Literary Journals That Pay for Poetry & Fiction

In the 1940’s, Ray Bradbury was able to financially support himself and his family by writing one short story a week, selling them to magazines that paid cash for first publication rights. While the science fiction community today generally pays $.08 a word or higher, most non-genre writers are used to giving their work away for free. Literary journals are often underfunded, the editors themselves volunteers.

As online publications have grown in popularity, though, literary journals that do pay are making a comeback. Below, please find a personal list I’ve compiled of lit mags that do pay short story writers and poets for their work. This is a list I personally use when making submissions and it’s my hopes that it’ll be of help to you.

A few caveats:

— Information is current at the time of publication, but rates may change between now and when you read this.

— I have not included journals that only publish writers of a certain gender, race, national origin, etc. I’m sharing this list to help the larger short fiction and poetry communities. If the outlets listed don’t work with that full community, then the list won’t help as many people.

— I also haven’t included outlets like The Sun, The New Yorker, Saturday Evening Post, etc. (Not only are they pretty much on every other list already, they aren’t literary journals. They’re magazines.)

— Journals that charge writers to submit are NOT listed. It does no one any good to say “these outlets pay” if you have to pay them to read your stuff.

— With love to the genre community — which I’m a proud member of, I also didn’t include science fiction or fantasy outlets. (As with The New Yorker, etc, these are also readily found on multiple existing lists. Writers are best served by just checking SFWA’s qualifying market updates.)

— You also won’t find places like McSweeney’s Quarterly or The Baffler, which do pay, because they don’t provide submitters with any hard financial range.

— Payment at non-US markets has been converted to USD, using exchange rates at time of publication.

And now, THE LIST. I’ve ordered journals from lowest to highest paying. If a publication pays different amounts for fiction vs poetry (or for micro vs flash, etc), each rate has its own listing. If no genre’s listed, then the pay rate is “per piece.”

All Guts No Glory $5

Corvid Queen $5

Filthy Loot $5

Folded $5

Page & Spine — micro up to 150 words $5

Raconteur Mag — poetry $5

Serotonin Poetry $5

Page & Spine — poetry $7

Fun For Kidz — poetry $10+

Lumin $10

Nectar Poetry $10

Outlook Springs — poetry & flash $10

Page & Spine — flash up to 500 words $10

Raconteur Mag — prose $10

Ruminate — “Waking” section $10

Terse Journal $10

The Arcanist $10

The Colored Lens $10

The Waking $10

The West Review $10

THEMA — poetry & flash $10

Third Point Press $10

Unstamatic $10

Volney Road Review $10

Yellow Arrow $10

Malefaction Mag — poetry $13.97 (USD — rate is 10 pounds)

Bracken Magazine — poetry $15

Doubly Mad $15

Light and Dark Magazine $15

Raleigh Review $15

Smarty Pants Magazine for Kids $15

The Copperfield Review — poetry $15

Tinderbox Poetry Journal $15

Utopia Science Fiction $15

What Wonderful Things $15

CAROUSEL — poetry $15.96 (USD, rate is 20 CAD )

The Short Story $18.22(USD, rate is 15 euro )

The Puritan — poetry $19.82 (USD, rate is 25 CAD)

Curiouser Magazine — poetry $19.86 (USD, rate is 25 AUD )

A Velvet Giant $20

AGNI — fiction $10-$150

AGNI — poetry $20-$150

Bennington Review — poetry $20

Breath & Shadow — poetry $20

Cherry Tree $20

CHILLFILTR $20

Contrary Magazine $20

Flash Fiction Online — reprints $10+ ($0.02 per word)

Her Stry $20

Matchbook Lit Mag $20

Minola Review $20

Page & Spine — prose 501–3,000 words $20-$30

Ruminate Magazine — poetry $20+

Spartan $20

Split Lip Magazine — print $20+ ($5 per page with a $20 minimum)

The Copperfield Review — fiction $20

VIDA Review $20

Writer Shed Press $20

Malefaction Mag — flash fiction $20.95 (USD, rate is 15 pounds)

CŌNFINGŌ MAGAZINE $24.30 (USD, rate is 20 euro)

Dream of Shadows $24.30 (USD, rate is 20 euro )

All Due Respect $25

Berkeley Fiction Review $25

Black Telephone Magazine $25​

Claw & Blossom $25

Honeyguide Magazine $25

Middle House Review $25

Nashville Review — poetry $25

Newfound $25

Outlook Springs — longer fiction $25

Penny $25

Perpetual Motion Machine $25

River Styx $25-$150 — per their website, depending on length & “our finances”

Rivet Journal $25

The Maine Review — poetry & flash $25

The Offing $25–100 “depending on department and number/length of works published”

The Wanderer $25

THEMA — longer fiction $25

Trampset $25

Malefaction Mag $27.94 (USD, rate is 20 pounds)

Apparition Lit $30+

Breath & Shadow — prose $30

Cincinnati Review — poetry (print only, no pay for site publication) $30

Colorado Review — poetry $30

Timeless Tales Magazine $30

Salamander $35

Curiouser Magazine — prose $39.72 (USD, minimum rate is 50 AUD)

Baltimore Review $40 (via Amazon gift certificate or PayPal)

December Magazine $40-$200

Iowa Review — poetry $40 ($1.50 per line with a $40 minimum)

Penn Review $40

The New Southern Fugitives — poetry $40

The New Southern Fugitives — prose $45-$105

Barrelhouse $50

Book XI — poetry $50

Boulevard — poetry $50-$250

Carve — poetry & nonfiction $50 (charges for online submissions, but print subs are free)

Epoch — poetry $50 (Note this is an American publication, not the British lit mag of the same name.)

Fractured Lit — microfiction $50

Frontier Poetry $50-$150

MARY $50

Mud Season Review $50

Natural Bridge $50

New England Review — online $50 ($20 per page with $50 minimum)

Palette Poetry $50-$150

Paranoid Tree $50

​SmokeLong Quarterly $50

Split Lip Magazine $50 (by PayPal only)

The Carolina Quarterly $50 (print only, no pay​ for online publication)

The Maine Review — longer fiction $50 (offers submission fee hardship waivers)

Upstreet $50-$250

West Branch $50

Funny Times $60

Fractured Lit — flash fiction $75

The Forge $75

The Southampton Review — poetry, print only (no pay for online publication) $75

Flash Fiction Online — new fiction $80

Black Warrior Review $100-$220 (offers occasional no fee submission windows)

Boulevard — prose $100-$300

Carve — fiction $100 (charges for online submissions, but print subs are free)

Chestnut Review $100

CRAFT — flash $100

Iowa Review — prose $100 ($0.08 per word, $100 minimum)

Massachusetts Review — stories, poetry $100

Nashville Review — prose $100

Rattle — online only (print publication rate different) $100

Shenandoah — poetry $100

Shenandoah — prose $100 per 1000 words of prose, $500 max

Slice — poetry $100

The Masters Review — flash (up to 1000 words for New Voices section $100

The Southampton Review — prose (print only, no pay for online publication) $100+

The Puritan — fiction $118.90 (USD, rate is 150 CAD

Extra Teeth $121.48 (USD, rate is 100 euro)

Slice — flash fiction $150

The Puritan — essay $158.54 (USD, rate is 200 CAD)

Book XI — prose $200

Colorado Review — fiction $200

CRAFT — longer prose $200

Rattle — poetry print only (online publication rate different)$200

The Masters Review — longer stories for New Voices section $200

The Threepenny Review — poetry $200

The Virginia Quarterly Review — poetry $200

Massachusetts Review — long prose (7,000–25,000 words) $250

Electric Literature — 2,000–10,000 word fiction $300

Poetry $300+ ($10 per line with $300 minimum)

Slice — longer fiction & essays $400

The Threepenny Review — short story $400

One Story $500

The Virginia Quarterly Review — fiction $1000+

Lor Journal $38.52 (USD, rate is 50 AUD)

Canthius $41.20+ (USD, rate is 50 CAD for 1 page, 75 CAD for 2 pages, 100 CAD for 3, 125 CAD for 4 pages, and 150 CAD for 5+ pages)

That’s it AND GOOD LUCK!

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