Do you dream of making a living from writing?

When that novel you’ve been working on isn’t close to being finished, let alone published, that dream can seem lightyears away.

Fortunately, getting short stories and other works published in literary magazines and anthologies can make you a quick buck in the meantime. Unfortunately, many submissions calls don’t pay. Even worse, for some, you have to pay to submit with no guarantee of being published–making your dream of profiting off writing seem farther than ever.


That’s why we’ve put together a list of three paying publishing opportunities with upcoming deadlines and no fee to submit.

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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Who They Are: Lightspeed is a digital science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales…Launched in 2010, Lightspeed is a two-time winner of the Hugo Award, and stories from the magazine have been nominated for major genre awards dozens of times, including the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award.

What They’re Looking For: Science fiction and fantasy from 1,500-10,000 words.

What They Pay: 8 cents/word.

Deadline: February 15 for science fiction and March 15 for fantasy.

Get more information and submit here.

The Spectacle

Who They Are: Based out of the English, Creative Writing, and Visual Art departments at Washington University in St. Louis…we aim for content that reminds us that our lenses matter—they focus, distort, clarify, conceal. We value and emphasize relationships between the literary and visual arts, pairing the majority of the pieces we publish with original work from a variety of contributing visual artists.

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

What They Pay: $50.

Deadline: February 15.

Get more information and submit here.

Who They Are: A quarterly ezine by a community of writers, poets and artists… publishes speculative fiction of every stripe except graphic horror. We like each issue to have an eclectic variety of stories:  funny, frightening, hard and soft sci-fi, adventure, thoughtful, etc.”

What They’re Looking For: Fiction and nonfiction up to 10,000 words; poetry of any length. All works must have some element of fantasy or science fiction, or be about it.

What They Pay: 1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. 

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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