Written by S. Kalekar December 3rd, 2020

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in December 2020

These markets pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. They are a mix of literary and genre fiction markets.  

Neon Hemlock Press: Baffling Magazine
This is a new speculative fiction magazine; their first issue was in October 2020. Their guidelines say, “We are looking for speculative stories that explore science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a queer bent. We want queer stories and we want trans stories and we want aro/ace stories. We want indefinable stories. We welcome weird, slipstream, and interstitial writing.” They are particularly interested in stories under 500 words.
Deadline: 15 December 2020
Length: Up to 1,200 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Also see the Neon Hemlock page for details of another open call – a reprint anthology of queer speculative fiction, closing 31 December 2020; and a potential future submission call.)

Curiouser Magazine 
This is a new Australian magazine of short fiction and poetry. Their website says the magazine “…was created out of a love for intriguing short fiction that explores – by fantastical means – what it is to be human.” Also, “We specialise in prose and poetry that can be defined roughly by the genre of magic realism. Whilst the official definition for magic realism states it is a form of literature that deals, in an accepting fashion, aspects of life usually represented as outside reality, we prefer to cast our nets a little bit wider.
We love the fantastical, the horrific, the experimental, the incantatory. We don’t like morality plays, overt spiritualism, the banal, the painfully self-aware.”
Deadline: 31 December 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words; up to three poems
Pay: $50-125 for short prose, $25 for poetry (Australian dollars)
Details here.

Escape Artists: PodCastle
­­­­­They publish fantasy short fiction on their website and as a podcast. They are open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story. They also accept reprints. 
Deadline: 31 December 2020
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Submissions for two other Escape Artists publications are also open: Cast of Wonders – YA, open till 1 January 2021; and Escape Pod –science fiction, currently open, no deadline given).  

Ninth Letter
They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translated works. They want work that experiments with form, narrative, and non-traditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. They accept fee-free submissions in November and December.
Deadline: 31 December 2020 for fee-free submissions
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, 3-6 poems
Pay: $25/page, up to $150
Details 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 January 2021
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.

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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