Written by S. Kalekar June 1st, 2023

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in June 2023

These magazines publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre magazines. Not all of these magazines are open through the month.

Lightspeed publishes science fiction and fantasy. They have very brief submission windows – they will be open to submissions of science fiction flash stories from all writers from 1st to 7th June. They also accept translations. They will open during 23rd to 30th June for fantasy flash fiction from BIPOC writers, and submissions for all writers in this genre will be open during 1st to 7th July.
Reading periods: See above
Length: Up to 1,500 words for flash fiction
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Matter Press: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
They publish fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as fiction and creative nonfiction prose poetry, as long as it is compressed in some way.
Deadline: 15 June 2023
Length: Up to 600 words
Pay: $50
Details here and here.

This is a fiction, nonfiction, and poetry magazine. Their website says, “Our mission is to create a literary space that pays writers for their work and revels in the beauty of nature.” During their June reading period, they will accept submissions for Autumn, Winter, and Spring themes. Please note, “Payments will be made via PayPal or bank transfer to a UK bank account only.”
Reading period: 5-19 June 2023
Length: Up to 1,500 words for prose, up to 5 poems
Pay: £1.75 per line for poetry (not including titles or line breaks) and £0.25 per word for prose
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 June 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.
(Also see their Submittable for a special Indigenous Storytelling issue call; the deadline for that is 10th July 2023.)

They publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. “We like to balance each quarterly issue between science fiction and fantasy, dark and light, serious and humorous, hard and soft science fiction, and longer and shorter works.” Their pay rates have doubled in 2023. They also accept artwork. Their annual reading periods are the months of January-February and June-July.
Deadline: 31 July 2023
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.03/word; “minimum payment of $50 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry”
Details here.

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


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