The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. We publish fiction, essays, and poetry from both emerging as well as established authors. Authors published in our pages are consistently included in Best American anthologies and Pushcart prizes. Finalist for National Magazine Award for essays in 2009 and 2011 and for fiction in 2010. We continue to serve our readers and our authors and to encourage others to publish the “best words in the best order.” Welcomes new writers. Responds in 4-6 months.
Pays $20 per published page. “We don’t publish pieces longer than 8000 words.”
“The Puritan began in 2007 as an independently funded print journal dedicated to publishing fiction, essays, and interviews in Ottawa, Ontario, and was sold in bookstores across the city. In its early years, The Puritan was Ottawa’s only quarterly prose journal. After a brief hiatus, the magazine returned to publishing, now in the form of an online magazine run from Toronto. Since expanding its mandate to include poetry and reviews, The Puritan now seeks to publish the best in all forms of writing.” Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 1-3 months after acceptance. Buys First rights. No reprints. Responds in 1-4 months.
Pays $150 for fiction, $25 per poem, $200 for essays, $100 for interviews and $100 for reviews.
“Literary journal with a lead essay on the work of a contemporary writer; poetry; and book reviews.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Pays on publication. Publishes ms within one year. Buys first serial rights. Responds 2-3 months. Guidelines online.
“Contrary® was founded in 2003 at the University of Chicago by alumni of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. It was quickly embraced and has been abundantly nourished by graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. It now operates independently and without a thought of profit on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world. It publishes poetry, fiction, lyrical commentary, creative non-fiction, and especially works that blur the edges of those categories.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays on receipt of invoice. Publishes ms one month after acceptance. Buys all rights: “1) worldwide rights to publish in any or all versions of Contrary and other Contrary-affiliated media, including domestic and foreign, whether in the English language or translated into a foreign language, including any successor, similar or replacement versions thereof; 2) exclusive worldwide rights for a period of 90 days from the date of Contrary’s first publication of the work; 3. non-exclusive perpetual rights to republish, store, syndicate or distribute the work or portions of the work in any language and in any country, and 4) the right to use your name and likeness in a fair and dignified manner and to publish information about you in connection with the advertising and promotion of Contrary and of the Work. 5) When exclusive rights expire after three months, the author is free to seek republication elsewhere, but Contrary must be credited in all subsequent publications. 6) All rights granted by this agreement are granted in perpetuity and applicable in all media including, but not limited to, all electronic media, internet, wireless or mobile platforms whether now known or hereafter created.” No reprints. Responds in less than 90 days.
Pays $20 per author, per issue.
“The mission of The Baltimore Review, founded in 1996, is to showcase Baltimore as a literary hub of diverse writing, and promote the work of emerging and established writers from the Baltimore area, from across the U.S., and beyond. The BR publishes poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction, and also sponsors two themed contests each year. We do not charge any fees for non-contest submissions.” Welcomes new writers. Quarterly. Pays upon publication. Buys first rights. No reprints. Responds within four months. Sample copies online. Guidelines online at https://baltimorereview.org/index.php/submit.
Pays $40 for regular (non-contest) submissions
“A literary journal publishing essays about the Beat Generation.” Welcomes new writers. Annual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 3 months after acceptance. Buys first rights. No reprints. Response time varies.
Pays $50/article for 1,000-5,000 words
“Raleigh Review is a nonprofit magazine of poetry, short fiction, and art, offering accessible works of experience that are emotionally and intellectually complex. At Raleigh Review we believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature through our biannual magazine as well as through workshops, readings, and other community events. Further Guidance on Submissions: Please note, we do not accept submissions to Raleigh Review via email or US postal service in most cases. They must go through Submittable. See Submission Guidelines for details. We understand these are difficult times. We plan to launch a detailed application every December for those writers who cannot swing the small fee to submit. Besides receiving the necessary approval for a fee free waiver to submit to our general submission category, the only exception to the submissions via Submittable only rule is inmates in correctional institutions may use the mailing address below to send us one submission per reading period via US Post. Follow the general submission guidelines, and please only send the work and your return address in this case. We welcome your submissions to Raleigh Review though we ask that you adhere to our submission guidelines as well as to the policy in the above paragraphs.” Welcomes new writers. Circ. 800 print, and 13K digital. Biannual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms approximately 4 months after acceptance. Buys first rights. No reprints. Response time varies. Sample articles available online. Subscription $50/year. Guidelines online at https://www.raleighreview.org/submit.html.
Pays $15 flat fee.
“PRISM International is a quarterly magazine out of Vancouver, British Columbia, whose mandate is to publish the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world. Writing from PRISM has been featured in Best American Stories, Best American Essays and The Journey Prize Stories, amongst other noted publications.” Welcomes new writers. Circ. 1K. Quarterly. Pays right before or right after publication. Publishes ms 1-6 months after acceptance. Buys First North American rights. No reprints. Responds within 1-6 months.
Pays $40 per page for poetry, $30 per page for prose.
“Arts, literary, cultural small press journal.” 100% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. 750. Semi-annual. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 2-4 months after acceptance. Buys First NA Serial Rights. Responds within 2 months.
Pays $20 – $200
Pays $20-$200 for 500-2000 words.
“The Cincinnati Review is a literary magazine published biannually out of the University of Cincinnati. Prose and poetry from our pages has appeared in anthologies including Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and others.” 100% Freelance. Welcomes new writers. Pays on publication. Publishes ms 3-6 months after acceptance. Guidelines online.
Pays: $30/page for poetry, $25/page for prose.