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40 Literary Journals that Pay via Authors Publish

This list from Authors Publish is a great place to start if you’re looking for paying markets. Have I submitted to some of these? Yes. Have I been rejected? Of course. You’ve probably heard the stories of writers who kept all their rejection letters from coveted magazines and wallpapered their bathrooms with them. Most rejections come electronically these days, but why not plan to receive one from each of these 40? Take the risk, send them your best work. Set a goal to receive a certain number of rejections each year–the benefit is, it will push you to keep submitting–and somewhere along the line, one of your poems may just be the right fit.

And now for the list! Big thanks to Emily Harstone for doing the research and creating such a great resource, as well as big thanks to Authors Publish for sharing the article on their resourceful site!

40 Literary Journals that Pay

Harstone includes a brief description of each publisher and a link to their web site. Note that not all of these markets are currently open for submissions. Not all accept poetry submissions, but several do. Most of them don’t charge fees to submit. Also note Harstone’s comments regarding this list, “For your reading pleasure are 40 literary journals that do pay. They may not be the most prestigious journals (although some of them are), and not all are open to submissions right now,  but most are. All of them do pay their authors. Some pay well and others pay a token amount.”


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