5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in January 2022

Written by S. Kalekar

These markets pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they’re a mix of literary and genre markets. Not all of them are open through January.

Solarpunk Magazine
This is a new magazine of solarpunk. They publish fiction, nonfiction (reviews, interviews, reports, articles, essays, and general audience-aimed overviews of academic papers relevant to solarpunk), poetry, and artwork. They have detailed guidelines on their submissions page for each category, please read them before submitting. The reading periods for 2022 are up on their website, including for themed issues. The next submission window is in March.
Deadline: 14 January 2022
Length: 500-7,500 words for fiction; up to 5 poems (see guidelines); 1,000-2,000 words for nonfiction
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction (minimum $100), $40/poem, $75/essay
Details here (general guidelines and schedule) and here (detailed guidelines and submissions system).

Nashville Review
They publish fiction (short stories, flash pieces, novel excerpts), poetry, nonfiction (memoir excerpts, essays, imaginative meditations), translations, and comics. Their guidelines say, “From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle: if it’s a moving work of art, we want it.” They read submissions in January, May, and September, and category-wise submissions may close early if volume demands; art and comics are received year-round.
Deadline: 31 January 2022; may close earlier if cap is reached
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose; up to three poems (up to two poems in case of translation)
Pay: $25 per poem, $100 for prose and art pieces
Details here.
(The literary magazine MudRoom is also open for submissions of fiction, essays, essays in translation, and poetry; pay is $15, and submissions for their Spring issue are open until 31 January 2022. Submissions are also open for A Public Space, for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations, until 31 January 2022, and writers are paid an honorarium; they’re also accepting applications of a New York based Editorial Fellow, and pay for that is $10,000.)

Typehouse Literary Magazine
This magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, and photography. Genre fiction submissions are welcome, especially speculative fiction. “We are looking for submissions that grab us and convey a unique perspective and honest insight into our world.” They do not want COVID-19 fiction or poetry, but can accept nonfiction on this theme on a limited basis. They have revised their guidelines, and during January, they’re accepting fee-free submissions from all writers. Please see their revised schedule – they have published their fee-free submissions schedule for various demographics for the whole of 2022; for example, during February, which is Black History Month, they’ll accept fee-free submissions from Black writers; during March, which is Disability Awareness Month, they’ll accept fee-free submissions from writers living with visible and invisible disabilities, and so on.
Deadline: 31 January 2022
Length: 500-5,000 words for prose, can accept up to 3 pieces (a max total of 7,500 words); up to 6 poems
Pay: $25
Details here.

This magazine publishes speculative fiction of every kind, except graphic horror. They also accept nonfiction, poems, reviews (query first), and artwork with speculative fiction themes.
Deadline: 28 February 2022
Length: Unspecified
Pay: 1.5c/word for prose and poetry, a minimum of $30; and $30 for reviews
Details here.

Southword Literary Journal
This well-regarded literary journal, from the Munster Literature Centre, publishes poetry and fiction.
Deadline: 28 February for poetry; 31 March 2022 for fiction
Length: Up to 4 poems; up to 5,000 words for fiction
Pay: €40 per poem; €250 for fiction
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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