Written by S. Kalekar January 4th, 2024

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in January 2024

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

Nightmare Magazine
This is an award-winning magazine of horror and dark fantasy; you can read more about them here. They publish fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. “We feature works spanning the broad spectrum of dark fiction, with an emphasis on fascinating characters and delicious prose. Our motto? Horror is for everyone!” Their website says, “We will be opening to all submission types in from January 14-20, 2024, with an extended submissions window for BIPOC-identifying writers running from January 21-27.”
Reading period: See above
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here and here.

Augur Magazine
This is a Canadian magazine of fantasy fiction and poetry; they also accept translations. They are open for general submissions (from all writers) until end-January, and have an extended submission period for Canadian writers who are BIPOC, trans, and/or disabled during the first two weeks of February (see guidelines).
Deadline: 31 January 2024 for general submissions, submissions from Canadian underrepresented writers only from 1-14 February 2024
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction, up to 5 poems
Pay: CAD60/poem and CAD0.11/word for prose
Details here.

The Paris Review
They opened for poetry submissions only on 1st January, and will accept submissions via Submittable until they hit their submission cap, or 31 January, whichever is earlier. They will continue to accept postal submissions of poetry till 31 January (postmarked). Translations are welcome. They have listed their open reading periods for poetry and prose on the website. (Their reading period for prose is February – see guidelines).
Deadline: See above
Length: Up to 6 poems
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Split Lip Magazine
Split Lip Magazine is a voice-driven literary journal with a pop culture twist. They publish online monthly and in print annually – memoir, flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and art, as well as interviews and reviews (for interviews and reviews, query first via webform – see guidelines). Fee-free submissions for all writers are open during certain months, including January; these can close earlier by category, if their Submittable cap is reached. Fee-free submissions for Black writers are open till mid-June.
Deadline: 31 January 2024, or until filled, for general fee-free submissions
Length: Up to 3,000 words for fiction; up to 2,000 words for memoir; one poem
Pay is $75 for web contributions, $5/page for print, $50 for interviews/reviews, and $25 for mini-reviews for their web issues
Details here and here.

Bennington Review
They publish fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, film writing, cross-genre work, and translations. They are affiliated with Bennington College. All work will be considered for the print journal; some work will additionally feature on the website. “We do not accept unsolicited reviews or interviews, though we are always happy to entertain queries about genres of work that fall outside the journal’s current scope.”
Deadline: 8 March 2024
Length: Up to 30 pages for fiction and creative nonfiction; 3-5 poems
Pay: $120 for prose of six typeset pages and under, $250 for prose of over six typeset pages, $25 per poem
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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