5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in March 2021

Written by S. Kalekar

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

Westerly
They publish short stories, poetry, memoir and creative nonfiction, essays and literary criticism. Non-subscribers will be asked to take magazine subscription as part payment for their work. Scholarly articles are accepted year-round.
Deadline: 19 March 2021
Length: Up to 3,500 words for fiction and creative nonfiction; up to five poems; up to 5,000 words for essays; 500-700 words for reviews
Pay: AUD200 for short stories and articles, AUD120-150 for poetry, AUD120 for visual art/intro essay, AUD100 for reviews
Details here.

Deep Magic
They want clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. They will not publish fiction with graphic violence, mature sexual themes, or profanity. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 March 2020 (see Twitter)
Length: 1,000-40,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word, capped at $599 for stories longer than 7,499 words
Details here.

Escape Artists: PodCastle
PodCastle publishes fantasy short fiction on their website, and in a podcast 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. (Escape Artists’ SF magazine, Escape Pod, is open in March for Black writers, for Black Future Month; general SF submissions resume in April.)
Deadline: 31 March 2021
Length: Up to 6,000 words for PodCastle
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Another magazine open for a brief submission period for fantasy fiction is Lightspeed; they’re open for BIPOC writers’ submissions until 7 March, and for general fantasy fiction submissions during 8-14 March. They pay $0.08/word for stories of 1,500 to 10,000 words.) 

MetaStellar
This magazine was launched in 2020, and they want flash fiction submissions of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. They also accept reviews and essays, though they do not pay for these. 
Deadline: 31 March 2021
Length: Up to 1,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.08/word for fiction
Details here.


The Threepenny Review
This respected quarterly journal is open for submissions. They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and submissions for their ‘Table Talk’ column. They have a shorter reading period this year.
Deadline: 30 April 2021
Length: Up to 4,000 words for stories or memoirs, 1,200-2,500 for critical articles, up to 1,000 words for Table Talk, up to 100 lines for poems
Pay: $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece
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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