Written by S. Kalekar

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in December 2019

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

This is a magazine of dark fiction, both short stories and flash fiction. They want work that is dark, literary – creepy, weird, and unsettling. Their guidelines say, “No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”,” – and also the first volume of their stories. They do not want work about vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex. They also accept reprints. They can accept only 300 submissions a month during their reading period. For this submission period, their deadline has been extended.
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word, up to $150
Details here.

Escape Artists: Cast of Wonders
This intersectional feminist YA podcast is open for submissions. They want “Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language. Think Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.” They publish fantasy, sci-fi, horror (psychological, comedic, or situational – not visceral), comedysteampunk, age-appropriate paranormal romancesuperheroes and many other genres. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Frozen Wavelets
This is a speculative flash fiction and poetry e-zine. They have a list of editor preferences and topics that are hard sells. They also accept very short work (Twitterfiction, Drabbles), and reprints. They love haiku, tanka, senryu, and short poetry, and also welcome proposals on speculative art.
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Length: Up to 750 words for fiction (500-1,500 for reprints), up to 10 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction, $1/line of poetry
Details here.

They are open now for poetry, translation, and comic (both black & white and color) submissions. For poetry, they like work that has “power, surprise, intelligence, big-heartedness, complicated craftiness, mystery, and risky strangeness.” Also look at the Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets, which has no entry fee. Fiction and nonfiction submissions are currently closed.  
Deadline: 15 December 2019 for poetry; translation and comic submissions are accepted year-round
Length: Up to 5 pieces and no more than 10 pages for poetry
Pay: $100 for poems, $100 per 1,000 words of prose up to $500, and $50 per page of comics up to $500. 
Details here and here.

The Cincinnati Review
This literary magazine accepts fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, poetry translations, and art. Query for drama submissions. They also have a weekly online Flash feature called micro (payment for this is a digital contributor copy). They accept online submissions only, except from writers with disabilities or those who are incarcerated. See guidelines for editors’ preferences.  
Deadline: 1 March 2020
Length: Fiction can be up to 40 pages, nonfiction up to 20 pages, and up to 5 poems
Pay: $25/page for prose in the journal, $30/page for poetry
Details here.

Author 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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