Do you dream of one day becoming a published author? 

Are you left wondering how on earth you’re supposed to get there? 

Whether you’re just starting out or have been writing your whole life, finally achieving that author lifestyle can seem impossible. Whether you’re hoping to make money or make a name for yourself, the life you imagine can seem so distant and large that ever reaching it can seem daunting. 

Submitting to literary magazines and anthologies can be a great, achievable way to move closer to that publishing goal. Not only can you get your writing published, but you can get your name out there and make money in the meantime. 

Soon, when you’ve got a few published works, that once-faraway author lifestyle will seem closer than ever. 


That’s why we’ve put together a list of paying publishing opportunities with upcoming deadlines to propel you towards that author lifestyle.

Here’s a pro-tip on how to ensure your work gets selected: talk to a professional who understands what literary journals, writing contests, and publishers look for in submissions. I can work with you on your first 5 pages. You will receive tailored feedback and feel 100% ready to publish. Drop yourself into my calendar here. Spaces are limited.


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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Cats 

Who They Are: From their website: “Since 1993, Chicken Soup for the Soul has been a socially conscious company that combines storytelling with making the world a better place.” They publish multiple themed editions a year.

What They’re Looking For: From their website: “We are looking for first-person true stories and poems up to 1,200 words. Tell us about your cat. Tell us how he made you smile. How she ‘rescued’ you after you ‘rescued’ her. How she brought your family closer together, helped you find love, inspired you to change something in your human life. Stories can be serious or humorous, or both.”

What They Pay: $200 and ten free copies of the book in which your work appears.

Deadline: February 28.

Get more information and submit here.

Sylvia Magazine

Who They Are: From their website: “Our mission is to create a literary space that pays writers for their work and brings great storytelling to the world.”

What They’re Looking For: Poems of up to 40 lines, and prose (stories or narrative non-fiction) up to 1500 words each.

What They Pay: $2.43/line for poetry and $0.35/word for prose.

Deadline: February 28.

Get more information and submit here.

upstreet Literary Magazine

Who They Are: From their website: “upstreet, based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is an award-winning annual literary anthology containing the best new fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction available.”

What They’re Looking For: Fiction and nonfiction up to 5,000 words.

What They Pay: Between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays.

Deadline: February 28.

Get more information and submit here.

Is your work good enough to get published?

Many writing contests and anthologies receive thousands of submissions. Are you confident that your work is strong enough to stand out from the rest?

We help writers hone their craft so they can feel confident about submitting their best work to publications or competitions. If you’re serious about winning, you can speak with us to see how we can help you put your best foot forward when you submit your work. Book a call with us today.



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