Written by S. Kalekar January 5th, 2023

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in January 2023

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

Solarpunk Magazine
They publish solarpunk fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Nonfiction/essay submissions are accepted year-round; fiction and poetry are open periodically.
Deadline: 14 January 2023
Length: 1,500-7,500 words for fiction; 1,000-2,000 words for essays; up to 5 poems
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $75/essay, $40/poem
Details here.

Old Moon
This magazine publishes “weird sword-and-sorcery fiction set in a historical paranormal setting or a secondary-world, with a focus on well-rounded characters driving strange action.” They have extensive guidelines, please read them before submitting your work.
Deadline: 30 January 2023
Length: 1,000-6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here and here.

Nashville Review
This magazine is associated with Vanderbilt University. They publish fiction (including flash and novel excerpts), creative nonfiction (across the spectrum, including memoir excerpts, essays, imaginative meditations), poetry, translations, and art. They accept submissions of art and comics year-round, and other genres are accepted in January, May, and September. Submissions may close earlier than scheduled if the cap is reached.
Deadline: 31 January 2023, or until filled
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, up to 3 poems
Pay: $25 for poetry, $100 for prose
Details here.

Pulp Literature

They publish short fiction (all genres, not just pulp), poetry, as well as art and comics. They want entertaining, accessible stories. Query first if your story is longer than 10,000 words; while they do publish one story of 15,000-20,000 words per issue, chances of acceptance are higher for works up to 5,000 words. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 January 2023 for fiction; poetry, art through the year
Length: Prefer up to 5,000 words, do accept longer 

Ghoulish Tales
This is a new horror magazine. They want ““fun horror that aims to celebrate all things spooky.”
Note that we said fun, not funny. Comedic stories are definitely allowed, but it’s not all we’re looking to receive. We want stories that remind us why we love the horror genre.” They also accept nonfiction on the horror genre. This team used to publish Dark Moon Digest earlier, which has now been discontinued.
Deadline: 15 February 2023
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction; up to 3,000 words for nonfiction
Pay: $0.07/word (may increase, depending on Kickstarter stretch goals met)
Details here.

There are some other magazines open for a short period in January, including:

Cosmic Horror Monthly, open till 7th January – for fiction of 1,000-5,000 words, they want cosmic horror, Lovecraftian, and weird stories, and pay $0.03/word; for nonfiction, they want essays that explore the state of horror as well as the philosophies that are often found in cosmic horror, existentialism, nihilism, etc. Details here.

Wyngraf is open till 7th January 2023 – they accept cozy fantasy stories of 3,000-8,000 words, and pay one and a half cents per word. Details here.

Hammock is a new literary journal “focussed on writing from South Asia and beyond. This is a submission call for their first issue– short stories, narrative nonfiction and personal essays.” They accept submissions of 1,500-6,000 words, and pitches. They pay $50-150, and the deadline is 7 January 2023. Details in the Twitter thread here

Augur Magazine is open for speculative fiction from all writers till 7th January, and from Canadian underrepresented writers till 15th January 2023; they pay CAD60/poem and CAD0.11/word for fiction of up to 5,000 words. Details here and here.

One Story publishes one piece of literary fiction per issue. For this reading period, they will open submissions via Submittable on 15th January, and will close submissions when the cap is reached. They also accept translations. Regarding reprints, if a story has been published in print outside of North America, it will be considered. Pay is $500 for stories of 3,000-8,000 words. Details here.)

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


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