Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $500 for June 2021

These magazines pay $50 to $500 for fiction; a few also publish other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. They are reading submissions in June. Some of these are themed calls. – S. Kalekar

Mermaids Monthly
They want short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comics on the mermaids theme. “Everything should in some way relate to merfolk. We are loose about how you want to define that, and we will consider other aquatic fantastical creatures to be on theme”, according to guidelines.  They also accept reprints. They will run a few themed issues this year (the September issue will be dedicated to ecology and climate change, and the November issue will be themed All Ages: Young to Old), and writers can also submit for those.
Deadline: 12 June 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction; up to 1,500 words for non-fiction; poetry of any length
Pay: $0.10/word for short fiction and nonfiction, $50-100 for poems
Details here.

Neon Hemlock Press: Baffling Magazine
This is a speculative fiction magazine. Their guidelines say, “We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.” They are specially interested in stories under 500 words.
Reading period: 1-15 June 2021
Length: Up to 1,200 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Also see this page for other current projects by Neon Hemlock Press: We’re Here 2021 – Queer speculative fiction reprints; Opulent Syntax – Irish speculative fiction. They will open for novella submissions by BIPOC authors from June 5-19, and for all authors in October.)

The Puritan
This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, non-fiction – interviews, essays (accepts pitches), and reviews – and poetry from all over the world. They accept a limited number of fee-free submissions every month.
Deadline: 25 June 2021 for Summer issue; reads year-round
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for non-fiction (see guidelines)
Pay: CAD200 per essay; CAD150 for fiction; CAD100 per interview or review; CAD25 per poem (or page, capped at CAD80)
Details here.

Dread Stone Press: Field Notes from a Nightmare — An Anthology of Ecological Horror
This is a publisher of horror and other dark speculative fiction, and they’re reading submissions for an anthology of environmental and ecological horror. Their guidelines say, “Though some still try, there is no denying that humans have and continue to drastically alter the earth and its environment. Climate change, pollution, suburban sprawl, deforestation, etc. Give me your tales and observations on these impacts. What horrors have/will we see as a result? How will Mother Nature fight back in a struggle for survival? As long as it’s nature/environmental/ecological and horror, it’s good.”
Reading period: 1-30 June 2021
Length: 1,000-4,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

This magazine “connects South Asian diasporic writers and homeland writers; we also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. (By South Asia we mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.)  Our hope with Jaggery is to create a journal that offers the best writing by and about South Asians and their diaspora”, according to their guidelines. They publish fiction, art, essays & interviews, poetry, and reviews.
Deadline: 15 July 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction, but will consider longer pieces
Pay: $100 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction, poetry, art, reviews
Details here.

Cricket Media: Eight themes
They have literary magazines for children of various ages, and have recently announced themed submission calls for each; they also accept unthemed submissions. They publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as activities, games, puzzles, crafts, and recipes.
— Babybug: (magazine for ages 6 months-3 years; themes – Let’s Play, about little ones’ favorite games; and Fantastic Fall, celebrating autumn);
— Ladybug: (for 3-6 years; themes – Exploring Our World, non-fiction and poetry on compelling explorations of our world; and I Can Help, fiction, poetry, and more about young children learning how to think through problems and help themselves and others);
— Spider (for 6-9 years; themes – Legendary Kids, retellings of folktales, fairytales, tall tales, and myths that cast a child as the clever problem-solver; and Outside the Box, going beyond contemporary stories and poems – includes science fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction);
— Cricket (for 9-14 years; themes – Ancient Worlds, historical fiction, non-fiction, myths and legends, and poetry about ancient cultures; and Game On!, featuring fiction, non-fiction, and poetry featuring a competition, game, rivalry, or challenge).
Deadline: 15 August 2021 for all themes
Length: Varies for all magazines – see guidelines
Pay: Up to $0.25/word for prose; $3/line for poetry; $75 for games, recipes, etc.
Details here.

Young Mag
They accept flash and short fiction, non-fiction, poetry, diary entries, and excerpts. Writers have to include their Twitter handle only along with submissions – no author bio or previous publications.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Unspecified
Pay: $75
Details here.

This is a UK-based magazine. For fiction, their guidelines say, “We prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative, but are open to anything and like to be surprised.” Images, comics, and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. Alternate issues are themed; the theme for their next issue is Cities.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction, up to 6 poems
Pay: £0.02/word, £0.20/line of poetry
Details here.

Funny Times
They want short stories that are funny, and poke fun at “politics, news, relationships, food, technology, pets, work, death, environmental issues, business, religion (yes, even religion) and the human condition in general.” They also publish cartoons, and accept mailed submissions only.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 500-700 words
Pay: $75
Details here.

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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