Wednesday, October 20, 2021

26 New Literary Magazines Accepting Submissions NOW - Paying Markets

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 a 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 isssue.

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!

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Abbey ReviewGenre: Short stories, poems, and screenplays. Payment: $30 per short story, poem, and screenplay, and the best piece of writing gets paid an additional $70, for a total of $100. Deadline: December 1, 2021.

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. Deadline: December 1, 2021.

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: $15-25 for fiction of 500-5,000+ words. Deadline: December 1, 2021.

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. Deadline: November 30th, 2021.

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.

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: December 21, 2021.

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.  Deadline: March 11, 2022.

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.

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. Payment: $20. 

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. 

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. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Diet Milk: GothicGenre: Gothic fiction, poetry, and art (drawings, paintings, comics, collages). Payment: $0.01/word for fiction (minimum $40); $15/poem; $50/art piece. Deadline: January 8, 2022.

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. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

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. 

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

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