‘This (writing) is the love of your life. It’s what I want to do when I wake up. Nothing feels so absorbing, so fulfilling.’

More unexpected markets for short fiction. This week: Ethnic magazines. These special interest magazines cater to specific ethnic or cultural groups and are open to fiction pertaining to such groups.

Azizah is a magazine for Muslim women. You must be a Muslim woman to contribute to this magazine. The editors are open to inspirational and literary short stories to 1500 words. Payment is $50.

ColorLines bills itself as “a magazine of race and politics”. If you have a short story up to 4000 words that explores these themes, the editors would like to hear from you. Payment is 10 cents a word.

Hadassah Magazine is a publication for Jewish women. The editors are interested in humorous stories and contemporary fiction related to Judaism and Israel. Length: 1000-3000 words. Payment is $250.

India Currents explores “the heritage and culture of India in the U.S.” Literary, contemporary, historical and humorous fiction are welcome here, 1500-3000 words. Payment is $50 per 1000 words.

Lilith seeks contemporary stories with Jewish themes that would appeal to its audience of Jewish women. Length and payment varies.

Midstream also seeks stories with a Jewish slant. 2000-5000 words. They pay 5 cents a word.

Viking is published by the Sons or Norway and promotes Norwegian heritage and tradition. The editors are interested in ethnic, historical and humorous fiction, 400-1200 words. Payment is $180-400.

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Family Circle Magazine is holding a short fiction contest. Submit an original short story, up to 2500 words, by September 8, 2010. Each author may submit up to two different stories. The grand prize winner will receive a prize package worth over $1500, including a check for $750. Second and third-place cash prizes will also be awarded. There’s no cost to enter. Find all the rules here.

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Cindi Myers

Her Mountain Man — coming in June, 2010 from Harlequin Superromance.

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