Get ready to showcase your writing skills! I trust you will find a contest within these 7 free writing contests that will suit your talents. Take note that Guardian Angel Kids is offering four various submission themes, so technically you have 11 contests to choose from, and FYI, the highest paying contest is Real Simple offering $3,000 cash prize!
Earn up to $400 per article in this weeks 7 Paying Ideas to Showcase your Writing Skills! Be sure to check out the Penguin House Roll of Thunder contest!
7 Paying Ideas to Showcase your Writing Skills
#1 Backcountry Magazine
Backcountry Magazine welcomes queries and speculative submissions for all editorial departments but will take no responsibility for them.
Send us researched, original ideas with a strong backcountry hook, from current events to prolific characters to unique destinations. We are always looking for Feature ideas, as well as Destination stories for our Route Finding Department.
Payment: $0.35 per word.
Photographs paid according to placement up to $400. Read More.
As the complete beading resource, Bead&Button magazine publishes innovative and imaginative projects that challenge and inspire readers to learn, grow and excel. As helpful partners in beading, Bead&Button’s editors fully test projects for clarity and dependability so that readers can master the skills needed to create beautiful, wearable projects. Read More.
#3 Outdoor Canada
As Canada’s authoritative outdoor magazine, we expect our outdoor writers experts in their fields. All features must provide the latest, most reliable information; they must also be well-researched and original. Most articles run from 1,500 to 2,500 words, while shorter pieces can run from 100 to 700 words.
Payment: from $100 for short articles to $400 and up for features. Read More.
We look for lively, penetrating material unencumbered by jargon or academic argument. We prefer well-researched, objective, and grounded unsentimental pieces in one or more religious or cultural tradition; articles that focus on dreams, visions, or other very personal experiences are unlikely accepted. Direct all articles related toward the theme of an issue.
Poetry, short fiction, and tangents are all accepted.
Article payment generally ranges from $150 to $400.
The payment for epicycles and book reviews is $75. Read More.
#5 Range Report
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) publishes The Range Report. Its intent is to offer information that will help shooting range owners, operators and officers manage ranges in a professional, environmentally sound and economical way while providing their shooters with the best experience.
Payment: up to $500.
Payment for photographs: $50 to $100, depending on size. Read More.
#6 Roll Of Thunder Publishing Contest
Penguin Young Readers celebrates this momentous publication by launching a début children’s fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14. Submit your manuscript for a book about diversity for ages 8-14 and you could receive a publishing contract from Penguin Random House LLC!
Payment: up to $400 for full-length features. [Expired]
#7 Traditional Bowhunter
Our hunting stories generally emphasize do-it-yourself, unguided hunts except in circumstances in which a guide is legally required.
Payment for unsolicited short features ranges from $150 to $250. Payment for assigned columns is $300. Payment for features is $300 to $400. Cover images pay $400.
Book reviews pay $75 for 600 to 800 words in length.
Short features up to 1500 words are also accepted for online publication on our website. payment is $50 for text and photographs. Read More.
Trusting these 7 Paying Ideas to Showcase your Writing Skills will inspire you to keep on writing. Do contact me if there is anything further I could assist you with. Remember to check out Guest Blog For Us if you have a story you would wish to showcase here at The Write Styles.
This Week’s 14 Top Paying Ideas for Short Story Publishers
Having published Piotr Mierzejewski and Michele Barrow-Belisle’s articles this month, readers have been inundating The Write Styles asking where they too can have their short stories published. I did some digging around and came up with 14 Top Paying Ideas for Short Story Publishers to add to my previous publishing post.
#1 Apex Magazine
Apex Magazine publishes Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction. Visit their website to get a gist of the types of stories that they accept for publication.
Payment: $0.06 a word up to 7,500, plus an extra one cent per word per podcast. Read More.
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is looking for “character oriented” stories, where the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest. Sci-Fi dominates the fiction published in Asimov’s, but they do also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction.
8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words,
8 cents for each word over 7,500.
Asimov’s seldom purchases stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and don’t serialize novels.
They pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. Read More.
#3 Cicada Magazine
CICADA is a YA lit/comics magazine fascinated with the lyric and strange and committed to work that speaks to teens’ truths. We publish poetry, realistic and genre fiction, essay, and comics by adults and teens. (We are also inordinately fond of Viking jokes.) Their readers are smart and curious; they do invite submissions but they are not required to engage young adult themes. CICADA does not distribute theme lists for upcoming issues.
Especially welcome are works by people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQAI+ folks, gender-queer folks, and other marginalized people. Not welcome: cultural appropriation. Read More
*Cicada is now running a contest.
Creative Endeavors Contest: What You’re Carrying
What gear gets you through the day? Unpack your backpack, your purse, your fanny pack: in art, photography, or poetic ode, count the items you’ve got on you at this very moment. Deadline: May 31, 2016. Read More
#4 Clarkesworld Magazine
Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Monthly publications available on their website for purchase in e-book format and via electronic subscription.
Clarkesworld Magazine is currently open for art, non-fiction and short story submissions consisting of 1,000 – 16,000 words.
Payment: $0.10 per word for the first 5,000 words, $0.08 per word afterwards. Read More.
#5 Fantasy & Science Fiction
Fantasy & Science Fiction has no set formulas, they look for stories that appeal fantasy and science fiction readers. They do expect the sci-fi element present, however subtle as they have a lot of fantasy, but never enough humor or sci-fi.
Furthermore, only send full manuscripts up to 25,000 words as they do not accept queries, and make a point of reading their magazine before submitting.
Payment is 7 – 12 cents per word on acceptance. Read More.
#6 Harper’s Magazine.
Writers wishing to submit nonfiction to Harper’s Magazine may send queries via snail-mail, accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The magazine will neither consider nor return unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts.
Artists, illustrators, and photographers may send material in any format. Read More.
HeroesandHeartbreakers.com welcome original romance stories in all sub-genres (erotica, contemporary, paranormal/urban fantasy, women’s fiction/chick lit, historical, romantic suspense, etc).
They require short stories (15k – 30k words) as well as novellas (30k – 50k words) and category-length works (up to 60k). They will consider Novellas and category-length romances for publication as serials.
Payment: $1,000 to $2,000 advance (length dependent) against 25% Royalty. Read More
#8 Inter Galactic Medicine Show
Intergalactic Medicine Show are looking for fantasy and science fiction stories modeled around a PG-13 that are up to 17,500 words. They are wanting well-developed milieu and believable, engaging characters. They are also requiring clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are better literary exemplars than James Joyce.
#9 Inter Galactic Medicine Show are also in need of Artists
All illustrations and artwork in Inter Galactic Medicine Show are by assignment. For consideration of art assignments, send samples of your work. (higher rates for professionals) Read More
#10 Lightspeed Magazine.
They are now closed for unsolicited submission, but will open during 2016. Normally they would accept stories between 1,500 and 10,000 words of original science fiction and fantasy novels.
Payment is 8 US cents per word. They do also accept reprints at 2 US cents per word. Read More.
#11 One Story
Submission period September 1st – May 31st.
One Story is seeking literary fiction. They do only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words of any style and on any subject as long as they are good. They are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and that are strong enough to stand alone.
Payment: $500 and 25 contributors copies. Read More.
#12 Strange Horizons
They want fiction with a speculative element up to 10,000 words, with preference of under 5,000 words. They are not a horror market.
Payment: 8 US cents per word. (minimum payment of $60) via PayPal or check. Read More.
#13 The Sun
The Sun publishes essays,fiction, interviews, and poetry. They favor personal writing, but are also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. Actually, The Sun seems open to just about anything. In fact they actually invite you to surprise them, as not even they know what they like until they have read it.
from $300 to $2,000 for essays and interviews,
$300 to $1,500 for fiction,
$100 to $200 for poetry.
Please do not send simultaneous submissions. Read More
This is an online Fantasy and Sci-Fi magazine publishing fiction and poetry, as well as nonfiction, 750 – 6,000 words, from writers of every conceivable background. They are seeking intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs. Uncanny believes there’s still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel.
Well, that concludes your 14 Top Paying Ideas for Short Story Publishers, I trust this list will assist you. Do feel free to contact me if you wish to add to the list, or leave your additions in the comment section.