Wednesday, October 20, 2021

42 New Literary Magazines Accepting Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art - Paying Markets

Updated 8/26/22

New literary magazines are a boon for up-and-coming writers. They are staffed by motivated editors, eager for material to launch their new ventures.

Here are more than three dozen literary journals that opened in 2021. All of them pay writers, and none charge submission fees. They want every genre and style, from poetry, to fiction, to personal essays, to hybrid forms. The sky's the limit!

Remember, every established magazine - even the most august - had its first issue.

Note: Many literary journals have submission periods. If you miss a deadline, do not despair! There is always a second chance. (And a third, and a fourth...)

Happy submitting!


The AntihumanistGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, art - all genres. "We seek to publish the most challenging and thought provoking flash fiction and essays. We believe only by confronting the bare bones of reality we understand our place in the world." Payment: 5 cents/word. See deadlines. (Website not functioning)

Archive of the OddGenre: Speculative fiction, horror preferred. “Archive of the Odd is a zine of uncanny occurrences, told in even stranger ways.” Stories can be set in a variety of time periods, and written in any format, except traditional prose. Some of the suggested formats are: academic papers; technical writing; medication warning sheets; sales papers; newspaper articles; recipes; knitting/crochet/weaving/what-have-you guides; care guides (plant, animal, rock garden, etc); or any other unusual format. Submissions do not have to be entirely in text. Payment: $0.01/word for short stories.

Alphabet BoxGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, up to 900 words. Writers can send more than one submission, as long as the total does not exceed 900 words. Payment: $25.

AbandonGenre: Writing and artwork that has been created with abandon. Payment: $15. See deadlines.

The Deadlands. Genre: Speculative fiction, poetry, and nonfiction about death. They publish work “about the other realms, of the ends we face here, and the beginnings we find elsewhere.” Payment: $0.10/word for fiction (up to 5,000 words), $50/poem (any length), and $100/nonfiction piece (any length). Reprints accepted.

Flash Frog is a new online flash fiction magazine featuring stories under 1,000 words. "We like our stories like we like our dart frogs: small, brightly colored, and deadly to the touch." Payment: $25.

Haven Spec is seeking speculative stories in the English language up to 6,000 words. "We like stories that are subtle in their telling and stick with us long after we've finished. We're more likely to buy stories that balance a sense of wonder with a bold plot and emotional depth." Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and nonfiction, $5 - $10 for poetry, $35 for cover art. See themes. Every other month is explicitly reserved for submissions by authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. The interposing six months remain open to everyone.

JOURN-E: The Journal of Imaginative LiteratureGenre: Adventure, Detection & Mystery, Fantasy, Horror & the Supernatural, and Science Fiction. Payment: One (1) cent per word for prose fiction and non-fiction, BUT with the following maximums: Up to $50.00 maximum for short stories; up to $35 maximum for scholarly articles; up to $15 maximum for reviews. Poetry from 3-13 lines--$7.50. Poetry from 14-50 lines--$15.00. Poetry over 50 lines--$15.00 plus 25 cents per line over 50 lines up to a maximum of $35.00. Interior Illustrations--$25-$50.00 (half-page to full-page). Cover Art in Full RGB Color--$100 [will be commissioned, or the illustrator should contact the editor with a concept before finished work and submission]. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

khōréōRestrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. "This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work." Genre: Stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. Payment0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and  $40-300 for art. 

Lost Colony Magazine. Lost Colony Magazine publishes one mid-length (10,000-25,000 words) story of speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy in all of their manifestations) every quarter. Payment: $50.

Mascara Literary ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction on theme Resilience. Payment: $200. See deadlines.

Orion's BeauGenre: Gay fantasy: fiction, poetry, art. Payment: $3. Deadline: September 11, 2022. See themes.

Samjoko Magazine is devoted to publishing "exemplary work from content creators around the world. Focusing mainly upon the written word, we hope to create an immersive digital and print platform that stands out for its honesty and desire to take risks for the sake of artistic expression. We have no set aesthetic, though different themes will be focused upon periodically. We aim to publish seasonally, with our inaugural issue expected to be released early 2022. Response times vary  between 1 day to 4 months. Apologies in advance for form rejections. Our goal is to publish 15 pieces per issue." Payment: $20. Deadline: October 15, 2022.

Scrawl Place is part visitor’s guide, part literary journal. "My only fixed criteria is that your submission be about or connected to or associated with a specific, physical place that someone could visit. The more specific the place, the better. How that manifests in terms of content, style and form is up to you." Payment: $35.

Sepia Quarterly. Genre: Literary fiction and creative nonfiction between 100 and 5,000 words as well as poetry and art. "Sepia Quarterly seeks writing that makes us feel hazy, golden, sepia-toned. We want deep drifting emotions: nostalgia, maudlin, melancholy, morose, sentimentality etc." Payment: $25.

Synthetic Reality. Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, SHTF, Slipstream, Horror, Sword and Sorcery and surreal fiction. "A limited print-run and online magazine dedicated to unpublished authors." Payment: 1 cent/word.

Tales From BetweenGenre: Horror flash fiction, novelettes. Payment: $20 - $120. See deadlines.

The Phlogiston Press. Genre: Speculative fiction. "We’re looking for short form speculative fiction, old style, slipstream, horror, fantasy, science fiction, literary, poetry, flash with a maximum length of 8,000 words - or even a longer story to serialise over a few newszines." Payment: Royalties.

Uncharted Genre: Crime, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller short stories. "We want stories that richly imagine the future of technology and science, that explore our world through a speculative lens. We want stories of fantasy that make us hunger for new worlds, new biomes, new places we can explore through thrilling sensual details and human empathy. We want stories that thrill us, that make us feel alive, that awaken our desires to explore and go on adventures." Payment: $200.

The Vanishing Point. Genre: Speculative fiction and nonfiction up to 6,000 words. Payment: $25. 

swim meet lit magGenre: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, hybrids, visual art and photography. Preference for work involving swimming. Payment: Not specified. See deadlines.

Adi Magazine: Political FictionsGenre: Short fiction. "We’re looking for short stories that examine lives impacted by policy and politics. We’re not interested in the drearily righteous; we want stories that unearth new worlds, that plumb interior lives alongside external conflicts, that satirize and fantasize, that disturb, beguile, challenge, surprise, ignite." Payment: For full-length stories, 2,500 words or more, payment is $500. For flash fiction, under 1,000 words, payment is $200. See deadlines.

Diet Milk: ‘In The Bleak Midwinter.' Genre: Gothic micro/flash fiction. Payment: $3 for micro fiction, $5 for flash fiction. Deadline: October 31, 2022. (Runs from October 1 - 31)

Paper LanternsGenre: Fiction and poetry for young adults. Payment. €50 for poetry or flash fiction and €75 for short stories. If you are under 16, you will receive a book voucher. See deadlines.

Land Luck Review. Genre: Literary and experimental flash fiction and prose poetry in the following categories: micro fiction or prose poetry under 250 words, and flash fiction or prose poetry between 250 and 500 words. Payment: $100. See deadlines.

Aurelia Leo is open to original genre fiction year-round with periodic, unannounced closures. They are particularly interested in romance, historical fiction, mystery & crime, thriller & suspense, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. All submissions should be aimed at a general adult audience. 
Of interest: 
  • Protagonists and/or Authors that are Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, or/and People of Color (QTBIPOC)
  • Settings outside of the United States of America, or the United States of America as we know it
  • Intersectionality in regards to gender, class, ability status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and so on 
Length: Flash (1,000 words) up to novelette length (17,499 words)
Payment: $0.08/word up to 1,000 words, and $0.01/word after 1,000 words.

Bleed Error "We’re looking for short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. We love the uncanny."  Length: Up to 7,000 words. Payment: 1c per word, and $15 per poem, regardless of length. All listed currency is in CAD. See deadlines.

The Woodward ReviewGenrePoetry, prose, art, and digital media from anyone, anywhere. Each issue will also include a Detroit Folio, featuring work from those with roots in the city. Payment: $25. See deadlines.

Seize the Press "Seize The Press Magazine is looking to publish dark, transgressive speculative fiction. Bleak sci-fi, dark fantasy and horror only. We’re looking for stories that aren’t didactic or moralistic. We want stories where everything isn’t wrapped up neatly at the end. We want to promote a diverse range of voices from authors who write messy characters, so give us your problematic queers and your angry women—we want your difficult and morally questionable characters in unpleasant situations who don’t slide neatly into a narrow definition of positive representation and don’t fit the model minority mould." Length: 2000 words max. Payment: 6 pence (GBP) per word. This currently equates to slightly over 8 cents (USD)

Wyngraf publishes cozy fantasy. Stories should have a pre-modern technology level. Wyngraf doesn’t publish stories set on our Earth, either now or in the past. Payment: 1 cent/word up to 10,000 words. See deadlines.

Tasavvur is a new magazine of South Asian speculative fiction. “Tasavvur, which literally means Imagination in Urdu/Hindi, aims to provide a warm and cozy space for imaginative short stories from South Asia. While we love all sorts of stories, we want to publish those with a South Asian theme, setting or characters. Give us your dreamscapes and nightmares, your soaring fantasies, your futuristic miasmas.” Payment: 2.5 cents/word, for stories up to 5,000 words. See deadlines.

Utopia Science Fiction “We’re looking for enthralling stories set in a future we want to believe in, one we would fight to make a reality. We are especially in need of science and non-fiction articles for our Science Corner. Articles can be on any subject in any style, but must be accessible to a non-academic audience.” Length: 100 - 6,000 words. Payment: $0.01/word for fiction, $35 for nonfiction, and $5-10 for poetry. 

RiddlebirdGenre: Literary fiction, personal essays, genre fiction. Payment: $100. Deadline: May 9, 2022.

Solarpunk Magazine is a new speculative fiction magazine. Payment: $0.08/word for fiction, $40/poem, and $75/essay. See schedule for deadlines.

Et Sequitur publishes short stories from 500 to 2,500 words. "We are open to all genres, from literary to speculative and everything in between. Our only requirement is that your submission in some way connect with the latest Et Sequitur story, be that in character (minor, major, protagonist, antagonist), setting (neighborhood, world, workplace, house -- even a certain object could work, if it's featured prominently), or theme. Be creative! Continue the story, tell a side-character's story, take the theme and twist it in a new way. In the submission form, you'll be asked to identify which element of the previous story you've chosen to incorporate in your own. Submissions for the next issue will open once the previous issue is published (expected to be the first day of every-other month). They will temporarily close when a story has been chosen for the next issue." Payment: $25.

The Maul publishes horror between 100 and 3,000 words. "We enjoy pulp fiction. That means we look for stories that pop. Exaggeration, melodrama, impossibly imaginative settings, and vivid imagery are encouraged. Bring us something that really jumps off the page. Be as over-the-top as you like. If you’re a more subtle writer, submit anyway. Sometimes one good twist or some relatable descriptions will still catch people’s eye, even the uninitiated." Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction, $0.02/word for reprints. See reading periods.

Propagule publishes short stories that are intrepid with regard to experimentation and oddity; the strange, the surreal, the atypical, the unexpected. "Traditional genre divisions do not matter to us—we do not care whether a piece qualifies as strictly ‘literary’; we only care that it is high-quality, that it is well-written, and that it is interesting. Please send us pieces that you feel do not fit in anywhere else, or are beyond the pale of any given trend. Send us content that causes us to experience feelings we do not have names for." Payment: $20. 

Dark Yonder "There are no setting requirements, but all stories submitted must be loosely categorized as “neo-noir.” We’re not looking for your grandfather’s noir fiction. We’re looking for new, unique voices and interpretations of dark literary fiction (crime, horror, speculative lit, etc) that fit into our rapidly evolving world." Payment: $50.

berlin lit berlin lit is an online journal for new poetry in English, founded in 2022 in Berlin. Genre: Poetry. Payment: 20 euros per poem. See reading periods.

Book Worms is open to all HORROR sub-genres. No romance or erotica. Payment: $0.08/word. See reading periods.

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