Sunday, February 28, 2021

Markets for your short fiction, poetry, and essays ~ most of them pay, one pays especially well

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Footsteps in the Dark,
Gothic Fantasy stories 
from Flame Tree

Flame Tree publishing seeks crime stories for anthology. "It's time to turn to the darker side: the cold cases, the grim murders, the desperate villains, and the race against time to solve the crime. We're seeking up to 20 new stories to join our powerful collection of Chilling Crime Short Stories, new and classic tales reaching back into ancient, medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian fiction. From Oedipus Rex and Medea to Thomas More's story of the Princes in the Tower, Scheherazade's 'The Three Apples' and the chilling crime fiction of Dickens, Poe, Henry James, Baroness Orczy and Wilkie Collins." 

Pays 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. 

Deadline: March 14, 2021. Guidelines here.

Hungry Zine is a community-focussed zine centring radical food stories, art and culture. Hungry seeks submissions for their first issue, on the theme of “Home Cooking” issue. Accepts poetry, flash fiction and nonfiction {maximum 1,000 words}, and visual art and photography. Pays $50.

Deadline March 15, 2021. Guidelines here.


The Sun magazine, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. publishes personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. The Sun encourages submissions from writers of color. “Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.” Maximum word count about 7,000 words; no minimum.  

Pays $300 - $2,000  for personal essays and short fiction; $100 - $250 for poetry.

Always open to submissions. Guidelines here.


CommuterLit is looking for short stories, memoir, novel excerpts and poetry (one poem or a series of poems), in any genre, with a word count of 500 to 4,000.

Deadline: Ongoing – they always need stories. Full submissions guidelines here.

Our Canada magazine wants your stories, whether they’re about your grandma’s famous apple pie or the oopsie-daisy adventure you and your friend took on one fateful winter afternoon. 

“We want to hear about your Hometown and all its quirks and about that Favourite Vacation at home or abroad. Do you have a rickety old car story for our Wheels section? Or are you a Collector of unusual things now cluttering your shelves? Maybe you or someone you know is particularly Crafty or has a talent to be Showcased?

“We love to get stories about The Way it Was and Funny tales of mishaps and misadventures. Finally, because Canada is such a fantastic mosaic, we want to hear from different Cultural viewpoints and about those exciting and/or difficult journeys of Coming to Canada."

Always accepting submissions. Guidelines here.

Women in Higher Education magazine seeks to provide women on campus with practical ideas and insights to be more effective in their careers and lives. Subscribers are especially interested in advice from successful women on campus, communication techniques, leadership, career strategies, ethical values, using intuition, research on gender differences, mentors and role models, problems facing women chairs, and ending sexual harassment.

WIHE is not an academic journal, but rather a monthly print magazine that aims for accessible, engaging articles.  Aim for a “good read.” Try to be upbeat and positive, unless the topic requires a more serious tone. Think about what readers can learn from your article. Give practical ideas and recommendations. Provide concrete examples. Always try to imagine yourself as the reader and ask, “What would I want to know?” about your topic.

Word counts are estimates, but WIHE  doesn’t publish articles over 1,500 words.

·         In Her Own Words: 800-1,100 words — research results, personal essays and subjective insights on relevant topics

·         Moveable type: 800-1,100 words — synopsis of a useful book

·         Interview: 800-1,100 words — profile a woman leader in higher education

·         Features: 800-1,500 words — new programs, speeches, major research of interest

Pays $150 per solicited guest contribution. Currently, WiHE is not paying for unsolicited guest submissions. 

Always open for submissions. Guidelines here.

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