Submit: Magazines that will Publish Your Short Stories

One of the best ways to build up your resume is to submit your short stories to magazines. It shows publishers that you can work with an editor, and depending on what magazines hire you, it also reflects your skill level.

Here is a wonderful list created by Christopher Fielden. He also has lists for other countries on his site as well.

These are for adult audiences, I will include a children and teen list soon.

Short Story Magazines USA

Magazine
Country
Submissions Address
Payment
Notes
American Short Fiction USA
online submissions only – see link
Payment is competitive and upon publication
$3 dollar submission fee – no set guidelines as to content or length but their Submission Manager requires that uploaded files be less than 500 KB
Black Bird USA

online submissions preferred, but postal address is: VCU Department of English
P.O. Box 843082
Richmond, VA 23284-3082, USA

They do pay for successful submissions, but I can’t find any details of how much
If writing more than 8,000 words, contact them prior to submitting – submissions between Nov and Apr only
Clarkesworld Magazine USA
online submissions only – see link
10¢ per word for the first 4,000 words, 7¢ for each word over 4,000
1,000 to 8,000 words – Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror – average response time 2 days
Conjunctions USA
Conjunctions, 21 East 10th St., #3E, New York, NY 10003
Unknown
No official restrictions on word count – use common sense, don’t send them extremely long work
Fantasy & Science Fiction USA
C.C. Finlay – Editor, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, P.O. Box 8420, Surprise, AZ 85374
7 to 12 cents per word
25,000 words max – founded in 1949, the magazine has published some amazing authors, including Stephen King and Ursula Le Guin – they invite submissions of science fiction and fantasy – the SF element can be slight, but must be present
Fantasy Scroll Mag USA
online submissions only – see link
1 cent per word
5,000 words maximum – fantasy, sci-fi and horror
Fence USA
online submissions – see link
Unknown
25 pages max
Fiction Magazines USA
online submissions – see link
Royalty payments – each author receives 10% of single copy price
many different themed publications throughout the year – wordcount limits vary so check website for current details
Glimmer Train USA
online submissions – see link
anywhere from around $600 to about $3,000
maximum word counts vary – submissions open for different story lengths, payment/prizes all year round so check website for current details
Indianola Review USA
online submissions – see link
Fiction: $20 for stories 2,500 to 6,000 words; $10 for stories under 2,500 words

Poetry: $5 per page

5,000 words max, poetry 3 to 5 poems – they also accept miscellaneous articles
Light Speed Magazine USA
online submissions – see link
5 cents per word for previously unpublished work, 1 cent per word for work that has been previously published
1,500 words min to 7,500 words max, but stories of below 5,000 words preferred – science fiction and fantasy ONLY – expect response within two weeks
Literary Juice USA
online submissions – see link
No monetary payment, but published stories in the Literary Juice online magazine will include a by-line and author biography
1,500 words max – any genre – response time between 1 and 3 months
Longshot Island USA
online submissions – see link
5 copies of the printed magazine
stories between 500 and 3,000 words in length – magazines submitted to the O. Henry awards
Metamorphose USA
online submissions – see link
No monetary payment, but that might change in the future
7,500 w0rds max – sci-fi and fantasy – for unpublished authors, see submission guidelines for full details
One Story USA
online submissions – see link
$250 and 25 copies of the magazine
3,000 to 8,000 words – anystyle or genre, submissions accepted from 1 September to 31 May
One Teen Story USA
online submissions – see link
$500 and 25 copies of magazine
2,000 to 4,500 words – aimed at young adult market – accept submissions from teenage writers
Paris Review USA
The Paris Review, 62 White Street, New York, NY 10013, USA
Unknown
no details given on the site, but they do suggest you read a copy of the magazine prior to submitting
Review Americana Creative Writing Journal USA
online submissions – see link
Unknown
no max word count stated – poems, short fiction, short screenplays, short plays, creative nonfiction and essays – published twice a year
Ruminate Magazine USA
online submissions – see link
$15 per 400 words
5,500 words max – only submit one story per reading period – optional critique service
Spry Literary Journal USA
online submissions only – see link
Unknown
2,500 word max – any style or genre – 3 to 6 months response time
Strange Horizons USA
online submissions – see link
8 cents per word, with a minimum $50 payment
9,000 words maximum, but prefer stories of 5,000 words or less – response time 2 weeks
T Gene Davis Speculative Fiction Blog USA
online submissions – see link
$100
No max word count specified – family friendly horror, fantasy and science fiction – stories published on blog and in anthology
The New Yorker USA
online submissions – see link
Unknown
No submission guidelines given, best to read the magazine to see what kinds of stories they publish
The Sun Magazine USA
Editorial Department, The Sun, 107 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, USA
$300 – £1500 for fiction, determined by length and quality
7,000 words max – they receive 1,000 submissions a month, so competition is high
The Threepenny Review USA
The Editors
The Threepenny Review
PO Box 9131
Berkeley, CA 94709
$400 for stories and articles, $200 for poems
4,000 words max for short stories, 2,500 for articles, 100 lines for poetry – published quarterly – submissions accepted between January and June
Tin House USA
Tin House, PO Box 10500, Portland, OR 97210, USA
Unknown
10,000 words max – they accept unsolicited submissions in March & September
Tor.com USA
online submissions – see link
25¢ a word for the first 5,000 words, 15¢ for the next 5,000, 10¢ after that
17,500 word max, 12,000 words or less preferred – speculative fiction, including SF, fantasy and horror – response time three to seven months
Word Riot USA
online submissions – see link
Unknown
6,500 words max – any style or genre
Zoetrope All Story USA
Zoetrope: All-Story, Attn: Fiction Editor, 916 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Unknown, but their short story competition pays $1,000 first prize
7,000 words max – they receive 12,000 submissions a year – they don’t accept submissions between 1st September and 31st December as this is when their short story competition is run

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