Written by S. Kalekar June 3rd, 2021

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in June 2021

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

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
This magazine publishes “fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.” They also have a section called Topical Tuesdays, where they accept work on topical issues.
Deadline: 15 June 2021
Length: 600 words for prose (including prose poems); one poem of 20 lines or 75 words; 1,000 words for prose or a poem of 30 lines for Topical Tuesdays
Pay: $50
Details here.

The Willowherb Review
The Willowherb Review aims to provide a digital platform to celebrate and bolster nature writing by writers of color, including Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) writers, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) anywhere in the world. They’re reading now for their fourth issue. They will accept non-fiction especially, but will consider fiction and poetry as well — on nature, place, and environment. Their guidelines say, “we believe nature writing can tackle all sorts of issues: from stories of farming to long treks, tales of migration, racism, community, and beauty. You might be writing about remote places, cities, lost landscapes, or old homes. We’re looking forward to seeing what matters most to emerging nature writers. Above all, your submission should have a great sense of place and attention to the natural world.”
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Length: Up to 3,000 words for prose; up to 3 poems
Pay: £250 for prose, £100 for poetry
Details here.

Extra Teeth
This is a Scottish magazine with an international outlook; they publish fiction and nonfiction. Their guidelines say, “We look for short stories that stick with you, lingering in the memory long after reading, and essays that explore specific interests or issues from a new perspective. We offer a space for writers to be strange, bold and experimental, and to express their unique style however they see fit.” They also offer one or two mentoring spaces per issue for emerging writers.
Deadline: 30 June 2021
Length: 800-4,000 words
Pay: £100
Details here.

Curiouser Magazine
This is an 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: 1 July 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words; up to three poems
Pay: AUD50-140 for short prose, AUD25-40 for poetry
Details here.

This is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine seeking diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 July 2021
Length: 2,000-6,000 words
Pay: $0.04/word
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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