25 Paying Science Fiction Magazines

Here are 24 Fantasy and Sci-Fi paying magazines for you to choose from. Please note that a few of the publications may be closed for submissions at certain times of year. Make a note of when they’re open again and keep trying with your stories and articles.

  • Fantasy & Science Fiction

Pay: 7 – 12 cents per word

Fantasy & Science Fiction publishes material related to fantasy and science fiction. They encourage prospective writers to submit articles of up to 25,000 words in length. They like receiving full manuscripts instead of queries.

Payment is between 7 and 12 cents per word, and is made upon acceptance. Art work is also welcome, but please see guidelines before submitting.

  • Analog

Pay: 10 cents per word

Analog covers content related to science fiction – including novellas. Submissions are judged on merit only, so new writers are welcome to submit work. They prefer writers to send cover letters or queries instead of full manuscripts. Short stories should be between 2,000 and 7,500 words in length.

They pay between 8 to 10 cents per word for stories, and payment is made upon acceptance.

  • Ares Magazine

Pay: 6 cents per word

Ares Magazine seeks to publish content on the following genres: science fiction, fantasy, mythology, horror, alternative history and pulp adventure. They are currently not accepting fiction submissions, but prospective freelancers are welcome to send in art and game designs. This publication likes fiction submissions to be between 4,000 and 10,000 words in length.

Payment is 6 cents per word, paid upon publication. Do check their website for detailed guidelines.

  • Asimov’s Science Fiction

Pay: 8 – 10 cents per word

Asimov’s Science Fiction is a widely-distributed publication, dedicated to the science fiction genre. Their call for submissions is for articles no longer than 20,000 words. Asimov’s Science Fiction uses an online submissions system, so please keep this in mind.

They pay between 8 and 10 cents per word for shorter stories of up to 7,500 words.

  • Clarkesworld Magazine


Pay: 10 cents per word

Clarkesworld Magazine covers a variety of topics related to science fiction and fantasy. They are currently accepting art, non-fiction and short stories, and expect articles to be between 1,000 and 16,000 words in length.

Clarkesworld magazine pays 10 cents for the first 5,000 words, and 8 cents from there on. There’s a wealth of information on their site to steer you in the right direction when for them, so please read this carefully.

  • GigaNotoSaurus

Pay: $100

GigaNotoSaurus is open to everything related to science fiction and fantasy. This publication accepts articles within the 5,000 and 25,000 words range. They invite prospective writers to send full manuscripts instead of queries.

Payment is $100 per story, paid upon acceptance.

  • InterGalactic Medicine Show

Pay: 6 cents per word

InterGalactic Medicine Show will publish content and art work on science fiction and fantasy. There is no specific word count and submissions are made through an online form. They pay 6 cents per word, upon publication.

Please be familiar with what they publish before submitting work.

  • Kasma Magazine

Pay: 2 cents per word

Kasma Science Fiction magazine covers most topics within the science fiction genre. Kasma’s call for submissions is for articles between 1,000 and 5,000 words in length. This publication pays 2 cents per word, upon publication.

Submission is all done through their website, so do check there for details.

  • Mad Scientist Journal

Pay: $100

Mad Scientist Journal is a widely-distributed publication, covering topics that can be loosely classed as ‘mad science’. They are currently not accepting submissions until Spring. Short fiction should be no more than 8,000 words, while 2,000 words is the limit for flash fiction.

Mad Scientist Journal pays $100 upon publication.

  • Pseudopod

Pay: 6 cents per word

Pseudopod is a genre magazine in audio form, dedicated to horror, dark and weird fiction. They expect short fiction to be no more than 6,000 words in length. Pseudopod invites prospective freelancers to send a cover letter before sending the full manuscript.

Payment is 6 cents per word, paid upon publication. Their submission guidelines are very detailed and specific, so do study these before writing anything.

  • The Drabblecast

Pay: 3 cents per word

The Drabblecast is a weekly podcast, featuring flash fiction from a variety of genres. They encourage writers to submit stories no longer than 4,000 words. Submissions should be made via email.

Payment is 3 cents per word, paid upon publication.

  • Lightspeed Magazine

Pay: 8 cents per word

Lightspeed Magazine publishes material within the science-fiction and fantasy genres. They’re open to stories between 1,500 and 10,000 words in length, but prefer stories of no more than 5,000 words.

Lightspeed Magazine pays 8 cents per word upon publication. They have strict guidelines and formatting, so do heed these when writing for them.

  • FSI Magazine

Pay: 15 cents per word

Fantastic Stories Of the Imagination covers a range of science-fiction and fantasy topics. They’re inviting prospective freelancers to submit original stories of no more than 3,000 words in length. Please send full manuscripts in the first instance.

FSI Magazine pays 15 cents per word – upon publication.

  • Crossed Genres

Pay: 6 cents per word

Crossed Genres publishes any genre of writing, and are not restricted to science fiction and fantasy. They invite writers to submit work between 1,000 and 6,000 words in length. Crossed Genres works with an editorial calendar or a monthly theme. There’s a wealth of information on their site, which you should read before considering submitting anything to them.

They pay 6 cents per word, upon publication.

  • Heroic Fantasy Quarterly

Pay: $100

Heroic Fantasy Quarterly covers a wide range of topics related to heroic fantasy, every three months. This publication has a particular calendar on their website, and they expect prospective freelancers to consult this. They like articles that are no longer than 10,000 words.

Payment is $100 for stories, and is made upon publication.

  • Shimmer Zine

Pay: 5 cents per word

Shimmer Zine is a unique publication that deals with fiction, written from eclectic viewpoints. Their call for submissions is for articles no longer than 7,500 words. Ideally, they like content that are about 4,000 words long.

Their submission guidelines are quite specific, so do study their site before writing anything for them. They pay 5 cents per word, upon publication.

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies

Pay: 6 cents per word

Beneath Ceaseless Skies is dedicated to literary adventure fantasy. They encourage potential freelancers to submit articles no longer than 10,000 words. They will also accept longer stories – depending on the plot.

Submission guidelines on their site are specific and dense, so please be familiar with what they publish and the types of characters they love before writing. Payment is 6 cents per word, paid upon publication.

  • The Dark Magazine

Pay: 3 cents per word

The Dark Magazine is a monthly publication dedicated to horror and dark fantasy. They are in need of stories from 1,000 to 6,000 words in length. Submissions should be made via email, in a particular format.

This publication pays 3 cents per word, and payment is made upon acceptance.

  • Fiction Vortex

Pay: $300

Fiction Vortex focuses on horror, Sci-Fi, fantasy, supernatural and alternate history stories; converting them into series. They publish content no longer than 3,500 words, and submissions should be made by email. Do check out their guidelines for specific information on how to submit work.

Payment is $300, made upon publication.

  • Waylines Magazine

Pay: 6 cents per word

Waylines Magazine publishes science fiction, horror and fantasy stories. They accept manuscripts between 1,000 and 6,000 words in length. Prospective freelancers are to send the magazine a query with an idea before starting work.

Waylines Magazine pays 6 cents per word, upon publication.

  • Far Strider Magazine

Pay: 3 cents

Farstrider Magazine covers a number of topics related to fantasy – with a twist of humor. They encourage writers to submit articles between 500 and 4,000 words in length. Please send your full manuscripts instead of queries, and be familiar with their content before writing.

Payment is 3 cents per word, made upon publication.

  • Betwixt Magazine

Pay: $225

Betwixt Magazine is dedicated to speculative fiction of all sorts – fantasy, science fiction, speculative horror, slipstream, weird fiction, steam/diesel/cyber/ and so on. They prefer, but are not limited to stories from 4,000 to 7,000 words in length. Suitable artwork is also accepted.

Submissions should be made via email. They pay up to $225 per article, upon publication.

  • Podcastle Magazine

Pay: 6 cents per word

PodCastle covers most topics within the fantasy fiction genre. They expect articles to be no more than 6,000 words in length. Please note that submissions are made through their submissions portal, using standard manuscripts formats.

PodCastle magazine pays 6 cents per word, upon publication.

  • Aurealis Magazine

Pay: Australian $60

Aurealis is an Australian publication in need of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories. They encourage freelancers to submit pieces between 2,000 and 8,000 words in length. Submissions are made via email, in a specific format.

Payment is between A$20 and A$60 for the first 1,000 words, and is made upon publication.



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