Written by S. Kalekar October 7th, 2021

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in October 2021

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

Unnerving Magazine
This magazine accepts short story and poetry submissions of horror and suspense, generally leaning toward horror. Their guidelines say, “Sex, gore and violence are welcome in moderation. Action over emotion, every time.
Please no hard science fiction, sword and sorcery fantasy, romance, humor that isn’t sinister or literary works that venture so far into experimental that they become nonsense, no cop dramas unless hard boiled gumshoe, no fan fiction, no war stories, no stories where rape is the lead character’s motivator, and no blatant rip-offs. No Lovecraft characters, locations, or wording.” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 October 2021
Length: 1,500-8,000 words for fiction, 12-100 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.03/word for fiction, $0.20/line for poetry
Details here.
(Also open now is Factor Four Magazine – they want flash speculative fiction, specifically science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these, and pay $0.11/word for stories up to 1,000 words.)

Kissing Dynamite
They are open for poetry microchap submissions, for print publication in 2022. They want submissions of poetry – previously published poems are acceptable as long as the collection as a whole has not appeared elsewhere (either digitally or in print). Visual images are acceptable. Manuscripts should not exceed 15 pages, inclusive of all content. They ask writers to pay what they can, if they can, though submissions need not be accompanied by payment.
Deadline: 31 October 2021
Length: Up to 15 pages, all-inclusive
Pay: $50
Details here.
(Submissions are also open for chapbook manuscripts from Dream Pop Press – the genres are poetry, speculative poetry, and hybrid work of 20-50 pages. They lean heavily toward more experimental, non-narrative work. Payment is $200, and the deadline is 31 October 2021.)

One Story
They accept literary fiction, and publish one story a month. “We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.” They do consider reprints, provided the story has been published in print format only, outside of North America. Apart from cash, accepted writers also get 25 contributor copies.
Deadline: 14 November 2021
Length: 3,000-8,000 words
Pay: $500
Details here (guidelines) and here (Submittable).
(Submissions are also open for two other opportunities: One Story’s Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship, for an early-career writer of fiction who has not yet published a book and is not currently nor has ever been enrolled in an advanced degree program such as an MA or MFA in Creative Writing, English, or Literature, and has no plans to attend one in the 2022 calendar year; the prize is a stipend of $2,000 and entry into their July 2022 summer conference, free classes, mentorship, and manuscript review, and the deadline is 10th October 2021. The One Teen Story contest is open, as well – they want stories of 2,000-4,500 words in any genre about the teen experience, from writers ages 13 to 19. The prize is $500, and the deadline is 19th November 2021.)

New Southern Fugitives
They publish literary, mainstream, and experimental fiction, as well as essays, poetry, art, and book reviews.
Deadline: 30 November 2021
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction and nonfiction, up to three poems, up to 1,000 words for reviews
Pay: $15/page up to $105 for fiction and nonfiction, $40 per poem or book review or photo/art
Details here.

They publish fiction, poetry, and nonfiction – criticism, news analysis, essays, or film or book reviews. For nonfiction, they accept pitches as well as complete submissions. They publish work geared explicitly to the anti-capitalist left.  They accept submissions/pitches for online work on an ongoing basis, while calls are announced on their social media for print.
Deadline: Ongoing for online
Length: 1,500-4,500 words for nonfiction; 1,000-4,000 words for fiction; up to 5 poems
Pay: Starts at $175 for film and book reviews, at $200 for essays, at $100 for fiction; $30 for poetry
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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