Written by S. Kalekar December 7th, 2023

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in December 2023

These magazines publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre magazines.

On Spec
This is a Canadian magazine of speculative fiction and poetry. They are open for submissions now.
Deadline: 15 December 2023
Length: Fiction up to 6,000 words
Pay: CAD100 for short-shorts (under 2,000 words) and poetry, CAD0.05/word for fiction up to 6,000 words
Details here.

The Ex-Puritan
This Canadian magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, experimental/hybrid work, interviews, reviews, and poetry. They accept a limited number of fee-free submissions every month. 
Deadline: 25 December 2023, or until filled, for the next issue; reads year-round
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for nonfiction (see guidelines)
Pay: CAD200 per essay; CAD150 for fiction; CAD100 per interview or review; CAD35 per poem (or page, capped at CAD120); CAD50+ per experimental or hybrid work, at an increasing scale depending on the nature of the piece
Details here and here.

The Ampersand Review
This magazine is affiliated with Sheridan College, and they may prioritize work by Canadian writers (see guidelines). They accept fiction (including flash fiction), nonfiction, poetry, and pitches for reviews. See the note on their website: “Our reading period for Issue #6 runs from December 1st 2023-January 31st, 2024.”
Deadline: 31 January 2024
Length: Up to 4,000 words for short fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 5 poems
Pay: $100 for prose, $50 per poem/page up to $100
Details here.


They accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. “We believe in sentences so sharp they draw blood, the strange and inexplicable, the wild and weird and uncanny, words in thickets, clusters, and flocks, pieces that move us beyond caring what others think about said pieces.” You can read about them and the kind of work they like here.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 5,000 words for prose, 3-5 poems
Pay: $50
Details here and here.

Palette Poetry

This is a poetry magazine. “Submissions for our Featured Poetry category are open year-round to poets at any stage of their careers. Featured poems are published online only and will spotlight a number of poems from new authors each month. We highly encourage emerging authors to submit.” They have other categories listed too on their Submittable page, including quick response for marginalized authors.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 5 poems (see guidelines)
Pay: $50/poem, up to $150
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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