Magazines Paying $50-$1200 for Fiction

These magazines/anthologies pay $50 to $1,200 for fiction. A few also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. Please see the end of the list for some themed submission calls. — S. Kalekar



This magazine publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and play excerpts. “Canthius is an intersectional feminist magazine that publishes poetry and prose by writers of marginalized gender identities, including trans, Two Spirit, non-binary, agender, cis women, genderqueer, GNC, and intersex writers.” Please note, they have a submission cap.
Deadline: 15 March 2023
Length: Up to 3,500 words for fiction and nonfiction, up to 5 poems
Pay: $50-150
Details here.

(The Paris Review is also open for prose submissions in March. Online submissions are closed but they’re accepting mailed submissions postmarked till 31st March 2023; details here.)


Lightspeed publishes science fiction and fantasy. They are open to submissions from BIPOC writers only, during 24-31 March, for short fiction/novelettes; submissions for all writers are open 1-7 April. They also accept translations. They will open later in the year for flash fiction (see guidelines).
Reading periods: See above
Length: 1,500-10,000 words for short fiction/novelettes (up to 5,000 words preferred)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.


Fusion Fragment

They will open for science fiction and SF-tinged literary fiction during a short submission window. “Although any science fiction subgenre is fair game, our tastes lean towards slipstream, cyberpunk, post-apocalypse, and anything with a little taste of the bizarre.”
Reading period: 24th-31st March; the submission portal will open during the reading period
Length: 2,000-15,000 words
Pay: 3.5 Canadian cents per word, up to CAD300
Details here.



Their submission window for flash fiction for 2023 is in March. They want science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories. They accept other genres too, though there is no payment for those.
Deadline: 31 March 2023 for flash fiction
Length: Up to 1,200 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.



Banshee publishes fiction (flash and short), nonfiction, and poetry from Ireland and abroad. They are reading now for Issue 16 (autumn/winter 2023). They have a literary journal and a press.
Deadline: 31 March 2023
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction and nonfiction, up to 1,000 words for flash fiction, up to 4 poems
Pay: €250 for a story/essay; €75 for flash fiction; €50 per poem
Details here and here.


This is a horror fiction podcast featuring Black writers all over the world (at least one of your birth parents must be Black). Their reading periods this year are: March for flash fiction (750-1,500 words), and April, June, August, and October for short fiction (3,000-6,000 words). Please send your work in the appropriate genres only during the reading period.
They also accept reprints (see guidelines).
Deadline: 31 March 2023 for flash fiction
Length: 750-1,500 words for flash fiction
Pay: $0.05/word for flash fiction
Details here.


This is the magazine of the Munster Literature Centre, and they are accepting fiction till end-March.
Deadline: 31 March 2023 for fiction
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction
Pay: €250 per short story

Details here and here.

(Also see the poetry reading opportunity at the Cork International Poetry Festival  for Ireland-based poets who have not yet published a chapbook or full-length collection, on their Submittable page; the deadline to apply is 19 March.)

Translunar Travelers Lounge

They want fun speculative fiction; stories must have elements of science fiction or fantasy. They will open submissions on 15th March for the August issue, and the first week of their submission period will be reserved for writers of color.
Reading period: 15-21 March for writers of color; 22 March-15 April 2023 for all writers
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

Orion’s Belt
This magazine publishes flash speculative fiction and poetry, and they opened for submissions in March. They have extensive guidelines on the kind of stories they want and do not want, including, “All stories must contain significant speculative elements. This does not mean all sci-fi stories must have lasers and rockets. It just means a non-speculative story doesn’t become speculative if you include a single line clarifying the story takes place on Mars.” They are also open for artwork.
Deadline: 1 September 2023
Length: Up to 1,200 words for fiction; one poem
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Mystery Magazine
This is a Canadian magazine and they read submissions from all over the world. They read all kinds of mystery fiction, and you can read more about them and the kind of work they publish here.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 1,000-7,500 words
Pay: $0.02/word
Details here.


Escape Artists: CatsCast
CatsCast is an online speculative fiction magazine and podcast, and they want  fun  stories about cats. They also accept reprints, but not those that have been published previously in other Escape Artist suite of magazines.
Deadline: 19 March 2023
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Shortwave Publishing: Wilted Pages – An Anthology of Dark Academia
They want horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction horror concerning: Schools, colleges, universities, and/or other educational institutions; Libraries and books; Laboratories and research facilities; Teachers and students; Scholarship and scholarly life; Esoteric/occult learning; Educational technology; The future of learning; The knowledge economy. Also, “Gloomy buildings, secret societies, futuristic boarding schools, gothic yet modern aesthetics, and occult learning are among the pleasures to be found in this subgenre.” Please read their guidelines, including the works they take inspiration from and wish list. They have an extended reading period for underrepresented writers.

Deadline: 24th March for general submissions (submissions from all writers);  31st March 2023 for submissions from underrepresented voices — people of color, LGBTQ2S+, neurodiverse people, people with disabilities, those of marginalized genders.
Length: 1,000-4,000 words

Pay: $0.05/word

Details here.


FIYAH: Carnival
This speculative fiction magazine only takes submissions by and about Black writers from Africa and the African Diaspora (see guidelines). For the Carnival theme, “It’s Carnival time! Bring us your colorful stories centered on the mystique and pulsating energy of the bacchanals, the festivals, the soca fetes, and jamborees from all across the globe, time, space, and even the multiverse. We want intoxicating merriment, daring mischief-making, and chaotic melodrama fueled by the riotous revelry of the Carnival.” For non-fiction, they want queries only. They also publish reviews. Deadline: 31 March 2023

Length: 2,000-15,000 words for fiction; up to 1,000 words for poetry; 800-1,200 words for non-fiction.

Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $50 for poetry, $0.10/word for non-fiction

Details here.

(They will open in June and July for the Belonging theme.)


Legion of Dorks Presents: Resurrected – An Anthology of Second Chances
This is a fiction anthology from Cursed Dragon Ship Publishing.
They want stories of “some sort of resurrection, whether real or virtual, that concludes by the end of the story to meet the theme requirements.” They have a few suggestions on the theme: A scientist discovers a way to bring back an extinct species; At a new school, an outcast finds a way to reinvent herself; A dead god tricks new worshippers into rejuvenating his power.
Deadline: 31 March 2023
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $50
Details here.

Black Spot books: Mother Knows Best — Homemade Horror Anthology
This is a fiction anthology, and they only want submissions from writers who identify as women (cis, trans, or non-binary femmes). This is a “women-in-horror anthology inspired by “bad mothers.” We’re looking for your best horror stories featuring mother-figures: mama trauma, smother-mother, etc.”
Deadline: 31 March 2023
Length: 1,000-5,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.

Ninth Letter: Invisibility
They want fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for their online magazine, and the theme is Invisibility. “What lies beneath, behind, below? What in the air do we breathe without knowing? Is it the wind that makes trees shiver, or something otherworldly? Where are the gears that govern our world–are they just under the table, barely out of sight? Where are the wires that connect our lives, our voices, our words? What is it that keeps us tethered? Is there more than meets the eye? Are there eyes that meet the more? Look past what you see. Look through it. Find the hidden lines that connect us or the secret walls that keep us separate. Find the ghosts that haunt the edges–capture them before they disappear. Show us the photos. Make us believe.”
Deadline: 1 April 2023
Length: Up to 3 poems, up to 3,500 words for prose
Pay: $25 for poetry, $75 for prose
Details here.

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




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