I started compiling a list of literary magazines that pay writers and have no submission fee simply because I’m broke. I’m a college student, and while a $3 fee per submission doesn’t seem like a lot— it adds up.
The submission process is a game. I’ll submit one story to multiple magazines and expect multiple rejections in return. Everything about the submission process takes time: writing the piece, editing, submitting, organizing submissions, and more.
I love writing, but it is a time commitment. Having lists of journals that fit certain criteria helps to streamline the process.
Many literary magazines that don’t offer payment are still amazing journals with phenomenal people behind them. However, it feels good to be rewarded for your writing. I wish you all the best of luck with the submission process.
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 5000 words) and poetry.
Banshee: A Literary Journal
Publishes stories, essays, flash fiction, and poetry.
Publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, hybrid, translations, and reviews.
Pays: $100/prose that is six pages or under, $200/prose that is over six pages, $20/poem benningtonreview.org
Blue Marble Review
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (under 1500 words) and poetry by writers between the ages of 13 – 22.
Blue Route, The
Publishes fiction and poetry by undergraduate students only.
Publishes any creative work that is philosophically informed.
Pays: $200/piece $50/poetry
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Publishes feminist prose (max 3000 words) and poetry
Pays: $50 for one page, $75 for two pages, $100 for three, $125 for four pages, and $150 for five pages or more.
Cincinnati Review, The
Publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid, and micro (max 500 words).
Pays: $25/per a page of fiction, $30/per a page of poetry in the print journal
City. River. Tree.
Publishes any genre with a word limit of 100 – 500.
Pays: $0.02/word ($2 min, $10 max)
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 6000 words), flash (max 1000 words), and micro-fiction has a focus on writings that deal with craft.
Pays: $200/fiction and nonfiction $100/flash
Publishes fiction (max 5000 words), nonfiction, and poetry that deal with feminist folktales and myths.
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Publishes fiction and nonfiction between 2000 – 5000, flash fiction 500 – 1500, poetry, reviews, and interviews.
Publishes fiction and nonfiction between 800 – 4000 words.
Fiction Desk, The
Publishes fiction between 1000 – 10000 words.
Pays: £25 per thousand words
Publishes flash and micro fiction.
Pays: $50/micro and $75/flash
Publishes fiction, poetry, and flash (max 1000 words)
Pays: $10/per a page for fiction (up to a maximum of $100) $25/flash and poetry.
Publishes fiction/nonfiction (max 3500 words), poetry, comics, and plays.
Pays: $50/per a page with a max payment of $250
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 8000 words) and reviews.
Publishes fiction, poetry, essay, and reviews. Short content and prioritizes emerging and marginalized writers.
Publishes anti-colonial experimental prose and poetry.
Malahat Review, The
Publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translations.
Pays: CAD $70/page
Matter Press: Journal of Compressed Creative Arts
Publishes all forms compressed writing (flash, micro prose poetry).
Middle House Review
Publishes fiction (max 7000 words), flash (max 2000 words), poetry.
Publishes prose, poetry, reviews, and creative nonfiction from nonbinary and those who identify and women writers.
Pays: $175/prose and $25/poem
Mud Season Review
Publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry
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Publishes fiction, flash, poetry, nonfiction
Pays: $50/piece, $25/poem and flash
Publishes prose and poetry that is dark, speculative, and surreal.
Pays: 2p per word/fiction, 20p per line/poetry
New Yorker, The
Publishes fiction, poems, and translations
Publishes fiction between 3,000 – 8,000 words and translations.
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 3000 words), poetry.
Pays: $120/fiction and nonfiction $50/poem
Paranoid Tree Press
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 400 words) and poetry.
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 2000 words) and poetry (max 500 words).
Pays: $10/fiction and nonfiction $5/poetry
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 3500 words) and poetry all by marginalized genders.
Pays: Between CAD $50 – $200
Publishes flash narratives, nonfiction, hybrid, fiction (max 1000 words).
Publishes fiction and nonfiction between 1000 – 2500 words and flash (max 700 words)
Sunlight Press, The
Publishes personal essays, fiction, poetry, reviews.
Pays: $40/essays, $40/fiction, $30/first poem accepted ($10 for additional poems) thesunlightpress.com
Threepenny Review, The
Publishes poems, stories, critical articles, and memoire.
Pays: $400/story and $200/poem
Publishes fiction and nonfiction (max 3000 words), poems, and translations
Vast Chasm Magazine
Publishes fiction, nonfiction (max 5000 words), poetry, hybrid, genreless writing
Velvet Giant, A
Publishes genreless writing
Pays: $20 per an author
VIDA Review, The
Publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, and interviews by marginalized groups
West Review, The
Publishes poetry and will very rarely publish prose