Written by S. Kalekar September 3rd, 2020

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in September 2020

These literary magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they are a mix of genre and literary outlets. Not all of them are open through the month. Also see this list for markets open for brief submission periods in September, and this one for outlets open for themed submission calls.

Broken Pencil
This is a Canadian publication of zine culture and independent arts. They are currently open for fiction submissions via Submittable. They sometimes accept pitches for nonfiction. They do not publish poetry.
Deadline: 15 September 2020 for fiction
Length: Up to 3,000 words for fiction
Pay: CAD50-100 for fiction
Details here (guidelines) and here (Submittable).

The Puritan
This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction – interviews, essays and reviews – and poetry from all over the world. Deadline: 25 September 2020 for Fall issue; reads year-round
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for nonfiction (see guidelines)
Pay: $200 (Canadian) per essay; $150 for fiction; $100 per interview or review; $25 per poem (or page, capped at $80)
Details here.

This is a fantasy magazine. They publish stories in an audio format and online. They are open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story. 
Deadline: 30 September 2020
Length: Up to 6,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word; $20-100 for reprints
Details here (submission portal), here (guidelines), and here (schedule).

Underland Arcana
This magazine is published four times a year. Their guidelines say they want “short fiction that veers into the numinous, the esoteric, the supernatural, and the weird. We like these stories to be mildly speculative, fantastic, mysterious, and/or horrific (if you prefer genre tags). We’re not terribly keen on stories that splash through gore, but we don’t mind the grotesque. We prefer character-driven pieces, but will pause and admire works that are exceptionally experimental in tone, style, and presentation.”  If they also publish the work elsewhere after it is on the website – as an eBook or collected print edition – they will also pay royalties.  
Deadline: 1 October 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word for work published on website
Details here.

St Anthony Messenger
This is a Catholic monthly magazine. Apart from articles, they also accept fiction and poetry. Their guidelines say, “Stories that sound more like essays or monologues with no dialogue or interaction on the part of the characters will not succeed.” Also, “Dialogue should move the story forward and sound real—the way people speak in real life.” For features they want pitches, not unsolicited submissions.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 2,000-2,500 words for fiction; up to 2,000 words for features; up to 20 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.20/word for prose, $2/line for poetry
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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