Written by S. Kalekar

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in May 2022

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets.

One Story
They publish one short story per issue. They want literary fiction; “We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” They accept translations, as well. Regarding reprints, if a story has been published in print outside of North America, it will be considered. Apart from cash payment, authors get 25 contributor copies.
Deadline: 31 May 2022
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500
Details here and here.

Contemporary Verse 2
This quarterly literary journal publishes poetry and critical writing about poetry, including interviews, articles, essays, and reviews. They also welcome poetry submissions in French, as well as translation projects, including both French to English and English to French. Also, “Unsolicited overseas contributors (from outside of Canada and the USA) whose fee is $40.00 or less (one poem or review) will receive only their two contributor copies as payment.”
Deadline: 31 May 2022
Length: Up to 6 pages for poetry; varies for others
Pay: $30/poem, $50-$100 for interviews and articles, $40-$150 for essays, and $50-$80 for reviews
Details here and here.
(And Poet Lore welcome all types of poems, including long poems and sequences, and translations. Send up to 5 poems. They now pay $50/poem. The deadline is 31 May 2022. Details here and here.)


Prairie Fire
This Canadian magazine publishes fiction (short fiction, excerpts from longer works), nonfiction (articles, creative nonfiction, editorials, essays, and memoir, as well as other prose – interviews, profiles, correspondence, notes, plays, scripts, etc.), and poetry.
Deadline: 31 May 2022
Length: Up to 10,000 words for prose; up to 6 poems
Pay: $0.10/word up to CAD250 for fiction and nonfiction, varies for other prose; CAD40 for poetry
Details here (guidelines) and here (pay rates).
(–Also, Cincinnati Review is accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and queries for drama. Their submission window opens beginning May and closes 31 May or until filled; submissions usually fill up quickly and close within a few days. Pay is $25/page of prose and $30/page of poetry.)

Escape Pod
This magazine, from the Escape Artists suite, publishes science fiction online and in podcast format. They also accept translations, as well as reprints.
Deadline: 31 May 2022
Length: 1,500-6,000 words (longer for reprints – see guidelines)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here (guidelines) and here (schedule).
(Other podcast markets from the Escape Artists suite are:
Cast of Wonders, publishing YA speculative fiction, open for its Banned Books Week theme until 14th May 2022, see sub-theme details in the submission portal here;
PseudoPod, open for horror reprints until 1 August, see the submission portal here; and
PodCastle, which will open for a special issue, Indigenous Magic, during July – fantasy stories “that center Black, Brown, and Indigenous cultures, histories, belief systems, philosophies, and perspectives”, see their announcement here.
These magazines pay $0.08/word for original fiction, and $20-100 for reprints.)

Dark Void Magazine
This is a science fiction horror magazine. All stories have to take place off planet earth.
Deadline: 31 May 2022
Length: 3,000-4,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word
Details here.
(– And Dread Imaginings is open for quiet horror stories, pays $0.01/word for stories up to 4,000 words. The deadline is 31 May 2022.
— Also, award-winning speculative fiction magazine Uncanny has two submission windows; 1-15 May for novellas, and 16-30 May 2022 for short fiction. They pay $0.10/word.)


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

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