5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in April 2020

Written by Emily Harstone

These outlets pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. There are both genre and literary markets in this list.

Translunar Travelers Lounge

The editors of this speculative fiction magazine want fun stories. Their guidelines say, “A fun story, at its core, is one that works on the premise that things aren’t all bad; that ultimately, good wins out. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your story has to be silly or lighthearted (though it certainly can be). Joy can be made all the more powerful when juxtaposed against tragedy. In the end, though, there should be hope, and we want stories that are truly fun for as many different kinds of people as possible.” Also, “Swashbuckling adventure, deadly intrigue, and gleeful romance are some of the most obvious examples of what we’re looking for, but we won’t say no to more subtle or complicated topics, as long as they fit under the wider “fun” umbrella.”
Deadline: 15 April 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word ($20 minimum)
Details here.

The Fiddlehead
This Canadian magazine is open to writing and translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. They read short fiction, excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The deadline is for Submittable submissions only – mailed submissions are accepted all year round.
Deadline: 30 April 2020 (for Submittable only)
Length: Up to 6,000 words for fiction or creative nonfiction, up to six poems
Pay: CAD60/page; CAD200 for artwork
Details here.

This magazine publishes fiction that is dark, literary – creepy, weird, and unsettling. Their guidelines say, “No specific sub-genres or themes, just good stories. For inspiration, we suggest “The Twilight Zone”, “The Outer Limits”,” – and also the first volume of their stories. They do not want work about vampires, zombies, werewolves, serial killers, hitmen, excessive gore or sex. They also accept reprints. They can accept only 300 submissions a month during their reading period (see guidelines).
Deadline: 15 May 2020
Length: Up to 7,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word, up to $150
Details here.

They want stories and features for children aged 8-13 years, with the majority being in the 9-12-year range. The content is designed to appeal to bright children who are confident and independent readers. The work should have not been published before in the UK.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: Up to 1,300 words (see guidelines); 800 words for features
Pay: £105 per short story, or per instalment for a two-part story; £105 per feature
Details here (download Author’s Guidelines).

We Will Remember Freedom Podcast
This fiction podcast is looking for work that meets at least one of the three criteria:
– be by an author who identifies as an anarchist or with another political tradition that opposes state authority, capitalism, and other oppressive hierarchies
– takes place in a society without state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies
– involves struggle against state authority, capitalism, or other oppressive hierarchies
They are open to fantasy, science fiction, horror, or stories with no speculative elements whatsoever. Their guidelines also say, “While we are aiming this podcast at a primarily anarchist audience, we are actively excited about publishing work from other political traditions that share an antiauthoritarian, pro-community worldview.” The guidelines say this is primarily a reprint market, because of the pay.
Deadline: Ongoing
Length: 2,000-7,000 words
Pay: $0.01/word
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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