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Alaska Parent magazine accepts freelance submissions covering parenting topics such as education, pregnancy and babies, holidays, nutrition, special needs, family travel, and more. They accept both original content and reprints. Pay is generally $40-200 for original articles and $25-40 for reprints. They accept feature stories of 800-1200 words, short features of 500-800 words, and tips articles of 150-600 words.
This magazine features science fiction stories, art and poetry as well as some fact based articles. Pay is 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 20,000 words, 6 cents per word for serials of 40,000-80,000 words, and 9 cents per word for "fact articles" of around 4000 words. Payment is $1 per line for poetry.
Argot accepts submissions of essays, short stories, poetry, and more related to queer culture, marginalized communities, politics, and culture. Pay ranges from $35 for short poems and single panel comics to $250 for long-form investigative pieces. They also have a hardcover print edition where they accept poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces up to 2500 words. They pay a 50% premium for pieces accepted for the print edition.
Asimov's is a magazine for science fiction writers. They pay 8-10 cents per word for stories up to 7500 words and 8 cents per word for stories over 7500 words (though they rarely buy stories over 20,000 words or shorter than 1000 words). Poems under 40 lines are also accepted and pay is $1 per line.
Aurealis is an Australian science fiction, horror and fantasy magazine. They look for short stories between 2000 and 8000 words that are preferably tied to Australia in some way. They pay between AUD $20-60 per 1000 words.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies seeks short stories of up to 14,000 words. They publish "literary adventure fantasy" with second-world settings. They pay 6 cents per word.
Broken Pencil is "the magazine of zine culture and the independent arts." They accept submissions for their "Pencil Sharpener" short reports section of up to 400 words, feature stories of 1000-3000 words, and original fiction of up to 3000 words (fiction is read from March 1 - September 15). Payment ranges from $30 - 300 depending on the type of submission. Pitch deadlines for seasonal issues are January 15th, April 15th, July 15th, and October 15th.
Cricket magazine is target towards children from ages 9 to 14. It features fiction,poetry and nonfiction. Types of fiction they look for include folk tales, sci-fi, historical fiction, and contemporary fiction. Nonfiction pieces and poetry can be on a variety of topics. The rate is up to $0.25/word for stories and articles and up to $3.00 per line (minimum of $25) for poetry. The majority of stories and articles are 1,200 to 1,800 words though they also need 600-900 word shorter stories, and most poems are 8-15 lines but can range from 3 to 35 lines. Activities and recipes pay a flat rate of $75.
Daily Science Fiction publishes original short works of speculative fiction. They pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and nonexclusive reprint rights. They accept stories, including flash fiction, from 100-1500 words.
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine publishes all types of mystery short stories. They prefer stories in the 2500-8000 word range but sometimes publish longer works. Flash fiction "minute mysteries" of around 250 words are also considered. They pay $.05 - $.08 per word for original stories. They don't accept reprints.
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