Publications that Pay for Your Short Stories

Below is a list of organisations and publications that will pay for your short stories. Getting featured in any of these publications can be a great way to gain exposure for your writing, get paid for them and also just for the joy of having your work published and read by many readers. At the end of this post are also links to several writing competitions.

All of the links below are for short stories from 500 to 12000 words and vary from genres such as mystery, horror and to drama. Before you submit to any of these publications do remember to check on the kind of work that they accept and prefer.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Accepts works of mystery and murder:

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine


Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

This publication only accepts crime stories: 12000 max

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine



This is mainly literature/drama based stories and to send your work to Harpers you have to print it and then send:


The Atlantic

This will be primarily for literary/drama based stories and horror or ghost stories probably would not get accepted here.

Atlantic Submissions


Everyday Fiction

Accept stories of 50 to 1000 words in length:

Everyday Fiction


The A3 Review

150 Words Short Stories:

A3 Review


The Writers Digest Story Competition

Writers Digest


Nothing in The Rule Book

Competitions and Projects


International Writers Collective

A general list of good places to submit stories:

Writers Collective


For further posts on publications that will pay and/or publish your work please see the links below: