How often do you find yourself reading through the
posts of an Internet writing board only to be caught in a series of
complaints and arguments? We writers sure can write—but sometimes our
focus doesn't seem all that—how can I say this delicately—productive?
So many examples come to mind, but here's one to illustrate my point.
From time to time you'll find writers talking about the relative merits
of publishing on the Internet. More specifically, you may find yourself
in the middle of a debate among fiction writers expressing strong
feelings about the plusses and minuses of publishing fiction in e-zines
and other Web-based publications (rather than seeking to place their
work in print).
I'm not going to recap the many discussions. One point, however, comes
up nearly every time. That line of argument typically stresses the
death of paying e-zine/Web markets for fiction writers. (Of course,
before too long someone usually points out that the world isn't too much
brighter over in the realm of print publications, either.)
Recently I logged out of one of these discussions. I decided that
instead of arguing with people about the strengths and weaknesses of
everything that had been posted I'd do something else with my time
I'd look for some paying online markets for fiction writers.
It wasn't too difficult. Normally I keep up with a number of online
publications, so I already had several markets noted among my list of
potential homes for my own fiction. But realizing that not everyone
writes the same type of fiction that I do, I looked around some more. I
sought a variety of markets that themselves seek a range of work.
So without further ado, here are eight online publications that will pay
fiction writers for their prose:
This publication's "Mama Said" section includes short fiction (plus
essays, poetry, and more) written primarily but not exclusively by
Austin, TX area contributors. Payment "is based on the material and
writer's experience--usually between $35.00-50.00."
E-mails stories to subscribers every week. Seeks stories for several
categories/age groups (including fiction for children). Pays flat rate
of $30/story, via Paypal.
This quarterly publication includes works of "flash fiction" (up to 1,000
words) among its offerings. Stipends awarded to contributing writers
range from $5-25. Be sure to read the comprehensive submission
guidelines, which include an editorial calendar specifying when
submissions are accepted for each issue.
Publishes “all forms of Science Fiction.” Pays from $.06/word.
Online literary journal. Pays $.05/word for fiction, up to 6,000 words.
Also accepts flash fiction (up to 1,000 words). Note that until August
28, 2005, the journal is considering only flash fiction.
(click on “submission guidelines; note: submissions should be made by
Seeks “literate, strongly plotted science fiction and fantasy stories
between 2,000 and 17,500 words—on a variety of subjects and themes.”
Pays $.20/word up to $3,500.
The Stickman Review
(Check both “Submissions” and “Pay Rates”)
This online literary journal pays $20 (US) per story.
Strange Horizons: A Weekly Speculative Fiction Magazine
Seeks "good speculative fiction." Offers detailed guidelines on "what we
want and what we don't want." Prefers stories under 5,000 words in
length, but will consider stories up to 9,000 words. Pays $.05/word,
minimum payment of $50.
(c) Copyright Erika Dreifus
Erika Dreifus edits and publishes the free monthly
newsletter, “The Practicing Writer.” She has published more than a dozen
short stories and is the author of “The Practicing Writer’s Directory of
Paying Short Story Markets” and several other resource guides. Based in
Massachusetts, Erika also teaches an online course for fiction writers
seeking to market their stories. Visit her Web site at
http://www.practicing-writer.com and check out her latest
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