Are you hoping to make a name for yourself by writing? Do you wish you could make a buck or two while you’re at it?

If your goal is to achieve fame and fortune as a writer, it can be tough knowing where to start.

Getting shorter works published in well-renowned magazines and journals is a great way to get your foot in the door. Prestigious magazines will stand out in your portfolio and mark you as an accomplished writer, something that can only help you in your future publishing endeavors. Plus, because these magazines are well-known, they often pay more than other publications.

As nice as that sounds, it’s not always easy to know which magazines and journals are well-known and high-paying.

That’s why we’ve curated a list of 3 journals and magazines accepting submissions that are not only well-respected, but that pay writers up to $250 per submission.

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Who They Are:  From their website: “Upstreet is an independently owned and published, nationally distributed magazine… It is 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What They Publish: Unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction pieces.

Length: 5,000 words or less.

What They Pay: Between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays, plus one complimentary copy of the magazine.

Get more information and submit here.


Who They Are: From their website: “AGNI is a literary magazine housed at Boston University and known ‘among readers around the world,’ as the writers group PEN put it, ‘for publishing important new writers early in their careers, many of them translated into English for the first time.’ The print magazine appears twice yearly, in late April and late October.”

What They Publish: Poetry, essays, fiction, interviews, reviews.

Length: No word limits, thoughspace is at a premium and length sometimes affects [their] decisions.”

What They Pay: $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150, plus a year’s subscription to AGNI.

Get more information and submit here.

Grain Magazine

Who They Are: From their website: “Grain, the journal of eclectic writing, is a literary quarterly that publishes engaging, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists. Every issue features superb new writing from both developing and established writers.”

What They Publish: Unpublished poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction; queries for submissions of work in other forms (i.e. short plays, comics, etc.) are also accepted.

Length: Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of six pages; fiction or literary nonfiction to a maximum of 3,500 words.

What They Pay: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Get more information and submit here.

Is your work good enough to get published?

Many publications receive thousands and 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. If If you’re serious about publishing, 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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