Thursday, July 10, 2014

Short Story Markets for Romance and Erotica

I have often been told that "there are no romance markets for short stories" so there is no point in writing them. That simply is not true. What I have found is that there are markets but the ones that pay well are difficult to break into. There are many that don't pay professional rates (higher that 6 cents a word) and many are based on royalty only.  In my research, the following list shows magazines, anthologies and online websites to submit to. These are all paying markets, either x cents a word or a flat fee.

If you find any are no longer active or you want to add one to the list, please let me know.

Woman’s World
Must be true to life stories: 800 words, $800 for romance; 700 words, $500 mystery—mail to address below.
300 word other kinds of short, cute, anecdotes accepted for less—email Kathy Fitzpatrick:
Woman's World
Editorial Department: Romance 270 Sylvan Avenue Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632 (INCLUDE SASE)
680 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611
Contact: Fiction Editor. Query first
Length: 7500 words maximum

East of the Web
5 cents, romance division, 7000 words minimum, CURRENTLY SEEKING ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

romance and erotica: choose your own adventure romance style, 20,000 word minimum, flat fee advance is paid

Shades of Romance
seeking multicultural literature, flash fiction formats, see website for details, pay ranges between $15-25

Insatiable: White Cat Publications
Paranormal/weird romance up to 5000 words, 3 cents a word

True Confessions
True to life stories about working class women and their families and realistic issues women face in our society. First person, evoke some sort of emotion, be it happiness or sadness, but in the end there needs to be some sort of moral or lessoned learned.
3 cents a word, 1000-1500 mini stories, 3-7000 for longer, rhyming poetry ok, Woman to Woman 2-300 words $65,
Email submissions preferred. See guidelines at link below.

True Story, 233 Park Ave. S., New York NY 10003. Tel: (212)979-4825. Monthly magazine for young, blue-collar women, age 20-35. Stories can range from hot romance to tear jerkers. Pays 3 cents word one month after publication for nonfiction stories of 3,000-7,000 words. Features $50-100.
Email submissions preferred. See guidelines at link below.

Penthouse (query first by email, then submit by mail)
Erotic fiction, 1,500 to 2,500 words in length, $500, original and unpublished. First person, male or female, all characters over the age of 19, Stories cannot include incest, blood arts, minors (even reflections on childhood or any age under 19), non-consensual sex, or bestiality. Do not submit graphics or poetry.
All stories should be sent to the mailing address below.
Queries can be submitted via email to
Penthouse Editorial Department: Erotic fiction editor
20 Broad Street, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10005

Playboy Magazine

Romance + paranormal, 1000-5000 words, 3 cents, 1 cent for reprints

Broadlit Magazine (Bought out True Love and True Romance formerly owned by Dorchester Media) Occasional contests with story requests.

Sounds of the Night
sensual speculative
$12, $4 flash fiction

Romance Flash
$3, under 1000 words, all romance except Erotica accepted

Ravenous Romance
Wants steamy romance, many categories: short stories, novels and novellas. Royalties and sometimes an advance,

Stony Meadow Publishing
monthly contest, (2-6000 words, $20 + contest winner, must be romance, 2 stories entered maximum a month, 30 day response from the first of the month deadline)
hasn’t updated website since 2010—are they still around?

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