Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.
                                               Thomas Berger

I thought for the next few weeks I’d take a look at unexpected markets for short fiction — special interest magazines that you might not expect to publish short fiction, but which are open to stories that fit with the magazine’s themes.

I’m going to start with a look at Sports and Outdoors publications. If you have a story that relates to hunting, fishing, or an outdoor activity, you might find a home for your work at one of these magazines:

Bugle. This publication of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has an audience of both elk hunters and wildlife preservationists. The editors are open to short stories from 1500 to 4500 words which have to do with elk. Payment is 20 cents a word. Humor is welcome.

Deer and Deer Hunting As you might guess, the focus here is on stories that have to do with deer hunting. Length varies (though shorter is better for most magazines). Payment is $350-600.

Dirt Rag is a magazine for mountain bikers. The editors are open to short stories up to 2000 words long. The stories may be adventure stories, fantasy, inspirational or humorous, as long as mountain biking and mountain bikers plays an important role int he story. Payment varies.

Field Trial Magazine The readers of this magazine raise, train and compete with field dogs. The editors are open to adventure stories featuring field dogs. Stories should be 1000 to 2000 words. Payment is $150.

Fly, Rod and Reel This is the place to send your fly fishing stories. Length and payment varies.

North American Whitetail Here’s another market for deer hunting stories. The editors are particularly interested in humorous hunting stories. Length — up to 1000 words. Payment is $200-400.

Ocean Magazine This magazine aims to “celebrate and protect the world’s oceans”. The editors are interested in adventure stories set on the ocean or having to do with the ocean. Length and payment varies.

Orion publishes nature fiction, up to 5000 words. Payment is $400-1000.

Next week: Ethnic magazines interested in fiction.

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Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette, is expanding its Forever imprint of romance fiction, from 36 to 48 titles a year. Selina McLemore has been promoted to senior editor, under editorial director Amy Pierpont. Alex Logan has been promoted to associate editor. 

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Check out the cover for my June book, Her Mountain Man

This book is set in one of my favorite places on earth, Ouray, Colorado.  When reporter Sierra Winston is assigned to interview famed mountain climber Paul Teasdale, she comes face to face with her past — and gets the story of her life!

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