A bout of writer’s block feels discouraging and demoralizing. Even worse? When you struggle to make progress, your dream of making a living from writing can seem further away than ever.

When you’re stuck in a writing rut, responding to fun prompts can get those creative gears turning again. Plus, you can make a quick buck in the meantime.


So, we’ve collected a list of publishing opportunities with fun prompts, high pay, and upcoming deadlines.

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DreamForge Magazine

Who They Are: At DreamForge Magazine, we welcome readers with a passion for positive fantasy and science fiction. Here you will find stories where characters endure, overcome, and embrace that spirit of wonder and discovery through which sentient beings invest the universe with meaning and purpose….DreamForge Anvil is about a passionate attention to storytelling as much it is about the stories themselves.”

What They’re Looking For: Positive stories of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction up to 4,500 words. They accept fiction, short stories, and poetry.

What They Pay: $0.06/word for fiction, $0.04/word for reprints, and $25 to $100 per poem.

Deadline: March 13.

Get more information and submit here.

Chilling Crime Anthology

Who They Are: The Flame Tree Gothic Fantasy, Classic Stories and Epic Tales collections bring together the entire range of myth, folklore and modern short fiction. Highlighting the roots of suspense, supernatural, science fiction and mystery stories, the books in the Flame Tree Collections series are beautifully presented, highly collectable and offer a lifetime of reading pleasure.

What they’re looking for: We’ve looked at cosy crime and detective thrillers, now it’s time to turn to the darker side: the cold cases, the grim murders, the desperate villains, and the race against time to solve the crime. We’re seeking up to 20 new stories to join our powerful collection of Chilling Crime Short Stories, new and classic tales reaching back into ancient, medieval, Elizabethan and Victorian fiction.

What They Pay: $.08/word for original fiction; $.06/word for reprints.

Deadline: March 14.

Get more information and submit here.

Hungry Zine

Who They Are: A community-focused zine centering radical food stories, art and culture.

What They’re Looking For: Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction (up to 1,000 words). From their website: Writing can include but not limited to short stories, essays, interviews, and recipes.

What They Pay: $50.

Deadline: March 15.

Get more information and submit here.

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