Do you have dreams of publishing with the big names in publishing? Do you want to make a career out of writing?

A great place to start is by submitting your shorter pieces to well-regarded literary magazines.

There are certain literary magazines that can launch your writing career–names that will stand out on your portfolio and pave the path towards publishing time and time again. Plus, the pay for these type of publications tends to be higher, which is a huge bonus if you’re trying to transition to writing full-time.

So where can you find these golden-ticket opportunities? Right here!

We’ve curated a list of 3 highly-prestigious literary magazines that pay up to $2,000 for short stories and essays. And don’t worry–these are new-writer friendly so whether you’re just getting started or a veteran author these opportunities are for you.

Not confident your work is cut out for such competitive opportunities? Don’t write yourself off yet. You might just need a professional opinion before you submit. We can give you feedback and edits on your first five pages so you can submit with confidence that your work is in publishing-ready shape. Drop yourself into our calendar to book your spot!

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The Sun

Who they are: The Sun is an independent, ad-free magazine that for more than forty years has used words and photographs to evoke the splendor and heartache of being human. From its idealistic, unlikely inception in 1974 to its current incarnation as a nonprofit magazine with more than 70,000 subscribers, The Sun has attempted to marry the personal and political; to challenge the status quo and reveal injustice; to honor courageous and honest writing; and to touch the mystery of our humanity. Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize and been selected for the Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

What they publish: Personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. They encourage submissions from writers of color.

Word Count: No minimum length, under 7,000 words preferred.

Pay: $300-$2,000

Get more information and submit here. 


Who they are: LitMag is a print journal of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, a home for award-winning, emerging and unknown writers. We seek work that moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds and large hearts.

What they publish: Short stories, novellas, creative nonfiction, essays, biography, memoir, poetry. Unpublished work only

Word Count: 15,000 for print, 4,000 for online

Deadline: November 30 for fiction and nonfiction

Pay: $500 for fiction

Get more information and submit here. 

One Story

Who they are: One Story is an award-winning literary magazine that publishes one story at a time. Subscribers receive one curated and edited work of short fiction each month in the mail or on their digital devices.

What they publish:One Story is seeking literary fiction. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.

Word Count: 3,000-8,000 words

Deadline: November 14, 2020

Pay: $500

Read their guidelines and submit your work here. 

Is your work good enough to get published?

These prestigious magazines accept nothing less than perfection. Is your work ready?

We help writers hone their craft so they can feel confident about submitting their work to even the most prestigious publishers out there. We’re accepting select writers to join our community of successful, published authors. If you’re serious about publishing, you can speak to a member of our team to learn more about our programs. Book a call here. 



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