Written by S. Kalekar

Five Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in December 2022

These magazines accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cross-genre, as well as translations. They’re a mix of literary and genre magazines.

Fieldnotes
They are reading submissions for their fifth issue. “We are seeking non-conforming submissions: ideas in transition, poetry in translation, collaborations and conversations, works between genres, between fiction and theory, between text and image, new poetic modes and things-in-progress.” Mixed submissions of text and image are welcome.
Deadline: 22 December 2022
Length: Up to 4,000 words, or 10 pages; up to 10 pages for images
Pay: £100-200
Details here.

Bennington Review
This literary magazine is associated with Bennington College. They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and film/TV writing (essays, not reviews – see guidelines).
Deadline: 9 January 2023
Length:  Up to 30 pages for fiction and nonfiction, 10-20 pages for film/TV writing, 3-5 poems
Pay: $120 for six pages or fewer, $250 for more than six pages of prose, $25/poem
Details here.

(– The Cincinnati Review accepts fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, translation submissions, and drama queries, for the print magazine from beginning till end-December, or until filled; online features are accepted almost through the year. They pay $25/page for prose and $30/page for poetry for print, $25 for online features. Details here.

— Also, Ploughshares charges non-subscribers for postal submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, but mailed submissions are free. They also publish longer works, and accept queries for Look2 essays, which are essays about lesser-known writers. They pay $45/page, up to $450. The deadline is 15 January 2023. Details here.

–And Ninth Letter publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They do not charge a submission fee for electronic submissions for their print magazine during November and December. They charge for electronic submissions during other times, but it is free to submit by post for their reading period, which ends on 28 February 2023.
Pay is $25/page, up to $150. Details here.)

Bourbon Penn
This is a fiction magazine. “We are looking for highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd.  Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We’re looking for genre / speculative stories and are quite partial to slipstream, cross-genre, magic realism, absurdist, and the surreal.
We want character.  For us, stories live and die by their characters.  We’re looking for fully drawn characters who surprise us with their honesty, complexity, and contradictions.
We want mysterious.  We’re looking for stories that grab the reader, make them ask, “what the hell is going on?” and then deliver on the tease.
We want ideas and we want action.  We love exploring big, philosophical ideas, but we revel in suspenseful plotting.” Please note, they now accept stories via a publishing system, and not by email.
Deadline: Open now
Length: 2,000-7,500 words
Pay: $0.03/word
Details here.

(And Wyldblood Magazine is open for speculative fiction too, science fiction and fantasy. They pay £0.01/word, up to £75. Details here.)

Poetry London
They publish both emerging and established poets. They also accept translations. All reviews are commissioned in advance by the editor. The magazine is published thrice yearly.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 6 poems
Pay: £30/poem (appropriate adjustments may be made for very long poems); review and interview fees agreed in advance, benchmarked at £50/1,000 words
Details here.


Bio: S. Kalekar is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to this magazine. She can be reached here.

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