Written by Emily Harstone May 8th, 2023

52 Literary Journals and Magazines Open to Genre Work

Most literary journals are interested in literary work, by which they mean, not genre work. The definition of genre is a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.

However, in the context of writing, genre can refer to poetry, prose or nonfiction in terms of form. Or it can be a subject matter classification referring to science fiction, romance, mystery, or various other established types of stories.

Most literary journals assume that you will not submit genre work to them, because many don’t consider it to be literary. This leaves many genre writers with fewer options in terms of short story and poetry publication. However, there are journals that just publish genre work.

The majority of these focus on some form of speculative fiction, including science fiction, horror, and fantasy. But there are also western, romance, and other genre publishers on this list. We tried to focus on literary journals that specialize, not ones that were open to every genre in the book.

Not all of these literary journals are currently open to submissions but many are. A link to their website or our full review of the publisher is embedded in their name. The genres they accept are mentioned in the brief description.

Unlike most literary journals, the majority of these pay.

Old Moon Quarterly
A paying journal that publishes “weird sword-and-sorcery fiction set in a historical paranormal setting or a secondary-world, with a focus on well-rounded characters driving strange action”.

Sci-fi Lampoon
They publish fantasy, sci-fi, and horror themed humor. They publish both flash (under 1000 words) and short fiction (7500 words, MAX). They are also open to high-res art, lampoon classifieds, and ads. They pay a token 5 dollars per accepted piece.

New Myths
A paying market that publishes a range of science fiction and fantasy.

Bone Parade
They publish previously works of magical realism, fabulism, and speculative fiction.

Fanatical is the magazine of sci-fi and fantasy stories based on tabletop games.

The Five-Two
Always open to submissions, this online journal publishes crime poetry.

A literary journal that focuses on publishing a wide range of young adult fiction and nonfiction.

This is an audio science fiction journal that pays. It is run by Escape Artists.

This is a fantasy audio journal that pays. It is run by Escape Artists.

This is a horror audio journal by the publishers of Escape Pod, and pays. It is run by Escape Artists.

Cast of Wonders
This young adult short fiction market, also run by Escape Artists, publishes flash fiction and short stories up to 6,000 words in length. They publish primarily science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

CatsCast publishes speculative cat stories on a monthly basis and they are a paying market, run by Escape Artists.

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
This paying and competitive magazine publishes short stories and novellas in the mystery genre.

The Fantastic Other
They pay a token amount for work of fantasy, and science fiction, sometimes along a theme.

Mystery Tribune 
This online magazine publishes original mysteries as well as interviews and articles about mysteries.

Close to the Bone
This literary journal focuses on regularly publishing gritty fiction about crime. They will also consider western, science fiction and maybe fantasy stories, as long as they are gritty.

Asimov’s Science Fiction
Stories in Asimov’s have won many Hugo and Nebula awards. They pay well.

This is a respected science fiction journal that publishes everything from short stories to novellas. They pay well.

Cowboy Jamboree
They publish short fiction and flash fiction in the western genre, though not traditional western – they describe themselves as a “Grit-lit magazine focused on the rural working class and revisionist western writing.” They are reading for three themed issues, inspired by Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and Larry McMurtry.

Frontier Tales
They publish western and historical short fiction.

Apex Magazine
Apex Magazine is a beautiful publication that publishes science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They are a paying market.

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
They publish every kind of mystery short story: the psychological suspense tale, the deductive puzzle, the private eye case – the gamut of crime and detection, from the realistic to the more imaginative.

Strange Horizons
They have a very low acceptance rates, pay professional rates, and most importantly, they publish very good stories in the science fiction and fantasy genre. They also accept poetry and nonfiction.

The Dark
They have a very quick response time, sometimes within a day, but often within two weeks. They focus on publishing dark fantasy and horror. They pay good rates.

Lightspeed is an established monthly electronic publisher of science fiction and fantasy writing. Many of the works that have been published there have gone on to be nominated for prestigious genre awards, including the Hugo. They pay all of their authors.

The Dark City
This crime and mystery magazine pays their authors.

Clarkesworld Magazine
They publish science fiction and fantasy works in print and eMagazine editions. They are highly respected. They pay good rates.

Augur Magazine
They want “dream-touched realism, slipstream, fabulism, magical realism and, for lack of a better descriptor, “literary” speculative fiction.” They pay professional rates. They publish authors from all backgrounds, but prioritize submissions by writers belonging to historically underrepresented  groups. For funding reasons, they focus primarily on publishing work by Canadian authors. They are open for a themed issue now, Fancy & Fantasy.

Andromeda Spaceways
They accept science fiction, fantasy and supernatural horror works up to 10,000 words in length (subscribers and NZ/Australian writers can submit longer). They accept poetry and nonfiction works as well. They pay all their authors.

Aphelion Webzine
Aphelion Webzine publishes science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Mystery Magazine
This is an online magazine that publishes mystery stories on a monthly basis. Avoid excessive profanity or violence. They are a paying market. They were formerly called Mystery Weekly.

Tell Tale
They publish fantasy and sci fi short stories in an audio format.

Eye to the Telescope
Eye to the Telescope is a quarterly publication for speculative poetry that has been running since 2011.  Speculative poetry they publish includes fantasy, science fiction and horror. They pay. They’re reading submissions on the Trauma theme.

Another Realm
This free publication focuses on science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

The official print journal of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association established in 1978. A paying market that focuses on publishing speculative poetry and nonfiction articles.

Dark Fire
An online horror magazine, geared towards adults.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies
They publish “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. They pay professional rates.

Grim & Gilded
They are looking for stories and poetry steeped in the genres of horror, fantasy, and dark fiction. They read submissions year-round.

Radon Journal
Radon welcomes short story and poetry submissions containing elements of anarchism, transhumanism, dystopia, and/or science fiction. They pay all contributors and try to respond to all submissions within two to four weeks.

Electric Spec
They pay to publish speculative short stories.

Grand Dame Literary
They publish fiction and memoir by women writers of any age. They publish general literary fiction as well as genre work including upmarket women’s fiction, romance, and thrillers.

The Future Fire
They publish speculative short stories and poetry. They pay token rates.

The Fairy Tale Review
They publish prose, poetry, art, nonfiction, drama, and comics, that pertain to/are inspired by fairy tales. They pay.

Three Crows Magazine
They publish dark and weird fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, with complex characters making morally ambiguous decisions. They pay.

Teleport Magazine
They publish short fiction, reviews and articles in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

Lost Colony
This new literary journal focuses on publishing mid-length (between 10,000 and 25,000 words) science fiction and fantasy. They pay $50 per piece.

Uncanny Magazine
They publish and pay for science fiction and fantasy, prose and poetry, including novellas.

Dark Dispatch
A pop culture site devoted to all things dark: dark fantasy, science fiction, horror, and crime. They do not read work submitted outside of reading periods. They pay.

They publish strong genre fiction including crime, fantasy, mystery, romance, science fiction, and horror.

Delicate Friend
Delicate Friend is an adult (18+) arts and literary magazine highlighting romance, yearning, eroticism, and other forms of desire and intimacy. Please only visit their website if you are an adult.

A respected horror podcast.

Crow & Cross Keys
A literary journal focused on publishing fiction, poetry, and flash fiction with a speculative bent.

The Deadlands
A paying speculative fiction market. They accept reprints.  They are mainly looking for works that explore death, dying, grief, loss, Death personified, the afterlife/the underworld, etc. They pay $0.10 per word for short fiction up to 5,000 words, and  $50 per poem.

Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2022 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.




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