Written by S. Kalekar November 4th, 2021

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in November 2021

These markets pay for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Most are open for submissions now; one is scheduled to open for submissions later this month.


Escape Artists: PodCastle and Cast of Wonders
Apart from their CatsCast submission call (which closes in 2022), two magazines in the Escape Artists suite are open/will open submissions in November.
— 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.
Deadline: 30 November 2021
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
— Cast of Wonders is a young adult (YA) fiction website and podcast. They want “Stories that evoke a sense of wonder, have deep emotional resonance, and have something unreal about them. We aim for a 12-17 age range: that means sophisticated, non-condescending stories with wide appeal, and without gratuitous or explicit sex, violence or pervasive obscene language.” They want fantasy, science fiction, horror (not visceral), comedy, steampunk, age-appropriate paranormal romance, superheroes and many other genres – “All that matters is adherence to our core concept and that critical spark of wonder.” They do not exclusively define YA as stories featuring children or young adult characters, and would particularly like to receive more stories about older people having first experiences. They accept translations and reprints, as well.
Reading period: 15 November-20 December 2021 (see schedule)
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.
(Another speculative fiction market that’s open now is Scare Street’s Night Terrors anthology. Pay is $10/1,000 words for stories up to 7,000 words. The deadline is 30 November 2021.)

Matter Press: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
They want compressed creative arts. “We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.”
Deadline: 15 December 2021
Length: Up to 600 words (varies for Topical Thursdays and Triptych submissions)
Pay: $50
Details here.

Gumshoe Review
They publish short fiction mysteries and nonfiction articles about the mystery field.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 1,000 words
Pay: $0.05/word, up to $50
Details here.

(Berkeley Fiction Review is another magazine that is open for submissions now, and accepts fiction, comics, art, and visuals. Pay is $25.)

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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