Written by Emily Harstone

24 Journals Open to Publishing Reprints

Publishing your work is wonderful. Even though my work has been published hundreds of times, I still get excited every time a new publication containing my work gets released.

However, once you have published a short story or a poem, most literary journals are not interested in publishing it again. After all, it has already been published elsewhere. That is fine because most manuscript publishers want poems and short stories that have been published before. It gives your work more credibility.

Still, the more a poem or short story is published, the more exposure it gets. A number of my poems have been published three times. This is because I often will submit to journals that accept reprints. I particularly like to do this if my poem was initially published in print. Print journals are not read as often and it is harder to share your work in them with others.

The following literary journals accept reprints. The list is in no particular order. Not all of these journals are open to submissions at this time, but most are.

 

Bewildering Stories: This very approachable journal publishes all genres of writing. They only publish reprints of hard to find elsewhere work (such as print only). If your piece is already easy to find online, do not submit it.

Luna Station Quarterly: They publish speculative fiction written by women. Reprints must be at least three years past their initial publication date to be considered.

Neon: This wonderful print and e-journal based out of the UK has been featured by us before, and for good reason. They publish great slipstream short stories and poems.

Empty House Press: They bill themselves as “looking for writing that addresses the way narrative and presence adhere to place and the way they vanish. We encourage broad interpretations of what the idea or image of an empty house might evoke. This includes but is not limited to writing about home, landscape, place, memory, and of course, the atmosphere of previously inhabited spaces.” They are open to publishing work that appeared on an author’s personal site or blog or at an online venue that has closed, as long as that the work is otherwise no longer available and appropriate acknowledgements are included.

Avatar Review: Avatar Review is an electronic journal that publishes poetry, essays, and fiction. They have a fairly high acceptance rate.

Glint: Glint Literary Journal, a publication of the Department of English at Fayetteville State University, celebrates innovation in style and voice. They welcome submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art from persons of diverse cultures, nationalities, and religions.

Hedgerow: A Journal of Small Poems: They are open to publishing poems that have previously been published on social media. They are not interested in reprinting work that has been published in other journals.

Ginosko Literary Journal: They publish short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, social justice, and literary insights. (They’re also open for a flash fiction contest on ‘The Sacred’ theme. They’ll award $500, and the deadline is 1 October 2022.)

The Lake: This is an online poetry journal. They are open to previously published poems as long as the author retains copyright and that they were published at least one year prior to submitting.

Defuncted: This isn’t a traditional literary journal, rather it is a collection of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that was published in literary journals that are now defunct and so readers can no longer read your work online.

Zooscape
: Zooscape is a magazine that publishes stories that prominently feature an anthropomorphic animal figure (or figures). They pay $0.08/word for original stories, and $20 for reprints.

Craft: They publish literary fiction and essays. Pay is $100-200 for original fiction and creative nonfiction. They consider reprint fiction, but they do not pay for reprints.

Doubleback Review: They “only publish previously-published work from journals that no longer exist; we do not publish previously unpublished work nor previously published work that is still available online or in active print circulation.”

Lotus Eater Magazine: They poetry, fiction, nonfiction, literary reviews, and photographs. They publish reprints as long as they were originally published at least three years ago.

Radon Journal: Radon welcomes short story and poetry submissions containing elements of anarchism, transhumanism, dystopia, and/or science fiction. They pay for reprints, as well as previously unpublished work.

Remington Review is an established online publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re looking for the best up-and-coming authors in each genre. They accept reprints as long as your submission contains information about past publications.  

The Dread Machine is a publisher of futuristic dark fiction, speculative fiction, slipstream, literary science fiction, and cyberpunk. They also like magical realism, dystopias and utopias, unconventional societies, and diverse protagonists. They accept reprints, as long as the writing doesn’t appear anywhere else online for free. They pay even for reprints.

Escape Pod: This is a science fiction  podcast, and they also publish stories online. Pay is $100 for reprints, and $0.08/word for original stories. They will reopen for submissions in September. This magazine is from the Escape Artists suite, its sister magazines are PodCastle, Cast of Wonders, and PseudoPod.

PodCastle: This is an audio + online magazine of fantasy fiction. They accept reprints of stories that have previously appeared on Patreon. They pay $20-100 for reprints, and $0.08/word for original stories. See their schedule for open submission windows.

Cast of Wonders is an intersectional feminist young adult podcast, and they also publish stories online – fantasy, science fiction, and horror. They accept reprints, including those previously published on Patreon, and those previously published in audio format. They pay $20-100 for reprints, and $0.08/word for original stories. See their schedule, they have a submission window for writers ages 19 and under in June.

PseudoPod is an audio + online magazine of horror. They accept reprints. They pay $20-100 for reprints, and $0.08/word for original stories. See their schedule. In fact, they have a special call for horror reprints, for stories that have been/will be published in 2022.

NightLight: This is a horror fiction podcast, and they only take submissions from Black writers. They accept reprints of stories that have not previously been published in audio format. Pay is $50 for reprints, and $75-200 for original stories.

Mythic: This magazine publishes diverse sci-fi and fantasy. They pay $0.01/word for original stories, and $25 for reprints.

Cleaver: They publish a wide variety of literary work. Previously published work is generally not accepted but they will occasionally consider work shared on personal blogs/websites or work previously published in a limited print-only edition. They now charge a submission fee, but lift this periodically through the year.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submissions, Submit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

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