Written by S. Kalekar November 2nd, 2023

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in November 2023

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

The Stinging Fly
This Ireland-based journal will open in November for fiction (short fiction and novel excerpts), creative nonfiction, and poetry for the Spring 2024 issue. They also accept graphic fiction and nonfiction, as well as art. And they have a ‘featured poet’ section, for poets working toward their first collection. Their submission portal will open during the reading period.
Reading period: 13th – 28th November 2023
Length: For prose, “just as long (or as short) as it needs to be”; up to 3 poems for general poetry submissions
Pay: €150 for flash fiction/shorter essays (1-2 pages); €45/page for longer prose, minimum/maximum payment of €300/€1,200; €40/page for poetry, minimum payment of €60/poem; €400 for featured poet
Details here.

This is a fantasy podcast and magazine. They have detailed guidelines, including, “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. … Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged. … We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.” They also accept translations, as well as reprints; writers can send one original story and one reprint at a time.
Deadline: 30 November 2023
Length: Up to 6,000 words (accepts longer for reprints – see guidelines)
Pay: $20 for flash fiction, $0.08/word for short fiction
Details here and here.

(And, Fusion Fragment publishes science fiction and SF-tinged literary fiction. They will open a very short submission window, 3rd to 5th November 2023. Send stories of 2,000-15,000 words; pay has increased to CAD0.04/word, up to CAD350. The submission portal will open during the reading period.)

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 December 2023
Length: Up to 600 words
Pay: $50
Details here and here.


This is a new cozy horror magazine, and they are open for submissions for their inaugural issue. “Cozy horror. Fun horror. Classy horror. Dare we say, wholesome horror? … perhaps the easiest way to understand what we mean is to read stories by some of the old masters we love: Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Roald Dahl. Watch classic episodes of Thriller, The Twilight Zone, and Night Gallery. Read old horror comics. Listen to radio dramas like Suspense, Quiet, Please, and Inner Sanctum Mysteries. … In short, we’re looking to provide a space for a type of storytelling that has largely gone out of style – dark and scary, but playful and approachable with an emphasis on plot.” They have a detailed list of things they like (including high concept settings and situations reminiscent of the pulps — Androids, ghosts, aliens, old castles, vampires, dinosaurs, deals with the devil, mad scientists, Wild West gunslingers), and what they don’t. They plan to have two submission periods a year, October-December for the spring/summer issue, and May-July for the fall/winter issue.
Deadline: 31 December 2023
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
Details here.

They accept poetry submissions only.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: 3-8 poems, 10 pages maximum
Pay: $50
Details here.

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



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