5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in October 2019

Written by S. Kalekar

These are a mix of literary and genre markets that are open in October 2019, though not all are open throughout the month. All of them pay writers.

Translunar Travelers Lounge
The editors of this speculative fiction magazine want stories that are “fun”. 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.” They are enthusiastic about characters of all genders and sexualities or lack thereof, settings in non-Western cultures, friendship, happy marriages, stories that pass the Bechdel test and/or the Mako Mori test, Afrofuturism, neurodivergent characters, and characters with disabilities. They are not looking for stories with pedophilia and rape, especially stories that glorify those things or use them as cheap ways of sidelining female characters; torture porn; erotica; fanfiction; revenge fantasies against shrewish, nagging wives and girlfriends; or stories about how humanity is basically terrible.
Deadline: 15 October 2019
Length: Up to 5,000 words
Pay: $0.03/word ($20 minimum)
Details here.

The Fiddlehead
This Canadian magazine open to good writing in English or 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 Fiddlehead also publishes reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays. The deadline is for Submittable submissions; mailed submissions are accepted year-round.
Deadline: 30 November 2019 (for Submittable)
Length: Up to 6,000 words for fiction or creative nonfiction, up to six poems
Pay: CAD60/page; CAD40/page for reviews
Details here.

Copper Nickel
­­­­­This prestigious literary journal publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation folios. They publish work by both US-based and overseas writers, though for the latter, payments are subject to a 30% tax which is withheld at the front end. Their submission system can only accept 1,800 submissions per month during a reading period.    
Deadline: 15 December 2019
Length: No length guidelines for fiction and non-fiction; 4-6 poems
Pay: $30/page; $500 each in Editors’ Prizes for a poetry and a prose submission in each issue
Details here.

The Georgia Review
­­­­­This respected literary magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, reviews, and poetry. For fiction and nonfiction, there are no length guidelines – they’ve published work of less than one page in length to more than 60 pages. They don’t charge a fee for postal submissions.
Deadline: 15 May 2020
Length: No guidelines for prose; up to 5 poems
Pay: $50/page for prose, $4/line for poetry
Details here.

Factor Four Magazine
They publish speculative flash fiction, specially science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, super hero, or any combination of these. They also pay for artwork. 
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Up to 1,500 words (sweet spot: 750-1,250 words)
Pay: $0.10/word ($60 minimum)
Details here.

 

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