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7 PAYING LIT MAGS - Deadlines: April 30 – May 31

The literary magazines/journals listed below all offer some form of payment, do not charge submission/reading fees, take online submissions, and have submission deadlines between April 30 and May 31, 2020.

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 Fiddlehead

DEADLINE: April 30, 2020


FORMS: short fiction, excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry

FORMAT: print

PAYMENT: CAD60/page; CAD200 for artwork


DEADLINE: April 30, 2020

SUBMISSION FEE: None for veterans ($3 otherwise)

FOCUS: Culture of War

FORMS: poetry, fiction, non-fiction

FORMAT: print and online

PAYMENT: "Poetry: $25 per page; Prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum); Translations: $15 per page ($250 maximum)"

The First Line

DEADLINE: May 1, 2020


THEME: Writing inspired by the first line “The door was locked”

FORMS: fiction, non-fiction, poetry

FORMAT: print

PAYMENT: $25.00 – $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 – $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars)


DEADLINE: Opens May 1 and closes May 7, 2020

THEME: Feminist-friendly


FORMS: Fiction, non-fiction, column, poetry, review

FORMAT: online

PAYMENT: "We pay $60AUD per piece of writing."

Bennington Review

DEADLINE: May 8, 2020


FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, film/television writing

FORMAT: print

PAYMENT: "We pay contributors $100 for prose of six typeset pages and under, $200 for prose of over six typeset pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue in which the piece is published and a copy of the subsequent issue."

Chicken Soup for the Soul


  • Dogs and Covid-19 – April 19,2020
  • Christmas Is in the Air – May 15, 2020
  • Age is Just a Number – May 31, 2020


FORMS: Stories and poems


Split Lip

DEADLINE: May 31, 2020

SUBMISSION FEE: None in Jan, Mar, May, Sept, Nov

FEE NOTE: “Sometimes we have to shut free subs early due to a really-rad-but-also-overwhelming response. (A peek behind the curtain: our free sub cap with Submittable maxes out 😭💸).”

FORMS: Fiction, flash fiction, memoir, poetry, art

FORMAT: online

PAYMENT: "We pay (via PayPal) $50 per author for poems, memoirs, flash, fiction, and art, and $25 for interviews/reviews for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription."

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  1. Hi Trish, this may seem like a dumb question but I am new to the poetry world, I write poems but don't submit them very often. I'm wondering what happens to the copyright of a poem I write and submit and if it's accepted, who gets the copyright?  I'm not sure how the copyright thing works and will do some research while I'm waiting for your reply. Thank you, SARAH GRIESEDIECK.

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  2. Hi Trish are the paying for submissions of poems from lit mags/journals r they contests or do they pay for every submissions been writing poem’s for years just never submitted any thanks

    • Some lit mags/journals charge an admin fee or reading fee for submissions. The ones I post on my site have no fees to submit. Some of the lit mags and journals pay contributors if they publish their work, but many are unable to pay due to limited funding.

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