Written by S. Kalekar February 6th, 2020

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in February 2020

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

Ninth Letter
This literary magazine is open for fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions. They also accept translated works. They want work that experiments with form, narrative, and non-traditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. Submissions for the online issue on the ‘Debts’ theme, with a later deadline, are also open. They can review two submissions per author per reading period.
Deadline: 28 February 2020 for the print edition; 20 March 2020 for online
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, 3-6 poems for print; up to 3,500 words for prose, up to three poems for online
Pay: $25/page, up to $150 for print; $75 per story or essay, $25 for poetry for online
Details here.

Southword Literary Journal
This is a print literary journal published at least twice a year by the Muster Literature Centre. They have published the likes of Helen Ivory, Haruki Murakami, Tess Gallagher, and Colm Toibín. They are accepting poetry and fiction for their autumn issue, which is open to unsolicited submissions.
Deadline: 28 February 2020 for poetry, 31 March 2020 for fiction
Length: Up to six poems; up to two stories of 5,000 words each
Pay: €250 per short story, €40 per poem
Details here.

This literary magazine publishes fiction and creative nonfiction. They are not looking for unsolicited poetry, but they do accept queries. See their submission page for details on multiple submissions.
Deadline: 1 March 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $50-250
Details here.


El Chapo Review
They accept fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. They will read any genre for fiction including sci-fi, fantasy, crime, neo-noir, literary, historical, absurdist, surrealist, magic realism, romance, horror, mystery, and bizarre. They are reading now for their Summer issue.
Deadline: 15 March 2020
Length: Up to 1,000 words for prose, up to five poems
Pay: $100
Details here.

Thrilling Words
They want submissions of two related speculative fiction stories. Both stories, combined, should be no more than 4,000 words. Their guidelines say, “As for the style of story we are looking for, it can be anything that has a speculative element. The nature of the speculation, be it fantasy, sci-fi, superhero or just plain surreal is not important, the more important thing is to have fun with the story. And it’s this last point, having fun, that’s the most important stylistic element. We are looking for stories that trace their heritage more from pulp traditions than literary. Stories that make you feel more than make you think. Stories that have a sense of humor even if they aren’t humorous stories. Though we do love funny stories.”
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Up to 4,000 words
Pay: $160 for a pair of stories up to 2,000 words; $0.08/word for a pair of stories over 2,000 words
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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