Sell Your Short Story – Magazines That Pay For Stories

sell your short story

Ever wanted to sell your short story? Continuing this trend of helping authors find ways to earn money by writing, today I present you the list of magazines and sites that will pay for your short story. So, take a look at the list below and see if your style fits theirs. Be sure to read what they published. They might even inspire you.

To save us all some time, let’s get to business.

1. The New Yorker

I know, I know. Who gets in there? But you must understand, this is the leading magazine and I couldn’t ignore it.

Apparently only 0.0000416 percent submissions get accepted. But if you do get accepted, all the doors in the industry are open. Concerning word-count, they have no specifications. Nonetheless, read through and get a feel for the length they accept.

On the site it’s not specified how much they pay. But, I don’t think you should aim for money when you submit to The New Yorker.

To submit, read the guidelines here.

2. The Atlantic

A very respected magazine that would look so nice on your resume. It’s not easy getting published there, but if you do, you’ll get published next to big name authors. They accept submissions from everyone and often publish stories by newcomers.

To submit, read the guidelines on their FAQ page.

3. One Story

A popular magazine that publishes, obviously, one story every few weeks. They pay $500 for a single, unpublished story that is between 3,000 and 8,000 words. You also get 25 contributor copies for First Serial North American rights.

The catch is, they accept submissions only from September, 1 to May, 31. Get that story polished by then.

To submit your story, read the guidelines here.

4. The Antioch Review

The major strength of this magazine for you is the fact they are open to newbie writers as well as the established ones. The weakness is they publish only about three stories per issue. Now, they don’t accept any submissions during the summer (from June, 1 to September, 1). Still, you have enough time to write the story and polish it up.

They pay $20 per printed page and you get 2 contributor copies.

To submit your short story, go here.

5. The First Line

This one is open right now if you want to get creative. It’s open until August, 1 for the autumn issue. The catch is, you get the first line and have to write a 300-800 words long short story. The first line for autumn is: Frank Rooney had been the manager of the Shop & Save for thirty-eight years, and he wasn’t retiring anytime soon.

They pay between $25 and $50 for fiction, from $5 to $10 for poetry and $25 for nonfiction.

To apply, read the rules here.

6. Cincinnati Review

This wonderful magazine opens its submission season on August, 15 and keeps it open until March, 15. It accepts submissions from all over the industry. Any genre, any level of author’s influence. If it’s good, it get published.

They pay $25 per double-spaced page. You have enough time to write and edit a perfect story.

To submit, read the rules here.

7. The Sun Magazine

They are open for submissions all year long. The Sun Magazine is an influential magazine and getting published there would serve you well. They pay between $300 and $2,000 for nonfiction and between $300 and $1,500 for fiction. Plus, you get a one year subscription to their magazine.

To apply, read the guidelines here.

I really hope you get published in one of these. Also, I hope you found this helpful. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions or if I missed some great magazine that should have been in the top 7.

As always, keep writing!

Author: Mladen Reljanović

Mladen Reljanović is the founder and lead writer at Writer to Writers. He is the author of Oaktown stories, senior student of communication and a pianist.

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