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How Sci-Fi Shorts Pays Its Writers

We pay our writers every month from the publication's earnings. We believe they are producing the content and deserve a tightly correlated compensation.

At the close of a month, we create a distribution pool from the revenue earned. This pool includes monies from subscriptions, book sales, and any other sources of income, like podcasts.

We divide the pool in half. Fifty-percent goes to pay writers for any content from the month we just closed. And fifty-percent goes to pay for content from the past twelve months.

We believe this model encourages writers to write more frequently for Sci-Fi Shorts, write better quality content for Sci-Fi Shorts, and even help spread the word about Sci-Fi Shorts to potential readers while compensating them fairly over time as the patronage of Sci-Fi Shorts grows.

At the same time, Sci-Fi Shorts gets the opportunity to essentially partner with the writers who’ve joined its writing family and the entire community will flourish. A group of writers can produce more content and bring more readers to the publication in a shorter amount of time than one writer can when working alone.

Although we hope you will regularly submit new stories, there are no quotas or requirements for writers to be considered. Submit as many new, unpublished stories as you like. If we choose to publish your stories, you get paid.

The example that follows should help explain how we pay writers.


Let’s pretend that in June 2022 Sci-Fi Shorts published 30 stories and after expenses created a Distribution Pool of $2000.


Asimov, our fictitious author, wrote 4 of the 30 stories Sci-Fi Shorts published in June. At the end of June, Sci-Fi Shorts computes Asimov’s payment based on the percentage of content he contributed to the publication for June.


Four divided by 30 is 13%. Go Asimov!


Then, Sci-Fi Shorts takes 50% of June’s Distribution Pool, $1000, and gives Asimov 13% of that $1000. Asimov receives $130 for his Sci-Fi Shorts contributed content in June 2022.


Next, Sci-Fi Shorts takes the other 50% of June’s Distribution Pool (again $1000) and pays Asimov for all of his contributed content for the past 12 months (excluding June). During the past 12 months, Asimov has published 42 stories out of the 360 stories published in Sci-Fi Shorts. That means Asimov’s content share is 42 / 360 or 11.7% Asimov’s residual content payment would be $1000 times 11.7% or $117.


Overall, Asimov earned $247 for his content through Sci-Fi Shorts.


You can see how this scales as the Distribution Pool increases and as a writer publishes more content with Sci-Fi Shorts.


If the Distribution Pool had been $20000 instead of $2000, Asimov’s compensation would have been $1300 for June and $1170 for the past year for a total of $2470.


After 12 months, the payments for a piece of content stop. Sci-Fi Shorts is essentially paying you for the exclusive rights to your content for one full year from its publication date. Then you are free to use it however you wish.

Get Paid to Write Great Sci-Fi

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Submission Guidelines

  1. Read a few stories on Sci-Fi Shorts. This is a great way to better understand the kind of stories we are looking for. We have several free ones for you to read through.

  2. Your submission must be SCIENCE FICTION. No rants, politics, or personal essays disguised as sci-fi. 

  3. We have a style we like to maintain here at Sci-Fi Shorts. We will not publish any erotica, graphic, or obscene material. Leave the harsh profanity for other publications. Keep it classy.

  4. Your story must be 1,000 words or fewer (not including the title and subtitle).  Submissions over 1,000 words will be rejected.

  5. Every accepted submission will receive a style edit before publishing. If you are nit-picky about an editor suggesting tweaks to your work, this is probably not the pub for you.

  6. Sci-Fi Shorts provides all artwork for stories. But, if you have an idea for an image you think conveys the heart of your story, let us know. 

  7. Poor writing will be rejected. It’s easier to reject a story than to waste time trying to improve poor work. Make your story clear with an entertaining takeaway for the reader. Before you submit, please run your story through a free editor like HemingwayGrammarly, or ProWritingAid. You will not be able to make changes to your story once it has been submitted. Once we’ve had a chance to review, we’ll communicate with you regarding publication. 

  8. If you are curious about how we pay, please be sure to review the details above.

  9. Include a subtitle. Don’t waste your subtitle on something like, “A 1,000-word flash fiction story.” Make it good. The best subtitles speak to the theme of the story. In case you haven’t picked up on it, consistency, themes and styles are important to us. If you don’t know your theme, your story probably isn’t ready to be published here. If it fits, it’s always great to use a line from your story as the subtitle, but remember, subtitles (like titles) shouldn’t have punctuation.

  10. We only accept previously unpublished work. 

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