Written by S. Kalekar September 2nd, 2021

5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in September 2021

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they are open in September. They are a mix of literary and genre markets, and not all of them are open through the month.

This is an online and audio horror fiction magazine – “dark, weird fiction. We run the spectrum from grim realism or crime drama, to magic-realism, to blatantly supernatural dark fantasy. We publish highly literary stories reminiscent of Poe or Lovecraft as well as vulgar shock-value pulp fiction”, according to their guidelines. They also accept reprints. (And another Escape Artists publication, Escape Pod, is open to ‘Joy’ themed science fiction stories until end-October.)
Deadline: 13 September 2021
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here (guidelines), here (schedule), and here (submission portal).
(The award-winning magazine, Nightmare, will also open for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction submissions of horror and dark fantasy – during 5-12 September for BIPOC-only submissions, and 12-19 September 2021 for general submissions.)

Black Cat Mystery Magazine
They want contemporary and traditional mysteries, as well as thrillers and suspense stories. They are looking for “Private eye stories, cozy stories, and edgy, noir-tinged stories—all of which happen to contain a crime of some sort. We want stories with characters who feel real, in situations that are possible (and plausible),” according to their guidelines. They do not want flash fiction, poetry, routine revenge stories, stories that feature sadism for the sake of sadism, or stories that feature supernatural elements: no vampires, werewolves, ghosts, or otherworldly monsters—unless thoroughly debunked by story’s end. They particularly do not want genre fantasy, horror, science fiction, romance, or westerns, unless they feature a crime. Even then, it’ll be a hard sell.
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Length: 1,000-8,000 words (will read up to 15,000)
Pay: $0.03/word up to $250
Details here (scroll down).

The Cincinnati Review
This literary magazine accepts fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and poetry translations. Query for drama. They accept online submissions only, except from writers with disabilities or those who are incarcerated. There is no cash payment for micro, their weekly flash feature. They read submissions in September, December, and May.
Deadline: 30 September 2021, or until submission cap is reached
Length: Fiction can be up to 40 pages, non-fiction up to 20 pages, and five poems
Pay: $25/page for prose in the journal, $30/page for poetry
Details here.

The LaHave Review
This Nova Scotia-based magazine publishes poetry. They do not publish translations, book reviews, essays or anything other than original poems in English. They read submissions during September.
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Length: Up to six poems
Pay: CAD45/poem
Details here (scroll down).

Nashville Review
They publish fiction (short stories, flash pieces, novel excerpts), poetry, nonfiction (memoir excerpts, essays, imaginative meditations), translations, and comics. Their guidelines say, “From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle: if it’s a moving work of art, we want it.” They read submissions in January, May, and September; art and comics are received year-round.
Deadline: 30 September 2021
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose; up to three poems (up to two poems in case of translation)
Pay: $25 per poem, $100 for prose and art pieces
Details here.

Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She is the author of 182 Short Fiction Publishers. She can be reached here.


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