Paying markets for short fiction

Posted on November 9, 2016


podcastle-125PodCastle is a fantasy podcast. The podcast releases audio performances of fantasy short fiction in all subgenres, including magical realism, urban fantasy, slipstream, high fantasy, and dark fantasy. PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction to publish in print and audio. PodCastle also pays narrators. See Narrator Guidelines

Length:  6,000 words or less

Payment:  6 cents/word for original fiction; $100 flat rate for reprints over 2,000 words; $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (less than 2,000 words)

Reprints:  Yes

Rights:  Worldwide distribution rights for audio; 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories; and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints

Submissions:  Submit online via submissions portal

PodCastle Submission Guidelines


confrontation-mag-bannerConfrontation Magazine features original work by famous and by lesser-known writers. Cynthia Ozick, Paul Theroux, Walter Abish, and Susan Vreeland all published work in the magazine before they achieved wider fame. Confrontation’s mission is eclecticism. The magazine accepts flash fiction and genre fiction, but it must have literary merit and/or transcend or challenge genre. Confrontation also publishes essays and poetry.

Length:  7,200 words or less for short fiction; 500 words or less for flash fiction.

Payment:  $175-$250; more for commissioned work

Submissions:  Send complete manuscripts by snail mail only, include SASE

Confrontation Magazine Submission Guidelines


booksmuggler-pubBook Smugglers Publishing is currently open for short stories submissions for publication in 2017. They are looking for original short stories from all around the world as long as they are written in English. Their goal is to publish at least three short stories, unified by a central theme. Gods and Monsters will be Book Smugglers Publishing’s fourth season of short stories.

When it comes to Gods and Monsters, anything goes. You – the author – should take the theme and run with it any way you want. It can be Gods VERSUS Monsters, or Gods but not Monsters, or Monsters without Gods. As usual, we encourage authors to subvert these sample themes, to expand upon what “gods and/or monsters” means, and adapt the prompt to other possible connotations and genres under the Speculative Fiction umbrella.

What we’re looking for:

  • Diversity
  • Middle grade, young adult, and adult submissions welcome
  • Romance stories
  • Horror stories
  • Creativity and subversion

Deadline:  December 31, 2016

Length:  1,500 and 17,500 words

Payment:  6 cents/word up to $500

Rights:  Exclusive rights for one year, and non-exclusive rights thereafter

Submissions:  Use online submission form; or by email as attachment

Book Smugglers Open Call for Submissions for Gods and Monsters

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