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Writers’ Markets

This is a directory of paying freelance writer's markets. You can browse the writer's markets by category below or search if you're looking for something specific. All markets included in this directory are paying markets. Payment details are included in summaries where possible.

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This is a directory of paying freelance writer's markets. You can browse the writer's markets by category below or search if you're looking for something specific. All markets included in this directory are paying markets. Payment details are included in summaries where possible.

What are you waiting for? Build a better writing career, one market at a time!

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Alaska Parent

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.

Analog

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

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 Science Fiction

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

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

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.

Briarpatch Magazine

Briarpatch Magazine publishing work of political importance on topics such as grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, labour, gender equity, indigenous struggles, and more. They accept submissions from new and experienced freelance writers alike. Pay is $100 for profiles, short essays, reviews, blog posts, and "parting shots" under 1500 words. Pay is $200 for feature stories and photo essays generally running 1500-2500 words. And pay is $300 for research-based articles and investigative reporting typically running 2500-3000 words.

Broken Pencil

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.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

We are an online publication of science fiction, fantasy, myths, legends, fairy tales, eldritch stories and art, as well as interviews, articles, and podcasts.
We pay 6¢/word for new stories, 2¢/word for reprints and articles. Stories should be 1000 words minimum. We have no upper limit, but all else being equal, we prefer shorter works.
Submissions are open four times a year: March 21 - 28, June 21 - 28, Sept. 21 - 28, and Dec. 21 - 28.

We are looking for: very well written original work, also podcast, video, and/or graphic story forms from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.  We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space.  If you use real existing science, please get it right.  You can also read the About Us page for more information.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.

We don't accept: horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they've had the energy and joy sucked out of them. Also, seems we have to say it, we don't take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores

We are an online publication of science fiction, fantasy, myths, legends, fairy tales, eldritch stories and art, as well as interviews, articles, and podcasts.
We pay 6¢/word for new stories, 2¢/word for reprints and articles. Stories should be 1000 words minimum. We have no upper limit, but all else being equal, we prefer shorter works.
Submissions are open four times a year: March 21 - 28, June 21 - 28, Sept. 21 - 28, and Dec. 21 - 28.

We are looking for: very well written original work, also podcast, video, and/or graphic story forms from around the world. We care about character, plot, ideas, and storytelling ability.  We accept both serious and humorous work. We like science fiction in all its states of matter, from solid to gaseous to plasma, i.e., from hard as steel to as insubstantial as interstellar space.  If you use real existing science, please get it right.  You can also read the About Us page for more information.

Hard Sells: Vampires, werewolves, zombies, monsters in general, super-heroes, Lovecraftian stories, anthro, robots with feelings, gritty and despairing post-apocalyptic worlds.

We don't accept: horror, hate, blood & guts, explicit language, excessive violence, angst-ridden romance, fan fiction, sex, axe-grinding, or stories that leave readers feeling they've had the energy and joy sucked out of them. Also, seems we have to say it, we don't take work that makes fun of grief, suffering, and death, whether of real, imaginary, or religious characters.

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