Written by S. Kalekar May 6th, 2021

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in May 2021

These magazines pay for fiction, and one of them also publishes nonfiction, poetry, and translations. They are all open through May.

They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and essays. They are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; they do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing. All work submitted to them will be considered for print and online publishing.
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Length: No word limits – one essay or short story; up to five poems
Pay: $10/page of prose, $20/page of poetry, up to $150
Details here.

One Story
They publish one literary fiction story per issue, which can be of any style and on any subject. Their guidelines say, “We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” Regarding reprints, if a story has been published in print (not online) outside of North America, it will be considered. They also accept translations. Apart from cash, they also give 25 contributor copies as payment.
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500
Details here.
(Teenaged writers might be interested in One Teen Story, which accepts fiction via a competition; submissions will open in fall 2021.)

Scare Street: Night Terrors
They want short horror stories with a focus on ghosts, the supernatural, paranormal, monsters, and dark tales for their Night Terrors anthology. They want work that is dark and literary.
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Length: 3,000-7,000 words
Pay: “$10 per 1,000 words” ($0.01/word)
Details here.

(Another anthology that seeks supernatural fiction is Railroad Tales, by Midnight Street Press; they want stories “that involve the supernatural in connection with railroads, railways, or any aspect of rail travel or location. The stories should be set at any point in the past and be historically accurate where appropriate.” Send stories of 2,000-10,000 words; pay is £50, and the deadline is 31 May 2021.)

Escape Artists: Escape Pod
This is an online and audio science fiction magazine. Their guidelines say, “We are fairly flexible on what counts as science (we’ll delve into superheroes or steampunk on occasion) and are interested in exploring the range of the genre. We want stories that center on science, technology, future projections, and/or alternate history, and how any or all of these things intersect with people.” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 May 2021
Length: 1,500-6,000 words (longer for reprints)
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here (guidelines) and here (schedule).

(An associated market, PseudoPod, is also open. They want reprints of horror fiction. Pay is $20 for flash reprints, $100 for short fiction reprints; the deadline is 31 July 2021.)

This is a new magazine. They will debut in August 2021. They are reading crime, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thriller short stories. Their website says, “Uncharted Magazine is the newest platform from the team behind The Masters Review, CRAFT Literary, Fractured Lit, and The Voyage Journal. Using the skills and expertise we developed to bring those magazines to life, we hope to uplift writers of the stories that we always fall back upon when we seek a thrilling escape, a surprising new world, or a brain-twisting mystery.” They plan to read stories throughout the year.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 1,000-5,000 words
Pay: $200
Details here and 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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