Friday, April 22, 2022

10 Literary Journals Open NOW - Paying Markets

Updated 9/19/22

Here are a dozen journals with no fixed deadlines that are open right now. These publications are looking for all genres and forms: short stories, poetry, nonfiction, reportage, fantasy, horror, humor, suspense ... there is something for every writer.

All of these journals are paying markets and none charge submission fees. As always, read submission guidelines carefully.

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Through the Gate: Fantastical poetry "We are looking for fantastical poetry of literary and emotional depth from a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our definition of fantastical is quite fluid, encompassing fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. We desire poetry that is atypically beautiful, unconventionally imaginative, and boundary-crossing. We are not interested in work that is strictly science fiction or mainstream, but poetry that blurs the lines between such genres and the fantastical is welcome." Length: Up to three poems. Payment: $20 per poem. Deadline: Open now.

Three-lobed Burning Eye. "Original speculative fiction: horror, fantasy, and science fiction. We're looking for short stories from across the big classifications and those shadowy places between: magical realism, fantastique, slipstream, interstitial, and the Weird. We will consider suspense or western, though we prefer it contain some speculative element. We like voices that are full of feeling, from literary to pulpy, with styles unique and flowing, but not too experimental. All labels aside, we want tales that expand genre, that value imagination in character, narrative, and plot. We want to see something new and different." Length: Short fiction 1000–7000 words, Flash fiction 500–1000 words, (2000–5000 preferred). Payment: $100 for short fiction, $30 for flash fiction; + 1 print annual. Deadline: Open now.

Fantasy Magazine publishes fantasy short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. They plan to stay open to submissions by BIPOC authors for the entirety of 2022. Payment: 8 cents per word; $40 per poem.

Sunday Long Read is looking for pitches for 2022 and would love to hear from you if you have some creative narrative nonfiction you'd like to write! Send an email at Payment: $2000 for a reported (>2000 word story). (See Twitter call for pitches HERE.)

The Dark The Dark publishes dark fantasy and horror. "Don’t be afraid to experiment or to deviate from the ordinary; be different—try us with fiction that may fall out of “regular” categories. However, it is also important to understand that despite the name, The Dark is not a market for graphic, violent horror." Length: 2,000 – 6,000 words. Payment: 6 cents/word for original fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for first world rights; and 1 cent/word for reprint fiction up to 6,000 words on publication for nonexclusive reprint rights. Deadline: Open now.

RadonGenre: Short stories and poetry containing elements of anarchism, transhumanism, dystopia, and/or science fiction. Payment: 1 cent per word for original work, half a cent per word for reprints.

The Hungur ChroniclesGenre: Horror. Vampires or creatures with vampiric themes. Payment: The pay for original stories is $25.00; for reprints, $12.00. Payment for poems is $5. The pay for illustrations is $8.00. The payment for articles is $10. The pay for cover art is $25.00.

(mac)ro(mic) "We want your heart, your soul, the pieces that are a part of you. We want stories that are worlds in words, pieces that tell a (mac)ro story in a (mic)ro word count. We want works that focus on expressing, not impressing. Above all else, we want stories that connect. Our only restrictions? It has to be either flash fiction or creative nonfiction, 1,000 words or less. Other than that, surprise us." Payment: $15 per accepted piece. CLOSED

Mystery Magazine (CANADA) presents original short stories by the world’s best-known and emerging mystery writers. "The stories we feature in our monthly issues span every imaginable subgenre, including cozy, police procedural, noir, whodunit, supernatural, hardboiled, humor, and historical mysteries. Evocative writing and a compelling story are the only certainty." Payment: 2¢/word USD for accepted stories. Their average response time is 1-5 weeks.

Jay Henge Publishing: 3 Anthologies: 1) "The Nameless Songs of Zadok Allen"; 2) "The Back Forty"; 3) "Phantom Thieves & Sagacious Scoundrels." Genre: Speculative fiction. Payment: $5 USD per 1000 words up to 15k words. CLOSED

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