “spectacular shorts”, “novel excerpts”, and “Perfect Poetry.” They pay 6 cents per word, up to $100. Read their submission guidelines.
  4. TAANSTAAFL Press is calling for submissions to their upcoming anthology “Enter the Rebirth,” the third in a series of post-apocalyptic anthologies of short stories. They pay up to 8 cents per word, averaging 3 cents per word. Stories can be up to 8,000 words. The deadline is December 15th, 2016.  Submission guidelines.
  5. The Museum of Science Fiction is calling for submissions to their Kickstarter funded anthology, “Catalysts, Explorers, & Secret Keepers: Women of SF.” They pay at least 7 cents per word, and more, depending on how much money they raise. They’ve already met their minimum of $8,500, and appear on track to double the amount. The deadline is December 1st, 2016.  Submission Guidelines.
  6. Dreaming Robot Press is currently seeking submissions for the 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. They want short sci-fi/speculative fiction stories aimed at a middle grade audience (8-12 years old.). They pay 6 cents per word. Stories should be 3,000 to 6,000 words. The deadline is January 31st, 2017.  Submission Guidelines.
  7. The Binge Watching Cure, a forthcoming anthology to be published in 2017, is currently seeking submissions of short stories. They pay $200 for short stories under 5,000 words, and $500 for stories that are longer. Read their submission guidelines.


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