5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in January 2020

Written by S. Kalekar

These literary markets pay writers for fiction, and some also pay for nonfiction and poetry. They are a mix of literary and genre markets, and do not charge a submission fee, or they have fee-free options. Not all of them are open throughout the month.

Cossmass Infinities
This is a science fiction and fantasy short story magazine. They also publish reprints.
Deadline: 12 January 2020
Length: 2,000-10,000 words
Pay: $0.08/word
Details here.

Ploughshares
This prestigious literary magazine accepts fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. They greatly prefer receiving submissions via their online system (which are charged for non-subscribers), but they also accept mailed submissions, which are free. Also see Ploughshares Solos for submitting longer works of fiction and nonfiction; and they accept queries for Look2Essays, which are about underappreciated or overlooked writers.
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Length: Up to 6,000 words for prose, up to 5 pages for poetry
Pay: $45/page, up to $450
Details here.

The Stinging Fly
This Irish magazine publishes fiction and poetry from Ireland and abroad, and they have a particular interest in promoting the short story. They also publish commissioned essays, occasional author interviews and novel extracts, and have a ‘Featured Poet’ section by poets working toward their first collection (see guidelines). They welcome translations of poetry and prose.
Deadline: 16 January 2020
Length: No length guidelines for fiction; up to 3 poems
Pay: €25/page for fiction and nonfiction; €40 for single poem/magazine page; €200 for Featured Poet
Details here.

Nashville Review
This literary magazine accepts fiction, nonfiction (memoir excerpts, essays, and imaginative meditations), translations, poetry, and comics. Submissions for literary comics are open year-round.  
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Length: Up to 8,000 words for prose, including novel extracts; up to 3 poems; anything from one-page comics (no single-frame cartoons) to graphic novel excerpts
Pay: $100 for prose and art, $25 for poetry
Details here.

Gallery of Curiosities
This is an audio venue for speculative fiction stories. Their guidelines say, “This project is a comfortable two-headed beast at play in the curious and often dark corners of retropunk fiction. That means steampunk, dieselpunk, dreadpunk, bronzepunk, others that haven’t even been invented yet punk … but not atompunk.” Anything set after WW2 is a hard sell – take a look at the editors’ preferences and hard sells on the guidelines page. They also accept reprints.
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Length: Up to 7,500 words
Pay: $0.04/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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