Calls for Short Stories: 10 Publishers Paying $50 to $180

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These markets pay $50-180 for fiction – deadlines are coming up, or they will open shortly for submissions. Some of them also accept other genres, like poetry and non-fiction. Also check out this list of markets paying $150-540 for short stories. — S. Kalekar
Split Lip Magazine
This is a “voice-driven literary journal with a pop culture twist.” They accept fiction, poetry, memoir, and artwork. Interviews and reviews are unpaid. They have fee-free submissions for a few months in a year, including December. They want mainstream, literary or experimental writing, but no genre fiction.
Deadline: 31 December (for fee-free submissions)
Length: Under 1,000 words for flash, 1,000-2,500 words for short fiction, up to 2,000 words for memoir, or one poem
Pay: $50 for web contributions, $5/page for print
Details here.
Inklings Press: Fantasy anthology
They want story submissions for a fantasy anthology. Material should be PG-13. Their guidelines say, “We’re leaning towards fantasy in terms of myth and magic, swords and sorcery, but not wanting to define it too tightly – not least because we are encouraging submissions from different cultural backgrounds and don’t want a label to discourage that. That said, urban fantasy might not be the best of fits – though the right tale might hit the mark.”
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Around 5,000 words – a little longer or shorter is ok
Pay: $50
Details here.
Unlit Press: Curse the Darkness
They want stories on the theme of darkness. The guidelines say, “That could be the absence of light, the presence of evil, or the sinister thoughts of the afflicted. However you choose to interpret the theme, just make sure you leave us afraid to turn out the lights.” They are a horror publisher and this is their inaugural anthology.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: 3,000-10,000 words
Pay: £75 (about $100) or equivalent in local currency
Details here.

Horror Queen Media: Vex Me No More
They want horror stories about witches – they do not necessarily have to be female-centric, they do need to be tales of powerful, unique beings. While elements of other genres can be present, this is primarily a horror anthology. They also consider reprints.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.
Third Flatiron: Hidden Histories
This speculative fiction publisher wants stories on the theme of Hidden Histories for their next anthology. Their guidelines say, “A secret history (or shadow history) is a revisionist interpretation of either fictional or real history which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed, forgotten, or ignored by established scholars. Your tale can be based in the real world, past, present, or future, as long as it has a speculative fiction element. We’re not exactly looking for alternate history, but there can be a fork in the road timewise.” See guidelines for details of the aesthetic. Flash humor (up to 1,000 words) can be on any theme.
Reading period: 1-31 January 2019
Length: 1,500-3,000 words (query for longer)
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
The First Line
For this journal, they want a short story or poem beginning with a pre-set first line. To celebrate 20 years of the journal, they are inviting writers to select any one of the first lines from their previous journals (Volume 1, Issue 1 to Volume 5, Issue 4) – see guidelines. They also accept non-fiction.
Deadline: 1 February 2019
Length: 300-5,000 words
Pay: $25-50 for fiction, $5-10 for poetry, $25 for non-fiction
Details here.
World Weaver Press: Glass & Gardens – Solarpunk Winters
Their guidelines say, “Solarpunk is a type of eco-conscious science fiction that imagines an optimistic future founded on renewable energies. Often aiming for a balance of nature and technology, and always inclusive and diverse, solarpunk stories show the ways we have adapted to climate change, or the ways we overcome it.” They want solarpunk stories that take place in winter – stories should be planet-based (Earth or other), and optimistic.
Reading period: 1 January – 1 March, 2019
Length: Up to 8,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.
The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Volume V
The editor wants any variation on the theme. They have stories on the other four volumes on their website so writers can get a feel of the kind of writing they prefer.
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Length: 5,000-10,000 words
Pay: AUD75
Details here.
They want stories prominently featuring an anthropomorphic animal figure – it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. “We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks.  We love science-fiction with animal-like aliens and fantasy with talking dragons, unicorns, or witch familiars.”
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 10,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word up to 1,000 words, flat rate of $60 for longer
Details here.

Grasslimb Journal
They accept poetry, short prose, line art, cartoons, and book and music reviews. Fiction in an avant-garde or surreal mode is often more interesting to them than a traditional story.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Prose of up to 2,500 words, 4-6 poems
Pay: $10-70 for prose, $15-25 for reviews, $5-20 for poetry
Details here.


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