Written by S. Kalekar August 4th, 2022

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in August 2022

These magazines publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they’re a mix of literary and genre markets. Not all of them are open through the month.

This Canadian magazine publishes “quality fiction and poetry that shocks, surprises, moves, and tickles us. Maybe all of those things in a single piece.” They primarily publish Canadian writers, and also publish international writers. Pieces selected for online publication only are unpaid.
Deadline: 16 August 2022
Length: Up to 3,000 words for fiction (or up to 3 flash pieces, 1,000 words each), up to 3 poems
Pay: CAD25/poem and flash piece, CAD10/page for short fiction, up to CAD100
Details here.
(And Epoch Magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art – they accept online submissions in August, for which they charge a fee, and postal submissions from August to March, for which there is no fee. Pay depends on funding, and currently is $100-500. Details here.)

Craft Literary
This magazine publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, essays on writing craft, critical essays, and book annotations. They also accept completed interviews/hybrid interviews, or pitches.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 1,000 words for flash fiction and CNF, up to 6,000 words for short fiction and CNF, 1,500-2,500 for craft and critical essays
Pay: $100 for flash fiction and CNF, $200 for short fiction and CNF, $50-100 for craft essays
Details here.

This is an online horror magazine and podcast from Escape Artists. They are scheduled to read submissions for 10 days in August. They have extensive guidelines, including, “We’re looking for horror: dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction. … Originality demands that you’re better off avoiding vampires, zombies, and other recognizable horror tropes unless you have put a very unique spin on them. What matters most is that the stories are dark and compelling.” They also accept reprints.
Reading period: 12-21 August 2022 (see schedule; and open for Anthologies and Collections from 2022 reprints till 5 August, see their Moksha submission system)
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Tiny Tales
Their website says, “Tiny Tales is a biweekly short story podcast spanning fantasy, horror, comedy, and everything in between.
Tales are under 30 minutes, perfect for daily commutes or quick story breaks.” They want fantastic, bizarre, and enthralling fiction, and the stories typically have some kind of fantastic element.
Deadline: 7 September 2022
Length: 500-1,200 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.
(A couple of other speculative fiction markets open briefly for submissions in August are:
Cirsova; their tagline is “A Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense” – they have a list of the kind of stories they’re looking for, including raygun romance, space cops, sword & planet, south sea adventure, lost world, occult detective/mystery, mad science – they pay 1.25c/word for stories of 2,000-7,500 words, deadline 7 August 2022, details here;
— Fusion Fragment, a Canadian magazine of science fiction or AF-tinged literary fiction, pays CAD3.5c/word up to CAD300 for stories of 2,000-15,000 words, deadline 7 August 2022, details here;
— And Cosmic Horror Monthly wants submissions of dark speculative fiction, widely defined, for their anthology – Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic: An Anthology of Hysteria Fiction. They want submissions
“from anyone directly at risk as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, defined inclusively.” Pay is $0.06/word up to 5,000 words. The deadline is now 8 August 2022. Details here.)

Frontier Poetry
For New Voices, submissions are free, and open year-round; they want work from new and emerging poets only, with “no more than two full-length published works forthcoming at the time of submission—email us about self-published works”. They also have fast free response for BIPOC writers. They’re open now for a prize too, which has an entry fee.
Deadline: Ongoing for New Voices
Length: Up to 5 poems
Pay: $50/poem, up to $150
Details here.

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



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