Ruthless Peoples Magazine publishes two stories a month, paying $100.
RPM subscribes to no genre. Capture something of the human condition in a story of ghosts or femme fatales or dusty electricians or the breath of a reluctant lover, if you like–or in the brass dials of a spy satellite, the wink of an elephant’s greasy nostril, a collapsing circus tent.
With that said, the preference is for character over caricature, drama over hysteria, plot over passivity, fresh observation over cliche. Juvenile or pretentious work is revolting, so bring a sense of a character reaching for the maximum understanding of what lies in front of them, and acting on it. Choice-making ruthlessness needs to be at the heart of every RPM story [my emphasis]. The ruthlessness does not have to be brash or brutal–it could be as simple and hurtful as closing a door, or saying goodbye.
They're only after 1,000 word stories, so worth a shot.