Written by S. Kalekar February 2nd, 2023

Five Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in February 2023

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre outlets. Not all of them are open through the month.

Planet Scumm
They publish fiction, including flash fiction, and they’re reading submissions for Issue 17. They want sci-fi of all kinds, and speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream.
Deadline: 21 February 2023
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.06/word
Details here.

They publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. “We like to balance each quarterly issue between science fiction and fantasy, dark and light, serious and humorous, hard and soft science fiction, and longer and shorter works.” Their pay rates have doubled in 2023. They also accept artwork.
Deadline: 28 February 2023
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction
Pay: $0.03/word; “minimum payment of $50 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry”
Details here.

Electric Lit
They have reading periods for non-members of Electric Lit. They will open in February for The Commuter – poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives – “We encourage writers to push the boundaries of what is considered fiction”; and Recommended Reading, which is  longer fiction. They are always open for detailed essay pitches.
Reading periods: 1-12 February for Recommended Reading; 13-19 February 2023 for The Commuter; always open for essay pitches
Length: Fiction up to 1,500 words, 4-6 poems for The Commuter; fiction of 2,000-10,000 words for Recommended Reading
Pay: $100 for The Commuter, $300 for Recommended Reading
Details here and here.

(Mud Season Review will also open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in February; they will close end-February, or when their submission cap is reached. They pay $50. Details here.)

This is the magazine of the Munster Literature Centre, and they accept poetry and fiction.
Deadline: 28 February for poetry; 31 March for fiction
Length: Up to 5,000 words for fiction; up to 4 poems
Pay: €250 per short story, €40 per poem
Details here and here.

The Ex-Puritan
This Canadian magazine used to be called The Puritan. They publish fiction, nonfiction, experimental/hybrid work, interviews, reviews, and poetry. You can read more about their new hybrid submissions section as well as their name change here. They accept a limited number of fee-free submissions every month.
Deadline: 25 March 2023, or until filled, for Spring issue; reads year-round
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for nonfiction (see guidelines)
Pay: CAD200 per essay; CAD150 for fiction; CAD100 per interview or review; CAD35 per poem (or page, capped at CAD120); CAD50+ per experimental or hybrid work, at an increasing scale depending on the nature of the piece
Details here and here.

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


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