Fiction markets paying $150-$540 for December 2018

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These fiction markets pay $150 to over $500. Some also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. They are either open now, or have short submission periods coming up. — S. Kalekar
Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores
They want science fiction, fantasy, myth, legend, fairy tales, and eldritch, in written, podcast, video, and/or graphic story form. They read serious as well as humorous work, and list the stories that will be hard sells, and tropes they won’t accept on their website. The magazine also accepts articles and poetry, and reprints.
Reading period: 21-28 December 2018
Length: 1,000 words and up
Pay: $0.06/word for fiction
Details here.
Fireside Fiction
They publish short fiction, and specially welcome work from marginalized or underrepresented voices. They lean towards speculative stories.
Reading period: 15-31 December 2018
Length: Up to 4,000 words; they prefer shorter stories to longer
Pay: 12.5c/word
Details here.
Bad Dream Entertainment: Horror/Humor Anthology
They are back for a new short fiction anthology after a two-year hiatus. They are looking for horror fiction with a strong sense of comedy. Most themes, subjects and settings are welcome, but standard genre tropes like vampires, zombies and werewolves are discouraged. They also accept translations. They will not accept works of horror without humor.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
Simian Publishing: Apotheosis 2 – More Stories of Survival After the Rise of the Elder Gods
They want stories “of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the return of the Elder Gods. Humanity struggled to grow and evolve as a species for thousands of years forever caught in the shadow of a dread threat known only to a devoted few. When the stars are right, the Old Ones will return to claim utter dominion of the world. Lovecraft Mythos stories often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods and the audience is left to ponder what might happen next. This anthology features stories about humanity under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors.” They want stories inspired by stories of H. P. Lovecraft and associated writers.
Deadline: 31 December 2018
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.
Slice: Birth
This literary magazine is currently open for submissions on the theme of Birth. They accept fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Deadline: 15 January 2019
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose
Pay: $250 for stories and essays, $75 for poems
Details here.
Fiction Writers Seoul: To Seoul, from the World
Their guidelines say, “Fiction Writers in Seoul is a creative writing community based in Seoul, South Korea. Since 2013, we have critiqued over 250 submissions by writers from all around the world. Though varying in themes and genres, together they represent a diverse voice of travelers and expats who have called Seoul their passion, their home. And now, our aim is to weave these stories into an anthology that promotes the unique perspective and creativity of the expat community in Seoul.” All story genres are welcome, and the theme – stories set in and/or about the city of Seoul – can be interpreted broadly and freely. They want work that provides a fresh and relatable insight into the city and its culture, and is engaging. The anthology will also be translated into Korean and pitched to traditional Korean publishers. They also accept multiple and simultaneous submissions.
Deadline: 31 January 2018
Length: Under 6,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.
Fiyah: Hair
This is a speculative fiction magazine that publishes work by and about Black writers of the African Diaspora (see guidelines). During their January reading period, they want stories on the theme of Hair. They also accept poetry.
Reading period: 1-31 January 2019
Length: Up to 4 poems, 2,000-7,000 words for short fiction, up to 15,000 words for novelettes
Pay: $50 for poems, $150 for short fiction, $300 for novelettes
Details here.
They want speculative fiction – science fiction, fantasy, and horror – with Christian themes, characters or cosmology. They accept translations and reprints.
Reading period: 1-31 January 2019
Length: Up to 9,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.
Parsec Ink: Triangulation – Dark Skies
Triangulation, Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction annual, is accepting stories that celebrate dark skies. They are joining forces with International Dark-Sky Association to raise awareness of the dangers of light pollution. Their guidelines say, “We’d like to see proactive characters experiencing firsthand the dangers and consequences of a world without darkness, but even more than that, we want stories celebrating our place in the universe, and our ability, as sentient beings, to see into the depths of space. Give us past, present, and future accounts. Cautionary tales. Secondary worlds and altered timelines. The effects of light pollution are many and varied—feel free to explore any aspects, from neurobiological studies, to life in an alien star system, to legends out of time.”
Deadline: 28 February 2019
Length: Up to 5,000 words (“the sweet spot is 3,000.”)
Pay: $0.04/word
Details here.
Shock Totem
This magazine has returned after a long hiatus. They specialize in stories within the confines of dark fantasy and horror – mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc. They also publish poetry.
Deadline: 31 May 2019
Length: Up to 12,000 words, but pay is capped at 5,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word, capped at $250
Details here.


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