This is the page where I post some of my favorite consistent and paid writing opportunities for poetry, short stories or for essays. Again, I want to stress – all opportunities highlighted here are paid. Where possible, I have looked at their contract & feel their baseline agreements are fair as well. If you’re not an author, I would definitely encourage you to read these, either by supporting patreons, subscribing, or buying individual issues as applicable.
FIRESIDE FICTION COMPANY
Straight from their website: “Fireside Fiction Company started in 2012 as a Kickstarter-funded short-story magazine. We began with the goals of finding and publishing great stories regardless of genre, and paying our writers well. Since Nov. 8, 2016, we have a third goal: resisting the global rise of fascism and far-right populism, starting with the current occupant of the White House.”
You can find their schedule for submissions here, and it should be noted they pay 12.5 cents a word, which is double industry “minimum” of 6c (as if a minimum is real…) & $400 per full color piece for illustration.
FIYAH – LITERARY MAGAZINE OF BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION
It’s exactly what it sounds like – straight from their website: “We are only accepting submission from authors from the African diaspora (including the continent), because #BlackWritersMatter. This is an intersectional definition of blackness, and we strongly encourage submissions from women, members of the LGBTQIA community, and members from other underrepresented communities within the African diaspora.”
Straight from their website: “Lightspeed is a science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limits, and we encourage our writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. Lightspeed is a 2014 Hugo Award Winner (and a four-time Hugo finalist), and stories from Lightspeed have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.”
From their Submissions Guidelines page: “We believe that the science fiction/fantasy genre’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we wish that viewpoint to be reflected in our story content and our submission queues; we welcome submissions from writers of every race, religion, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation.” They pay 8c a word for original fiction & 2c a word for reprints, and their boilerplate agreements are available for download & perusal.