Written by S. Kalekar December 2nd, 2021

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in December 2021

These magazines accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Not all are open throughout the month.

Extra Teeth
This is a Scottish magazine, and they accept fiction and nonfiction from writers all over the world. They want “short stories that stick with you, lingering in the memory long after reading, and essays that explore specific interests or issues from a new perspective. We offer a space for writers to be strange, bold and experimental, and to express their unique style however they see fit.”
Deadline: 14 December 2021
Length: 800-4,000 words
Pay: £100
Details here.

The Puritan
This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction – interviews, essays and reviews – from all over the world. They accept a certain number of fee-free submissions every month. Deadline: 25 December 2021 for the Winter issue; reads year-round
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for non-fiction (see guidelines)
Pay: CAD200 per essay; CAD150 for fiction; CAD100 per interview or review; CAD25 per poem (or page, capped at CAD80)
Details here.

(The Cincinnati Review is also open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations – pay is $25/page of prose and $30/page of poetry for the print magazine. The deadline is 31 December 2021, or until filled – and submissions usually fill up quickly. MiCRo submissions, for which there is no cash payment, will reopen on 1st January 2022.)

(Submissions are also open for issue #14 of Planet Scumm magazine, for Fall 2022 – they publish science fiction of all kinds, speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream. Pay is $0.04/word for stories up to 5,000 words, as well as a contributor copy, and the deadline is 17 January 2021.)

This magazine publishes work by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. “This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation.” They are reading speculative fiction (short fiction to novella length) and poetry submissions for an unthemed issue; non-fiction is closed. They also accept reviews.
Deadline: 31 December 2021
Length: 2,000-15,000 words for fiction; up to 1,000 words for poetry
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $50 for poems
Details here.

Mumber Mag
They want fiction, nonfiction, translations, and poetry. Their guidelines say, “We want stuff suited to the internet. That could mean short. It could mean it makes use of hyperlinks. Whatever. Surprise us. Make us laugh. Something between WS Merwin and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Or between Werewolf Bar Mitzvah and Lorrie Moore. That’s the sweet spot. We want something so good you’d forward it to your mom, your brother, your colleagues at work.”
Deadline: 1 January 2022
Length: Up to 2,000 words for prose
Pay: $25 per poem or short, $50 for prose
Details here.

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She is the author of 182 Short Fiction Publishers. She can be reached here.


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