5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in August 2019

Written by S. Kalekar

These literary magazines are accepting work during August, and they pay. They are a mix of literary and genre markets, and not all are open until the end of the month, so it is best to get submissions in early.

Ruminate Magazine
They want fiction and poetry “that engages the contemplative spirit of our journal and embraces curiosity and discovery rather than resolution”, according to their guidelines. They are also open for poetry, art, and blog submissions. There is no monetary payment for blog submissions. Nonfiction and Readers Ruminate columns are currently closed. 
Deadline: 14 August 2019 for fiction and art, 15 January 2020 for poetry
Length: Up to 5,500 words for fiction, up to 5 poems
Pay: $20 per 400 words for prose, $20/page for poetry (maximum $80/poem), $20/page for visual art
Details here.

Psychopomp Magazine
They want fiction that redefines the traditional storytelling and genre borders. They like stories that treat the concept of passages, transitions, and state of being betwixt and between. They usually do not publish traditionalist realist fiction or hard genre. Their guidelines also say, “With that said, we are certainly open to publishing more traditional literary work or more hard genre (no fan fiction) so long as it’s really, really good.” The deadline is for fee-free submissions, tip jar submissions are always open. They offer a different deadline for fee free submissions on another page, but the Submittible page makes it clear that August 15th is the actual deadline.
Deadline: 15 August 2019 (for fee-free submissions)
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.02/word, up to $100
Details here (guidelines, payment details) and here (Submittable link).

Signal Horizon
They want horror, or science fiction with a dark or weird edge. Their guidelines say, “If your story uses older horror tropes or concepts our expectation is that you will offer a unique perspective on them. … There is a audio aspect to what we publish so authors should pay close attention to what your story sounds like.” They buy nonexclusive audio and text rights, and nonexclusive electronic rights to distribute the audio and text file under a Creative Commons license. They accept nonfiction blog posts also, which can help create content that other academics can use in the classroom – these are unpaid.  
Deadline: 21 August 2019
Length: Up to 3,000 words (will read up to 5,000 words, but payment is capped at $90)
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

Uncanny Magazine
This Hugo award winning speculative fiction magazine is open during August for submissions. They accept fiction and poetry. They want “intricate, experimental stories and poems with gorgeous prose, verve, and imagination that elicit strong emotions and challenge beliefs.” They do not accept unsolicited reprints or essays.  
Deadline: 29 August 2019
Length: 750-6,000 words for fiction, up to five poems
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $30/poem, $60 for essays, $100 for reprint art
Details here.

Event Magazine
This is one of Canada’s longest-running literary magazine and they welcome submissions from around the world. They accept fiction and poetry, and their current reading period is August-September 2019. In fiction, they want “compelling characters, plots that surprise us, narratives that move us, stories that have something new to say” and in poetry, they are looking for work that is “lyrical without being overwrought, and profound without being pretentious. We look for honesty of emotion, and images that arrest us.”Potential reviewers should contact the review editor. They can only accept a certain number of submissions via Submittable during their open reading periods. They have removed their fee for online submissions.   
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction, up to 8 poems
Pay: Canadian $40/page for poetry and $35/page for prose, up to a maximum of $500; $200 for a cover photo, $500 for 10 commissioned black-and-white illustrations
Details here.

 

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