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Short fiction mysteries and nonfiction articles about the mystery field.

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Pays$0.05 per word

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    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Mystery

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

Short fiction mysteries. We don't want character studies or mood pieces. We'd like it to lean towards noir but being a mystery -- telling a story is actually more important. Our Senior Editor put it quite succinctly: "We're looking for stories where the investigator is the protagonist, or at least a significant character, and the focus is on solving a solving a crime, or getting someone out of a jam, or seeking some sort of justice."

Nonfiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: All / surprise us,

Payment: $ 0.05 per word

Articles/essays about the mystery field.

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  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

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  • Author's rights

    We don't have rights information for this magazine

  • Additional info

    Pay will be 5 cents per word to a maximum of $50 (so if the story/essay is longer you still only get $50).

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Total submissions tracked

161 days

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*Weird response times we excluded from calculations: 46 days

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

160 days

12-month average response time

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    Gayle Surrette