Written by S. Kalekar March 3rd, 2022

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in March 2022

These magazines publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry; a couple also publish other genres, like cross-genre work, and graphic narrative. They’re a mix of literary and genre markets.

The Offing
This magazine publishes work in various genres. They’re reading nonfiction for their ‘Insight’ section until 31st March – “Creative nonfiction that centers one’s personal experience against the backdrop of art, literature, and culture. Insight essays are generally personal essays that raise questions or address issues about the matters that concern us aesthetically, politically, or ideologically. These essays explore how interacting with this piece of art, literature, or culture changed you, or made a lasting impression.” They also have various other sections, for which submissions periodically open and close, including memoir (“Personal essays, rather than commentary or criticism, of any length”), cross-genre, poetry, fiction, micro, translations, comics, and art submissions.
Deadline: 31 March 2022 for Insight section; unspecified for others
Length: Unspecified
Pay: $25-100
Details here.

Escape Artists: PodCastle
PodCastle is a fantasy magazine from the Escape Artists suite. They publish in audio format, and online. “We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story.” Writers can submit one original story and one reprint (see ‘multiple submissions’ in guidelines); query before sending reprints of over 6,000 words.
Deadline: 31 March 2022
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here (guidelines), here (schedule), and here (submission portal).

The Threepenny Review
This well-regarded literary magazine is open for submissions during January to April. They publish fiction, nonfiction (including critical articles and memoir), poetry, and Table Talk pieces. They accept submissions through their online submission system and also by mail. They do not allow simultaneous submissions. They ask that all submitters purchase a copy to see what they publish, but they also have a reading room page, which features certain past pieces.
Deadline: 30 April 2022
Length: 1,200 to 2,500 words for critical articles; up to 1,000 words for Table Talk items; up to 4,000 words for stories and memoir; up to 100 lines for poetry
Pay: $200 per poem or Table Talk piece; $400 for fiction and nonfiction
Details here and here.

(And Electric Lit’s The Commuter series is open for flash prose, poetry, and graphic narrative until 6 March; their Recommended Reading series for longer fiction will open for submissions from 7-14 March 2022. Pay is $100 for The Commuter and $300 for Recommended Reading. They accept pitches for essays on an ongoing basis.
Also, Masks Literary Magazine, for emerging writers and artists, is open for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, photography, and audio/film submissions. Pay is $20-35 for writing, and the deadline is 15 April 2022.)

Lightspeed is an award-winning magazine, and it is currently open to flash fiction submissions only, of science fiction and fantasy stories. Their website says the deadline may be extended.
Deadline: 1 May 2022
Length: Up to 1,500 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Award-winning Uncanny Magazine will also be open for flash science fiction and fantasy submissions, from 14th to 21st March 2022 – send stories of 750-1,500 words. Pay is $0.10/word.)

Bennington Review
This literary magazine publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film (and TV) writing and cross-genre work; “we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.” For fiction and nonfiction, they also accept self-contained excerpts from longer pieces. They publish translations, too.
Deadline: 8 May 2022
Length: Up to 30 pages of prose; 3-5 poems; 10-20 pages of film (or TV) writing
Pay: $100-200 for prose; $20/poem
Details here.

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


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