and they pay
A fair number of small magazines pay $10 to $25 these days. I just got $25 from TRAMPSET for my cnf flash coming out in their October 28 issue. I've gotten up to $200 from some, I think—$70 from NEW OHIO REVIEW for an essay, $100 from ZONE 3 for an essay, $200 from CRAFT for two flash, $50 from CRAFT for a book review, $200 from CATAPULT for a short essay, $100 from CURRENT for a short essay (solicited), $100 from CAUSTIC FROLIC for a short story (solicited).
EPOCH just offered me $300, which is great.
I've only earned more in contests. $500, if I remember right, from MIDWAY JOURNAL for my flash "Zig Zag" in their 1000 Below contest, judged by Michael Martone. And $500 plus chapbook publication from BLACK LAWRENCE PRESS when I won their Black River Chapbook Competition.
This over a period of five years or so, maybe longer. I couldn't make a living from this, but I'm grateful nevertheless.
I accepted Paul Beckman's invitation to read in the next FBomb reading on November 4. I'll try the two cnf flash I have coming out in this month: "Champagne" and "Because I Could Not Stop for Death." I've never read either of them before. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. I found "Lunatic Impromptu" much harder to read than I expected at the Bending Genres retreat reading. (Too many italicized quotes and bits of dialogue threaded through. Much better on the page.)
Some really good news that I will save for a few days, so it's not eclipsed by the EPOCH acceptance. Feeling very grateful for the Twitter and Facebook literary communities for their generous celebration of my good fortune. And it was someone I don't know on Facebook who conveyed the latest good news.
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