These 10 Publishers Are Paying For Short Stories and Poetry

How does a hundred dollar for your fiction short story sound? There are lots of foreign companies calling for Submissions. A lot of them are asking for fiction and poetry, but there is provision for non-fiction and book reviews. The best part is, they do not ask for submission fees.
I receive these writing gigs in my email almost every day. So I thought, wouldn’t it be better to share? So from now on, When I receive them, I’ll share with you. See them below.

This literary magazine publishes fiction, essays, script excerpts, and poetry.
Deadline: 31 August 2018
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, up to 3 poems
Pay: $100 per prose piece, $50/poem
Details here.

Selene Quarterly Magazine
This speculative romance, mystery, and action-adventure quarterly periodical will open briefly for submissions in September. They publish fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that “dwells in the shadows.” Also see specific guidelines for Astreus Quarterly (must identify with at least one marginalized group) and spotlight short story (one story involving the moon, or a moon, as a central element alongside the main theme of an issue).
Reading period: 1-15 September
Length: Up to 7,500 words for fiction, up to 100 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.03/word for prose (potentially additional pay for future audio and anthology rights), $35 for essays, $15 for reviews, $0.25/line for poetry
Details here.

The Eagle Has Landed: Reprint anthology for moon-related SF
Neil Clarke, of Clarkesworld Magazine, is editing an anthology of reprint stories celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s moon landing. He is looking for moon-related science fiction – stories must take place on the moon or feature the moon in a significant way. Translations are welcome. The anthology will be published by Night Shade Books.
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Length: 3,000-22,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word pro-rata against royalties
Details here (scroll down).

The Cockroach Conservatory: Volume 2
Some of the themes they are looking for are time, militarism, reality and singularity. They like weird fiction and humor and accept multiple submissions. They also accept poetry. The guidelines suggest potential contributors take a look at their previously published anthology and listen to their podcast to get a feel for the kind of work they are looking for.
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Length: Up to 3,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word for prose, $10/poem
Details here.

They publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews primarily focused on the culture of war. The magazine is published annually.
Deadline: 30 September 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose; up to five poems of any length
Pay: $10/page for prose (up to $250), $25/page for poetry, $15/page for translations (up to $250)
Details here.

This Canadian literary magazine recently removed its Submittable fee for fiction and poetry submissions. For fiction, they want “compelling characters, plots that surprise us, narratives that move us, stories that have something new to say.”
Deadline: 30 September 2018
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction; up to 8 poems
Pay: A minimum of CAD30/page for fiction, up to CAD500, and of CAD35/page for poetry, up to CAD500
Details here and here.

Room Magazine
This feminist Canadian magazine accepts work by women, transgender men, two-spirit and non-binary writers. They are now accepting fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry for their unthemed issue.
Deadline: 31 October 2018
Length: Up to 3,500 words for prose, up to five poems
Pay: CAD50-150
Details here.

Spring Song Press: Steam and Lace (Steampunk) Anthology
Stories must address the “Steam and Lace” steampunk theme in some way and must have a speculative element. They want stories with clever, heroic characters. The editors are aiming for fantasy, rather than straight science fiction. They strongly prefer “clean” noble bright stories.
Deadline: 1 November 2018
Length: 1,000-10,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

The Georgia Review
This literary magazine reads unsolicited work after 15 August each year. They publish fiction, non-fiction, book reviews, and poetry. There are no guidelines in terms of length for fiction – they have published work of less than a page in length to more than 60 pages – but they discourage writers from sending novel extracts. For essays, they want “provocative, thesis-oriented work that can engage both the general reader and the specialist.” They do not charge a fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 15 May 2019
Length: No length restrictions for fiction and essays; up to 5 poems
Pay: $50/page for prose, $50 for book briefs, $4/line for poetry
Details here.

This take-home story paper, from Gospel Publishing House, is distributed weekly in adult Sunday School classes. They publish fiction, non-fiction, “how-to” articles, short humor, poetry and first-person anecdotes. Their guidelines say, “We do not accept Bible fiction or SciFi. The stories should be encouraging, challenging, and/or humorous. Even problem-centered stories should be upbeat. Stories should not be preachy, critical, or moralizing. They should not present pat, trite, or simplistic answers to problems.” See guidelines about plot, character, and style preferences.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 800-1,200 for cover stories, 200-600 words for inside stories, 12-25 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.10/word for prose, $35-60 for poetry
Details here


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Karo Oforofuo is an experienced freelance writer, an author of several fiction books, and a blogger at, where she entertains readers with mouth-watering stories, and business tips for writers. She also specializes in helping authors who want to start and grow their reader base, through consulting sessions. When she’s not working, she’s busy reading the next best paranormal romance novel or writing one.

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