Written by S. Kalekar August 3rd, 2023

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in August 2023

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

Nashville Review
They accept submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations during the months of February and August. Please note, they have a submission cap and may close early if volume demands.
Deadline: 31 August 2023, or until filled
Length: Up to 7,000 words for fiction, up to 8,000 words for nonfiction, up to 3 poems
Pay: $25/poem, $100 for prose and art
Details here and here.

Upbeat Tales
This is a new podcast magazine for upbeat and/or comedic fantasy, science fiction, and horror stories. Submission is via a form, and they say you can ask any questions about their submission process on Twitter.
Deadline: 31 August 2023
Length: 100-6,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

Orion’s Belt
This is a speculative flash fiction magazine, and they have also expanded into speculative poetry. Please see their detailed guidelines, including the kind of work they want, and what they do not want.
Deadline: 1 September 2023
Length: Up to 1,200 words for fiction, up to 1 poem per submission
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Cast of Wonders
This is a young adult speculative fiction podcast; they have extensive guidelines, including, “Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language.” They also accept translations and reprints. They will open later in August for submissions. Their submission portal will open for stories during their reading period.
Reading period: 15 August to 7 September 2023 (see schedule)
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(And their sister magazine, PseudoPod, will open briefly for horror stories during 11th to 21st August 2023; see their schedule here and guidelines here. They pay $0.08/word for stories up to 6,000 words.)

Poetry Ireland Review
Their guidelines say, “We welcome unsolicited submissions of poems, and proposals for articles and reviews, from Ireland and abroad, in Irish or English.” Do not send unsolicited articles or reviews. The current guest editor will read submissions through November 2023. Writers can take payment in cash or magazine subscription (see guidelines).
Deadline: 30 November 2023 for the current guest editor
Length: Up to 4 poems, totaling 8 pages
Pay: €50 for poetry, €100 for articles, or subscription (see guidelines)
Details here and here.

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


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