Where to submit your stories…

Every short-story writer wanting to monetize their craft has considered selling their work, but finding someone willing to fork out cash for your story can prove really difficult. So, we’ve made the process a little easier by putting together a list of potential buyers for you to consider.


Science Fiction & Fantasy

Analog

Analog publishes a wide range of science fiction, including welcoming hard science fiction. The technology, worldbuilding, and characters and plot must all be believable and seamlessly woven together—no tacking a plot on to a really cool world. New writers are encouraged to submit.

Payment: 8–10 cents per word.

Asimov’s

One of the most prestigious science fiction magazines around, Asimov’s concentrates on character-driven, rather than technology-focused, science fiction. Stories should “examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence.”

Payment: 8–10 cents per word.

Clarkesworld

Publishes monthly issues and story collections through its book program.

They welcome fantasy, sci-fi, and horror of many types, but they have a long list of themes that they see too often; check it out before you submit.

Payment: 8–10 cents per word.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction accepts a broad range of speculative fiction, although stories should be focused more on characters than worldbuilding or technology. Science fiction and humor are particularly encouraged. The magazine publishes six issues per year.

Payment: 7–12 cents per word.

Giganotosaurus

Giganotosaurus likes long short fiction—yes, kind of an oxymoron, but unlike many markets, they welcome submissions ranging all the way up to 25,000 words. All kinds of sci-fi and fantasy are accepted, and a single story is published online every month.

Payment: $100 flat fee.

Strange Horizons

Every week, Strange Horizons publishes a broad range of speculative fiction, including horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. They also produce podcasts of published stories and accept poetry, media reviews, and some nonfiction.

Pay: 8 cents per word.

Apex

Apex actively seek boundary-pushing speculative fiction for their monthly online issues, which are available through a hybrid combo of free online access and paid eBook editions.

Pay: 6 cents per word.

Chartus.X

Chartus.X features short stories in their annual flash-fiction and poetry anthology, Verse. It accepts a broad range of speculative fiction, and aims at discovering new writers in the BAEM community.

Pay: $25 flat fee.

The Georgia Review

The Georgia Review features a wide variety of essays, fiction, book reviews and more across a wide range of topics.

Submitting requires a $3 processing fee if you’re not a subscriber.

Deadline: Opens on August 15

Payment: $50 per printed page; contributors also receive a one-year subscription to the quarterly and a 50% discount on additional copies of that issue

Black Warrior Review

Black Warrior Review publishes a mix of work by up-and-coming writers and nationally known names. Fiction pieces of up to 7,000 words should be innovative, challenging and unique; its editors value “absurdity, hybridity, the magical [and] the stark.”

Deadline: Submission periods are December 1 to March 1 and June 1 to September 1

Payment: A one-year subscription to BWR and a nominal lump-sum fee (amount not disclosed in its guidelines)

Story Magazine

Each issue — printed tri-annually in February, June and November — is “devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative with a focus on fiction and nonfiction.” They consider all “short” narrative length work, from flash fiction to novellas.

There is a $3 submission fee. 

Deadline: Open

Payment: Regular payment rate is $10 per page upon publication

JMWW

This literary journal publishes fiction and flash fiction of no longer than 3,000 words, and it’s open to any genre as long as the story is well-crafted.

Deadline: Open

Payment: No pay specified

Daily Science Fiction

Daily Science Fiction is looks for character-driven fiction, and the shorter, the better. While their word count range is 100 to 1,500 words, they might consider flash series — AKA three or more flash tales built around a common theme. 

Deadline: Open except for the period between December 24 to January 2

Payment: Eight cents per word, with the possibility of additional pay for reprints in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies

Literary Orphans

They have a need for micro-fiction, flash, and short stories that are 2,000 words or less .

Deadline: Open

Payment: Not specified

The Dark Sire

The Dark Sire is a quarterly online and print journal that “explores speculative fiction works for enthusiasts” of gothic, horror, fantasy and psychological realism in short fiction, poetry and art. ​Subjects of particular interest include: vampires, monsters, old castles, dragons, magic, mental illness, hell, disease and decay of society. No word count. 

Deadline: Open

Payment: None, but they promote writers through author events, social media outreach and the (in development) TDS podcast.


Contemporary Literature

AGNI

The literary magazine of Boston University, AGNI specializes in publishing emerging authors. It accepts poetry, short contemporary fiction, and some critical essays or other nonfiction. There are two print magazines per year and other fiction is published online biweekly.

You can submit between September and May every year.

Payment: $10 per printed page for fiction, $20 per page for poetry, plus a year’s subscription to the magazine and several copies of the issue.

Boulevard

Boulevard has been publishing contemporary short stories, poetry, and essays since 1985. It particularly encourages new writers to submit—authors who have already been published in another paying market are actually at a disadvantage here!

Boulevard doesn’t accept genre fiction, only contemporary literary fiction.

You can submit between October and May each year.

Payment: $100–$300 for prose, $25–$250 for poetry.

Carve

A literary magazine which focuses on “honest fiction” published online, but also offers a print magazine that includes poetry, nonfiction, and illustrations.

One unique feature is that the editors frequently respond to submissions with editorial critiques instead of just a rejection note.

Carve only publishes literary fiction, not genre fiction (so no horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, thrillers, etc.)

Payment: $100 per short story.

Glimmertrain

Glimmertrain champions new and emerging writers in its three annual issues. The magazine has several different submissions periods each year; check the website for details on what they’re currently looking for (categories often include unpublished writers, super-short fiction, and various topical themes).

Payment: $700 and up, depending on category.

The Iowa Review

Part of the prestigious University of Iowa writing program, this journal has been around since 1970 and specializes in publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in a variety of styles. It publishes three times a year and accepts submissions in September, October, and November each year.

Payment: $0.80 per word for fiction, with a $100 minimum payment.

Threepenny Review

 Pitched as a “general literary publication,” Threepenny Review publishes contemporary literary fiction, poetry, and a wide array of essays and other nonfiction. It publishes four times a year, in print and online.

Payment: $400 per short story, $200 per poem.

The Sun Magazine

While its guidelines specifically mention personal writing and provocative political/cultural pieces, they also say editors are “open to just about anything.”

Works should run no more than 7,000 words. Submit something the editors love, and you could get a nice payday.

Deadline: Open

Payment: $300 to $2,000

 Ploughshares

They accept fiction and nonfiction under 7,500 words and require a $3 service fee if you submit online (it’s free to submit by mail, though they prefer digital submissions). 

You can also submit your significantly longer work (7,500 to 20,000 words) to the Ploughshares Solos series!

Payment: $45 per printed page (for a minimum of $90 per title and a maximum of $450 per author); plus two contributor copies of the issue and a one-year subscription

The Common

The Common seeks fiction and nonfiction stories and dispatches (800-word notes, news and impressions from around the world) that “embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood and language.”

There is a $3 submission fee.

Payment: $100 for fiction and nonfiction submissions; $50 per dispatch

Cricket Media

Cricket Media publish writing for children of all ages. Open to submissions from writers of every level of experience, CM’s mags are interested in a lot of things, no matter what genre: realistic contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, folk tales, myths and legends, humor, and even westerns.

Payment: Up to 25 cents per word 


Romance

East of the Web

East of the Web publishes a huge array of short stories across all genres, including romance (crime, sci-fi, fantasy, and children’s stories are also welcome). It has an open submissions period for most genres.

Romance stories here should include a thriller or mystery element. Previously published stories will be considered.

Pay: 5 cents per word.

Shades of Romance

This quarterly print and digital magazine emphasizes diversity, including stories by and about people of color. It publishes short romance stories as well as tips and tricks about writing and motivational or inspirational nonfiction. Any genre of romance is acceptable, though erotica is not.

Query before submitting.

Pay: $25 flat fee.

Heroes & Heartbreakers

Heroes & Heartbreakers is actually an imprint of the publishing giant MacMillan. However, it specializes in short stories and novellas in the romance genre, making it a great place to get paid to start your romance writing career.

Pay: $1,000 advance against 25% royalties.

Body Parts Magazine 

Accepts erotic LGBT fiction with dark and fantasic themes.

Headmaster 

Accepts erotic gay fiction with serious/literary elements.

The Letters Page

English literary magazine that accepts LGBT love stories.

Sequestrum

Accepts erotic, romantic, and serious/literary stories with LGBT themes.

SHARKPACK Poetry Review Annual

Accepts sincere LGBT flash fiction without explicit sexual content or violence.

The Tishman Review

Accepts LGBT love stories.

Vine Leaves Literary Journal

Accepts LGBT flash fiction with romantic themes.


Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction Online

The shortest of short stories are welcomed at Flash Fiction Online, a digital publication. Pretty much any fiction story between 500–1,000 words will be considered, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and literary fiction.

Pay: $60 flat fee.

Vestal Review

Vestal Review only take stories of 500 words or less. It accepts every genre except children’s lit and hard science fiction, and publishes twice a year in print, with some stories also published online.

You can submit between February and May and again between August and November each year.

Pay: $25 flat fee per published story, plus one copy of the magazine.

The New Yorker

It accepts both standard short fiction as well as humorous short fiction for the “Shouts & Murmurs” section. No word counts are mentioned, though a quick scan of the column shows most pieces are 600 to 1,000 words.

Deadline: Open.

Payment: Huge bragging rights; pay for unsolicited submissions isn’t specified. As of this post’s publication, no rates specifically for short stories.

The Atlantic

The Atlantic publishes both big names and emerging writers in fiction and nonfiction. Submission guidelines advise, “A general familiarity with what we have published in the past is the best guide to what we’re looking for.”

Deadline:  Open. Fiction stories are submitted to fiction@theatlantic.com 

Payment: Unsolicited submissions are generally unpaid.

One Story

One Story is a literary magazine that publishes one great short story every three to four weeks, and nothing more.

Stories can be any style or subject but should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words.

Deadline: January 15 – May 31 | September 3 – November 14

Payment: $500 plus 25 contributor copies

Barrelhouse

Barrelhouse’s biannual print journal and online issue seek to “bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture.” Its editors look for quality writing that’s also edgy and funny — as they say, they “want to be your weird Internet friend.”

There’s no hard word count, but try to keep your submission under 8,000 words.

Payment: $50 to print and online contributors; print contributors also receive two contributor copies.

Black Warrior Review

BWR also accepts flash fiction under 1,000 words and nonfiction pieces (up to 7,000 words) that complicate western traditions of truth-telling, and “foregrounds the history of emotions rather than the history of facts.” There is a $3 submission fee.

Deadline: Submission periods are December 1 to March 1 and June 1 to September 1

Payment: A one-year subscription to BWR and a nominal lump-sum fee (amount not disclosed in its guidelines)

Smokelong Quarterly

SmokeLong, a literary mag devoted to flash fiction, publishes flash narratives up to 1000 words — and that’s a firm word limit, so be sure to stick to it. The SLQ aesthetic remains “an ever-changing, ever-elusive set of principles,” but it most likely has to do with these kinds of things: language that surprises and excites, narratives that strive toward something other than a final punch line or twist, and more which you can see in the submission guidelines. Think you can handle that?

Deadline: Open

Payment: $50 per story upon publication in the quarterly issue

The Master’s Review

Submit your flash fiction of 1,000 words or your piece of fiction or narrative nonfiction of up to 7,000 words. Though, editors are honest: There are no submission fees, but they’re highly selective. 

Deadline: Open

Payment: A flat rate of $100 for flash-length stories; $200 for short fiction

Virginia Quarterly (VQR)

A diverse publication that features both award-winning and emerging writers, VQR accepts short fiction (3,500 to 8,000 words) but is not a fan of genre work like romance, sci-fi and fantasy. It also takes nonfiction (3,500 to 9,000 words) like travel essays that examine the world around us.

Deadline: Submissions read July 1 to July 31

Payment: Generally $1,000 and above for short fiction and prose (approximately 25 cents per word) with higher rates for investigative reporting; $100 to $200 for content published online.

Ruminate Magazine

Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to submit fiction or creative nonfiction stories that “engages the contemplative spirit of our journal and embraces curiosity and discovery rather than resolution.” Both genres are capped at a word count of 5,500 words. 

Want another option? There’s no pay for this one (just contributor copies), but The Waking is Ruminate Magazine’s online publication space and they’re looking for short-form prose, fiction and nonfiction that is “holy, nutritious and crucial.” Keep your submissions to 1,000 words or less.

Deadline: July 2, 2020; fiction reading periods are April 1 to June 30; January 15 to June 30 for nonfiction

Payment: $20 per 400 words, plus contributor copies

Slice Magazine

Got a fresh voice and a compelling story to share? This one’s for you. To bridge the gap between emerging and established authors, SLICE offers a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles, interviews, stories and poetry from renowned writers and lesser-known voices alike. Short fiction and nonfiction submissions should be 5,000 words max.

Deadline: Stay tuned to the guidelines page to find out when the next deadline is announced

Payment: $400 for stories and essays; $150 for flash fiction pieces; $100 for poems

Cincinnati Review

The Cincinnati Review publishes work by writers of all genres and at all points of their careers. Its editors want “work that has energy,” that is “rich in language and plot structure” and “that’s not just ecstatic, but that makes its reader feel ecstatic, too.”

Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be no more than 40 double-spaced pages.

Deadline: September 1 to March 1

Payment: $25 per page for prose in journal

The First Line

A Quarterly issue containing short fiction stories (300-5,000 words) that each begin with the same pre-assigned first line. 

If you really want to get ambitious, you can also write a four-part story that uses each of that year’s first lines (which is due by the next year’s spring issue deadline). To find each issue’s assigned first line, check out the submission guidelines.

Deadline: February 1 (spring); May 1 (summer); August 1 (fall); November 1 (winter)

Payment: $25 to $50 (fiction); $25 (nonfiction) plus a contributor’s copy

Boulevard Magazine

Boulevard Magazine is always on the lookout for “less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise.” It accepts prose pieces (fiction and nonfiction) up to 8,000 words (note: no science fiction, erotica, westerns, horror, romance or children’s stories).

There is a submission fee of $3.

Deadline: Open November 1 to May 1

Payment: $100 to $300


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