Written by S. Kalekar October 1st, 2020

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in October 2020

These markets pay for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re a mix of literary and genre markets, and are open for submissions in October.

Translunar Travelers Lounge
The editors of this speculative fiction magazine want fun stories. Their guidelines say, “A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible.” Also, “Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella.”
Deadline: 15 October 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word ($20 minimum)
Details here.

SmokeLong Quarterly
This magazine publishes flash fiction. See detailed guidelines under ‘Info to Help Increase Your Chances of Publication’. Also see their essay/blog and book reviews guidelines, and Global Flash Series. They also accept submissions by writers under 12 years, though these are unpaid. 
Deadline: Open now
Length: Up to 1,000 words
Pay: $50 for fiction
Details here and here.

Room Magazine
This is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal and they accept work by women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people only. They are open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork.
Deadline: 31 October 2020
Length: Up to 3,500 words for fiction and nonfiction, up to five poems
Pay: $50-150 (Canadian)
Details here.

One Story
They publish literary fiction, 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 publish one story per issue, and also accept translations. Also see details of the One Teen Story writing contest for teenagers.  
Deadline: 14 November 2020
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500
Details here.

The Arkansas International
­­­­­This magazine publishes short stories, essays, poetry, graphic literature, and translations. After they hit their monthly free submissions cap, there is a submission fee.    
Deadline: End-April 2021
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, up to 5 poems
Pay: $20/page, up to $250
Details here.

Author 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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