10 Places That Will Pay You to Write Fiction or Poetry

A common complaint from freelancers is that they don’t get to do any creative fiction writing if they want to get paid. Turns out, that’s not true. There are actually a number of publications who will pay for your short stories, literary works and poetry.

Check out the following 10 places that’ll support you letting your imagination run wild:

Poetry Magazine

Grain Magazine

  • http://www.grainmagazine.ca
  • Submit poetry, fiction or literary non-fiction to Grain Magazine, “an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.”
  • Poetry (max 6 pages); fiction and literary non-fiction (max 3500 words)
  • $50 per page to a maximum of $250
  • Send submissions online or through regular mail following these guidelines

Asimov’s Science Fiction

  • http://www.asimovs.com
  • Submit a science fiction story or poem to Asimov’s
  • “In general, we’re looking for “character oriented” stories, those in which the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest.”
  • Short stories (up to 7500 words = $0.08 – $0.10 per word; $0.08/word for words over 7500); Poetry (max 40 lines; $1 per line)
  • Stories preferred between 1000 and 20,000 words
  • Submit online here following these guidelines

The Sun

  • https://www.thesunmagazine.org
  • Submit nonfiction, fiction or poetry writing to The Sun Magazine
  • No minimum word count; max 7000 words
  • Nonfiction and fiction ($300 – $2000 per story); Poetry ($100 – $250 per poem)
  • Submit online here following these guidelines

Chicken Soup For The Soul

  • http://www.chickensoup.com
  • Submit to Chicken Soup “an inspirational, true story about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences”
  • $200 per published story or poem; also receive 10 free copies of the book your story/poem appears in
  • Submit your story online here following the guidelines and possible book topics links available on that page

Flash Fiction Online

Blue Mountain Arts

  • http://www.sps.com
  • Submit contemporary prose or poetry to be used in a Blue Mountain Arts greeting card
  • $300 per poem/prose selected for a worldwide greeting card; $50 per poem/prose printed in a one-time book
  • Email submissions to editorial@sps.com following these guidelines

Andromeda Spaceways Magazine

  • http://andromedaspaceways.com
  • Submit a story to Andromeda Spaceways, an Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror magazine
  • Stories (10,000 words max unless you’re a resident of Australia or New Zealand); poetry (under two pages); articles and artwork
  • Short fiction paid $0.01 per word (min $10 to max $100 per piece); poetry and flash fiction paid at $10 per piece; nonfiction articles of 1000+ words paid at $10 per article
  • Submit your work online here following these guidelines and this FAQ

Carve Magazine

  • https://www.carvezine.com
  • Submit short story, poetry, and nonfiction stories to Carve, a magazine for honest fiction
  • Short fiction stories ($100 per story); poetry ($25 per poem); nonfiction ($25 per piece)
  • Submit short fiction here, poetry here, and nonfiction here following these guidelines

Daily Science Fiction

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