Written by S. Kalekar

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in July 2021

These magazines publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets, and not all are open through the month.

This magazine is accepting fiction submissions currently, and translated fiction. They are particularly interested in flash fiction, of about 1,000 words or fewer.
Deadline: 16 July 2021
Length: 500-4,000 words
Pay: A minimum of $200
Details here.
(Their imprint, Soft Skull Press, is also accepting manuscript submissions until 20 July 2021 — they publish adult literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid projects, including works in translation; agented submissions are accepted year-round.)

Escape Artists: PodCastle
PodCastle publishes fantasy short fiction on their website, and in an audio format. They are open to all 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.
Reading period: 1-30 July 2021 (see schedule)
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Another pro-paying speculative magazine open this month is
Cossmass Infinities, which accepts submissions during the first week of every month, alternating between all authors and underrepresented ones; during 1-7 July, they’re reading submissions from underrepresented writers – details here.)

Virginia Quarterly Review
This prestigious literary magazine publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, including reviews, and poetry. They are not interested in genre fiction. For nonfiction, they want literary, art, and cultural criticism, reportage, historical and political analysis, and travel essays. They publish few author interviews or memoirs. “In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self.”
Reading period: 1-31 July 2021
Length: 3,500-8,000 words for fiction; 3,500-9,000 words for nonfiction; 2,000-2,400 words for book reviews
Pay: $1,000 and up for fiction; about $0.25/word for nonfiction (higher for investigative reporting – see guidelines); $200/poem, up to $1,000; $500 for book reviews; $100-200 for online content
Details here.

New Myths
They publish speculative fiction of every kind, except graphic horror. They also accept nonfiction, poems, reviews (query first), and artwork with speculative fiction themes.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction and nonfiction; up to 5 poems of any length
Pay: 1.5c/word for prose and poetry; $30 for reviews; $60+ for art
Details here.

Flash Frog
This is a new online journal of flash fiction. Their website says, “We like our stories like we like our dart frogs: small, brightly colored, and deadly to the touch.” Each story is accompanied by original artwork. They read work year-round; send one story at a time.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 1,000 words
Pay: $25
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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