Does your dream of making a living off your writing seem too far away?
Getting traditionally published is hard, and making a significant amount of money as a writer is even harder.
A great way to get your foot in the door–and make some cash while you’re at it–is by submitting to literary magazines and other publications. But sorting through publishing opportunities to find those that actually pay their writers can be a frustrating process.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of literary markets with upcoming deadlines that you can submit to today.
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Who They Are: From their website: “Since its inception in 2003, The Cincinnati Review has published many promising new and emerging writers as well as Pulitzer Prize winners and Guggenheim and MacArthur fellows. Poetry and prose from our pages have been selected to appear in the annual anthologies Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Best American Fantasy, Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best Creative Nonfiction.”
What They Publish: Fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, poetry translations, and art.
What They Pay: $25/page for prose in journal; $30/page for poetry in journal.
Deadline: January 1st.
Length: Up to 40 pages for fiction, up to 20 pages for nonfiction, and up to 5 poems.
Who They Are: From their website: “PodCastle is a weekly fantasy podcast producing audio performances of fantasy short fiction, including all the sub genres of fantasy, including magical realism, urban fantasy, slipstream, high fantasy, and dark fantasy…If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it. PodCastle publishes stories in both text and audio.”
What They Publish: From their website: “PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction.”
What They Pay: $0.08 per word USD for original fiction, $100 flat rate for reprints over 1,500 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1,500 words).
Deadline: December 31.
Length: Up to 6,000 words.
Who They Are: From their website: “Ninth Letter is the award-winning literary arts journal edited and produced by the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The journal’s mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design.”
What They Publish: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. From their website: “We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.”
What They Pay: $25/page, up to $150.
Deadline: December 31 for fee-free submissions.
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, 3-6 poems.
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