Market Listings December 16th
Posted by Dianna Gunn
I decided to start with market listings instead of a prompt because I figure there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a short story sitting around somewhere that really should be sent out–or back out. Or maybe you’ve got a story that just needs one last good polish. Or maybe you’ve just written a story and you haven’t started editing it yet. The point is, you probably already have a story lying around, and I’m hoping you’ll consider sending it to one of these markets.
The First Line Short Fiction Magazine This market is good for those of you who don’t have a story. The First Line gives you the first line of your story and asks you to write the rest. If you write something particularly awesome, they’ll publish it and you’ll get paid. The first lines for 2012 stories are already up, so get to work making something. They pay $30 for short stories and $20 for non-fiction. They prefer short stories between 300 and 3000 words.
The Colored Lens The Coloured Lens will take speculative short fiction of up to 10, 000 words and even serialized novels up to 20, 000 words, but you have to query for the latter. They pay $20 per short story, and for novellas they pay $20 for the first 10, 000 words and $1 for every thousand words after that.
Ideomancer Ideomancer is looking for speculative short fiction up to 7, 000 words, and they will pay you 0.03 cents per word to a maximum of $40. They also publish poetry, and they pay a flat rate of $6 per poem.
These markets don’t pay at the professional level of five cents per word, but quite frankly, very few markets actually pay their authors that much anyway. If you’re thinking of submitting to one of these markets but you’re afraid, that’s okay. Submitting a short story for the first time is scary. But you can do it, and believe you me, you’ll feel much more like a writer after you do.
If you manage to get published at one of these magazines please let me know. I’d love to hear your success stories, and hopefully someday soon I can share one of my own.