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11 Magazines That Accept Fiction From Freelance Writers

For The Fiction Writer In All Of Us

By Susan F WeimerPublished about a year ago 3 min read

I like to write fiction, poetry, about my life experiences, and about things I have learned through life. I want to enjoy writing. It would be a waste of my time writing an article for a magazine I don't care about, hoping their magazine will accept it.

So, I searched Google for magazines that accept fiction stories and poems. I found quite a few, and some of them pay very well. Without further ado, these are the magazines I found. (In no particular order.)

The Sun:

Personal Essays $300 to $2,000

Fiction $300 to $2,000


Poetry: All types and lengths. $200 per poem

Short Fiction: Length is from 3,500–8,000 words.

For short fiction, they pay $1,000 and above.

Nonfiction: Length is 3,500–9,000 words.

For personal essays, they pay $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word.

Asimov's Science Fiction:

Science Fiction

They are looking for “character-oriented” stories.

They pay 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents per word over 7,500. They don't buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words.

The ThreePenny Review:

Stories and articles $400 per story or article.

Poems or Table Talk pieces $200

Analog Science Fiction And Fact:

Short fiction up to approximately 20,000 words, 8-10 cents per word.

Serials (40,000-80,000 words) 6 cents per word.

Fact articles, 9 cents per word.

Poetry is $1 per line.

Heliotrope Magazine:

Fiction that does not exceed 5,000 words. They pay 10 cents a word.

Poems they will pay $50.

Opinions articles of 2000 words or more. The pay rate is $90 flat.

Clarkesworld Magazine:

Science fiction and fantasy

12¢ per word 1000-22000 words, no exceptions.

No horror, but dark SF/F is permitted.

The Antihumanist:

Flash fiction and essays, 1000 words or fewer.

They want stories that ask who are we? Why are we here? Is there a purpose?

Archive Of The Odd:

All work must be speculative, horror being preferred.

Payments for writing are as follows:

$15.00 for 500-1999 words

$20.00 for 2000-4999 words

$25.00 for 5000+ words

The Deadlands:

Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Stories should be around 3000-4000 words.

They pay 10¢/word for original fiction.


Crime, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller short stories.

They pay $200 for original fiction of 1,000-5,000 words.

My favorite genre has always been science fiction with action and fantasy coming in as close 2nd and 3rd. That's why I went on this search to hunt science fiction magazines. I wonder why science fiction magazines are so few and far between.

I love science fiction and I also love to read science fiction. Sure movies help by showing what the writer of the story was trying to express, but I have never had any trouble imagining anything if the writer described what was happening well enough.

That's it for now. If I find any more I will be sure to publish a revised list.

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About the Creator

Susan F Weimer

I live in a rural area in upstate New York with my fiancé and three dogs. Mine is a simple life filled with simple pleasures.

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