Written by S. Kalekar

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in October 2022

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Not all of them are open through the month.

Nightmare
This is an award-winning magazine of horror and dark fantasy. They also publish nonfiction and poetry. They have opened a brief reading period for short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Deadline: 8 October 2022 for general submissions, 19 October 2022 for BIPOC submissions (see their Tweet here)
Length: 1,500-7,500 words for fiction, varies for others
Pay: $0.08/word for prose, $40/poem
Details here.

Uncanny

This is an award-winning magazine of speculative fiction, and they have opened for short fiction and poetry submissions. They have not specified a submission deadline, so will likely close when they have enough submissions.
Deadline: Unspecified (see Tweet)
Length: 750-10,000 words for short fiction, poetry of any length
Pay: $0.10/word for fiction, $40 for poetry
Details here and here.
(– Cossmass Infinities has also opened a short reading period for speculative fiction submissions, they pay $0.08/word of 1,000-7,500 words. Submissions for under-represented authors are from 1-14 October, and for all writers, from 8-14 October 2022. Submissions may close earlier if they get too many stories. Details here.
— And DreamForge Magazine is open for fiction and poetry submissions through 15 October 2022; they’d prefer to see more solarpunk and hopepunk, though they are also open to all genres of SF/Fantasy, provided they are not focused on horror and/or dark outcomes. Pay is $0.07/word for stories of 200-5,000 words, and $25 for poems. Details here.)

MetaStellar
They pay for speculative flash fiction – science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They also accept nonfiction and reviews, but there is no payment for those.
Deadline: 31 October 2022
Length: Up to 1,200 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Brick
This is a Canadian magazine of literary nonfiction, and they accept submissions from all over the world. They publish a wide range of non-fiction – see guidelines for some of the past works they have published. Do not submit fiction or poetry.
Deadline: 31 October 2022
Length: “While Brick does not set a word limit, we tend towards a range of 1,000–5,000 words.”
Pay: $55-685
Details here (guidelines and pay rates – scroll down) and here (Submittable).

Matter Press: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
They publish fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as prose poetry in both genres, as long as it is compressed in some way. Writers can send up to three pieces per reading period.
Deadline: 15 December 2022
Length: Up to 600 words
Pay: $50
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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