Fiction Markets Paying $50 to $600 for Short Stories


These magazines pay $50 to $600 for fiction. A few accept other genres, like nonfiction and poetry. Some calls are themed. – S. Kalekar


Apparition Lit: Symmetry
This is a quarterly speculative fiction and poetry magazine. They will be reading submissions on the Symmetry theme during the second half of February. As part of their equity initiative, they have a one-week extra reading period for writers who self-identify as BIPOC in their cover letters.
Deadline: 28 February 2023 for general submissions; will extend by a week for BIPOC writers (see guidelines)
Length: 1,000-5,000 words for fiction, up to 5 poems
Pay: $0.05/word for stories, $50/poem
Details here.

This magazine is open for short story submissions, novel excerpts (they will publish one per issue), and comics. “Our editors love writing that stretches our imaginations and ways of thinking, surprises, makes us laugh, moves us, is formally interesting or challenging, defies genre, explores the confusing or uncomfortable, introduces us to new writers, thinks globally, has a distinctive voice, cares about the world, and does not assume white people are literature’s default characters.” Send stories up to 8,000 words. Poetry will open on 1 March 2023. Submissions for prose and poetry are open until the submission cap is reached.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 8,000 words for fiction
Pay: $100 per 1,000 words for prose, up to $500
Details here and here (Submittable).

Mud Season Review
They publish fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art. For fiction, “We are looking for fully realized stories that remind us of what it means to be human, that take risks, that show us something new, and that stand up over multiple reads, deepening with each encounter.” They have both fee-free and tip-jar submissions; fee-free submissions may close earlier than the deadline if a cap is reached. At the time of writing, fee-free submissions of fiction and art were open.
Deadline: 28 February 2023, or until filled
Length: Up to 6,000 words for fiction
Pay: $50
Details here.

They publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. “We like to balance each quarterly issue between science fiction and fantasy, dark and light, serious and humorous, hard and soft science fiction, and longer and shorter works.” Their pay rates have doubled in 2023. They also accept artwork.
Deadline: 28 February 2023
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.03/word; “minimum payment of $50 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry”
Details here.


The Maul
This is a new magazine; they have one previous issue available on the website. They want stories, comics, and art – horror and other speculative fiction for younger readers. They have detailed guidelines, including, “…even though our target audience skews younger, we’re really just looking for great writing. Our focus is on horror but we’ll take other genres. In fact, the editors prefer stories that are a mix of genres. You’re more likely to be published if you give us fantasy or sci-fi mixed with horror. We’ll also take literary work, though please realize that, given our clientele and organizational goals, it can be a hard sell.
We enjoy pulp fiction. That means we look for stories that pop. Exaggeration, melodrama, impossibly imaginative settings, and vivid imagery are encouraged. Bring us something that really jumps off the page. Be as over-the-top as you like. If you’re a more subtle writer, submit anyway.” They also accept reprints. They take submissions from writers under 18 as well, though there’s no payment for these.
Deadline: 28 February 2023
Length: 100-3,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction
Details here.

Haven Speculative
They publish science fiction and fantasy – fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. They accept submissions through the year; every alternate month, they accept submissions only from underrepresented writers; in February, though, they are accepting work from all writers. The publish climate-crisis focused work twice a year, in their Dry (published in March) and Wet (published in September) issues. They have extensive guidelines, including on the special issues.
Deadline: 28 February 2023 for general submissions
Length: Up to 6,000 words for fiction, up to 3,000 words for nonfiction; up to 5 poems
Pay: $0.01/word for prose; $50-10 for poetry
Details here.

Fission #3 Anthology
This is a science fiction anthology published by the British Science Fiction Association. Genre-bending works are welcome. You do not need to be a BSFA member to submit.
Deadline: 1 March 2023
Length: Up to 5,000 words (can submit up to 6,000 words, but payment capped at 5,000 words)
Pay: £0.02/word
Details here.

Solarpunk Magazine: Colorful Roots
This magazine is open for nonfiction/essay submissions on solarpunk themes. Essays are accepted year-round; fiction and poetry are open periodically. Their next reading period for fiction and poetry is 1-14 March. During that time, they will accept submissions for their Colorful Roots issue; the call is for BIPOC authors only. They have detailed guidelines, please read these before submitting. Also see the note on their website: “Submissions for the Solarpunk Myths themed issue will be accepted during any open submission window.” They have listed all submission windows for 2023 on their website.
Reading period: 1-14 March 2023 for BIPOC writers only
Length: 1,500-7,500 words for fiction; 1,000-2,000 words for essays; up to 5 poems
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $75/essay, $40/poem
Details here.


Dragon’s Roost Press: Novus Monstrum
This is a speculative fiction anthology; they want science fiction, fantasy, and horror about original monsters. ” To qualify, your story must feature, meaningfully, a never-before-seen monster (however you define the word) and must contain a speculative element. … All land, sea, space, time, earth, wind, and fire monsters welcome. … The real-world midnight zone is that depth between 1,000 and 3,000 meters in the ocean where no sunlight penetrates. The pressure is intense, life is fleeting, and predators and scavengers abound. Take us to that place only you know, the one that is inhospitable, surprising, uncomfortable, strange, or otherworldly.”
Deadline: 30 March 2023
Length: 1,000-5,000 words (prefer up to 3,000)
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

Manawaker Studios: Project Briar Rose
This is a science fiction anthology. They have extensive guidelines, including, “The book will be a sci-fi retelling of the first half of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty), as it was told by the Grimm Bros.
In Galilean Space, a Spincity administrator is bringing a new Android online. It is his plan that this android, codenamed Briar Rose and in a mechanical body resembling a young woman, will succeed him one day in running the city. He invites the most accomplished AI experts from 12 of the spincity’s 13 districts to a dinner party in celebration of Briar Rose; leaving out the expert from the 13th district because she is an unpleasant person. At the dinner, the experts, all women, each approach the android in turn, and program her with a personality trait that she will need to be a good person, and eventually also a good administrator of the city. As they do this, they each tell a story about a person who succeeded, thrived, or overcame adversity due to possessing this trait. When they are finished, the 13th expert shows up uninvited, imbues the android with one unpleasant trait, and tells a story in which such a trait would be needed. There will be a bit more, but that’s the context you’ll need to submit. … I want thirteen stories from thirteen different authors, each one showcasing one of the traits imbued upon Briar Rose in the framing story. The stories should be some form of speculative fiction, but any of the sub-genres of spec fic, or even some parallel genres, are acceptable.” See guidelines for each trait they want stories for, and the traits that they have already commissioned stories for. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 March 2023 (extended)
Length: 1,500-5,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She can be reached here.



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