The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it.”  Leo Rosten

In the Snake magazine pays $50 for short stories, up to 7500 words. The editors are interested in both literary fiction and speculative fiction. Find their guidelines here. Through January 16, they’re also accepting entries for their Winter 2011-2012 Elephant Prize for stories under 7,500 words. There’s a $10 entry fee for the contest, but first prize is $500.


The deadline for the Spring 2012 Glimpse Correspondents Program has been extended to December 20th. The Glimpse Correspondents Program is an opportunity for writers and photographers who will be living abroad in 2012 to have their work published and recognized in nationally renowned publications. Correspondents receive critical feedback on their writing and photography and develop a portfolio of highly accomplished work. Glimpse Correspondents receive a $600 stipend. Previous correspondents have gone on to develop their stories into books, become professional journalists, enter MFA programs, and graduate from some of the country’s top universities. Find all the details here.


Noble Romance is the rare epublisher that offers an advance agaisnt royalties. Noble offers advances of up to $1,000 against royalties. Noble publishes everything from smoking hot erotica to sweet romance, in lengths from short stories (3,000 to 10,000 words), novellas ( 10,000 to 29,999 words) and novels (30,000 words and up.) Stories should focus on romance and have Happily-Ever-After or Happy-For-Now endings.  They also publish straight erotica. A couple of their special lines include Sweetheart Romance, which contains little or no sexual content, and Foreign Affairs — all kinds of romances set in foreign locales. Find out all the details here.


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