Only one of these magazines will pay me actual cash. But I am richly rewarded in honor and glory. No joke. I am truly honored when knowledgeable people select my stories out of a pile of submissions and think they are worthy. I am honored that the editors trust me with their readership.
Bryon Quertermous asked recently how writers are doing on the sales front. I'll ask a different question: besides the potential money (always nice and an appropriate motive for a writer) what other reasons do you write short stories for?