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Get $100 to $600 for Short Stories


$100 to $600 for Short Stories – 10 Calls for Submissions

These markets pay $100 to $600 for fiction, and one market pays considerably more. Many of them also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. None have a submission fee, or have they some fee-free submission options. – S. Kalekar

Grain Magazine This literary magazine accepts work from Canadian and other writers around the world. They publish fiction, literary non-fiction, and poetry that is “engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging”, according to their guidelines. Queries for submissions of work in other forms (i.e. short plays, comics, etc.) are welcome. They also pay for visual art. Deadline: 15 May 2020 Length: Up to 3,500 words for prose; up to 6 pages for poetry Pay: CAD50/page, up to CAD250 Details here.

The Georgia Review This literary magazine publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry and book reviews. They have published work that is less than half a page, and more than 60 pages. There is no fee for mailed submissions. Deadline: 15 May 2020 Length: See above Pay: $50/printed page of prose; $4/line of poetry Details here.

The Gettysburg Review Published quarterly, this literary journal publishes fiction, poetry, and essays. Essays can be on literature, film, art, history, science, and contemporary thought. They can also take any form – creative non-fiction, memoir, biography. In fiction, they publish short-shorts and novel extracts. They do not publish genre fiction. Poetry can be short and long, and of any length or aesthetic bent. The magazine also publishes essay-reviews and artwork. There is a fee for submitting online, but not for mailed submissions. Deadline: 31 May 2020 (postmarked) Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction and non-fiction; up to five short, two longer, or one really long poem Pay: $25/page of prose; $2.50/line of poetry (up to $250 for a poem) Details here and here.

One Story They publish literary fiction, which can be of any style and on any subject. Their guidelines say, “We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” Regarding reprints, if a story has been published in print (not online) outside of North America, it will be considered. They publish one story per issue, and also accept translations. Deadline: 31 May 2020 Length: 3,000-8,000 words Pay: $500 Details here.

Nashville Review This literary magazine accepts fiction, non-fiction (memoir excerpts, essays, and imaginative meditations), translations, poetry, and comics in January, May, and September. Submissions for literary comics are open year-round. Deadline: 31 May 2020 Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, including novel extracts; up to 3 poems; anything from one-page comics (no single-frame cartoons) to graphic novel excerpts Pay: $100 for prose and art, $25 for poetry Details here.

New England Review This literary magazine publishes fiction, poetry, non-fiction (several types), drama, translation, creative writing for the web site. They prefer online submissions, which have a fee, but they also accept mailed submissions from those unable to use Submittable. There is no fee for mailed submissions. Deadline: 31 May 2020 Length: Up to 20,000 words for fiction and non-fiction, up to six poems Pay: $20/page for print, $50 for digital Details here.

Impulsive Walrus Press: Going Viral They want themed speculative fiction. Their guidelines say, “The COVID-19 quarantine has us all shut up in our homes. Businesses have ground to a halt, the economy is slowed to a snail’s pace, and nobody is entirely certain how long it is going to last. In the middle of all of this, black market businesses have begun to operate: underground hair salons, photography studios, businesses once completely legitimate and now illegal simply for operating. If I’d written this call a year ago, it would stop there–but that’s no longer speculative fiction. That’s happening. So instead, Impulsive Walrus is asking for stories about the long haul. What does our world look like if the quarantine just…stays? We’re looking for near-future science fiction stories exploring the comedy, horror, and human drama of a life spent six feet away from each other, and a world where our interaction is done digitally, lest we be ravaged by disease.” The anthology call opens 5 May and will close when the anthology is filled. Deadline: Until filled Length: 2,000-8,000 words Pay: $0.02/word Details here.

Pulp Literature They want any genre or between-genre work of literature, or visual art – short fiction, novellas, poetry, comics, and illustrations. They do not publish non-fiction, memoir, or children’s stories. While they appreciate a poetic turn of phrase, they want entertaining, accessible stories that readers can sink into late at night before going to bed. They publish both serious and light-hearted fiction and take any genre, not just pulp. They also accept reprints. Deadline: Open now Length: Stories of up to 5,000 words have greater chances of acceptance – they also publish one longer story of 15-20,000 words in each issue; up to 3 poems Pay: $0.05-0.07/word up to 7,000 words, $0.03-0.05 per word between 7000 and 10,000 words, and $0.02-0.035 per word for works over 10,000 words; $25-50 for poetry and interior illustrations; $25-75/page for graphic novels, cartoons, and illustrations Details here.

The Malahat Review This Canadian literary magazine accepts submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews and criticism, poetry, and translations. They also have a ‘Publishing Tips’ column. Deadline: Ongoing Length: Up to 8,000 words for fiction, up to 4,500 words for creative non-fiction, and 3-5 poems Pay: CAD65/page; CAD50 for the ‘Publishing Tips’ column Details here.

Amazing Stories: Two themes This science fiction magazine is looking for submissions on two themes. They are also reading unthemed stories. For stories in general their guidelines say, “Remember when science fiction was optimistic, when the future was something to be embraced as a bold adventure instead of a place of dystopias, seemingly endless wars and mutant monstrosities to be feared? Amazing Stories will not shy away from stories that explore the negative impacts of technologies on individuals and society, but we have a strong preference for stories that take a bright view of human ingenuity and the possible futures we can make with it. Have you ever read a short story or novel and thought to yourself, “I want to take part in making that future a reality?” That is what we would like to see.” Their themed calls are: — Home Sweet Solar System. “In the relatively near future (less than five hundred years), humanity has colonized the solar system. What would the practical challenges of trying to live in the solar system’s harsh environments be? What sorts of politics would develop between the center (Earth) and the periphery (everywhere else)? What sorts of adventures are possible?” according to their guidelines. –– Everything Computes. “In the relatively near future (less than five hundred years), computation has escaped the bounds of computers and now exists in all matter throughout the solar system. Thank you, Gordon Moore! When the environment is completely programmable, the only limit to what can happen is the human imagination. Is your imagination up for it?” according to their guidelines. They also pay for positive/optimistic speculative poetry and artwork. Their submission form requires a Login (see top right). Deadline: Unspecified for fiction; year-round for poetry (15 May 2020 for Fall issue) Length: 1,000-10,000 words for fiction, normally 3-30 lines for poems, up to 60 lines Pay: $0.06/word for fiction; $1/line of poetry, minimum $25 Details here.

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