Call for Submissions

9 NEW $$ PAYING $$ LIT MAGS Currently open for submissions


The literary magazines/journals listed below are recently established or considered to be “fledgling” on Duotrope. All offer some form of payment and are currently open to submissions. Fledging journals are a great way to cut your teeth if you’ve never been published, often have faster response times, and may be more personable to work with. Their readership is often lower than more established magazines, but if you like the overall style of the magazine, why not support it and start what may continue to be an ongoing partnership? Several lit mags promote and share work of their previous authors, feature writers they particularly like, and nominate for awards such as Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Take a look at the list I’ve provided below, read the submission guidelines carefully, and select pieces to send that you think best fit their aesthetic.

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The 3288 Review

DEADLINE: November 30, 2016 (for next issue, always open)


NOTES: “While we accept work from anywhere, our stated editorial goal is to publish works created by authors and artists who live in or have some connection to West Michigan. Where we must make a choice, these works will be given precedence.”

FORMS: poetry, prose, photography, reviews

PAYMENT: 1-5 poems published – $25.00; 6-10 poems published – $50.00; Prose 1,000 to 2,500 words – $25.00; Prose between 2,500 and 7,500 words – $50.00; Prose 7,500  to 15,000 words – $75.00; Collections of Photography, Illustration or Artwork (up to 5 pieces) – $25.00; Collections of Photography, Illustration or Artwork (6 to 10 pieces) – $50.00



DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: “Submissions of previously published work is accepted if it was previously published in print or in an online venue that is no longer available.” Offers an option for the writer payment to be donated, see below.

FORMS: “poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good.”

PAYMENT: “concīs pays $12.50 per piece for publication on the web site and as part of a seasonal collection/ebook/PDF (possibly in multiple e-reading formats). Upon acceptance, authors will be given an option to donate their payments to Room to Read (a 4-star charity promoting literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and Africa). Donations will be matched by concīs.”


Devolution Z

DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: “Short fiction or poetry based on zombies or any other horror subgenre.”

FORMS: Short fiction or poetry

PAYMENT: Token to semi-pro (per Duotrope)


Duckbill Anthology – CLOSED

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines


NOTES: “We accept simultaneous submissions and will consider previously published work, however preference will be given to unpublished material. Please include all publication information where applicable.”

FORMS: flash fiction and poetry

PAYMENT: “We currently pay a flat fee of $5 for any published piece”


Impressment Gang 

DEADLINE: Always open


FORMS: Poetry, fiction, non-fiction (reviews are also accepted, but are not paid)

PAYMENT: “We pay our contributors the sum of $25. We are working hard to increase this drastically to what we think they deserve. But right now, it’s all we got. Contributors also receive two copies of their featured issue.”


The Indianola Review

READING PERIOD: April 15 through December 15

IMPORTANT UPDATE: “The Indianola Review is temporarily closed to submissions while we catch up on our backlog. We will reopen very soon. Stay connected with us on Twitter (@IndianolaReview) for updates. We apologize for any inconvenience.”


NOTES: They offer a 48 hour fiction response for $7.50 submission fee. All other submissions are free, except for contests and tip jar submissions.

FORMS:  fiction, poetry, nonfiction, miscellaneous, artwork

PAYMENT: “For now, our rates are decidedly “token” but will grow with our readership.”

FICTION: Over 2,500 Words: $50 / Under 2,500 Words: $25

POETRY: $5 per page (maximum $25)

NONFICTION: Over 2,500 Words: $75 / Under 2,500 Words: $50

MISCELLANEOUS: $5 per page (maximum $25)

ARTWORK: $50 for Cover Artwork


Outlook Springs

READING PERIODS: September 15 – January 15 / March 15 – July 15


NOTES: “Outlook Springs is a magazine devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange.”

FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction

PAYMENT: “For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.”



DEADLINE: Submissions are rolling – always free, always open.


NOTES: “All poems are of four lines or fewer.”

FORMS:  poetry, some art (non-paying)

PAYMENT: “Quatrain.Fish is a paying publisher. And for our one measly dollar (twenty-five cents a line!), we’re buying neverending nonexclusive web rights.”


Whiteside Review

DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: “A new publication that explores the probable, as well as the possible through speculative fiction, art, and the occasional poem as humankind colonizes the solar system. Suggested themes: colonizing planets in the solar system, evolution/devolution of humanity on other planets (physical/cultural/etymological/ideological), first contact with other species, etc.”

FORMS:  poetry, fiction, art

PAYMENT: “Payment upon publication is a flat fee of $5 USD. Payment will be made exclusively through Paypal. All rights to published work revert back to the author upon publication.”


6 replies »

  1. FYI, I am working on a public Google doc of all the places to submit poetry online for free. I’m only about 1/4 of the way through editing it to add the reading periods but it is up with links in alphabetical order:

    Full disclosure, I am probably going to change my blog focus and copy you. I’m going to add posts about these publications and their submission calls. But of course, I will definitely still share your blog posts too! 🙂

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  2. Trish, you might want to let the Indianola Review know that their submittable link is saying there are no open calls for submission even though their website says they are open.


    On Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 11:54 AM, Trish Hopkinson wrote:

    > tlhopkinson posted: ” The literary magazines/journals listed below are > recently established or considered to be “fledgling” on Duotrope. All offer > some form of payment and are currently open to submissions. Fledging > journals are a great way to cut your teeth if you’ve neve” >

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