Written by S. Kalekar April 6th, 2023

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in April 2023

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre magazines, and not all of them are open through the month. 

This respected literary magazine charges for online submissions, but postal submissions are still free. They publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Also, “We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.”
Deadline: 31 May 2023
Length: One story, one essay, up to 5 poems
Pay: $20/page for prose, $40/page for poetry, up to $300
Details here.
(And The Paris Review is open for poetry submissions in April – via Submittable until they reach capacity, and by post; they will not accept work postmarked after 30th April 2023. Details here.)


Translunar Travelers Lounge
The editors of this speculative fiction magazine want fun stories. Their guidelines say, “A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible.” Also, “Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella.”
Deadline: 15 April 2023
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

(– And Lightspeed Magazine is open to science fiction short story submissions from all writers until 7th April 2023; they want stories of 1,500-10,000 words. They will open for fantasy short fiction submissions from BIPOC authors only during 23rd to 30th April, and from all authors from 1st to 7th May. Also see their submission periods for science fiction flash fiction, as well as fantasy flash fiction. They pay $0.08/word. Details here and here.
Strange Horizons, a magazine of speculative fiction, also accepts poetry, reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and round-tables. They publish works up to 10,000 words, though up to 5,000 words preferred, for fiction. Submissions for fiction will open on 26th April 2023, and will stay open until their submission cap is reached. Poetry reopened on 1st April. Pay is $0.10/word for fiction, $50 for poetry, and varies for others. Details herehere, here, and here.)


The Threepenny Review
This respected quarterly journal will close its reading period for the year at end-April. They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and submissions for their ‘Table Talk’ column.
Deadline: 30 April 2023
Length: Up to 4,000 words for stories or memoirs, 1,200-2,500 for critical articles, up to 1,000 words for Table Talk, up to 100 lines for poems
Pay: $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece
Details here and here.


This is a Canadian magazine of literary nonfiction, and they accept submissions from all over the world. They publish a wide range of non-fiction – see guidelines for some of the past works they have published. Do not submit fiction or poetry.
Deadline: 30 April 2023
Length: “While Brick does not set a word limit, we tend towards a range of 1,000–5,000 words.”
Pay: $55-685
Details here (guidelines and pay rates – scroll down) and here (Submittable).


The Georgia Review
This literary magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. Online submissions for non-subscribers are charged, but there is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 14 May 2022
Length: Up to 9,000 words for prose, 6-10 pages of poetry
Pay: $50/printed page of prose and $4/line of poetry, up to $800; $150 for reviews published on GR2
Details here.

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She can be reached here.



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