Paying Sci-Fi Writing Ops

Writing Ops

Genre: Sci-fi with some hard science
Deadline: monthly
Word count: 3500-5000
Theme: varies
Pay: Flat Rate US$10.00 for 3500+ words
More info: Alien Dimensions


Deadline: varies
Word count: 2,500 and 8,000
Literary genre fiction with a sci-fi/fantasy lean
Pay: $0.06 / word, rounded up to the nearest $5
More info: Aliterate

Deadline: Ongoing
Word count: 1,000 to 40,000; payment capped at 16,000 words
Genre: Clean science fiction and fantasy
Pay: $.08 per word for the first 5,000 words and $.06 per word for each word between 5,001 and 16,000 words, with payment capped at $1,060 for stories longer than 16,000 words
More info: Deep Magic

Deadline: Ongoing
Word count: < 3500
Genre: science fiction, fantasy, horror (everything must have speculative element, even horror).
Pay: $.10 per word (more than the minimum professional rate as deemed by SFWA)
More info: Diabolical Plots

Grub Street
We at GrubStreet offer numerous partial need-based scholarships–for general audiences, for writers doing great work in the literary community, and for writers from historically marginalized backgrounds. No previous publication or MFA required, and there is no application fee.
If you are eligible, we welcome you to apply for multiple scholarships selecting all scholarships you’d like to be considered for in your application.
The deadline for all scholarship applications is Monday, November 5th at 11:59pm ET. We will send out notifications to everyone by November 19th.
Nearly all scholarships are awarded in quantities of $250, to be used towards Muse 2019 registration. Occasionally we offer larger amounts to individuals demonstrating particular need and merit.
For more information, visit Grub Street scholarships.

We’re looking for writing and art that explores the unintended side effects or consequences of scientific advancement, including but not limited to the areas of biology, physics, chemistry, and geology. They accept poetry (up to 4 poems), flash fiction/flash nonfiction (Min: 500 words. Max: 1,000 words), and essays (Min: 1,000 words. Max: 2,500 words, up to 2 essays), and original illustrations and photography. Payment: $60 for each poem, illustration, or photograph, $100 for each flash piece (fiction or nonfiction), and $120 for each essay accepted for publication, paid via PayPal upon acceptance. For more information, please visit Kanstellation.


KWiL Publishing is currently accepting submissions.
We are seeking excellent children’s literature; books that will leave young readers begging, “Read it again!”
We are particularly passionate about “scientific fiction” with STEM or Makers themes—stories that have well-researched and vetted scientific, technological, mathematical, engineering, or Makers-related content. At the heart of each are memorable characters and compelling plots. They are “read-it-again-worthy” in their own right, but they are also excellent supplements to a STEM or Makers curriculum.
We prefer projects with shelf-life over projects that feel gimmicky or feed a fad, although there are always exceptions.
We firmly embrace the #weneeddiversebooks campaign and prioritize publishing stories that are written and illustrated to reflect the diversity of our world.
We are seeking books that have the increased potential to generate unique, engaging, and empowering interactions with readers.
We are seeking illustrators for our picture book projects.
Please query with your full picture book manuscript and, if relevant, a link to your art gallery or website. You will receive a response within a month.
Thank you for your interest in publishing with KWiL! Even if your work is not the right fit right, right now, we look forward to connecting.
For more information, see KWiL Publishing.

Deadline: varies
Word count: 2,000-6,000
MYTHIC will be seeking diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction
Pay: Flat Rate US$40
More info: Mythic

We are delighted to announce a new call for entries to the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. We want stories of up to 1000 words long that take inspiration from the mind-blowing world of quantum physics. The Quantum Shorts competition is free to enter, offering prizes of up to US$1500.
For more information, visit Quantum Shorts.

Word count / short fiction: 500- 4,000 words
Weird fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
Pay: US$.06/word for original fiction, with a cap of $300.00 and reprint submissions at a pay rate of US$.03/word, with a cap of $300.00
More info: The Drabblecast

The Roswell Award
The Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults (18+) from across the globe is an international competition. Past submissions have come from dozens of countries including Malawi, Ethiopia, Singapore, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, England, America, Kazakhstan, and others. Four to five finalists are chosen and their stories are read by celebrity guests on stage at LitFest Pasadena in May. First, second, and third place prizes, as well as special prizes and certificates, are awarded to both finalists and the honorable mentions at the reading. Artemis Journal and Hollywood NOW will also present the Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award for the best feminist themed science fiction story.
Submissions open October 1, 2018. Submissions are free.
For more information, visit The Roswell Award.

Deadline: varies
Word count / short story: 1,500 and 3,000 words
Word count / humor: 600 or fewer words
Pay: 6 cents/word
More info: Third Flatiron wants sci-fi & fantasy shorts for anthology

Word count for fiction: 500 to 5,000 words
Pay: $.12/word for fiction. For nonfiction, we pay $.01/word. Reprints are paid at $.01/word.
More info: Unfit Magazine

Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Early-Bird Deadline: mid-October / Submission fee: $20
Deadline: mid-November / Submission fee: $25
Word count: <= 4,000 words
Genre: romance, thriller, crime, horror, science-fiction, and young adult
One Grand Prize winner will receive:
$2,500 in cash
A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue
$100 off a purchase at
A copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
One First Prize winner in each category will receive:
An announcement of the winner in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest
$500 in cash
$100 off a purchase at
A copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
Honorable Mentions will:
Have their stories promoted on
A copy of the 2018 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
More info: Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards


Courses + Book Reviewers

Transmedia Storytelling (MIT course)

More info: Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Reviewers

Fantasy and Sci-Fi Reviewers Accepting Self-Published Authors

. . . a list of 269 online book reviewers who accept self-published work in speculative fiction (scifi, fantasy, horror, paranormal). I’ve gleaned these reviewers from Book Blogs, SFF websites, and various blogrolls, and have looked at each one of them personally to verify that they are up and running and are happy to accept requests from Indie writers.

Literary Agents

Becky LeJeune of the Bond Literary Agency