10 (more) Literary Journals that Pay Writers

Written by Emily Harstone | December 11, 2015

One of the most popular articles we’ve published is a list of 10 journals that pay their writers. You can read that article here.

This list is a collection of 10 more journals that pay. Not all are currently open to submissions, but most are. All publish creative work. Some pay well, others offer a token payment, but all pay more than a contributors copy.

None of these journals charge submission fees.

1. The Capilano Review

A print literary journal based out of Canada they publish poetry and prose. Contributors are paid $50 per published page to a maximum of $150. To learn more visit their website here.

2. Breath and Shadows

They publish only authors who have disabilities, although they define that term broadly. The pay scale is $5 – $15 for poetry, $15 – $25 for fiction, and $15 – $25 for nonfiction. To learn more visit their website here.

3. Contrary Magazine

Contrary Magazine publishes short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poetry. They pay $20 per author per issue, length of the piece does not factor into the payment. To learn more, visit their website here.

4. Workers Write!

They focus on publishing working class literature. They want to collect the stories and poems about jobs that define who we are as individuals and communities. They pay between $5 and $50, depending on length and rights. To learn more or to submit, visit their website here

5. Wherewithal

They publish poetry. They offer a token payment of $10 per poem. To learn more, visit their website here.

6. Upstreet

A respected literary journal. They offer between $50 and $150 for poems, and between $50 and $250 for short stories or essays. If your work is accepted you will also receive a contributor copy.  Learn more here.

7. The Sun

A wonderful advertisement free magazine. They pay from $300 to $2,000 for essays and interviews, $300 to $1,500 for fiction, and $100 to $200 for poetry. They also give contributors a complimentary one-year subscription to The Sun. Learn more here.

8. THELMA

A literary journal that pays $25 for short stories, $10 for flash fiction and poetry. To learn more, visit their website here.

9. Qu

Qu, the literary journal of Queens Collage in Canada pays $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem (Canadian). To learn more visit their website.

10. Spark

Spark: A Creative Anthology offers contributors 2¢ per word or $20 per work for unpublished writing. They publish poetry and short stories.  Visit their website here.

Bio: Emily Harstone is the pen name of an author whose work has been published internationally by a number of respected journals. She is a professional submissions adviser. You can follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/emilyharstone/