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10 PAYING LIT MAGS - Deadlines: July 12 - Aug 15, 2018

The literary magazines/journals listed below all offer some form of payment, do not charge submission/reading fees, and have submission deadlines between now and August 15, 2018.
This list focuses on poetry submissions, but most lit mags accept prose and art as well. The listings are in order of closest deadlines.

The Stinging Fly

DEADLINE: July 12, 2018


NOTES: publishes work by Irish and international writers

FORMS: poetry, short stories

FORMAT: print

PAYMENT: "With a limited budget, we are only in a position to offer contributors a discretionary token payment. They also receive a copy of the issue in which their work is featured and can order further copies at a discounted rate."

Helios Quarterly Magazine

DEADLINE: July 15, 2018


THEME: Infinite Regression

FORMS: "We do not wish to limit on theme or genre. In Issue 01, we accepted a variety of forms from flash fiction to long form personal essays to whimsical poetry."

PAYMENT: Varies depending on form. Short stories pays $0.03 USD per word; Poetry pays $0.25 USD a line up to 100 lines.

Malahat Review


DEADLINE: July 15, 2018


NOTES: "The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is among Canada's leading literary journals. Published quarterly, it features contemporary Canadian and international works . . ."

FORMS: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction

PAYMENT: "The Malahat Review purchases first world serial print and digital rights and, upon acceptance, pays $50 CAD per published page plus a one-year subscription starting with the issue after the one in which the accepted work has appeared. Two copies of the issue in which the accepted work has appeared are sent to each contributor."


Enchanted Conversation

DEADLINE: July 20, 2018


NOTES: Fairy-tale inspired stories and poems only. Read guidelines carefully.

FORMS: Poetry, fiction, essays, script excerpts

PAYMENT: Story pay: $30, Poem pay: $10. US dollars only. Paypal payment only.

NonBinary Review

DEADLINE: July 24, 2018

THEME: Wind in the Willows


PAYMENT: "NonBinary Review asks for first worldwide electronic rights, and pays 1 cent per word for fiction and nonfiction, $10 flat rate for poetry, and $25 flat rate for art."

FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art



DEADLINE: July 31, 2018

THEME: Magic


NOTES: Writing by women, including trans* persons, gender-variant and two-spirit women, and women of non-binary sexual orientations, any theme for this issue

FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and art

PAYMENT: "All contributors will be paid upon publication: $50 CAD for one page, $60 for two pages, $90 for three pages, $120 for four pages, $150 for five or more pages."

The Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR)

DEADLINE: July 31, 2018


FORMS: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction

PAYMENT: $200 for poetry, $1,000 for prose




DEADLINE: July 31, 2018


NOTES: "Crannóg's mission is to publish the work of Irish writers alongside the best available worldwide and to show how well such writing sits with the best available internationally."

FORMS: poetry under 50 lines, short stories under 2,000 words

PAYMENT: Writers selected to appear in Crannóg will receive:
* A contributor's copy and €30 per story, €20 per poem.
* An invitation to attend/read at the launch of Crannóg at The Crane Bar, Galway, Ireland.
* Four contributors will be nominated for the Forward Prize for best single poem, in memory of Michael Donaghy.
* Six contributors will be nominated for The Pushcart Prize, (poetry and fiction).


The First Line

DEADLINE: August 1, 2018

THEME: "The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air."


FORMS: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction

PAYMENT: "We pay on publication: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You’ll receive your money and issue at the same time."

Outlook Springs

(see editor interview here)

DEADLINE: August 15, 2018


FORMS: fiction, non-fiction, poetry

FORMAT: print and online features

PAYMENT: Payment is $10 for poems, $25 for prose. (Via PayPal)

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3 replies »

  1. Thanks for collecting info and posting Trish. I’m happy to say that three pieces of mine are upcoming in Outlook Springs which I think I first discovered reading these pages. Keep up the good work.

    Victor David

    • Wonderful news! Congrats! Outlook Springs has some amazing editors and artists putting that print mag together. Thanks so much for letting me know. I love to hear about my readers’ successes!

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