Saturday, August 27, 2022

Five places that pay for your short fiction and nonfiction

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Brick literary journal prides itself on publishing the best literary nonfiction in the world. Like everyone else, Brick especial welcomes submissions from “underrepresented writers—including but not limited to writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of colour, queer, non-binary, Deaf, and/or disabled.”

Brick has published essays of every description: on reading, the writing life, literature, art, ideas, travel, science, photography, the perfect ending, dance, sport, music, city-building, food, bathrooms, history … and they are always looking for new terrain. Brick welcomes humour, depth, the unclassifiable, and playfulness with the nonfiction form.

An average issue of Brick will contain essays, reviews, interviews, belle lettres, memoir, translations, and all manner of incidental ephemera.

Pieces generally run 1,000–5,000 words, though rules like this were made to be broken.

Brick pays $55–$660, depending on the length of accepted work, plus two copies of the issue the work appears in and a one-year subscription to the magazine.

Brick is open for submissions twice a year: from Sept 1 to Oct 31, and from March 1 to April 30.

Full submission guidelines here.


Bleed Error is a semi-annual collection of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. "We love the uncanny." Pays 1c per word, and $15 per poem (Canadian dollars.) 

Deadline: September 1, 2022. Full guidelines here.


The Bureau Dispatch is an ode to the writer’s bureau; an ongoing collection of stories accompanied by photographs of writers at their places of work. Check out Volume 3 here. Seeks short stories between 500 to 1,500 words. 

Seeks short stories between 500 to 1,500 words. 

Pays $59 U.S. 

Deadline: September 16, 2022. Full guidelines here.


Griffith Review is a literary and current affairs quarterly that offers fresh takes on big ideas. Each edition responds to a loose theme and features essays, short fiction, conversations, poetry and visual art by emerging and established creatives from Australia and overseas.

 Currently looking for fiction (on any theme) and nonfiction the on theme: Counterfeit Culture: “This edition of Griffith Review lifts the curtain on fakes, frauds and forgeries. Counterfeit Culture treads the tightrope between art and lies, exploring the appeal of stories, objects, bodies or experiences that offer the false promise of authenticity. How do we define what's real and what's not in a time of influencers and identity scams, counterfeits and cosmetic surgeries, disinformation and threats to democracy?" 

Pays. Fee negotiated. 

Deadline: September 30, 2022. Full guidelines here.


Rhonda Parrish is seeking stories for an anthology: Women and the Sea.

“Deep, mysterious, beautiful, dangerous… women and the sea have a lot in common and have been tied together in myth and story from the beginning of time. Stories of women being drawn to the sea or being left on the shore, waiting for their men’s return, have been passed down through the ages.

“This anthology of stories about women and the sea will be filled with beautiful, atmospheric stories. I’m not looking for fantastical creatures but rather setting, mood.” 

Pays: $50 CAD flat fee and a paperback copy of the anthology. 

Deadline: September 30, 2022. Full guidelines here.


Quick Brown Fox Quick Brown Fox welcomes your book reviews and your short stories, poems, and essays about reading, writing, favourite books, and libraries. Read a few essays on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down).

Quick Brown Fox also welcomes reviews of any kind and of anything, anywhere or anybody. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. See examples of book reviews here (and scroll down); other reviews here (and scroll down).

Submit to:

Include a short bio at the end of your piece and attach a photo of yourself if you have one that’s okay.

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