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12 NO FEE/PAYING Lit mags & contests - Deadlines: May 10 – June 15

The literary magazines/journals and contests listed below all offer some form of payment, do not charge submission/reading fees, take online submissions, and have submission deadlines between May 10 and June 15, 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.


DEADLINE: May 10, 2020
NOTES: focus on marginalized voices; priority will be given to artists and authors who are Black/POC, LGBTQ, or identify as womxn
FORMS: Poetry, micro or flash fiction, and short creative non-fiction
FORMAT: print
PAYMENT: "We are a token paying market, offering $20 per piece of fiction / creative non-fiction between 1000-3000 words and $30 per piece between 3001-6000 words. We offer $20 per poem. All payable via PayPal. Additionally, you will receive a hard copy of the publication, and free marketing from UnSung Magazine."

The Fieldstone Review

DEADLINE: May 15, 2020
FORMS: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction
FORMAT: online
PAYMENT: "a literary prize of $100.00 for the best submission"

Tinderbox Poetry Journal

DEADLINE: May 21, 2020
FORMS:  poetry, lyric, hybrid, reviews, conversations, essays on poetics/craft/writing life

Chicken Soup for the Soul


  • Christmas Is in the Air – May 15, 2020
  • Age is Just a Number – May 31, 2020

FORMS: Stories and poems

Words Without Borders Poems in Translation Contest

DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
FORMS: Contemporary international poetry translated from other languages into English
FORMAT: online
PAYMENT: "The winning poets and translators will be awarded $150 each. (In the case of multiple translators, the translator award shall be split evenly.)"

Nashville Review

DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
NOTES: "NR seeks to feature those forms of art not traditionally recognized as literature--comics, film, music, visual art, creative nonfiction, dance, oral storytelling and other performance arts--alongside the more traditional forms of fiction and poetry."
FORMS: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics, music, performance art, cover art
PAYMENT: "$25 per poem and $100 for prose and art pieces."

Split Lip

DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None in December, February, April, June, August, and October, and April was extended into May this year, so they are currently open for no fee submissions.
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."


DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
FORMS: Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, review, interview, genre-bender
FORMAT: print with online features
PAYMENT: "$10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year's subscription to AGNI."

Baltimore Review

DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
FORMS: Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction
PAYMENT: $40 Amazon gift certificate or $40 through PayPal

Speculative City

DEADLINE: June 1, 2020 
THEME: afrofuturist fiction, poetry, and essays written by authors who are specifically of Black and/or African descent
FORMAT: digitally online
PAYMENT: Writers published will be paid $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission.
FORMS: speculative fiction, poetry, and nonfiction


DEADLINE: Opens June 1 and closes June 7, 2020 (1st week every month)
THEME: Feminist-friendly
FORMS: Fiction, non-fiction, column, poetry, review
FORMAT: online
PAYMENT: "We pay $60AUD per piece of writing."

Journal of Compressed Arts

DEADLINE: June 15, 2020
THEME: compressed creative arts
FORMS: “We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way.”
FORMAT: online
PAYMENT: "$50 per accepted piece and signed contract"

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  1. I’m a bit confused about Split Lip. Here it says there are no submission fees during Jan, Mar, May, Sept, Nov. But on their website it says there’s no fee during Dec, Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct. Are there only fees in July and December, or has there been a mistake?

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