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:

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

This publication only accepts crime stories: 12000 max


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.

Everyday Fiction

Accept stories of 50 to 1000 words in length:

The A3 Review

150 Words Short Stories:

The Writers Digest Story Competition

Nothing in The Rule Book

Competitions and Projects

International Writers Collective

A general list of good places to submit stories:

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

7 UK publications which will pay for your fiction
5 UK publications that will pay for your poetry