“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.” Neil Gaiman

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For the next few weeks, I’m going to be looking at markets for short stories. These are magazines you might not be aware of, sometimes because their focus isn’t fiction. But they can be a great place to sell short stories, if you have the right material. A couple of notes: where possible, I list what the magazine pays for stories. If the listing says “payment varies” that’s because, while the magazine’s guidelines say they pay for stories, they don’t say how much. Some of the listings say “length varies”. These magazines don’t have a strict length requirement for fiction, but keep in mind that shorter stories will have an easier time of finding a home in magazines. So let’s get started with this week’s markets:

The Bear Deluxe explores environmental themes through the creative arts. The magazine welcomes fiction from 750 to 4,000 words. Payment varies.

Deer & Deer Hunting covers all aspects of deer hunting. They welcome hunting stories. No specified length, but shorter (under 2,000 words) is probably better. Pays $150-600

Fiddler Magazine is the quarterly magazine of traditional and jazz fiddle music. They publish 500 to 1,000 word short stories and pay $50 to $100.

Fly, Rod and Reel covers all aspects of fly fishing, including short stories that feature fly fishing. Length and payment varies.

Games magazine publishes puzzles, quizzes, games and brainteasers. The editors are interested in short mystery and “whodunit” stories. Pays $150 to $1,000.

GreenPrints A magazine about “the human side of gardening.” Accepts short stories to 2,000 words. Pays $150.

The Humanist “a magazine of critical inquiry and social concern”.Accepts fiction to 1,500 words. Payment varies.

Lighthouse Digest 750-1,500 word historical short stories featuring lighthouses and lighthouse keepers. Pays $75-$150.

North American Whitetail  focuses on all aspects of hunting whitetail deer. The editors are interested in humorous hunting fiction to 1,000 words. Pays $200 to $400.

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I just received the cover for my October book: The Mountain Between Us is the sequel to The View From Here and will be in stores October 27, 2013: Mountainbetweencoversmall

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And speaking of The View From Here – if you live in the Denver area, Thursday the Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm Pl, Denver, is hosting many of the finalists for the Colorado Book Award. Come out and hear readings from the best fiction and nonfiction writers in Colorado 6-9 p.m. I’m a finalist in the genre fiction category and will be reading from The View From Here.

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